Eagles fans should want these Day 1 targets after 2024 NFL Combine

Several NFL Draft prospects made names for themselves at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine. We hope the Eagles were paying attention.
Cooper DeJean, Philadelphia Eagles
Cooper DeJean, Philadelphia Eagles / Justin Casterline/GettyImages

The Eagles have a huge opportunity or two ahead of them. They are now staffed with a coaching staff that appears to be better than the one they introduced last year. The goal now is reinvigorating the veterans on this team while continuing to add to the cupboard through the free-agency frenzy and coming NFL Draft.

The NFL Scouting Combine allowed us an opportunity to view tomorrow's stars. Many of the names were familiar, and we learned some belonged to guys who might be even better than we thought they were. We're certain our Birds have been paying attention, but let's talk about a handful of guys anyway.

Here are five names that should be highlighted on the Eagles' draft board (if they haven't been already).

Keep an eye on these guys during the pre-draft process. Again, many of the names are probably already familiar to you, but their buzz has increased as of late. Might any of them don the Midnight Green at some point? We'll have to wait and see.

Cooper DeJean, cornerback/safety, Iowa

Cooper DeJean was already in the spotlight as a versatile defensive back with first-round talent. His showing at the combine has elevated his stock even further. He does it all. He can play deep, in the box, or at slot cornerback.

Terrion Arnold, cornerback, Alabama

Eagles fans have a love jones for former Alabama Crimson Tide star Kool-Aid McKinstry, but he may have been passed in the approval ratings department by some solid youngsters who enjoyed amazing combine showings. One of those guys is his former teammate Terrion Arnold.

Don't look now, Arnold might be the better of the two prospects.

Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama

We were already aware that the Eagles and every other NFL franchise had a keen interest in Jared Verse (Florida State) and Chop Robinson (Penn State), but the most recent combine placed a few other names on our lists. One of which is Chris Braswell.

Don't be shocked if he sneaks in the first round as a night-ending selection. He's a nice consolation prize for those bummed that their team won't land Dallas Turner.

Edgerrin Cooper, inside linebacker, Texas A&M

The Eagles never take linebackers early in the NFL Draft, but Edgerrin Cooper is so good, it may be time to rethink the strategy. The 2023 First-Team All-SEC nod and Consensus All-American is the cream of the crop when we begin discussing interior linebackers.

Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State (a second-rounder who is climbing)

Some like their defensive tackles to be bigger than the six-foot-three, 295-pound Braden Fiske, but everyone is raving following the show he put on in Indy. Right now, we'd still rank fellow interior defensive linemen prospects like Byron Murphy II, Kris Jenkins, Michael Hall Jr., Johnny Newton, Darius Robinson, and Justin Eboigbe higher, but Fiske is on the rise.

Might he slide into the Round 1 discussions? He might. Continue to watch him during the pre-draft process.

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