Following a dismal 2020 campaign in which they went 4-11-1, the Philadelphia Eagles bounced back nicely under first-year head coach Nick Sirianni. The Eagles finished the 2021 season with a 9-8 mark, just good enough to grab the No. 7 seed in the playoffs, where they were quickly bounced by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Philadelphia finished three games back of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. And given the rough time Jerry Jones & Co. have had this offseason, Howie Roseman was looking to make a splash in the 2022 NFL Draft to give his team a better shot of getting back to the top of the division and did just that, acquiring wide receiver A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans during the first round. They also added five players via the actual draft, starting with Georgia’s Jordan Davis.
2022 NFL Draft picks by Philadelphia Eagles
- No. 13 Overall: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
- No. 51 Overall: Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska
- No. 83 Overall: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
- No. 181 Overall: Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas
- No. 198 Overall: Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU
No. 13 Overall: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
A mountain of a human being is now taking up a massive spot on the interior of the Eagles’ far more dangerous defensive line after they traded up to select the Georgia behemoth. In case you didn’t get the message yet: Jordan Davis, a 6-foot-6, 341-pound run-stuffer who still runs the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds, is kind of big. This didn’t truly fit any of the team’s most glaring needs, but Davis wasn’t going to be on the board later and might just be good enough to justify the departure from a hole-filling strategy.
No. 51 Overall: Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska
The Eagles could have gone the linebacker route here, but Jurgens is an extremely solid pick at No. 51. He was the first freshman to start at center for Nebraska in nearly 50 years and was an All-Big Ten selection in 2021.
No. 83 Overall: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
This might be the easiest “A” of the entire 2022 NFL Draft. The leader of a Georgia defense that had five players selected in the first round, Nakobe Dean somehow fell all the way to No. 83. But the Eagles will certainly take him. He’s got the “undersized” stigma surrounding him, and that’s really the only thing not making this an A-plus.
Day 3 Picks
No. 181 Overall: Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas
I understand the Eagles’ need to draft a linebacker, but there was no need to trade up to take Kyron Johnson.
No. 198 Overall: Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU
Grant Calcaterra has plenty of talent, but one concussion might be the end of his football career, a career he already stopped once on his own due to those concussion issues. The Eagles need help at tight end, but this wasn’t the way to go.
Stats courtesy of Sports Reference