Is Jalen Carter now a possibility for the Eagles? And if so, should they take him? One month ago, Jalen Carter falling to the Eagles was something not even worth considering. Some had him going as high as the first overall pick. And noone had him falling past pick 5. But legal troubles are putting his place as a top 5 pick in question. Suddenly the Georgia DT is falling in mock drafts and some places have him ending up in Philly. Would that be the right move for the eagles though?
And the Eagles could certainly use some help at DT. Javon Hargrave is likely leaving in free agency. Fletcher Cox could be gone too. And even if Cox returns, the Eagles can’t rely on him to play a major role at his age. Even last year, Cox played far fewer snaps than ever. Leaving the Eagles with just Jordan Davis and Milton Williams at DT. And while they both have flashed talent; they alone are not enough to carry the interior of the defensive line.
We know the Eagles love to take defensive linemen. Five of their last 12 first-round picks were Defensive Linemen. Two of those, Fletcher Cox and Jordan Davis, were Tackles. And off-field issues aside, the agreement among everyone previewing the draft is that Jalen Carter is the best defensive lineman available. In fact, many will say he is the best player period.
Jalen Carter’s talent is undeniable. But should off-the-field troubles keep him off the board? Or is he too good for the Eagles to pass on? It is something the Eagles at least have to consider. Even if the result is that they need to take him off their board entirely. So what exactly are the legal troubles he is facing?