April 17, 2023   3 MIN READ

Tenacious Tandem

ITB: Versatility Key In Birds 1st Round Mock Draft Picks


The Philadelphia Eagles currently own six picks in the 2023 NFL Draft as they look to build a roster that can return to the Super Bowl.

On the latest “Inside The Birds” podcast, InsideTheBirds.com’s Andrew DiCecco joined Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher to provide further intel on his latest Eagles mock draft.

Mazi Smith

Michigan DT Mazi Smith is a rare combination of size and pass rush ability

Myles Murphy

Andrew DiCecco: “He offers the highest floor for every pass rusher not named Will Anderson. He’s scheme-versatile.”

Adam Caplan: “I was told by a d-line coach that he absolutely sees him playing inside some in nickel. That can replace Brandon Graham’s role in 2024.”

Geoff Mosher: “If you don’t have that interior burst that you used to have with Javon Hargrave, but you have two edge guys in Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat, you have an opportunity to get Murphy in your four-man rush if he can go inside with Fletcher Cox and be productive.”

Mazi Smith

DiCecco: “At 6-3, 337 pounds, he does have the power at the point of attack, but more uniquely, he has the short-area quickness and pass rush ability”

Caplan: “The only problem with his situation is he was a nose tackle at Michigan, and [the Eagles] need a 3-technique. Maybe with coaching at the next level, he learns different techniques to be more of a pass rusher.”

Steve Avila

DiCecco: “He’s a powerful player, actually started seasons at left guard and center, so he has the versatility that Jeff Stoutland likes.”

Caplan: “He would start day one at right guard. There would be no competition there.”

Daiyan Henley

DiCecco: “He is a relatively raw product, he’s able to get by with his athleticism and speed.”

Caplan: “His tape, I was told, was so good. I am not saying he’s going before [Iowa LB] Jack Campbell, but you can’t rule it out. This kid’s movement is so good and he is apparently really smart.”

Anthony Johnson Jr.

DiCecco: “He has a lot more physicality than what you would normally see from a converted corner. His ability to play in any scheme is a good indicator of what he can do.”

Caplan: “I would be very surprised if he lasted. The rounds I have been given for him was four and five.”

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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