The Eagles are adding a new meaning to “Dawg Mentality”

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FILE – Kentucky quarterback Will Levis (7) is sacked by Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter (88) and linebacker Quay Walker (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Athens, Ga. Considered the best interior defensive lineman in the draft, Carter has the talent to be selected among the top five. If he drops, it’ll be because of character concerns. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

The Philadelphia Eagles had a good theme going during last year’s NFL draft. After taking Jordan Davis and then stealing his teammate, Nakobe Dean, in the third round; Philadelphia found a recipe for success. A recipe that could only be complete when they came into the Draft last night. 

Somehow, some way, the Eagles managed to trade a 4th-round pick and the 10th overall to move up one spot with the Bears and they selected Defensive Tackle, Jalen Carter. Before the off the field issues, Carter was rated as the number one prospect in the draft. After losing a teammate in a fatal crash, it seemed as if things were going downhill for the former Bulldog.

Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter (88) waves to the crowd before the national championship NCAA College Football Playoff game between Georgia and TCU, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter, projected as one of the top players in next month’s NFL draft, has been charged with reckless driving and racing in conjunction with the crash that killed offensive lineman Devin Willock and a recruiting staff member.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Luckily he lands in Philadelphia where the brotherhood of his past Championship team is still thriving through Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean. But the Eagles didn’t stop there. The front office managed to stay as patient as possible without sacrificing any picks to nab the second-best defensive player in the draft that just so happens to be from Georgia as well!

Nolan Smith was taken with the 30th pick in the draft and could be the steal of a lifetime. He’s the prototypical edge rusher that Philly will love for years to come. This was the final piece needed to recreate an incredible defensive line that was once part of a historical college football defense.

There’s no second-guessing that Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith will make immediate impacts alongside Nakobe Dean and Jordan Davis. The true difference maker that can help this defense accomplish what last years couldn’t is the brotherhood that had already been established in college.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 30: Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Jordan Davis (90) rushes during the game between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 30, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Jalen Carter has praised Nakobe Dean and Jordan Davis for their leadership in Georgia on and off the field. This shows just how much Carter wants to succeed at this level. While many will express a distaste for a pro athlete having to be “chaperoned” by another athlete, it discredits the truth about the brotherhood that exists off the field. The Eagles have the perfect culture for Carter to thrive in as well as the best veteran leaders from Jalen Hurts, Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce, Haason Reddick, and Brandon Graham.

A new Howie Roseman for the Eagles?

One has to wonder what has changed for Howie Roseman over the last several years. During the Pederson-Wentz era, the Eagles were drafting “could-be” players and signing players that were in the last years of their prime. Ever since Nick Sirianni came on, Philadelphia has invested in its youth and has gone for the sure thing in multiple drafts. From DeVonta Smith in the first round, to Jordan Davis and then trading from A.J. Brown before selecting Cam Jurgens and Nakobe Dean to this year’s incredible start.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 11: Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) celebrates scoring a touchdown with Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Cameron Latu (81) and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback (9) on the sidelines during the College Football Playoff National Championship football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 11, 2021 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)

Howie is seeing finished college products that are ready to boom in the NFL and he’s all-in. He’s replicated what Alabama had in DeVonta Smith and Jalen Hurts then has now gone on to replicate what Georgia between their four defensive stars. Philadelphia has turned over a new life and is welcoming sustainable success.

It seems like the Eagles are embracing a new meaning to the term Dawg mentality. After going all in on Georgia defenders in the first round, one has to wonder what else Howie has up his sleeve for days 2 and 3. From my understanding, there’s another Georgia Bulldog out there that could use a change of scenery on the offensive side of the football. Keep your eyes focused on what looks to be an incredible weekend for the Eagles and their fans.

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