2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #30

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Brandon Joseph

Notre Dame


With the news that starting Safety CJ Gardner-Johnson will miss time with a lacerated kidney suffered in the week 12 win over the Packers, the Eagles will get an extended look at back-up Reed Blankenship. Coming away with 6 tackles and a big INT in the game, it will be interesting to see how the undrafted rookie acquits himself as a starter while Gardner-Johnson recovers.

Blankenships' play could help dictate the need to add safety help in the 2023 draft. Both Gardner-Johnson and fellow starter Marcus Epps are scheduled to become free agents and it may be difficult to keep both. If the Eagles do enter day one of the draft with adding a premiere safety as a top priority, they could find a player like Notre Dame's Brandon Joseph falling into their lap late in RD 1. It took Joseph some time to adjust after his transfer from Northwestern, but he is a long, instinctive safety who can change the outlook of a defense.

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