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May 18, 2024

An early look at what positions are strong in the 2025 NFL Draft

A year out, the 2025 NFL Draft looks to be stacked for both EDGE rushers and interior defensive linemen, two major focal points of the Eagles' roster-building process.

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Tennessee EDGE James Pierce (27) is a consensus top 10 prospect in the 2025 NFL Draft.

The 2025 NFL Draft is more than 11 months away, and a lot can/will change between now and then, as prospects will rise and fall. Still, you can typically get a feel for which positions will be strong in the next year's draft.

And so, let's take a look at a variety of top-50 big boards — from Pro Football NetworkSporting News, PFF, and Tankathon — and see how many players at each position made the cut. 

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• Each of the above media outlets agree that it could be a very strong edge rusher draft. The Eagles are always shopping for more edge rusher talent, obviously, but they'll also have a need with Brandon Graham playing his last NFL season in 2024, and Josh Sweat likely to play elsewhere in 2025. It also looks like it could be a strong interior defensive line draft, where the Eagles have spent a lot of draft resources in recent years, but are also arguably thin heading into 2024.

• The Eagles did not draft a potential successor for Lane Johnson at RT early in the 2024 draft, as I suspected they would. They'll do a lot of work on offensive tackles in the 2025 draft. For now it doesn't seem like offensive tackle is projected to be a super deep group in 2025, though also not barren either.

• The 2024 draft was a strong wide receiver draft, and 2025 should be as well. That probably doesn't help the Eagles much, at least at the top of the draft.

• The Eagles are suddenly flush with young talent in the defensive backfield, so it's unlikely they'll draft a corner or safety with an early pick.

• The consensus top quarterback is Georgia's Carson Beck, who was commonly listed somewhere near the 10th best prospect overall. The Eagles don't have a need there, for now, but the Giants certainly do, and maybe also the Cowboys?

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