The Philadelphia Eagles were ahead of schedule this past season, sneaking into the NFL Playoffs as a Wild Card. They earned the seventh seed after finishing the season 9-8 and had the honor of playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That playoff game wasn’t even close as the Eagles were blown out 31-15. That said, this was still a successful season for Philadelphia. Many pundits didn’t have them making the playoffs at all.
Nick Sirianni was able to establish a winning culture in his first year there, and he’ll look to build more of that in 2022.
Eagles NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 1, Pick 13 (13th Overall): Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
- Round 2, Pick 19 (51st Overall): Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska
- Round 3, Pick 19 (83rd Overall): Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
- Round 6, Pick 2 (181st Overall): Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas
- Round 6, Pick 20 (198th Overall): Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU
The Eagles only ended up with five picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, and definitely made the most out of them. Their first three picks were on point, capped off by a nice upside pick in linebacker Nakobe Dean, who fell into their lap. He was the best player on one of the best college defenses of all time.
Jordan Davis is a huge, athletic defensive tackle who will greatly help this defense. He’s 341 pounds and has excellent quickness and athleticism. Kyron Johnson is also a very solid prospect who can make an impact as soon as this year.
Cam Jurgens is an athletic, talented center out of Nebraska, who should eventually replace Jason Kelce. Kelce turns 35 in November and signed a one-year deal to play with Philadelphia in 2022. Jurgens should be the center of the future for the Eagles.
After drafting DeVonta Smith last year, the Eagles were able to trade for A.J. Brown during the draft. No, he’s not a rookie draft pick, but anytime you can grab a star wideout like this, it’s huge. This duo could be dangerous this year.
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Note: The Eagles NFL Draft predictions below were published before the 2022 NFL Draft.
Pre-Draft Eagles NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022
- Round 1, Pick 15 (15th Overall): Jermaine Johnson, DE, Florida State
- Round 1, Pick 18 (18th Overall): Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
- Round 2, Pick 19 (51st Overall): Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
- Round 3, Pick 19 (83rd Overall): Thayer Munford, OL, Ohio State
More Possible Eagles Draft Targets: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue; Drake London, WR, USC; Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington; Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia.
Pre-Draft Eagles Team Needs 2022
1. Pass Rusher
The Eagles desperately need some pass-rushing help going into next year. Having Fletcher Cox back will help in that regard even though he’s a run-stuffer, but Philadelphia ranked toward the bottom in the league in sacks per game last year.
That’s not good enough, especially with so many great quarterbacks in the league.
2. Wide Receiver
DeVonta Smith is a great WR1/2, but Philadelphia definitely needs another top target for Jalen Hurts this season. Lucky for them, this draft is absolutely loaded with receivers.
One of them that could be there in the first round is Chris Olave. He can run any route in the book and would be a YAC machine.
Philadelphia knows it has to get a do-it-all linebacker at this year’s draft, and there should be plenty of options there as well.
It needs a versatile player in the middle, whether it’s being a run-stopper or sometimes dropping into coverage to help the secondary.
Eagles May Also Consider Drafting: Safety, Defensive Tackle, Cornerback, Offensive Line