Eagles’ Grab DL Bryan Bresee in The Athletic’s 1st 2023 Mock Draft
While the Eagles are sitting at 11-1 and are the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff race, they currently own the New Orleans Saints first-round draft pick, which is sitting inside the Top 10 right now and No. 6 overall.
The Athletic’s Dane Brugler put out his first mock of the year and has the Eagles taking Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee with the No. 6 pick.
General manager Howie Roseman won’t need any convincing to target a defensive lineman, especially a prospect like Bryan Bresee, who has the athletic traits and intangibles worthy of the top 10. Jordan Davis and Bresee on the same interior would be a problem for blockers.
Adding more depth along their defensive line is not out of the question, especially with Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave playing in the final year of their deals. D-Line is always a top priority for the Eagles, but the interior tackle position is one that might have a new look next season.
While Cox and Hargrave are both set to become free agents, Philadelphia still has Jordan Davis, Marlon Tuipulotu and Milton Williams under contract.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder was the former No. 1 recruit in the country, who had 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks this season for the Tigers.
Over in three seasons at Clemson he has 61 tackles (14 for loss), 8 sacks, two pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a safety in 24 games.
WIth their seconde first-round pick, Brugler has the Eagles replacing running back Miles Sanders, who is set to become a free agent. In his place, he has them taking Alabama running back, Jahmyr Gibbs at No. 31.
The Eagles haven’t drafted a Round 1 running back since 1986, but with two picks in the opening round and Miles Sanders set to hit free agency, maybe they’d break trend for the right player. Jahmyr Gibbs is a sudden athlete with the vision, acceleration and receiving skills that are ideal for the Eagles’ offense. The Eagles also could go with an edge player like Ohio State’s Zach Harrison instead, but an offensive backfield of Jalen Hurts and Gibbs would be fireworks.
It's not out of the question to think the Eagles might think about a running back in this spot, since they have their offensive line in place and Sanders is a free agent. He had a solid year for the Crimson Tide, with a team-high 850 rushing yards adding seven touchdowns on his team-high 136 carries. He also added a team-leading 42 receptions for 378 yards and three scores and returned 11 kickoffs for 227 yards.
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