After a dream day one of the NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles gained great value on day two. The Eagles started the day with No.62 and No.66 (from Arizona). It was a long wait for the Eagles to be on the clock, and Howie Roseman made the fans wait a little longer as he traded back to No.65 while adding No.188 and No.230 to his arsenal.
The Eagles gave up a future fourth-round pick to move up from No.10 to No.9, so these new picks could also be used as chess pieces for a player or more picks during day three.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 28, 2023
This was great value for trading out of the tail end of the second round. Many current players on the Eagles roster are closing in on retirement, so now is the time to bring in as many young players as possible to fill in future holes. We saw Philadelphia use this philosophy in the first round when they selected defensive tackle Jalen Carter (No.9) and defensive end Nolan Smith (No.30) to make an immediate impact while being the eventual replacements for Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham.
With the second pick in the third round, the Eagles took Alabama’s offensive tackle, Tyler Steen. Steen started his collegiate career at Vanderbilt as a defensive tackle and ended it as the starting right tackle at Alabama. He has great upside with his strength and size but lacks experience at the position, which leads to footwork problems.
With the 65th overall pick, the Philadelphia #Eagles have drafted Alabama OT Tyler Steen
Back on the clock with pick 66 as well! pic.twitter.com/zDXp4hnz29
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) April 29, 2023
This was a nice pick for the Eagles, Steen will get to learn and develop from the best right tackle in football, Lane Johnson. This seems to be the third straight pick Roseman has used to address aging players on the roster. Steen will have a couple of years to perfect his craft before he will have an opportunity to take over.
After the Eagles selected Steen, they took Illinois safety Sydney Brown. The 5’10 hard-hitting safety had a productive collegiate career for the Fighting Illini. Brown is very athletic with great closing speed but struggles significantly with quick change of direction movements. He will be a great day-one special teams contributor.
This was a good pick for Philadelphia, as they needed to address the safety position before this draft ended. Terrell Edmunds seems to be the lock for one of the team’s safety spots, while Reed Blankenship may be receiving new competition for his spot this season.
However, Brown is a bit small in stature than the typical NFL safety and will be taken advantage of by larger receivers and tight ends. He does possess great traits for the position but will need to show great instincts to be a long-term starter in the league. There were multiple safeties the Eagles could have picked at this point, including Penn State’s high production man Ji’Ayir Brown who I would have liked at this pick better.