As the NFL draft approaches, fans and experts alike eagerly anticipate which prospects will be selected by each team, with the Philadelphia Eagles being no exception. As per usual, various mock drafts have surfaced, with notable analysts projecting their predictions for the Eagles’ picks. Even though the Eagles have two first-round picks, 10th and 30th, there’s still uncertainty as to what direction Howie Roseman and the Eagles organization will go come draft night.
One of the most talked-about prospects in connection with the Eagles is Texas running back Bijan Robinson. While the Eagles have shown interest in Robinson, selecting him at 10 is a reach. Nevertheless, Robinson would be a perfect fit for the Eagles’ offensive scheme, even with the loss of Shane Steichen. As much as the team could use a running back, it’s more likely that they’ll focus on finding a cornerstone player at a premium position at 10, rather than a running back.
As for Nolan Smith, if he lasts until the 30th pick, which may not happen, the Eagles could benefit tremendously. Smith missed some of the 2022 season with an injury but is an electric pass rusher when healthy. He’s also a freak athlete with a 4.39 40-yard dash, and he would be a great addition to the Eagles’ defense, where he could learn from Haason Reddick.
Jaime Eisner of TheDraftNetwork predicts that the Eagles could pick Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State offensive tackle. The Eagles have shown significant interest in Johnson Jr., and with him, the Eagles would have additional depth on their offensive line, with Johnson becoming the long-term successor to Lane Johnson at right tackle. Johnson Jr. may need to start at RG initially, but Eagles fans should be pleased to know that he’ll be an excellent addition to the team.
While there’s much uncertainty for the Eagles’ projected draft picks, it’s essential to point out that the Eagles should be looking to get the most out of their first two picks. There are many talented players who could aid the Eagles in their quest to return to the playoffs, and ultimately win another Lombardi trophy.