Eagles Outlook: PFF presents 3 scenarios for Howie Roseman in the 2023 NFL Draft
Now that we’re officially one week removed from the Philadelphia Eagles heartbreaking loss in the Super Bowl, it’s time to start looking ahead to what should be a very interesting offseason for Howie Roseman and Co.
The Eagles brass will have to sort through their pending free agents first and foremost, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead a bit towards Draft Szn – my personal favorite portion of the NFL offseason (I’m alone on this island I know).
Philadelphia is in a very unique situation entering this year’s draft cycle. Thanks to their trade with the New Orleans Saints last offseason, the Eagles will have two selections during the first night of the 2023 NFL Draft – tenth overall (via New Orleans) and 30th overall.
Pro Football Focus recently drew up three avenues the Eagles can take once draft night rolls around.
- Option 1: Stay put at 10 and 30, select the best players available (10th overall: CB Christian Gonzalez, 30th overall: EDGE Nolan Smith)
- Option 2: Trade back from No. 10, gain extra first-round pick for 2024 (21st overall: RB Bijan Robinson, 30th overall: S Antonio Johnson)
- Option 3: Shock everyone and draft a quarterback (10th overall: QB Anthony Richardson, 30th overall: G O’Cyrus Torrence)
Let’s hop to option three because that’s obviously the juiciest of these scenarios. Firstly, I’m not sure the city of Philadelphia would be able to handle drafting a quarterback at tenth overall after what we saw from Jalen Hurts in 2022. This isn’t taking Hurts in the second-round with Carson Wentz already in place – this is looking to replace Hurts after the 2023 season.
This scenario would only come to fruition if the front office doesn’t resign Hurts long-term this offseason. Otherwise, we can confidently dismiss this from every happening (hopefully).
Both option one and two are pretty straight forward and far more likely than the final scenario. Taking the best players available has always been Roseman’s draft night philosophy and that’s what option one lays out. With James Bradberry set to hit free agency, taking the best CB available makes too much sense. Even though the team is stacked along the defensive line, it’s never stopped Howie from snagging a stout edge rusher when he can.
Option two is pretty enticing, though. Trading back to gain another first-round pick in next year’s draft is something Roseman is always open to. Now, will he be open to taking a running back as high as 21st overall? I doubt it, but Bijan Robinson is one of the best RB prospects to enter the draft in some time and would be a cost controlled option in the backfield for at least 3-4 years.
Robinson would look pretty solid in an Eagles uniform, I must say
Regardless of what the Eagles end up doing, we’re bound to see rapid speculation like this for the next three months. Strap in.
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