Predicting Eagles' Early 2023 NFL Draft Big Board

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2022

Predicting Eagles' Early 2023 NFL Draft Big Board

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    The Philadelphia Eagles have put together a strong 2022 offseason, and they are in a great position to have another one in 2023. 

    After making the playoffs in 2021, the Eagles are rolling with Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback. This season, he'll have a full arsenal of weapons that now includes A.J. Brown. 

    Philadelphia has a lot of exciting assets moving forward, and the two first-round picks it now holds in 2023 will heavily factor into its future plans. 

    There are really two scenarios moving forward: Either Hurts elevates his game and the team has two more first-rounders to build around him, or they are going to be in a prime position to grab a quarterback from a class that features several potential top prospects at the position.

    Here, we'll take a look at some of the prospects who should be on the Eagles' radar heading into the season.

3. QB Tyler Van Dyke, Miami

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    The Eagles moving on from Jalen Hurts is within the range of outcomes next year. He's going to have every chance to prove he can be a franchise quarterback, but with two first-round picks, the team is going to be in prime position to replace him if it wants. 

    C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young will enter the season as the top two signal-callers in the class, but there are options outside of them. 

    The Eagles and New Orleans Saints are probably not going to be bad enough to get a top-two pick, so they will want to familiarize themselves with other passers. Will Levis of Kentucky is another candidate, but the Eagles should really be keeping tabs on Tyler Van Dyke. 

    The Miami Hurricanes quarterback took over for D'Eriq King last season and led the ACC in big-time throws from Week 4 onward, per Pro Football Focus.

    Van Dyke has prototypical size at 6'4", 224 pounds to play the position and survive the rigors of the NFL. But he needs to work on his consistency this year, as he could be up-and-down at times in his first season of starting. 

2. Edge Andre Carter II, Army

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    The Eagles added Haason Reddick this offseason, but the work of building an elite pass rush is rarely finished. They'll need to keep stocked at the position, especially with Brandon Graham entering his age-34 season off a major injury. 

    There are a few standout pass-rushers in this draft class already, and Andre Carter II is a name Philadelphia should keep an eye on. 

    The 6'7", 260-pounder is a massive rush-linebacker for Army, which had the second-most sacks in the nation with 15.5. He can get after the quarterback with his length and athleticism but is also stout against the run and has even flashed some coverage ability. 

    He had an interception to go with his sacks and 18.5 tackles for a loss. 

    An elite defensive line is the fastest way to build an elite defense, and adding Carter to form a trio with Reddick and Josh Sweat would give the Eagles serious firepower on the edges for years to come. 

1. CB Kelee Ringo, Georgia

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    If there's one major question mark on the Eagles' defense right now it's what their plan is at cornerback.

    Darius Slay is set to lock down one side for the foreseeable future, but they don't have a proven starter opposite him following the departure of Steven Nelson. 

    That is something that could still be addressed with a stop-gap veteran in free agency, but they're going to want to find a longer-term solution next offseason. 

    Assuming the team is able to hold on to two those two draft picks, it should be able to find a top prospect at the position. 

    Kelee Ringo has an opportunity to solidify himself as one of those prospects. At 6'2", 205 pounds, he has great size to deal with big receivers, and he was a key contributor on Georgia's elite defense. He only allowed 24 receptions on 59 targets, per PFF

    If the 19-year-old can build on that success while playing an SEC schedule, he'll be a hot commodity next April.