6 Eagles on Thin ice Following the NFL Draft

Which veterans could struggle to make the Eagles roster this year?
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4. Kelee Ringo, CB

If anyone tried to argue that cornerback wasn't the No. 1 need for the Eagles, they were proven dead wrong by Friday night. Of course, anyone who watched them play in 2023 shouldn't have been able to argue any other position was more of a concern.

With their first pick, they took Quinyon Mitchell who is a 6-foot-0, 190-pounder who ran a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash and hit 38-inches in the vertical leap. The only concern with Mitchell was the competition he faced at Toledo but he has the athleticism and confidence to be a success for years — and can learn alongside Darius Slay who has been a stud for years.

From there, they added Cooper DeJean in Round 2 — and he had no business falling to Round 2. Their additions mean the Eagles have turned their top weakness into a potential strength. It also means returning players who have been developing at the position might be on thin ice. One such example is Kelee Ringo.

Once seen as a potential Round 1 pick, Ringo lasted until the fourth round in 2023. As a rookie, he started four games and had 21 tackles with one pick. Still, he didn't do enough to unseat Bradberry permanently, and the decision to take two players this early — and the re-signing of Avonte Maddox after releasing him earlier in the offseason — means Ringo isn't guaranteed anything in 2024.