Day Three Haul
ITB: Eagles Find Potential Gems in Day Three of NFL Draft
Even on the final day of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles made aggressive moves to solidify their Super Bowl contending roster.
Following the conclusion of the draft, Andrew DiCecco joined “Inside The Birds” co-host Adam Caplan to discuss the Eagles’ day three.
Adam Caplan: “This came about in the last 48 hours…This is the final year of his rookie deal. The guaranteed money on his contract expired last season. His final year here of base salary will be $1.75 million.”
Andrew DiCecco: “When you’re getting someone like a D’Andre Swift on your roster who has the potential to be a home run hitter any time he touches the ball, you have to make sure you get him at least 12 touches a game. He is someone who can catch the football extremely well and is very deadly in space.”
DiCecco: “I had a high second round grade on him. I really like his size: 6’2 and 205. He’s very fast linearly, moving laterally is where his hiccup is. Sometimes when things break down for him, it’s technique and guys can get a step on him down the field and he can get grabby at times. But he’s very physical against the run, he’s willing. He has the size that lends itself to cross-training at safety. He is extremely athletic and intriguing.”
Caplan: “His straight-line speed was great – 4.36 – His 10-yard split was very good at 1.54. The way that I’ve heard is he doesn’t play at that speed. There was some lower body stiffness which is what teams had an issue with. The Eagles had him higher graded than most teams, as we understand.”
DiCecco: “He’s 6’6, 230, a classic pocket passer. He throws with a lot of velocity, has a big arm, trusts his receivers a lot. He’s just a statue back there, doesn’t offer a lot of mobility.”
DiCecco: “I’m surprised he lasted as long as he did. To me, his skills seem to indicate he is going to find a home on the inside. He is a very powerful lineman and his play strength is one of the hallmarks of his game. He’s someone that can plug the run adequately.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.