As the Philadelphia Eagles enjoy a first-round bye during Super Wild Card Weekend, a portion of the fanbase is already looking ahead to the 2023 NFL Draft. Of course, the excitement is warranted. The Eagles currently hold this year's 10th overall pick, which they acquired from the New Orleans Saints ahead of the 2022 draft.
Though Philadelphia is already one of the best teams in football, a top-10 pick has the potential to make them even more dangerous next season. There will be a ton of NFL-ready talent available at that spot, meaning general manager Howie Roseman has plenty of options worth considering.
Here are the three most likely draft targets for the Eagles with the 10th overall pick.
Eagles Draft Rumors
1. Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
With cornerback James Bradberry set to hit free agency, the Eagles need a suitable replacement. Enter: Cam Smith. Quarterbacks often tried to avoid passing near the South Carolina CB because if they did, he'd make them play. On 70 targets over the last two seasons, Smith has racked up 14 broken-up passes with 4 interceptions. On top of his fantastic coverage skills, he also possesses solid speed that will help him keep pace with wideouts in the NFL. With scouting experts viewing him as someone who hasn't even begun playing his best football yet, Smith would help keep the Eagles' defense at a high level for years to come.
2. Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
There's a chance that the Eagles could part ways with Brandon Graham, making Tyree Wilson an attractive option with the 10th pick. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound EDGE constantly created havoc at Texas Tech over the last two seasons, recording 7 sacks in each campaign while amassing 62 total tackles. His 14 tackles for a loss in 2022 ranked third-most in the Big 12, helping him earn first-team All-Big 12 and All-American honors. With a wingspan of over seven feet as well, Wilson is a unique prospect who can help Philly's pass rush thrive as early as next season.
3. Brian Branch, S, Alabama
As it stands, K'Von Wallace and Reed Blankenship are the only Eagles safeties under contract in 2023, according to Spotrac. If Philadelphia wants to solve that issue while setting itself up for the future, I wouldn't be shocked if the team lands Alabama safety Brian Branch. The Crimson Tide defender is coming off an impressive campaign that saw him record 58 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 defended passes and 2 interceptions in 13 games. Furthermore, Branch's 14 tackles for a loss were the second-most in the SEC. He also logged a 75.5 QB rating when targeted. With good ball skills and the ability to read routes, it wouldn't take long for Eagles fans to fall in love with Branch.
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