The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2022 season isn’t even over yet as they are one of four teams remaining in the postseason, set to host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game for a chance to advance to the Super Bowl. Even if they come up short, they are in an excellent position heading into 2023.
Thanks to some wheeling and dealing from general manager Howie Roseman last year, the Eagles own the No. 10 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft courtesy of the New Orleans Saints. They still have their selection that will be one of the last four selections of the first round as well.
This is a deep, talented roster that doesn’t have any glaring holes. Philadelphia could opt to go with the best player available or take a peek into the future and address what could be a long-term need. Who could that lead to them landing on? Here are four prospects the Eagles should consider with the 10th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
4. CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois
The Eagles have one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL with Darius Slay and James Bradberry. However, this offseason could be when they start laying the foundation for what to do once they can no longer be counted on.
Slay is now 32 and Bradberry will be 30. While they still have some good years ahead of them, they are both entering the back end of their careers. That could make a cornerback the Eagles’ No. 1 priority with the 10th overall pick, especially if Bradberry departs in free agency.
Devon Witherspoon was a standout at Illinois this season. He allowed only 22 receptions for 206 yards on 63 targets, picking up three interceptions and 14 pass breakups. Witherspoon is long and physical, which fits the mold of the modern-day cornerback.
3. EDGE Myles Murphy, Clemson
The Eagles had the most dominant pass rush in the NFL in 2022. They led the league with 70 sacks, becoming the first team to ever have four players register 10+ sacks in a single season. One of those players was 34-year-old Brandon Graham.
If the Eagles want to bring along another potential dominant pass rusher to take the torch on the EDGE, Myles Murphy would be an excellent choice. Murphy was excellent with Clemson, picking up 17.5 sacks in his three-year collegiate career.
Versatile enough to kick inside on passing downs, Murphy would provide Philadelphia with a building block along the defensive line long-term along with Josh Sweat. A bit raw in some regards, the Clemson product would likely benefit from playing behind established veterans to hone his skills given his elite athleticism and size.
2. Safety Brian Branch, Alabama
The Eagles’ needs in the 2023 NFL Draft will be dictated by how free agency goes. A few holes on the roster could open up if Philadelphia is unable to re-sign some of their key players. One of the positions to keep an eye on is safety.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps are both set to hit free agency. Both were key members of the team’s secondary and nearly every down player when healthy. Losing one or both of them would leave a huge void in the back end of their defense.
Alabama safety Brian Branch would make for a natural replacement with the No. 10 overall pick. He is an excellent tackler and versatile enough to line up all over the secondary. With elite coverage skills in the slot and performance against the run, Branch would be a perfect fit in the Eagles’ defensive scheme.
1. DI Bryan Bresee, Clemson
If there was one weakness of the Eagles’ defense this season it was stopping the run. At times, they were gashed by opponents on the ground which led to them bringing in veterans Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh.
After using a first-round pick on Jordan Davis last year, the Eagles could double-dip at the position. With some question marks on the interior of the defensive line with Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave hitting free agency along with Joseph and Suh, Philadelphia could opt to nab another highly-rated interior lineman prospect in Brian Bresee.
A top recruit in the 2020 class, Bresee struggled to stay on the field during his time at Clemson, playing in 25 games in three seasons. But, when on the field, he made a big impact. He had 15 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks, turning in a strong 82 pass-rushing grade this past season. If the Eagles lose pieces along the defensive line in free agency, Bresee makes for a natural replacement.
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