The NFL Draft is three weeks away and anticipation is beginning to hit a fever pitch. In the aftermath of this week’s trade with the Saints the Eagles have reshaped their slate of picks, now owning: 15, 18, 51, 83, 101, 123, 154, 162, 166, & 237 overall.
1 (15) George Karlaftis
The possibility of Karlaftis falling to 15 underscores the depth atop this draft class, especially at the EDGE position. An elite combination of power and athleticism on top of an unrelenting motor and pro-ready technique makes Karlaftis a three-down impact lineman from day one. The best part? At just 21 years old (almost a year younger than Hutchinson) his potential isn’t close to being tapped.
*TRADE* Eagles receive 32nd & 34th overall, and a 2023 6th Rd pick—Lions receive 18th, 83rd, and 162nd overall
1 (32) Daxton Hill
Hill is a world-class athlete dripping with speed and fluidity, and those traits will likely keep him from sliding out of the first round. With multiple holes remaining in the secondary, Howie would be wise to add a versatile skillset like this and let Gannon figure out the rest.
2 (34) George Pickens
Pickens is understandably rising up draft boards as he shakes off the stink of an injury-plagued finish to his college career. He checks all the boxes physically—size, speed, fluidity, you name it—and pairs that with the skill to release, separate, and play the ball as well as any prospect in the class.
2 (51) Kerby Joseph
Joseph may seem redundant with Hill, but their collective versatility makes such concerns irrelevant. To boot, having two safeties whom can play centerfield as well as execute other responsibilities in the defense will allow Gannon to disguise his looks and run every coverage in the book—an option that wasn’t on the table with last year’s secondary.
3 (101) Neil Farrell Jr.
The Eagles could use bodies at tackle behind Hargrave and Cox, and if Gannon’s intentions are to feature more odd fronts in 2023 (which clearly seems to be the case) then a block-eater like Farrell makes perfect sense.
4 (123) Zach Tom
OL, Wake Forest
I regretted not taking Tom at 101 and was thrilled to add him here. Athletic upside like this doesn’t last as long as expected, and Tom’s ability to play all five spots along the line adds value to boot. Do your best to mine his potential at tackle and if all else fails you have a dynamic center prospect to replace Kelce—not a bad proposition.
5 (154) Hassan Haskins
Fresh legs are the name of the game at running back, and I expect Howie to add a pair to the committee at some point in this draft. Haskins is a short-yardage type with a proven skillset in pass protection. There’s nothing sexy about this pick, but he’ll fill a role in the Eagles backfield from day one.
5 (166) Malcolm Rodriguez
LB, Oklahoma State
Rodriguez was a field general and team leader for OSU; despite being undersized for the pros, his athleticism, skillset, and makeup is undeniable. He projects safely as a depth backer and core special teamer at the very least.
7 (237) Kaleb Eleby
QB, Western Michigan
Another delivery of raw materials to the QB factory; Eleby is a developmental prospect for RPO-heavy teams looking to mold average traits and plus-intangibles into a competent backup/spot-starter.