Philadelphia Eagles Get Positive Grades for 2022 NFL Draft
Although the Philadelphia Eagles did not make a both of their selections in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, they did move up to take defensive tackle Jordan Davis, plus the acquisition of wideout A,J, Brown has many NFL analysts giving the Eagles passing grades.
The Eagles decided to go against drafting for immediate need, but rather talent in Nebraska center Cam Jurgens in the second round.
Philadelphia also ended up drafting maybe the steal of the draft, landing Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean in Round 3.
They also added a pair of linebackers and a tight end in the later rounds of the draft.
Let’s take a look at what five different media outlets and their analysts had to say about the Philadelphia Eagles draft.
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN | B+
Philadelphia had just two picks on Day 3, but the Dean pick, the addition of Brown and the extra premium capital in 2023 and 2024 means general manager Howie Roseman put together one of the best drafts of the year.
Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports | B
As an enormous human being with an historic combine workout on his resume, of course there was serious buzz about Jordan Davis. He has a ways to go before he's a game-wrecking pass rusher, and he was a costly pick for Philadelphia. It's hard to do better than Cam Jurgens and Nakobe Dean on Day 2. The Day 3 picks have decent upside.
Chad Reuter, NFL.com | A
The Eagles pulled off an excellent draft, making great trades with the Colts (last year's Carson Wentz deal) and Saints (acquiring future picks) before the event even started. They secured a beast on the defensive line in Davis to improve their run defense, acquired veteran A.J. Brown from the Titans to bolster the receiver group, secured a future starting center in Jurgens and put aside Dean's medical issues to bring in the top-50 talent in the third round.
Adding another linebacker in Johnson was a bit of a surprise; it was at a good spot in the draft and he could be a good Sam. Calcaterra temporarily gave up football due to concussions while at Oklahoma but proved his pass-catching skills again at SMU; he'll be a valuable backup or better in the NFL.
Pro Football Focus | A
Nakobe Dean was the best player on the best defense college football has ever seen. He slid in the draft largely because of injuries, but even if he has to redshirt an entire season, Dean will be a steal at this spot in the draft. Few linebackers have ever had the kind of play recognition that Dean possesses, and his tape is full of elite playmaking. This is one of the steals of the draft.
Sports Illustrated | A+
We’re only giving out two A-plusses in this draft, so kudos to the Eagles for netting one of them. Obviously, the A.J. Brown trade should be factored into this haul. While teams were jockeying over unproven talent, the Eagles went out and got a player who, if he were in this year’s draft, may have gone in the top three.
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