Philadelphia, PA --
Eagles staff Broletariat and D Stack would like to formally introduce the class of 2024.
Round 1 - Pick 20: Soldier Brooks, ILB, Virginia
At the 20th pick, to the surprise of no one, the Eagles selected #1 ILB prospect Soldier Brooks from the University of Virginia. The very public decline of long-time defensive captain Rodrick Milligan made Brooks an obvious fit on an otherwise solid roster since the class solidified following the combine and pro day results.
The former five-star recruit out of Westfield High School in Chantilly, VA never moved from the top of this season's ILB class after posting a stellar 8.6 pro day average, including a 9.1 readiness score, as well as an absurd 32 reps on the bench and a 4.59 40-yard dash time, both top of the ILB class of 2024. On the stat sheet, Brooks recorded 41 tackles, 1 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, and four passes for a solid Cavaliers defense in 2023.
Eagles GM Broletariat had this to say about his first selection of 2024, "Soldier was a top-tier player on our big board this season, and was far and away the best pick available in that spot. His gaudy measurables and leadership at inside linebacker point to a guy who has all of the tools to be an All-Pro in this league and the future of our defense. Obviously Rodrick has been the heart and soul of this team since we first took the field in 2017, but you can't spend too much time looking backwards in this business and he understands that he can't be out there forever."
Head Coach D Stack has this to add on Brooks: "There's not much to say about this pick. Everyone saw this coming from a mile away. We extremely happy to land an impact guy in the final third of the first round. He will be in a linebacker room with All-Pro Roderick Milligan and former first round OLB pick, Martin Whiting. We think Soldier will be a cornerstone on this defense for a long time."
Brooks has the physical makeup and intangibles to start at day one for the Eagles in 2024, but he'll have to overshadow a living legend in Rodrick Milligan to do so.
Round 2, Pick 52: Kameron Suggs, OG, Florida State
No team has run the ball better over the last five seasons than the Philadelphia Eagles, and it seems like that trend is going to hold as the Eagles give their dynamic rushing duo an early Christmas gift by selecting bruisng guard Kameron Suggs with the 52nd overall pick.
As a JUCO entrant to FSU, Suggs anchored an offensive line that paved the way for a 5.37 YPC team rushing average for the Seminoles in '23. His pro day average of 7.7 is tied for first among guards in this year's class, and his readiness score tops the chart as well, while his 3-cone time of 7.83s scored third in the guard class.
Stack added this about his former player: "I had worked with Suggs following his transfer from JUCO to Florida State for the 2023 season. What I can tell you is this guy is a dog. We were susprised to see Kam available at this pick, so again, a no-brainer for a team that likes to run the ball. He solidifies the final position on the line that we saw as a weakness heading into 2024. We feel confident in this team winning in the trenches early and often."
Broletariat echoed his coach, saying "We really liked the footwork and toughness we saw from Kam at FSU last season. Truthfully, for how we position ourselves at that spot on the line, he fits what we're trying to do really well with great lateral quickness and overall agility with a mental preparedness to help us immediately. I don't think coach uses interior linemen for the high jump."
Suggs projects as the starter at right guard over veteran and former 4th round pick (4-111 in 2019) Robert Fontenot.
Round 3, Pick 84: Ricky Cameron, WR, Boston College
With their third choice, the Eagles dipped back into the WR pool, selecting Boston College's Ricky Cameron with the 84th overall pick.
A tall, versatile receiving threat who dropped on many draft boards after posting a disappointing 4.58 40-yard dash time, Cameron was a highly productive member of the BC offense with 124 receptions for 1,693 yards and 15 touchdowns over his last two seasons. Originally thought to be a mid-second round pick by some, his less than stellar combine performance dropped Cameron all the way to pick 84 where the Eagles were glad to have him.
"If you look at what we value in our WR prospects, it's the ability to bring the ball in and secure it," GM Broletariat said of his newest addition at wideout, "and that's driven by our coach, who really wants to see outstanding catch radius and catching ability. Ricky has that in spades with two drops over his last 124 receptions at BC with middling QB play. Imagine how he looks in midseason form with Allan Taylor at the helm."
D Stack expanded on Cameron and offered some glimpse into the WR depth chart this season for the Eagles, contributing "This is a guy I had my eye on for some time. We came into the draft with the idea we needed to get younger at the position and we were able to land a guy in the third that we feel can develop into a starter on the outside. With incumbents Wilson and Hawkins coming into the season healthy, and young slot weapon Justin Evans continuing to develop nicely, Ricky has the advantage of not needing to be THE guy on day one. That said, the guy can line up anywhere at the position, so we're excited to see him on the field in 2024."
Difficult to project with a currently crowded WR room in Philadelphia, but Cameron will undoubtedly see a significant number of preseason snaps as the front office sorts out the position.
Round 4, Pick 103: Kwon Shaw, DT, TCU
With the 4th round selection awarded to the Eagles after the Bengals forfeited their 5th (sent conditionally in exchange for former Eagles WR Cameron Whelahan before the 2023 season), Philadelphia chose the versatile defensive tackle Kwon Shaw from TCU.
Playing in the back of the orchestra on a stacked and talented TCU defense, Shaw managed to record 20 tackles and two sacks to accompany a lone forced fumble for the Horned Frogs in '23. A 5.1 readiness score reaffirmed concerns that the early entrant 5 star tackle possibly came out a year early, and certainly hurt his draft stock as he fell out of the top 100 in what was seen as a fairly middlinig DT class without any clear stars.
Coach Stack addressed the pick by saying "Most of you know by now that we prioritize winning at the line on both sides of the ball. Kwon is a guy I'm really looking forward to working with and slowly working into this defense. Our scouting determined that while he worked mostly in a 3-4 in college, he showed enough versatility for us to take a shot on developing him into a 4-3 nose tackle for our attacking defensive scheme. For now, Shaw will see limited action in 2024 as he adjusts to the speed of the NFLHC game. Eventually he will be sharing a line with All-Pro DE, Ryan Frey, and second year DE Jarroud Blount, who quietly racked up 7 sacks and 7 TFL in only 8 starts after winning the starting job midway through his rookie campaign. I'm very excited for the future of this defense."
GM Broletariat: "We've got a fortunate position where we can afford to take a talented true junior who still has a mile of football in front of him and will benefit from the culture we've built in Philadelphia. There's no denying the natural talent for filling lanes and finding problematic angles that Kwon has, and we're going to take the time to put it all together with him, over time, to develop his skillset even further. I am beyond excited that a player like this could be available at the 103rd pick."
Shaw will likely spend his rookie campaign as a reserve defensive tackle behind veteran Reggie "Big Reg" Hedberg and 2023 5th round pick Marlin Downs.
Round 4, Pick 116: Alexander Moffett, OLB, Buffalo
Rangy OLB Alexander Moffett was the selection with the Eagles second 4th round pick of 2024.
Moffitt suited up at outside linebacker for an underwhelming Buffalo defense 2023, in which he was a lone bright spot, doubling second place among OLBs in this year's class with six passes defended last season, while also contributing 49 tackles, and four for loss to go with 4.6 combine speed and 28 reps (second in the class). Moffett has the game speed awareness to be an impact player in the passing game, the physical strength to hold stout against NFLHC blockers, and the leadership ability to carry the position room - a welcome addition in a group that has underwhelmed for the Eagles throughout their history.
Broletariat was very excited about his newest outside backer, "I think there were safeties taken before Alex who don't cover as well as he does. He's a freak in coverage and, oh yeah, threw up 28 reps on the bench as well. We have high hopes for what Alex will bring to that room and the role he will play for us in sub packages next season."
HC D Stack noted the situation at coverage OLB in the 2023 draft, saying "There weren't a lot of linebackers in this class that we felt confident in dropping into pass coverage. Fortunately we targeted, and landed Alex specifically for his ability to do just that. With our front four responsible for pressuring the QB and stuffing the run, we like our linebackers to be athletic and play the pass well. He's a great locker room guy and someone we feel has the potential to impact and lead special teams with the ability to possibly grow into a starter on the weakside."
Immediate special teams contributor and will pressure disappointing 2023 FA acquisition Dennis Himes in preseason.
Round 5, Pick 148: Jeremy Harris, CB, Portland State
For the second time in three drafts (5-164 OG Zach Carpenter in 2022), the Eagles have drafted a Portland State Viking, this time in the 5th round with ball-hawking cornerback Jeremy Harris.
The Big Sky standout and Portland State defensive captain amassed 22 tackles, two interceptions, and seven passes defended last season for the Vikings, and tied for second among corners in the bench press (14), and fifth in the broad jump (10-2) as a special invitee to the NFLHC Combine. With 6'1 size to back up his ball skills, Harris could be a dangerous addition to an already promising young secondary.
"Here's another high character guy that may have been overlooked due to where he play college ball." Head Coach Stack said of his newest corner. "He possesses a good frame for the position and uses his length to play the ball effectively. He was top three in this CB class in passes defended and will be an excellent depth piece in the secondary. With the ever increasingly pass-happy NFCE having some heavy hitters at QB, we were very happy to snag Jeremy here as he'll contribute immediately on special teams (the kid can tackle, check those stats) and compete for the 4th cornerback slot early."
GM Broletariat noted the team's success growing standout CB Travaris Jackson in relation to Harris, "You may have noticed, but we've had a bit of luck with FCS cornerbacks lately. Glad to go back to that well for a player like Jeremy Harris, who is a scary talented football player."
Harris will be a week one special teams contributor and will compete for playing time as the Eagles dime back in preseason.
Round 6, Pick 189: Ryan Carr, ILB, Toledo
Undeterred by their first round selection, the Eagles again looked inside in round six by selecting Toledo Rocket Ryan Carr at 189th overall.
The imposing middle linebacker recorded 28 tackles (two for loss) along with an interception and pass defended for Toledo in 2023. Another player with obvious talent but readiness concerns, Carr exceeded expectations at the Combine with a 4.63 40-yard dash time (T-5th among ILB), 29 Wonderlic (4th), and 23 reps on the bench press (T-4th) for a consistently above-average performance at the position.
"He's not a flashy player" Broletariat said of Carr, "but if you look at his combine, our composite scoring gave him the second best performance behind Mathis and ahead of Soldier - I think those two guys will be arguing over that for a long time. He's going to have to get used to the speed of the game at this level, but Ryan has a role to play on this team today, and the value at this pick for a guy like him is very high in our minds."
Special teams contributor with upside.
Round 7, Pick 232: Damien Holley, DE, Louisville
Philadelphia opted to shore up the defensive line even further in the 7th by selection the productive Damien Holley from GM Broletariat's own Louisville Cardinals.
Racking up 21 sacks over the last three seasons with names like Miles Rinehart, Logan Swain, and Zack Temple on the field is no small feat, but it's one that DE Damien Holley can claim. A special invite to the combine from his own former college coach, Holley performed respectably enough to warrant a selection before the gauntlet of UDFA bidding to make sure he made it onto the roster.
"It's no secret, I'm a big Damien Holley fan," Broletariat said of his former collegiate defender, "and I think if you look at the trajectory of his stat lines against the development of that defense, it says more about the talent around him than about any perceived deficiencies in Damien's game. I'm glad to have him in camp and in the hunt for a roster spot."
Coach D Stack was a little more indifferent regarding the last two picks, contributing "Look I'll be honest. I've never heard of these guys and had not scouted them. Also, by this point in the draft, this coach had quite a few, uhm, root beers. But despite my own slacking, Broletariat assured me that Carr was an athletic wonder and Holley was 100% NOT a homer pick. I believe him."
1-20: ILB Soldier Brooks 6-4 237 R Virginia [Mike] [0/C] 82
2-52: OG Kameron Suggs 6-1 274 R Florida State [Run Blocking] [+2/C] 81
3-84: WR Ricky Cameron 6-2 189 R Boston College [Target] [+1] [+] 79
4-103: DT Kwon Shaw 6-4 284 R TCU [2-Gap]  79
4-116: OLB Alexander Moffett 6-2 224 R Buffalo [Coverage] [+1/C] [+] 76
5-148: CB Jeremy Harris 6-1 177 R Portland State [Man Coverage] [+1/C] 75
6-189: ILB Ryan Carr 6-3 264 R Toledo [Mike] [0/C] 77
7-232: DE Damien Holley 6-1 268 R Louisville [Contain] [-1] 71