With the 2022 NFL Draft only weeks away, it’s the perfect time to put together a mock draft centered around the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles walk into next month’s draft in a unique position as they have three first-round picks.
Philadelphia could use those selections to address multiple needs on both sides of the ball or use one pick to move up to get a top-tier prospect that they desire. Regardless, Nick Sirianni’s crew is in a great position to build off an outstanding 2021 season that saw the Eagles make the playoffs.
For this first mock draft, we’ll be using The Draft Network’s draft simulator to help us figure out who will be on the team this upcoming season.
Round 1, Pick 15: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
With their first pick in the draft, the Eagles decide to address their defensive line and select Jordan Davis out of Georgia. Davis is one of the better defensive prospects in this draft class and could be the perfect replacement for Fletcher Cox, who is on a one-year deal.
Last season for the Bulldogs, Davis posted career-highs across the board with 32 total tackles, five tackles for loss, and two sacks. The 6-foot-6 defensive lineman will command double teams and be an instant playmaker in stopping the run.
Round 1, Pick 16: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
After taking Davis with their first pick, the Eagles get themselves another playmaker at wide receiver in Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson. Wilson is one of the best wide receivers in this draft class and would complete the Eagles’ young receiver core.
The 6-foot wideout had a breakout junior campaign for the Buckeyes with 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wilson will climb the ladder to make the tough contested catches and can lineup on the outside. He also has punt return skills and the ability to get yards after the catch.
Round 1, Pick 19: Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa
Even though I want to take a linebacker with the 19th overall pick, we know the Eagles do not draft linebackers in the first round. It’s against their mantra and everything they believe in. Therefore, Philly solidifies their offensive line for the future with Linderbaum.
The 6-foot-2 center has been compared to the current Eagles center Jason Kelce, which is a not too shabby comparison. Here’s what Lance Zierlien of NFL.com had to say about the young offensive lineman:
Linderbaum has Pro Bowl potential but needs to be matched with a move-based rushing attack. He has the foot quickness and GPS to consistently find top positioning in the first phase of the block. He plays with leverage and body control to sustain and keep the running lane open. However, his size will make block finishing somewhat hit or miss and he will need help against some of the bigger defenders lining up across from him. Teams with certain size standards might pass on him but his tenacity and talent make him a can’t-miss prospect if matched in the right scheme.
We know the Eagles love to add to the trenches in the draft, as we saw last year with Landon Dickerson. That being said, do not be surprised to see them go this route next month.
Round 2, Pick 51: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
The Eagles address the secondary with McCreary, who can play well in both man and zone coverage. He also is not afraid to make a tackle in the running game. Last season for the Tigers, he had 49 total tackles, 14 pass deflections, two tackles for loss, two interceptions (one touchdown), and a sack.
Round 3, Pick 83: Troy Andersen, Montana State
Andersen was one of the best players in the FCS last season and one of the reasons why the Bobcats made it to the FCS Championship Game. The 6-foot-4 linebacker ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and it showed every week this season.
He’s a tackling machine, can drop back into coverage, and also played quarterback and running back at Montana State. Last season, Andersen racked up 147 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, two sacks, and two tackles for loss. The standout was named the FCS Defensive Player of the Year for 2021 and competed at the Senior Bowl.
Round 4, Pick 124: Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame
Round 5, Pick 154: Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon
Round 5, Pick 162: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
Round 5, Pick 166: Damone Clark, LB, LSU
Round 6, Pick 194: Kaleb Eleby, QB, Western Michigan
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