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Eagles Draft Roundup, What They Got Right and What They Got Wrong

 

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The Philadelphia Eagles started this 2022 NFL Draft with a lot of promise, as fans were hoping they'd be able to pick up some of the bright up-and-coming stars to give them hope for next season. It’s safe to say that Eagles fans have a lot to look forward to now that the draft is over and their 2022 schedule has been released. They started the process with two first-round picks which gave them a great chance of getting a defensive player and a wide receiver - two players they desperately need to improve their squad for next season.

 

The Eagles managed to pull this off, but not in the way you'd expect. Instead, they managed to trade up from #15 overall to draft Jordan Davis at #13. Then they traded their #18 picks (the second of their two first-round picks) for A. J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans. While the draft has been successful in that regard, they weren't able to fulfill all of their needs and ended up with 5 picks.

 

However, given the amount of draft capital they'd been able to accumulate, VP Howie Roseman has managed to achieve as much as could be expected. Experts believe that the Eagles are a lot closer to the Cowboys in terms of squad strength this year, giving them a better chance of beating them to the division title. Let's look at the players they were able to pick up:

 

 

Round (Pick)

Player Name

School

Position

1 (13)

Jordan Davis

Georgia

DT

2 (51)

Cam Jurgens

Nebraska

C

3 (83)

Nakobe Dean

Georgia

LB

6 (181)

Kyron Johnson

Kansas

LB

6 (198)

Grant Calcaterra

SMU

TE

 

One thing that was quite surprising from this draft is that the Eagles didn't select one cornerback or safety player. When they traded up their draft pick from #15 to #13, they put themselves in a position to land Kyle Hamilton - a player who would have addressed their major needs in the secondary position. However, they decided to go with Jordan Davis instead.

 

Now, that's not to say that going for Davis was a bad choice. In fact, the defensive needs of the Eagles were so great after how they were exposed last season that it makes a lot of sense to go for a player like Davis, who would significantly help their defensive line. He provides a significant amount of depth to the squad at defensive tackle, and it's assumed that he'll rotate with Jason Hargrave and Fletcher Cox throughout the year. 

 

There was a chance that the Eagles could address their need for players to fill their secondary squad later in the draft, but by the time it was up to them to make their picks in the later rounds, all the cornerbacks and safeties had been claimed. However, despite their failure to pick up one of these players during the draft, they seem content with the players they already have on the roster. Players like Kary Vincent, Tay Gowan, and Zech McPhearson can expect to get a lot more playing time this year.

 

Arguably the best bit of business that the Eagles managed to do in the draft was to trade their #18 and #101 and pick up star player A. J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans. They've managed to pick up one of the best young receivers currently playing in the NFL without spending much draft capital. Brown has had 24 touchdown catches since the beginning of 2019 and is considered to be an excellent playmaker - only DK Metcalf has more catches than him within the same draft class. Brown's 185 catches and 2995 receiving yards are the second most any player has achieved in their first three seasons in the history of the Titans franchise.

 

After such a successful draft, you may be thinking about putting a couple of bucks on the Eagles to take home to the NFC Division, or maybe the Superbowl! Different sports betting sites will have different odds on these events happening, so it's important to shop around to find the best lines. If you sign up to a site for the first time, you'll be given a fantastic welcome bonus which will give you even more chances to win! All of the regulated betting sites ensure that both your money and your details are safe when you sign up. The best betting sites will even give you in-game promotions, that make it even easier for you to bet. Whether you're betting for or against the Eagles, you'll be able to find a fun and safe site to bet on.

 

With a few months until the start of the season, there will be plenty of speculation on whether or not the Eagles can improve on last year - but after such a strong draft we think they’re in with a shot.

 

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