DT Jordan Davis to Have Biggest Impact Among Eagles Draft Picks
The Philadelphia Eagles moved up two spots to make their selection of Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis with the 13th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Despite the need to add a cornerback opposite Darius Slay or another safety to compete with Marcus Epps and Anthony Harris, Philadelphia opted to grab the Monmouth defensive tackle to try and change the complexion of their entire defense.
And while he may not start right away with Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave still getting plenty of snaps, The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones thinks Davis will have the biggest impact among the Eagles' 2022 draft class.
Third-round pick Nakobe Dean could end up earning an every-down role if the Eagles are right about his injury status, but the answer should be first-round defensive tackle Jordan Davis. The Eagles already have three very good defensive tackles in Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave and Milton Williams, but they traded up to select Davis because they believe he will change what they are able to do defensively. Last year, defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon wanted to play more 3-4 looks up-front but backed off because of the Eagles’ personnel strengths. With Davis, that’s expected to change.
Jones mentions that third-round pick Nakobe Dean might play more snaps, but its Davis that could have the biggest impact to the teams defense. For general manager Howie Roseman, the pick was easy, with Davis being ranked as a Top 10 player on their draft board.
"Jordan was a Top-10 player on our board," Roseman stated. "We wanted the best D-Line in the league. The combinations we can have with the players on our roster, it's exciting."
Last season as a senior at Georgia, Davis notched 32 total tackles, five tackles for loss and had two sacks and was a unanimous first-team All-American and winner of the Outland Trophy (best interior defensive lineman) and Chuck Bednarik (best defensive player) awards.