Birds Bets: A look at which positions odds-makers believe the Eagles will target with their first pick of the NFL Draft
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As we all know by now, the Eagles hold two picks in the first-round of this year’s NFL Draft – 10th and 30th overall. Without a glaring need to address, Howie Roseman can go in a number of different directions come draft night.
Looking at the odds for which position the Eagles will add to with their first pick, it seems the odds-makers believe Howie will stick to his guns and bolster the trenches.
Odds for the first position the Eagles select in the 2023 NFL Draft, per Sports Interaction
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It’s safe to assume the Eagles will more than likely go with a lineman at 10th overall, so the fact that cornerback comes in with higher odds than offensive lineman is a bit surprising. Not only because the Eagles haven’t drafted a corner in the first-round since 2002, it’s also not an immediate need. After re-signing James Bradberry and restructuring Darius Slay’s contract this offseason, Philly’s cornerback depth chart is all but solidified.
Maybe Howie believes his team is well-rounded enough to take someone who will play sparingly in year one at 10th overall, but I doubt that. There are certainly bigger needs facing this team than cornerback.
Also a little surprising to see running back come in with better odds than safety and wide receiver. For starters, Howie has never taken an RB in round one and, regardless of how good a prospect is, taking an RB in the first-round is almost never a worthwhile investment – let alone inside the top-10.
We know the team does have some level of interest in the consensus No. 1 RB prospect, Texas’ Bijan Robinson, after hosting him for a pre-draft visit. Nonetheless, it will still be shocking if Howie goes against all of his draft values to take him at 10th.
As for the rest of the position, most of it checks out. The only positions I can confidently say the Eagles won’t target at 10th overall are quarterback, linebacker, tight end, and obviously long-snapper/kicker/punter.
The safest bet here is offensive lineman at +365. Depending on how the board falls, the best player available at 10th overall could be an offensive lineman. Howie has been a stickler for drafting BPOA regardless of position for a few years now. That obviously won’t change if said player is an o-lineman.
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