Even with Nick Sirianni’s team clinching a playoff berth for the third straight year, there were question marks centered around the personnel and coaching staff following a historic collapse that saw Philadelphia lose 6 of their final seven games.
It’s never too early to look ahead at the NFL draft, and with so many holes on defense, Howie Roseman has the assets to retool the roster.
Philadelphia has never drafted an off-the-ball linebacker in the first round, and they won’t this spring either, but Howie Roseman will reload in the trenches and could get a familiar name at cornerback.
Matt Miller --ESPN
Matt Miller has Philadelphia adding the draft’s top cornerback prospect.
22. Philadelphia Eagles
Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Mitchell had the best showing of any prospect during Senior Bowl week, a performance good enough to lock him into the first round and put him in range for the cornerback-needy Eagles. Both of Philly’s starting cornerbacks are over 30 years old, and the defense crumbled in the second half. From Week 13 on, the Eagles allowed 7.8 yards per attempt (27th) and a 66.8% completion rate (26th).
Mitchell wins with excellent length and instincts in coverage, and his ability to close on the ball is fantastic; it’s why he combined for six interceptions and 32 pass breakups over the past two seasons. He also dominates at the line of scrimmage in press situations.
50. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)
Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota
The Eagles have to invest heavily in the middle of the field on defense in this draft. After getting a starting cornerback in Round 1 (Mitchell), a starting free safety in Round 2 would fill another hole. Nubin grabbed five interceptions in 2023 after nabbing four of them in the previous season. He’s a ball hawk with 6-foot-2 size and range to attack over the top. He’s the best safety in this class and would give Philadelphia the speed and ball skills that were so badly missed this season on the back end.
53. Philadelphia Eagles
Junior Colson, LB, Michigan
If you watched the Eagles’ collapse late this season, the lack of talent and depth at linebacker was a key issue. Colson is the best run-defending linebacker in the class but also has excellent range to make plays outside the tackle box. He had 101 tackles manning the middle of the field for Michigan and has a game very similar to the Chiefs’ Nick Bolton. In Philly, he could be a rookie starter and cornerstone defensive player.
Lance Zierlein has Philadelphia landing a top cornerback.
Alabama · CB · Junior
The Eagles could be faced with a decision on whether to pick a DB here or trade back and take one. Philadelphia needs help on the back end and McKinstry is solid.
CBS Sports has the Eagles adding a Penn State star pass rusher.
Round 1 – Pick 22
Chop Robinson EDGE
PENN STATE • JR • 6’3″ / 254 LBS
Derek Barnett was waived midseason and Brandon Graham is not getting any younger. Philadelphia will almost certainly use its first-round pick on either the offensive or defensive line. Chop Robinson is the choice.
The 33rd Team has Philadelphia adding the former Toledo cornerback.
Weight: 196 pounds
Fit: Along with Powers-Johnson, Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell was one of the biggest winners coming out of Senior Bowl week. Mitchell has the size, length, athleticism and ball skills to develop into a Pro Bowl-level cornerback.
The Philadelphia Eagles must improve their coverage unit at the draft. Mitchell has experience playing in zone and man schemes and is the perfect corner to learn from Darius Slay and James Bradberry.
PFF has the Eagles adding Lane Johnson’s eventual replacement.
No. 22: Philadelphia Eagles: T Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma
No. 50: Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans Saints): CB Mike Sainristil, Michigan
No. 54: Philadelphia Eagles: WR Ja’Lynn Polk, Washington