Saturday, September 10, 2022

Philadelphia Eagles 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Philadelphia Eagles from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Eagles:

CBS Sports - Wilson (9/7)

13. Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

Yes, Jalen Reagor didn't work out, and perhaps the team should be more deliberate when it comes to taking WRs in the first round. But Devonta Smith is special, and more importantly, there are needs at the position beyond Smith and A.J. Brown.

18. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

After adding a WR with the No. 13 pick, the Eagles circle back here to take a running back. Is this too high to fill that position? Maybe. But this is a team with very few holes, and an offense that features a mobile QB who would certainly benefit from someone like Robinson behind him in the backfield.

The Draft Network - Crabbs (9/5)

15. Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

Philadelphia added a big-time player in Nakobe Dean in the 2022 NFL Draft at the linebacker position. He has been great thus far this preseason, but the other spot is currently manned by LB Kyzir White—who is in Philadelphia on a one-year contract.

Trenton Simpson can offer a lot of coverage and pressure value to a defense that wants to be able to play in space and congest throwing windows. As far as I'm concerned, this is a perfect fit for Jonathan Gannon's defense. Simpson can step into White's spot and give the team a long-term answer and LB duo.

22. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

The Eagles drafting a linebacker and a running back in the first round of an NFL draft may not feel like a very "Howie Roseman" thing to do, but let's consider the status of the Philadelphia roster. They've got a highly competitive roster with a lot of viable long-term pieces to tie themselves to. We may not have the clarity we need on Jalen Hurts, but if the Eagles are picking here, odds are Hurts took some degree of a step forward. So why not get elite players to complement what already exists on the roster?

There's no such thing as a guaranteed elite pick—especially in the 20s—but positional value meets an upgrade opportunity with Bijan Robinson, who is a blue-chip player.

Sporting News - Iyer (9/3)

11. Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

The Eagles need to clean up the middle of their defense with reliable all-around playmaker with T.J. Edwards being a stopgap. Simpson is a ferocious upfield player who also does plenty in coverage.

20. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

The Eagles are souring on Miles Sanders and although they do love young Kenneth Gainwell, this situation could develop much like the Jets with drafting Breece Hall after Michael Carter. Robinson can be the workhorse playing well off Jalen Hurts and also can help as an outlet receiver.

SI - Hanson (8/31)

15. Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson

While the Eagles drafted Jordan Davis in the first round in April, Javon Hargrave and Fletcher Cox will be 30 and 32 years old, respectively, and Howie Roseman loves to build through the trenches. Bresee was the top overall recruit in the 2020 cycle and could very well be the best player available on Philadelphia's board if he's still available here. While Bresee's '21 season was cut short due to a torn ACL, he's at his best as a disruptive 3-technique due to his explosive first step, power and nonstop motor.

20. Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

Johnson's positional versatility stands out, as he has mostly played nickel cornerback and some strong safety, and coach Jimbo Fisher has said that Johnson will "do a little bit of everything" in 2022. The 6'3" defensive back uses his size, length and physicality to make plenty of plays near the line of scrimmage.

The Athletic - Baumgardner/Tice (8/31)

17. Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

Note: This pick was sent in just before the Eagles traded for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on Tuesday. But I'm leaving it anyway because of Antonio Johnson's versatility and long-range potential. Johnson is one of those prospects in this class that you have to squint at right now to see the full picture, but if/when it all comes together, it could be fantastic. He's a safety with corner skills who could also be a big nickel.

The Eagles are also in a great spot here to go corner. Or they could package these picks (Nos. 17 and 19) and go get a QB to replace Jalen Hurts, if need be.

19. Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

The Eagles, yet again, will have a very good opportunity to stack quality defenders in this draft. It's also time for Philadelphia to get younger on the edge, with the type of athletes that can check off more than one box at a time. Foskey is that type of prospect, at 6-5, 260. He's fast enough (to a degree) to run with running backs and tight ends, if you want him to. He's explosive off the corner as a pass rusher with great length and buckets of potential.

The Draft Network - Weissman (8/29)

15. Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

As of right now, this is the steal of the draft. I have Myles Murphy as my No. 4 overall player as a guy I believe will have an instant impact as a pass rusher. He is long, explosive, and very powerful. There is still some work to be done with his hands and pass-rush plan, but his athletic upside is off the charts.

22. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Ok, THIS is the steal of this NFL mock draft. I have Bijan Robinson as my second-best player in the class behind only Will Anderson Jr. Robinson is the best running back prospect since Saquon Barkley and projects as an instant playmaker who can help a team on the ground and through the air. He falls because teams are afraid of drafting running backs high but his talent alone belongs in the top five of the draft.

Pro Football Network - Fragozza (8/27)

13. Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon

Have you ever been hit by a brick on the face? Me neither, but I'm sure that's what it feels like to be tackled by Noah Sewell.

The 6'3" and 250-pound linebacker is a heat-seeking missile from the second level. He crushes opponents coming downhill, dispatches blockers with ease, and is even a stellar blitzer. His coverage ability and open-field tackling are a bit of a work in progress. But if Sewell improves in those facets, I'd give a ... Penei ... for NFL offensive coordinators' thoughts.

20. Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

I was a huge fan of former UCLA Bruin and current Tennessee Titan WR Kyle Philips. His film is littered with teach tape, beating corners in every conceivable way. But one CB gave him the most trouble last season: Clark Phillips III. At 5'10" and 185 pounds, Phillips is a tad undersized, but his feet, twitchy lower half, and patient temperament allow him to match nearly every route.

ESPN - Reid (8/25)

15. Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson

The Eagles' draft outlook rests on the shoulders of quarterback Jalen Hurts. GM Howie Roseman gave the team a lot of flexibility by picking up an additional first-rounder, and if Hurts doesn't take the next step, Philadelphia might use one of the picks on a QB -- or package them to move up for one. But with Javon Hargrave and Fletcher Cox both potentially nearing free agency, the Eagles might also opt to address the interior of the defensive line for a second consecutive year. Bresee is a quick-footed and powerful 3-technique who flashes on tape but needs to stay healthy as he returns from a torn ACL that limited him to only four games in 2021.

18. Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

More help in the trenches? Roseman understands what has made him successful during his time as Philadelphia's GM: having depth along the defensive front. Murphy is an intriguing edge rusher who is still piecing together his overall game. But he has the length, strength and quick first step out of the starting blocks, so it wouldn't come as a surprise should he turn himself into a top-15 pick. The Eagles had just 29 sacks last season, 31st in the NFL.

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