Clemson Football: It would have felt weird if Jeremiah Trotter Jr. was drafted by anyone other than the Eagles

The Eagles brass admitted they hade a soft spot for Jeremiah Trotter's son. It turned out they couldn't pass up on drafting him.
Jeremiah Trotter Jr.
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Jeremiah Trotter, Sr. played for three teams in his pro career, but he is usually identified with the green of Philadelphia. It isn't a shock that the Eagles would have a keen interest in his son, Clemson Football linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, Jr.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman admitted he has a soft spot for legacy players and those who were native to the Philadelphia area, so it shouldn't come as a shock that they decided to bring Trotter Sr.'s son to the franchise.

Roseman made Trotter, Jr. the Eagles' 5th round selection, No. 155 overall. He will be joining teammate Will Shipley in Philadelphia, who was drafted by Roseman in the 4th round on Saturday.

Trotter was a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and played at St. Joseph's Preparatory School. He was a high school teammate of Marvin Harrison Jr., who was drafted 4th overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

Former 247Sports Scouting Director Barton Simmons could see his NFL potential when he was in high school.

"He’s a no-risk prospect and one of the most instinctive LBs in the class. We see him as an impact starter at a top tier program with early round NFL Draft upside."

Barton Simmons

Trotter, Jr. finished his Clemson career with 192 total tackles and 13 sacks. He had four interceptions, which is one more than fellow Tiger Nate Wiggins, who was drafted with the 30th overall selection in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. He was named a second-team All-American in 2022 and All-ACC in 2023.

Trotter, Sr. played in the NFL for eleven seasons out of Stephen F. Austin. All but three of those seasons were played with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was first-team All-Pro in 2000 and second-team in 2001. He was a four-time Pro Bowler.

Trotter, Jr. was the fifth Clemson player selected in the NFL Draft, following Nate Wiggins (Ravens), Ruke Orhorhoro (Falcons), Shipley, and Xavier Thomas (Arizona).