11. Josh Sweat
Getting back to defense, it’s hard to understate how solid of a player Josh Sweat is.
The former 2018 fourth-round selection has been one of the Eagles’ most consistent defenders over the last two years and only seems to get better with each passing season.
Even though he didn’t make the Pro Bowl as he did in 2021, Sweat still finished the 2022 campaign with career highs in solo tackles (31), tackles for a loss (15) and sacks (11.0) while even recording his first-ever interception against the rival Dallas Cowboys, which he returned 42 yards for a touchdown.
Sweat’s non-stop motor caused headaches for opposing quarterbacks, highlighted by 27 pressures, 9 QB knockdowns and 5 hurries.
By the time the season ended, Sweat finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of 86.6, further emphasizing just how good he is. Barring any untimely injuries, the veteran defender will continue creating havoc as a key cog in Philly’s pass rush this fall.
10. Brandon Graham
When Brandon Graham tore his Achilles in 2021, many fans feared that his career would be over. After all, it was his 12th NFL season at the time and history has proven that some older players have more trouble bouncing back from significant injuries.
Letting history dictate his recovery isn’t his style, though. Graham worked his butt off to return to the field last year and didn’t look out of place, suiting up in all 17 regular-season games.
Even though he only started a game once last year, the former Michigan Wolverine was still productive.
Despite being 34 at the time, Graham finished the 2022 season with a career-high 11.0 sacks and even recorded 35 total tackles (11 for lost yardage) while forcing 2 fumbles and breaking up a pass.
While the former All-Pro defender’s playing 43% of defensive snaps was his lowest mark since 2014, he still managed to finish fourth in NFL Comeback Player of the Year voting. His 89.8 PFF grade also proves that injuries and Father Time won’t be slowing him down any time soon.