The Eagles 2023 Draft Class Earned an Excellent Grade from the Experts. But are Expectations Higher than Ever for Them to Succeed Immediately?
You better believe it.

Once again, Eagles rookies are shining during Eagles Training Camp.

The Eagles have a blueprint for success. It goes like this: Athens, Georgia, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Eagles are what your team looks like when you add collegiate talent to stay on top of the NFC for years to come. The plan is simple. Draft and recruit top talent from two of the best football programs in the country, The University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.

The Eagles utilized the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City to acquire Alabama offensive lineman Tyler Steen and University of Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter, linebacker Nolan Smith, and cornerback Kelee Ringo. The Eagles also acquired Detroit Lions for running back DeAndre Swift, a Philadelphia native who also attended the University of Georgia. The following week, the Eagles added undrafted rookie cornerback Eli Ricks, Clemson wide receiver Joseph Ngata, LSU cornerback Mekhi Garner, and Arkansas wide receiver Jadon Haselwood among others.

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For the Eagles, it’s all part of the plan. Jalen Hurts and wide receiver DeVonta Smith both played together at the University of Alabama. The Eagles also drafted defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker Nakobe Dean from the University of Georgia in the 2022 NFL draft. They added rookie Josh Jobe from the University of Alabama in the same year.

It’s a solid plan. Both schools have had eight national championships between them since 2007.

In that time, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide Football Program has played in sixteen bowl game victories, nine SEC West Championships, eight SEC Championships, and six national championships under Coach Nick Saban. The University of Georgia Football Program has won national championships in 2021 and 2022, played in a championship game in 2017, five SEC Eastern Division crowns, and seven bowl victories since Kirby Smart joined the program in 2015.

Will expectations be higher than usual for the 2023 Draft Class?

Although the Eagles received high marks for the 2022 NFL Draft, last year’s Super Bowl run featured significant production from them, mainly on special teams from the rookies.

All NFL rookies need time to learn. Time to practice. Time to prepare.

The reason is simple. The game is faster, hits harder, and is more complicated than anything that they have ever seen before. And therein lies one of the NFL’s biggest problems:

Draft selections have little time to adjust in today’s NFL. After their second preseason game and like all other NFL teams trying to solidify a final 53-man roster, the Eagles have injuries. This rookie class will have to step up and fill the void for both the vacancies left by free agency and for injured players.

Does this rookie class have the motivation to add more immediate production to the 2023 Philadelphia Eagles? Have they added that expectation on themselves?

Will immediate production from a heralded rookie class mean the Eagles will play in February to avenge last year’s Super Bowl loss?

We’ll see.

It’s possible. After all, it has become a Philadelphia Eagles rookie “rite” of passage.

Will Georgia and Alabama juniors and seniors dream of the opportunity to walk across the stage at future NFL Drafts and be handed a Philadelphia Eagles cap?
You better believe that, too.

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