After making us wait two hours, and a little bit longer, the Eagles got their whole day 2 out of the way in one fell swoop. They selected Alabama Offensive Lineman Tyler Steen, followed immediately by Illinois Safety Sydney Brown.
Eagles make both of their Day 2 picks back to back, landing a Safety from Illinois, and an O-Lineman from Alabama. pic.twitter.com/I7OXcjTaub— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) April 29, 2023
Steen started his career as DT at Vanderbilt. But after playing just 4 games there, he made the switch to playing Right Tackle and started all 4 games there the next season. The following year he swapped over to the left side and started all 12 games there for them. But last year he transferred to Alabama where he continued to start at LT and earned All-SEC honors giving up just 2 sacks in 13 starts. Expect him to serve as a swing backup tackle for the Eagles this season. They lost Andre Dillard this off-season, and lack backups capable of playing Tackle besides Jack Driscoll. He could slide over to RG in the future as well.
As for Sydney Brown, he was a leader in the secondary at Illinois and a serious playmaker. 6 interceptions and 9 pass deflections this past season, both numbers near the top of the league. And what Eagles fans will really love, is that scouts say he is a hard-hitting Safety. He was the leader of a defense that ranked 1st in points allowed (12.3) and second in yards allowed per game (263.8). Brown also has special teams experience. He could have a chance to compete for a starting rule over Reed Blankenship or Terrell Edmunds.
RD 3 | PK 66 - Eagles: Sydney Brown S, Illinois— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) April 29, 2023
Brown earned the highest athleticism score (89) among safeties in this year's draft class. His 10-foot-10 broad jump, 40 1/2-inch vertical and 23 bench reps all rank in the top 10% of safeties since 2003. pic.twitter.com/ius41qnZ36
The Eagles were originally supposed to pick at 62 and 66. But they traded back to 65, in exchange for a 6th and 7th-round pick. After these two picks, the Eagles are not on the clock again until that 188th pick they received for the trade back. Many expected another trade back, but evidently, Howie and Co liked these two players too much to risk that.
They join a draft class that already included Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith.
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