Eagles Select Fan-Favorite Prospect in 5th Round of Draft

The Philadelphia Eagles decided to nab a fan-favorite defender on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman during the
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman during the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles have had one of the best offseasons in the NFL. They added a bunch of talent in free agency, extended multiple core players, and continued to add talent on draft weekend.

It started by selecting Toledo's Quinyon Mitchell at No. 22 overall then nabbing Iowa's Cooper DeJean with the No. 40 pick to solidify the secondary.

GM Howie Roseman has seven Day 3 picks at his disposal and he snatched one of the biggest fan favorites in Round 4.

Eagles News: Philly Drafts the Son of a Former Eagle Great

The Eagles traded up and selected Clemson LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., the son of Jeremiah Trotter at No. 155 overall.

Roseman admitted before the draft that he is biased towards hometown players and that was exactly the case with Trotter Jr.

Jeremiah Trotter played for the Philadelphia Eagles for eight seasons (1998-2006, 2009), notching 696 total tackles, 59 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks. Now his son gets to continue the legacy in the city of Brotherly Love.

Trotter Jr., the Clemson product, is an instinctive and quick downhill tackler. He is very active in pursuit and does a good job reading the quarterback's eyes to find the ball.

In three seasons with the Tigers, he recorded 192 total stops, 29.5 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks, including back-to-back campaigns with 88-plus tackles.

He has the athletic profile to make an impact but doesn't have to be thrust onto the field immediately. The Birds have Devin White and Nakobe Dean slated to start, allowing Trotter Jr. to ease into a role.

Regardless, Roseman brought a fan favorite home as he continues to dominate the offseason for the Eagles.

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