Philadelphia Eagles News, April 6: Top Defensive Options To Select in Draft, Sydney Brown Says He Will Be Ready for Start of Season, and More

Here's the latest news involving the Philadelphia Eagles, including the top defensive options in the 2024 NFL Draft and an update on Sydney Brown's recovery.

The Philadelphia Eagles currently hold three of the top 53 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, which gives them multiple opportunities to add some quality defensive prospects to a Vic Fangio defense aiming to return to its dominance from the 2022 NFL season.

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Just three months after his rookie season in the NFL ended with an ACL tear, Eagles safety Sydney Brown is still feeling extremely optimistic about his recovery.

Top Defensive Options for the Philadelphia Eagles To Select in the 2024 NFL Draft

The Eagles pick at Nos. 22, 50, and 53, allowing them the flexibility to simply take the best player available while still addressing multiple positions on the defensive side of the football.

The defensive struggles of last year’s Eagles have fans focusing heavily on the top CB prospects in Pro Football Network’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft Simulator.

Despite the team’s decision to extend Reed Blankenship, bring back C.J. Gardner-Johnson, and draft Brown last year, the most popular player selected for the Eagles is Kamren Kinchens from the University of Miami.

“Kinchens has great ball skills and showcases an unquenchable thirst for wanting to make big plays, but his eagerness to be a disruptive force can lead to costly missed assignments in run support and in zone coverage,” wrote PFN’s Derek Tate. “If Fangio can keep his playmaking instincts intact while helping him take fewer risks, then Kinchens could be a disruptive force in this defensive scheme.”

Coming in at No. 2 was Clemson LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. and Texas A&M LB Edgerrin Cooper at No. 3.

KEEP READING: Most-Selected Defensive Options for the Eagles

Sydney Brown Says He Will Be Ready for Start of Season

Brown is still feeling extremely optimistic about his recovery after his rookie season in the NFL ended with an ACL tear.

Brown, 24, tore his ACL in Week 18 against the New York Giants on Jan. 7 but already feels like he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab.

“I feel amazing. I can start working out for you right now if you want to,” Brown said to NBC10 earlier this week. “I feel great. I’ve been kind of in and out of Philly. I’ve been working out with the trainers at my home school in Illinois. [Senior athletic trainer] Jerome [Reid] and [VP of sports medicine/head athletic trainer] Tom [Hunkele] and the crew have been working real hard with me.

“I feel like I’m miles ahead of where I should really be. I will be ready for when the season comes around.”

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Eliot Shorr-Parks on X (Formerly Twitter)

Eagles Could Be Offensive Tackle Team in Round 1

ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller recently noted that the Eagles could be a sneaky offensive tackle team in Round 1, even after Thursday’s extension of Jordan Mailata.

“General manager Howie Roseman drafts ahead of need better and more aggressively than any other decision-maker in football while also building through the trenches with premium picks,” Miller wrote. “With right tackle Lane Johnson entering his age-34 season and center Jason Kelce retiring this offseason, don’t be shocked if a player like Oklahoma’s [Tyler] Guyton is tabbed as a Week 1 starting right guard and an eventual replacement for Johnson.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers Almost Landed Eagles Star OT

The Eagles just extended offensive tackle Jordan Mailata for three years, signing a $66 million deal with their veteran star.

Before he was drafted by the Eagles, Mailata was trying to get into the NFL’s International Players Pathway program, which allows teams to carry an extra player on their practice squad. Pittsburgh was the team trying to add Mailata, he revealed during an episode of the New Heights podcast.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Jordan Mailata on New Heights Podcast on YouTube

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