Leading up to the NFL Draft, SIS will be publishing team previews for those with Top 10 picks in the draft. Each preview will look at the players who most make sense for that team at that selection based on stats and scouting factors and will include quotes from that player’s scouting report.
You can find more than 300 scouting reports and much more team analysis at our NFL Draft website.
The State of the Eagles:
From the first night of the 2022 NFL Draft to the last game of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles were arguably the hottest team in the league. The front office took big swings to show their trust in QB Jalen Hurts, and they were rewarded tenfold. Hurts took a leap in his game that allowed the Eagles to introduce a high-scoring, smashmouth style of football that is predicated on his ability to do everything.
With Hurts now in position to reset the QB market and both coordinators finding head coaching gigs elsewhere, the Eagles will need to hit on their draft picks and fill the roster with both starters and role players on rookie deals.
There are almost no flaws in Carter’s on-field play and with an increased effort and professionalism combined with his ability to force teams to change gameplans, he can put himself in the NFL DPOY discussion every year.
Though Carter is one of the best prospects in recent memory, off-field questions and a poor showing at his Pro Day may cause him to slide and the Eagles have a track record of valuing IDL, as well as being aggressive when moving up in the draft.
Skoronski may not have the standard measurements for an NFL left tackle, but his athleticism, strength, and technique show a high-floor offensive line prospect who should be a quality starter early in his career.
It is not the sexiest pick, but the Eagles always look for impact OL early in the draft and with Cam Jurgens’ inexperience at guard, along with Landon Dickerson’s penchant for getting dinged up, they may view Skoronski as a 4-position starter at the next level and someone they will need moving forward.
While Smith-Njigba has only one year of production and recent injury concerns, he is a starting-level receiver who will work best in the slot due to his route savvy, elusiveness, and body control.
With one of the best WR duos in the league and a QB that runs the RPO game with Bach-esque orchestration, the Eagles would be a dream landing spot for Smith-Njigba, whose innate route savvy and separation skills would be unstoppable as the 3rd option.
Branch is a starting free safety who should spend most of his time playing in the slot. He has exceptional coverage skills, awareness, and physicality.
After losing both starters in free agency, Branch is a high-intellect player that brings versatility and should start immediately for new defensive coordinator, Sean Desai, who uses Nick Saban concepts in his playcalling.
Robinson is a consistent playmaker who has the size, speed, power, and vision to be an every-down back at the NFL level, but he will need some improvement in pass pro to reach his full potential.
This would be the shock of the draft for anyone familiar with the Eagles and there is a better chance they pass on Robinson at 30 than take him at 10, but he is the best RB prospect since Saquon Barkley. The Eagles came one win (arguably one unlucky turnover) away from a Super Bowl victory, meaning that a high-end talent at a position of need could be the move.
To learn more about the Eagles and their needs, visit their team page on our NFL Draft website here.