Eagles Draft: Ranking the best and worst 3rd round picks

The 2023 NFL Draft is just weeks away and the Philadelphia Eagles are busy trying to find the next crop of talented young players to continue to enhance their title window.

For general manager Howie Roseman, the draft will be a key part in continuing to improve on a team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl last year. And while recent top picks have certainly worked out, recent history hasn’t always been kind to the Eagles’ GM.

Today, we go over the picks Roseman has hit, missed, and secretly nailed throughout the third round.

Best Pick: Isaac Seumalo

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 19: Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Isaac Seumalo (56) sets up to block during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Fransisco 49ers on September 19, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Truth be told, there weren’t a lot of third-round picks the Eagles have made over the last decade. That being said, Seumalo was the clear winner. A member of the 2016 draft class that brought a championship to Philly, his career started slowly with being benched in multiple seasons and injuries plaguing most of his start.

His 2022 season though was his best. Seumalo’s intelligence and growth helped the Eagles offensive line become the best in football while the offense as a whole set of franchise records in wins and points scored.

Worst Pick: Davion Taylor

Well get to another linebacker on this list in a bit but Davion Taylor was thought to be his replacement back in 2019. Instead, the linebacker from Colorado was cut from the team after just two seasons and has been on the practice squad. A lack of size and physicality has severely plagued him in a year that was highlighted by major misses (and hits) within the first few picks of this draft.

Sleeper Pick: Jordan Hicks

GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 08: Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) gestures during the NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals on December 8, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire)

Jordan Hicks was what Roseman was hoping to get out of Taylor. The Texas product was dynamic throughout his career in Philly totaling over 180 tackles, 13 sacks, and seven interceptions. In four seasons with the Eagles, Hicks struggled with injuries but used a strong 2018 season to get a great free-agent deal with the Cardinals. Hicks won’t be seen as a longtime great of the franchise, but he was one of the best linebackers they have had over the last decade.

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