January 29, 2023

Eagles finally pick a defensive player as they trade back and get Milton Williams

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The Philadelphia Eagles finally draft a defensive player, but it wasn’t a corner back.

After a slight trade down from pick 70 to 73 in the third round, the Eagles selected defensive lineman Milton Williams from Louisiana Tech.

Williams (6 foot 3, 284 lbs) was a two-year starter at LA Tech and was a first-team Conference USA player in 2020. He had 10 sacks in 23 games over the last two seasons.

While Williams is undersized for an NFL defensive tackle, he has incredible athletic attributes that he showed off at his pro day this spring.

At 284 lbs, Williams ran a 4.63 in the 40 and tested well in just about every category. He has all the raw tools to become a very good player at the next level. He just needs some improvement.

The Eagles were on the clock a pick 70 but traded back to 73 with the Carolina Panthers and picked up an additional sixth-round pick (191). The Panthers took OT Brady Christiansen from BYU.

The Eagles didn’t have a desperate need at defensive tackle as they bring back Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and even Hassan Ridgeway for the 2021 season. But the Birds obviously care about the position and are always looking to build through their lines.

It should not be a surprise that the Eagles’ second and third picks in this draft have gone to the trenches.

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