By Max Harper

Jeremiah Trotter Jr. has big shoes to fill.

His father, Jeremiah Trotter Sr., was a former linebacker for the Eagles from 1998 until 2001 and then again in 2009, his 11th and final season.

He’s a former four-time Pro Bowler and part of the Eagles Hall of Fame. So, this is a legacy pick for the Eagles. But Trotter Jr. could become a major part of this year’s Eagles team, making a name for himself as a rookie.

Trotter Jr. brings a lot more than just a familiar name to the Eagles. He is a tenacious player with an exceptional instinct for finding the football. Standing at 6 feet and weighing 230 pounds, he may lack the size and explosiveness of some of his peers, but he compensates with an impressive football IQ.

This ability to read plays and position himself effectively allows him to make impactful plays consistently, which is evidenced by his back-to-back seasons leading Clemson in tackles—89 in 2022 and 88 in 2023. His infectious energy on the field turned into a catalyst for inspiring his teammates and boosting the overall performance of the Tigers’ defense in his three seasons.

A standout in college at Clemson, Trotter Jr. was a finalist for the Butkus Award in 2023, which is given to the best linebacker in college football for a single season. In 2022, he set an ACC Championship Game record with three sacks and tied for the team-high with nine tackles in the Tigers’ 39-10 routing of North Carolina. He also recorded a career-high 13 tackles against Florida State that season, earning ACC Linebacker of the Week and Clemson Defensive Player of the Game honors.

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