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The Philadelphia Eagles had a rare opportunity to capitalize on the 2023 NFL Draft, thanks to having two first-round picks in an offseason following a Super Bowl appearance. Philadelphia originally held the No. 10 and No. 30 overall picks in the draft -- and traded up to No. 9 -- the first team since the New England Patriots in 2008 to have a top-10 draft pick the year following a Super Bowl appearance. 

Philadelphia had interviewed plenty of offensive and defensive linemen amongst its top 30 visits in recent weeks, and ultimately went with THREE defensive players from Georgia.

Originally with no picks from the fourth through sixth rounds, the Eagles traded for the 188th pick from the Texans and picked QB Tanner McKee out of Stanford. Philadelphia had four premium picks on Days 1 and 2 (two in the first round, one in the second, one in the third) and four premium picks in 2024 (one first, two in the second, and one in the third -- is a projected compensatory). 

The Eagles will certainly be active in the 2023 NFL Draft. Here are their selections through Thursday night's Round 1: 

RoundOverall PickPlayer

1 (from Saints, from Bears)


Jalen Carter (Georgia)



Nolan Smith (Georgia)

3 (from Texans)


Tyler Steen (Alabama)

3 (from Cardinals)


Sydney Brown (Illinois)
4 (from Texans)105Kelee Ringo (Georgia)
6 (from Texans)188Tanner McKee (Stanford)
7 (from Lions)249Moro Ojomo (Texas)

Third time is a charm

The Eagles made another deal with the Texans, trading up to No. 188 (sixth round) and parting ways with No. 230 and No. 248 (seventh-round picks). The Eagles took Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee with the pick. 

The Eagles followed by trading out of pick No. 191 with the Buccaneers for a 2024 fifth-round pick. 

Philadelphia used the final pick to select defensive tackle Moro Ojomo from Texas at No. 249. 

Eagles acquire D'Andre Swift from Lions

The Eagles added Swift from the Lions in exchange for a 2023 seventh-round pick (No. 219) and a 2025 fourth-round pick. Philadelphia is also getting back a 2023 seventh-round pick (No. 249) in the deal.

Swift will be part of the Eagles running back rotation with free agent acquisition Rashaad Penny, along with Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell. He is one of just two running backs (minimum 90 carries) to average 5.5 yards per carry in a season (2022), joining Barry Sanders (1994, 1997). 

Eagles trade with Texans

The Eagles traded the No. 62 pick (second round) in exchange for a third-round pick (No. 65), a sixth-round pick (No. 188), and seventh-round pick (No. 230) in the 2023 draft. Philadelphia has eight picks in the draft. 

The Eagles selected Alabama tackle Tyler Steen at No. 65 and Illinois defensive back Sydney Brown at No. 66. Steen played left and right tackle at Alabama, but position versatility is key. He'll back up Jordan Maliata and Lane Johnson or will compete with Cam Jurgens at right guard. Brown can play as a box safety and in the slot. 

Eagles trade with Texans again

The Eagles parted ways with a 2024 third-round pick for the rights to the No. 105 pick in the fourth round (the third pick of the round). Philadelphia had two third-round picks in 2024 to begin with. 

The Eagles selected Kelee Ringo at No. 105, the third Georgia player taken in this draft. He'll back up Darius Slay and James Bradberry on the outside at cornerback. 

Eagles select Jalen Carter at No. 9

The Eagles traded up with the Chicago Bears to the No. 9 overall pick and selected Jalen Carter with the pick. Philadelphia gave up the No. 10 overall pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick to get Carter and add him to their defensive tackle rotation. 

Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter is one of the top prospects, regardless of position, as we look ahead to the 2023 NFL Draft. A five-star recruit out of Apopka High School in Florida, Carter has been the centerpiece of Georgia's championship-winning defense over the past two seasons. He combined to rack up 15.5 tackles for loss and six sacks across 2021 and 2022, but beyond the stat sheet, he's been a 6-foot-3, 310-pound force against the run and a disruptive pass rusher. Some even believe he was the best player on a 2021 Georgia defense that had five first-round picks.

While Carter's talent warrants him being a top-five pick, he got in some legal trouble after he was issued an arrest warrant after it was discovered he left the scene of a fatal car crash in January. A resolution was reached in mid-March, as Carter entered into a deal with Athens-Clarke County solicitors, where he pled no contest. The 21-year-old avoided jail time, but received 12 months of probation, pay a $1,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service along with a driving course. 

Eagles select Nolan Smith at No. 30 

The Eagles selected Nolan Smith at No. 30 overall, the second Georgia player taken in the first round of this draft by the team -- and third in the last four years. 

Smith will join a defensive line with Haason Reddick, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, Jordan Davis, Fletcher Cox, and now teammate Jalen Carter. The Georgia teammates are reunited in Philadelphia. 

Initial scouting report

"Smith has a relatively thin frame, which may limit his contributions at the point of attack. He does a good job using his hands to get off blocks and is relentless in pursuit. One area of his game that could improve is his overall strength and turning speed to power in his rush. The Georgia native shows good change of direction and first-step quickness." -- CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Josh Edwards.

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