How Ignoring Old Habits Can Get the Eagles Back on Track at the April 2024 Draft. 

First, let’s concentrate on what not to do, Eagles.

Don’t plan on doing what comes natural in Detroit in April, 2024.

Fight the urge. Fight it.

No doubt that this 2024 NFL Draft is all important for the Eagles. The opportunity to fill positions of need in order to right the ship after a 2023 collapse.

Yup, and we’ve got some priority positions of need. Do we ever.

Great news. 

We’ve got nine draft picks to help bring the Eagles back to NFC prominence. The Eagles still have a core group that appeared in the Super Bowl in 2023.

It all starts with prioritizing a position that the Eagles traditionally — well — don’t prioritize in the draft historically.

Aside from Nolan Smith’s selection from Georgia in 2023, the Eagles last drafted a linebacker in the first round of the Draft in 1979 with Jerry Robinson out of UCLA.

This year – I’ll make it easy for you and here is a hint – he’s already got ties to the family.

Trotter played in 13 games in his freshman year and finished the season with 22 tackles. He was named the (ACC) Linebacker of the Week for Week 7 after making 13 tackles against Florida State. As a sophomore, he finished the season with 89 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble and was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.

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Trotter’s father was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft. The Axman played with the Eagles during three stints from 1998–2009 amassing 908 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and nine career interceptions. He was a first-team and second-team All Pro and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

So on April 26th — when that 22nd selection is on the clock — don’t trade back or select another offensive lineman, Eagles.

Fill the position of need. Fill it with family.

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