Eagles’ biggest draft needs as the NFL Combine gets underway

The Eagles will have two first-round picks in April’s NFL Draft, 18 pending free agents, and a contract extension for quarterback Jalen Hurts, meaning the roster will look different going forward.

Some of the usual suspects or names you’ve grown to love will move on, while younger, more athletic, and dynamic replacements will join a roster looking for a return to the Super Bowl.


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Cornerback is an urgent draft priority for the Eagles given Bradberry’s looming departure and Darius Slay’s age (32).

The Eagles have Josh Jobe, Mario Goodrich, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, and Josiah Scott on the roster, but Philadelphia must draft a cornerback with Darius Slay set to be 33 by the season’s end.

Devon Weatherspoon is an aggressive cornerback who could fit well with the Eagles’ new system, Witherspoon has great feet and changes direction well in space.

Remaining targets

Christian Gonzalez

Joey Porter Jr.
Penn State · Junior (RS)

Cam Smith
South Carolina · Junior (RS)

Kelee Ringo
Georgia · Sophomore (RS)

Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Porter Jr. possesses the size, bloodlines, and toughness needed for the NFL. Gonzalez is an aggressive ballhawk, who’ll gamble for opportunities.

DT -- Best available player: Jalen Carter Georgia · Junior

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Carter is a freak athlete and a game wrecker who could be a better pro prospect than his former Georgia teammate, Jordan Davis. Carter has that Warren Sapp-style combination of an explosive first step, quickness, and heavy hands, allowing him to flourish as a run-stopper/pass rusher.

Remaining Targets:

Bryan Bresee
Clemson · Sophomore (RS)

Siaki Ika
Baylor · Junior (RS)

Keeanu Benton
Wisconsin · Senior

Mazi Smith
Michigan · Junior (RS)

Bresee is a versatile interior defender with the capacity to play nose tackle or three-technique in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. Smith is an elite athlete as an interior defender.

Defensive End --Best avaiable player: Will Anderson Jr. Alabama

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Philadelphia has Brandon Graham and Robert Quinn entering free agency, while Derek Barnett is recovering from a torn ACL.

Josh Sweat is returning and logged 11+ sacks.

Remaining Best:

Tyree Wilson
Texas Tech · Senior (RS)

Lukas Van Ness
Iowa · Sophomore (RS)

Keion White
Georgia Tech · Senior (RS)

Myles Murphy
Clemson · Junior

Wilson is an athletic Big-12 game wrecker off the edge, while Van Ness offers athleticism and physicality at the point of attack.

White and Murphy are the top fifty players as well.

Running Back --Best available player: RB Bijan Robinson

Philadelphia could lose both Miles Sanders and Boston Scott on the open mark, while Kenneth Gainwell could emerge as the future, and Trey Sermon is still under contract.

Best available player: RB Bijan Robinson

Bijan Robinson is an All-American and a potential top-ten pick who can be a three-down running back.

Remaining best:

Jahmyr Gibbs
Alabama · Junior

Zach Charbonnet
UCLA · Senior

Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M

Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn (6-0, 215)

Safety-Best available prospect: Brian Branch Alabama · Junior

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Philadelphia has Marcus Epps and C.J. Gardner-Johnson as free agents, with the former Saints and co-interception leader as the biggest free agent target for the team.

Reed Blankenship is on the roster as an undrafted free agent, while K’Von Wallace enters the final year of his contract.

Best available prospect: Brian Branch Alabama · Junior

Philadelphia is in need of a hybrid, do-everything center field, who can also play in the slot.

An Alabama defender, Branch is a hybrid defender ideally suited to line up in the slot.

Remaining best:

Antonio Johnson
Texas A&M · Junior

Ji’Ayir Brown
Penn State · Senior

Jammie Robinson
Florida State · Senior

Jordan Battle
Alabama · Senior

Linebacker-Drew Sanders Arkansas · Junior

Philadelphia improved tremendously at the position but has T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White both set to test NFL free agency.

Haason Reddick returns on the second year of a three-year, $45 million deal, while Nakobe Dean will enter his second year with the potential to be a starter.

Best available player: Drew Sanders Arkansas · Junior

Sanders can be a Fred Warner type of linebacker with the tools to control the middle.

Remaining best:

Trenton Simpson
Clemson · Junior

Jack Campbell
Iowa · Senior

Henry To’oTo’o
Alabama · Senior

Noah Sewell
Oregon · Junior

Story originally appeared on Eagles Wire