The 2022 NFL Draft begins in under 24 hours.

Plenty of speculation has gone around the league the past few weeks. With the Eagles potentially being a landing spot for a QB in the first round. Suddenly, the rumors have shifted. Will the Eagles trade up for a defensive player? Or trade 15th back to create even more assets in the future.

Quarterback should NOT be a priority for Philadelphia this Draft. At all. There’s little to no need to give up on Jalen Hurts this quickly. With one full year at the helm of the Philly offence, Hurts was able to prove he had what it takes to lead this team in the right direction. With a more prominent defense that’s able to get off the field. And an offence that won’t rely on Reagor or JJAW as the #2 options, the Eagles are primed to reload this roster with some amazing first round talent, granted Howie can draft right.

Below will be the biggest needs (not in order) that the Eagles need to hit on during the draft to truly set themselves up for success in the 2022 season.

 

Safety

The Eagles re-signed Anthony Harris to a very cheap deal in March. I’m more than happy to welcome Harris back. Problems with the defense weren’t strictly due to the lack of talent on the roster. Harris is more than capable of filling the FS1 position on the roster. But with Marcus Epps & K’Von Wallace being the only SS on the depth chart, makes you wonder if the Eagles would be using a Day 2 pick to upgrade the secondary.

 

Cornerback

If you wanted to run the team back, the Eagles should’ve brought back Steven Nelson. Proving to be an extremely serviceable CB2 behind Darius Slay, Nelson was another bright spot on a defense that wasn’t set up for success. Unless Zech McPhearson has a breakout season in a CB2/3 role next year, the Eagles secondary could be in some trouble. Plenty of rumors around the league might have the Eagles looking to trade up and land Sauce Gardner. But if the Eagles want to keep their haul of picks they got from the Saints. I’d be on the lookout for Derek Stingley or Andrew Booth falling down to 15.

 

Defensive Tackle

Fletcher Cox isn’t getting any younger. If last season’s 3rd round pick Milton Williams pans out to be a superstar I’ll put my figurative money where my mouth is. However it’s not every year an anomaly like Jordan Davis is in the draft. Magically, if Davis manages to fall to 18 I think it’s a no brainer that the Eagles have to pick him up. The Defensive line isn’t getting  younger and if you’re going to replace anyone soon. Make it a home run pick.

 

Offensive Line

Landon Dickerson was a pick many people were concerned with. An extensive injury history allowed him to fall to the 2nd round. But outside of DeVonta Smith, Dickerson was an amazing choice after watching him in 2021. With Jeff Stoutland remaining in Philadelphia, I’ll trust damn near any pick made for the OL, and that might be necessary in the upcoming years.

The Eagles lost Brandon Brooks to retirement this off-season and it’s hard to blame him for hanging it up. Injuries derailed what would have been a legendary career.  It could be time to move on from Isaac Seumalo, who’s only appeared in 6 games within the last 2 seasons. Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce will eventually catch up with father time, and Kelce seemingly signed his final contract that will see him end his career in midnight green.

Stoutland was running OL drills at the combine and had hands on experience with this years prospects. If the Eagles are able to land Tyler Linderbaum in the 2nd round amid reports of his draft value is falling, we could see Kelce’s successor drafted early into day 2 of the draft.

 

Wide Receiver

I don’t make the rules but it seems pretty obvious the Eagles are taking a Wide Receiver in the 1st round, again. Whether or not this comment is good news for the Eagles one day out from the draft. Teams could end up baiting the Eagles into trading up to ensure they draft their guy this year. Reagor & JJAW are busts, let’s call a spade a spade here. With the Eagles listening to trade calls for the former 1st round pick, it seems almost likely that one of the top Wide Receivers in this draft will be called up when Philly takes the stage at either 15th or 18th. Would you rather see Jameson Williams or Chris Olave answer that call? 

 

 

I’ll be watching the Draft live with the rest of you. Uncertain of Howie’s next move, but excited for what’s to come. 

The NFL Draft kicks off at 5PM PST. 

134 days until the season starts.

Get ready Eagles fans.

Go Birds

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