4 underrated moves Philadelphia Eagles made in 2023 offseason

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Philadelphia drafts Sydney Brown 66th overall in Round 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft.

No one seems to be beating the Sydney Brown drum as hard as we are. That's okay. We're happy to lead the charge.

Though the NFL Draft is a crapshoot, the second-day guys are expected to make the team and provide quality snaps while becoming key contributors. Philly selected nary a player in the third round during the 2018 and 2019 selection meetings, but they have added at least one player during that round in each draft that has followed.

The three players taken in the third round prior to this offseason are Davion Taylor (2020), Milton Williams (2021), and Nakobe Dean (2022). This year, Philly added offensive lineman Tyler Steen and safety Sydney Brown on day two. We'll see what happens, but all of those guys have potential. We'll see if Taylor makes the 53-man roster and how he and these other guys are deployed by Sean Desai.

Brown arguably has one of the better chances to make some immediate impact as the Birds only have five safeties on their roster. We think he'll be effective. He has the chance to become a key contributor in Philly's secondary with proper coaching, and the Eagles have that with defensive backs coach D.K. McDonald.

Here's what Philly is getting with his addition.

  • 2022 Illinois team captain
  • 2022 First-Team All-Big Ten nod (coaches)
  • 2022 Second-Team All-Big Ten nod (media)
  • USA Today All-American second team
  • PFF All-American third team
  • CBS All-American honorable mention

This is a nice lump of coal. We'll see if the Eagles mold him into a diamond. Our money is being placed on theories that they will.

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