We’re now nine weeks through the 2022 season, and it is never too early for 2023 NFL draft conversations centered around Philadelphia having multiple picks in round one.
Thanks to some draft night wizardry from Howie Roseman, the Eagles traded the No. 16 overall pick, No. 19 overall pick, and a 2022 sixth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for the No. 18 overall pick, a 2022 third-round pick, a 2022 seventh-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, and a 2024 second-round pick.
We’re tracking the Birds’ picks via Tankathon, and through the first quarter of the season, Philadelphia looks to be heading toward a top-five selection.
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The Saints (3-6) suffered another defeat on Monday night, losing 27-13 to Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
Because of a draft night trade, Philadelphia owns the Saints 2023 first-round pick, and as of Monday morning, the Eagles would pick at No. 6 overall.
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The NFL’s only undefeated team at 8-0, Philadelphia’s own pick would be at No. 32 overall or the final pick of the first round.
Eagles draft needs
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Philadelphia has a stacked roster with a unique blend of veteran leadership and youth at critical positions.
The situation is also unique because the Eagles have ten starters on one-year deals or set to hit free agency in the next year per Over The Cap.
Jason Kelce is year to year, while Darius Slay only has one year left on his deal. Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Jalen Hurts, K’Von Wallace, Rick Lovato, Josiah Scott, Jack Driscoll, Shaun Bradley, and Quez Watkins can all be unrestricted free agents.
Philadelphia certainly needs to spend a first-round pick on a cornerback at some point and potentially add another edge rusher, defensive tackle, linebacker, and safety among the looming needs.
NFL Draft prospects
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Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Jared Verse, DE, FSU
BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
Antonio Johnson, CB, Texas A&M