Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft 2024 guide: Picks, predictions and key needs

Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft 2024 guide: Picks, predictions and key needs

By Oghale Apr23,2024

The Beast, Dane Brugler’s expansive guide to the NFL Draft, is here. 

The Philadelphia Eagles have the 22nd pick in the 2024 NFL Draft when Round 1 begins April 25 in Detroit. The Eagles own eight total picks in the seven-round draft.

Eagles’ draft picks

Round Pick Overall Notes

1

22

22

2

18

50

From Saints

2

21

53

4

20

120

From Steelers, via Rams

5

26

161

From Buccaneers

5

36

171

Compensatory pick

5

37

172

Compensatory pick

6

34

210

Compensatory pick

Full draft order

Every pick in the seven-round NFL Draft.

NFL Draft details

• Round 1: April 25, 8 p.m. ET
• Rounds 2-3: April 26, 7 p.m. ET
• Rounds 4-7: April 27, noon ET

All rounds will be televised on ESPN/ABC and NFL Network and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

About the Eagles

• Head coach: Nick Sirianni (fourth season with team)
• Last year’s record: 11-6, lost in NFC wild-card round

One of the most confounding things about the 2023 Eagles was how a team so blatantly stocked with talent could look so helpless on the field. Owner Jeffrey Lurie said Sirianni was “adamant” about hiring “top-notch coordinators” this offseason, and they believe the experienced additions of Vic Fangio and Kellen Moore will avoid such an issue in 2024. Both coordinators have access to a roster that largely retained its talented core, and the Eagles, who still pose plenty of potential for a deep playoff run, have already addressed many of their holes and key departures in free agency.

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A top-eight offense splurged on Saquon Barkley. But as Cam Jurgens is positioned to replace Jason Kelce at center, the Eagles still need to identify an answer at right guard. Will the youth movement along the defensive front work? Former first-rounders Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter must step up after Fletcher Cox’s retirement, and the Eagles gambled that signing edge rusher Bryce Huff will give them more long-term value by trading away Haason Reddick. General manager Howie Roseman used free agency to address their shortfalls at linebacker (Devin White) and safety (C.J. Gardner-Johnson), but he could use the draft to further bolster the secondary and ensure his confidence that James Bradberry will rebound from his regression at cornerback last season.

Eagles’ key position needs

Cornerback: The reasoning to restock this position is well documented. There isn’t a significant investment behind Bradberry and Darius Slay, who missed five games with a knee injury last season. There isn’t yet much evidence for confidence in Kelee Ringo (fourth-round pick in 2023) and Eli Ricks (undrafted in 2023), and an assemblage of veterans that include Isaiah Rodgers and Tyler Hall. By not landing a major acquisition here in free agency, the Eagles are projecting cornerback as a key target in a draft stocked with plenty of players at the position.

Linebacker: There may be plenty of belief in Nakobe Dean and White, but both players still represent separate gambles. Dean, a third-round pick in 2022, must prove he can stay healthy after hitting injured reserve twice last year and undergoing Lisfranc surgery. White, the No. 5 overall pick in 2019, is a former Pro Bowler who must prove he can elevate a system with his athleticism, not hinder it as a liability as he often did in 2023. With questionable depth behind both projected starters — Oren Burks has never started more than five games in a season, and Zack Baun offers more upside as an edge rusher — it wouldn’t hurt to supply another linebacker to increase the odds of finding a reliable option.

Offensive line: There’s still plenty of immediate stability along the offensive line in the wake of Kelce’s retirement. The Eagles made two-time Pro Bowler Landon Dickerson the NFL’s highest-paid guard with a four-year, $84 million extension. Lane Johnson, a two-time first-team All-Pro right tackle, remains under contract through the 2026 season. Left tackle Jordan Mailata’s contract expires after 2025. But in Jurgens’ expected slide to center, the Eagles don’t want right guard to become a crack opponents can leverage. There are at least three offensive line prospects within range of the Eagles at No. 22 who have the positional versatility to compete with newly signed Matt Hennessy and 2023 third-round selection Tyler Steen for the right guard spot, and to supply answers at tackle for a franchise that always considers its midrange and long-term future.

Wide receiver: The Eagles fulfilled the minimum in their recent depth investments behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. The one-year deals signed by Parris Campbell and DeVante Parker shouldn’t generate much expectation. A splash pick at this position could allow Roseman to increase the immediate dynamism of a corps that includes two 1,000-yard receivers, while also giving the executive more options to manage the position in the future. The Eagles must decide by May 2 if they’re going to pick up Smith’s fifth-year option. Brown’s cap hit is scheduled to increase exponentially to $41.5 million by 2026, according to Over the Cap. If the Eagles find themselves in range of a talented pass catcher, it could be quite sensible to add another receiver who would be under team control on an affordable rookie deal.

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The Athletic’s latest mock drafts

April 19: Austin Mock’s analytics mock draft
Mock has the Eagles adding defensive line depth with the selection of Jer’Zhan Newton.

April 17: Dane Brugler’s seven-round mock draft
Brugler has Philadelphia going with an offensive lineman with its first selection.

April 8: Nick Baumgardner’s three-round NFL mock draft
Baumgardner has the Eagles trading up to select one of the draft’s top cornerbacks.

April 4: Bruce Feldman’s NFL mock draft
Feldman has Philadelphia selecting a cornerback with its first pick and trading for a second first-rounder to land an offensive lineman.

March 25: Ben Standig’s NFL mock draft
Standig has the Eagles selecting Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins with their Round 1 pick.

March 21: Beat writer mock draft 2.0
Kubena has Philadelphia taking Iowa cornerback Cooper DeJean with the 22nd overall pick.

March 5: Dane Brugler’s post-combine mock draft
Brugler has the Eagles trading up to grab Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold at No. 17.

Feb. 22: Beat writer mock draft 1.0
Kubena has the Eagles taking Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell with their first-round pick.

Eagles’ last five top picks

2023: Jalen Carter, DT, No. 9 — Carter projected he can be a considerable force along the interior for a long time. He finished second in the voting for 2023 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year behind Will Anderson Jr., who received 16 first-place votes to Carter’s 14. He produced consistent pressure at a limited snap share (51 percent). Carter’s six sacks in 2023 ranked 12th among interior defensive linemen, and his 18 defensive pressures ranked 22nd.

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2023: Nolan Smith, Edge, No. 30 — This is going to be an interesting year for Smith. He totaled just 16 percent of the defensive snaps as a rookie. How much will his role increase following the Reddick trade? The 6-foot-2, 238-pound Smith was an excellent run defender at Georgia. He could work well as a complement to Huff, who excelled as a pass-rush specialist with the New York Jets. But Smith, who logged four quarterback pressures in 2023, must improve as a rusher as the Eagles weigh their options with Josh Sweat entering the final year of his contract.

2022: Jordan Davis, DT, No. 13 — Davis said it himself on locker clean-out day: “I fell off on the half end of the year.” The 6-6, 336-pound interior lineman knows he must “make sure that I’m at my tip-top at every game, every single second of the game” after the condition of his body deteriorated over the course of the 2023 season. Davis played 45 percent of the defensive snaps. Cox played 66 percent. The Eagles are expecting Davis, who recorded 45 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and two tackles for loss last season, to supply stability along the interior for the upcoming era.

2021: DeVonta Smith, WR, No. 10 — He’s arguably the best wide receiver the Eagles have drafted in the Roseman era. The franchise spent several seasons failing to provide its quarterbacks with an elite pass catcher. After drafting the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner and trading for Brown in 2022, the Eagles can debate whether they field the NFL’s best wideout duo with a straight face. Smith has recorded 3,178 yards and 19 touchdown receptions in three seasons. As the May 2 deadline approaches for Roseman to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option, the question isn’t so much should the Eagles extend Smith’s contract as much as it is how and when.

2020: Jalen Reagor, WR, No. 21 — Speaking of the Eagles formerly failing to supply their quarterbacks with an elite pass catcher. Reagor’s lasting legacy in Philadelphia is having been traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2023 seventh-round pick that Roseman used in a package with the Detroit Lions to acquire D’Andre Swift and draft Moro Ojomo. Reagor, by being cut by Minnesota in training camp last year, failed to meet the terms that would’ve required the Vikings to give the Eagles a conditional fourth-round pick this cycle. Reagor was subsequently picked up by the Patriots, played in 11 games and just re-signed with New England on a one-year, $1.3 million deal.

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