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Eagles Mock Draft 2023: Philadelphia’s list of picks, projections for 2023 NFL Draft

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The Eagles are in the NFC championship game this year, so imagine how their NFC East competitors feel knowing they also have a top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Philadelphia has drafted exceptionally well in recent years, with DeVonta Smith and Jalen Hurts leading the charge. This year, it has the No. 10 overall pick (via trade with the Saints), along with its own first-, second- and third-rounders.

While their own pick will be 29th or lower, it’s still good capital for a team that will look to reload this offseason and distance itself from its quickly advancing division rivals.

General manager Howie Roseman has a lot to think about with this roster, which appears to have few holes. The Sporting News lists just how many picks Roseman has at his disposal at the moment, and projects what he will do with his early selection.

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Eagles draft picks 2023

The Eagles have one position locked in so far in this year’s draft: their first-rounder from the Saints at No. 10 overall. They also own the Vikings’ seventh-rounder, which was the 251st overall pick as of the conference title game. Philadelphia acquired the selection in the Jalen Reagor trade.  

The Eagles traded their fourth-, fifth- and sixth-round picks in various other deals. Their fourth-round pick went to the Bears in the Robert Quinn trade; their fifth-round pick went to the Saints in the Chauncey Gardner-Johnson trade; and their sixth-rounder went to the Jaguars in the Josiah Scott trade.

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All of that leaves the Eagles with six selections overall in 2023: two in the first round, one each in the second and third rounds, and two in the seventh round.

Round  Pick No. How acquired 
 10 Via Saints 
 TBD Own
 TBD Own
 TBD Own
 TBD Own
 TBD Via Vikings 

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Eagles mock draft 2023

It’s difficult to fully mock the Eagles before knowing where they’ll land at the end of Round 1, but the No. 10 pick is very much locked in.

The Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer likes the Eagles to take Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson with that pick and follow up on their defense-heavy 2022 draft.

Per Iyer: 

The Eagles should need to replace pending free agent Kyzir White and Simpson would be the ideal addition to support T.J. Edwards and Haason Reddick, both coming off terrific regular seasons. Simpson would complement them with his tough, speedy playmaking vs. run and pass.

Replenishing the defense will be a priority for a team that made defense a big part of its identity this season. The Eagles had the best offense in the NFC by both yardage and scoring this year, but the defense served as the closer. They’ll want to carry that identity into next season, given the results it has yielded this season.

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