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ITB: Looking At Prospects At 10th Overall
The 2023 NFL Draft has arrived.
Coming off of a Super Bowl appearance, a revamped Philadelphia Eagles front office will have a chance to replenish and add to an already elite roster with a top 10 pick.
On the latest “Inside The Birds” podcast, Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher took a deep dive into the evolving Eagles draft process and discussed potential options at pick number 10.
Adam Caplan: “With [former Eagles Vice President of Player Personnel] Andy Weidl gone, this is a major difference. This is the first time we are going to see how much analytics play into the picks. Alec Halaby has a major say in what goes on here, assistant general manager is one step away from being GM. A lot of it goes through him and the analytics team.”
Geoff Mosher: “We have talked about him in the past. I will say the sense that I have gotten is that his image and reputation is improving. It’s very true that there was tension between the coaches, personnel people, and analytics people at times, and he was a part of that. Some people looked at him and said he was just a number cruncher. But digging into this, since he has gotten his promotion, people are happy with the way operations are run.”
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Mosher: “He is the type of pass rusher with versatility, get-off, everything. They can play him in different spots. The Eagles believe they can never have enough defensive linemen, especially when they can move around and do different things.”
Caplan: “He has all sorts of movement ability. He is super strong and powerful; he is a power-striker. The word in scouting is he finds something off of tape and goes right at it and knocks the guy off of the ball.”
Caplan: “An offensive line coach was the first guy to mention Zack Martin to me. He says if he got Skoronski he would be a Pro Bowl guard…If they pass on him, it’s not the end of the world, but it fills a current and future need.”
Mosher: “It makes a whole lot of sense with organizational philosophy and what they look for. It’s not a penalty that teams see him as a right guard, because they see him as a very good if not elite right guard. He’s very technical, so he overcomes the short arms which are not as big of a deal when you are playing inside. He is really sound.”
Mosher: “Great college player, no doubt about that, but not a lot of positional versatility, very light. If you are the Eagles, you can only play him in the same spot Haason Reddick plays unless you move Josh Sweat inside. I feel like he is a trade-down guy for the Eagles.”
Caplan: “If the Eagles take him, they have him for five years. This is why Howie Roseman has to take a serious look at this. It’s not what they do or the way they think, but sometimes there are outliers. That’s the way Howie looked at Christian McCaffrey. He was such a game-changer and so is this kid. I don’t see him going top 10, but if the Eagles trade down, maybe he’s a trade-down candidate.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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