Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft: Reloading Defense Following Free Agent Departures

2023 NFL Mock Draft, Christian Gonzalez. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Max Duggan, Philadelphia Eagles, 2023 NFL Mock Draft
Jan 9, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) passes the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the third quarter of the CFP national championship game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 5, Pick 174: Isaiah McGuire, Defensive End, Missouri

Back to the defense we go, with some bigger depth on the edge of the defensive line. The Eagles brought back Brandon Graham on a one-year deal, and the team already has Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, and Haason Reddick, but, aside from Reddick, the futures of these players with the team are in question.

Adding a big-body, physical edge presence such as Isaiah McGuire could bode well for the future of the Eagles defense. Reddick is an outstanding speed rusher and a true building block for this organization. What the team may not have moving forward, is a power rusher who can bully blockers and set the edge in the run game. With the right direction, that could potentially be McGuire.

Round 6, Pick 214: Jaxson Kirkland, Offensive Tackle, Washington

The Eagles will likely look to add some depth to their offensive line this offseason. At this point in the mock draft, Jaxson Kirkland is a very viable option. He is 6-foot-7 and 321 pounds, with experience at both guard spots and left tackle as a five-year starter at Washington. He may not be as athletically gifted as some of the top offensive line prospects in the class, be he has experience and versatility, both valuable assets for a backup offensive lineman in the NFL.

Round 6, Pick 219: Brenton Strange, Tight End, Penn State

Since losing Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals, the Eagles have not had a truly reliable second tight end to pair with Dallas Goedert. Sure, the team primarily deploys extra wide receivers, but having two solid tight ends is a must in today’s NFL. Brenton Strange can help the offense right away as a blocker and has solid upside as a pass-catcher as well.


Round 7, Pick 248: Max Duggan, Quarterback, TCU

Max Duggan is a scrappy player and a tough leader. He may not be the most gifted thrower or athlete, but he certainly found a way to win for the majority of the season last year.

If the Cowboys like what they see in someone like Duggan, I would expect them to take a flier on such a quarterback late in the Draft. Duggan should be able to be a serviceable backup and solid locker room addition, with the potential to develop into a starting option for a team down the line in the NFL.

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