6 Eagles on Thin ice Following the NFL Draft

Which veterans could struggle to make the Eagles roster this year?
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The success the Philadelphia Eagles had with their first two picks in the 2024 NFL Draft was spectacular. They doubled up on cornerbacks, which was their biggest need — without a doubt. They not only filled the need but ended up with a player who was seen as a top-15 option in Quinyon Mitchell from Toledo (No. 22) and a top-20 option in Cooper DeJean from Iowa (No. 40).

They continued to hit after that with Ainias Smith from Texas A&M, Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. from Clemson, Trevor Keegan from Michigan, and Johnny Wilson from Florida State. With their moves this weekend, the Eagles have added depth and put these six players on thin ice in the process.

6. Oren Burks, LB

In Round 5, the Eagles brought in a linebacker who is already an instant fan favorite, Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. The Clemson linebacker is the son of Jeremiah Trotter, Sr. who spent eight years with the Eagles. During that span, he made the Pro Bowl four times and was a four-time All-Pro as well.

The younger Trotter doesn't have the same elite size his father possessed at 6-foot-0 and 228 pounds but has an incredibly high football IQ. He has a nose for the football and should be a great depth piece for the team early in his career with the ability to start in the future.

In the short-term, it makes it tough for Oren Burks who signed a one-year contract in the offseason. Burks has been solid in his career and recorded 46 tackles and one sack for San Francisco. However, he already had Devin White, Nakobe Dean, and Zack Baun to fight for snaps with. Throw in Trotter and their depth could be enough for Burks to find himself on ice.