In typical Howie Roseman fashion, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled off quite the impactful pre-draft trade this week. They gave up one of their 2022 first-round picks to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a haul of future draft capital.
On paper, this is a massive win for the Eagles. They gained a ton of value and still have two first-round selections in this year’s draft — both in front of the Saints. Howie Roseman will have an opportunity to add several starting-caliber players in the first three rounds while simultaneously possessing enough ammo to chase a quarterback next offseason, should Jalen Hurts fail to hold onto the job.
Here’s an updated look at a three-round Eagles mock draft:
Round One: The Eagles finally get their CB1 of the future
Round 1, Pick 15: Washington CB Trent McDuffie
Cornerback has been a position that’s eluded Howie Roseman in the draft for quite some time now. He swung and missed on prospects Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones, and recently extended Avonte Maddox is only a slot corner. The Eagles need a proper blue-chip, boundary defensive back to play alongside — and eventually replace — Darius Slay.
This is where Trent McDuffie enters the picture. Unfortunately for the Eagles, both Derek Stingley and Sauce Gardner were off the board by the time pick No. 15 rolled around. However, McDuffie is a solid consolation prize. He’s a 5-foot-11, 193-pound corner who projects to succeed on the outside — the exact type of prospect Philly has been missing all these years.
Round 1, Pick 18: Georgie DT Devonte Wyatt
The Eagles did bring back veteran defensive tackle Fletcher Cox on a one-year deal after cutting him for cap purposes. However, the writing is on the wall regarding his future. The Eagles are looking to replace him after this season, and Devonte Wyatt has the makings of a three-down DT in the NFL.
Doubling up on defense in the first round gives second-year Jonathan Gannon plenty of ammo to work with as he attempts to build up his scheme.
Round Two: Finding Jason Kelce’s replacement
Rounds 2, Pick 51: Tulsa IOL Tyler Smith
Between Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, and Lane Johnson, the Eagles’ offensive line projects to be a strength next season. However, they need to start preparing for life after Kelce, who is expected to retire after the 2022 season.
Tulsa’s Tyler Smith is a college tackle who will likely transition to guard upon entering the NFL. The plan here is to draft and develop him, sliding him into a starting guard spot in 2023 while Dickerson or Seumalo replace Kelce at center.
Round Three: Adding to the Eagles’ passing attack
Round 3, Pick 83: Washington TE Cade Otton
The Eagles have a starting tight end in Dallas Goedert. However, they’ve consistently been a franchise that puts value into having two quality tight ends at all times. Washington’s Cade Otton is a 6-foot-5 plus athlete who can excel as a run blocker while being serviceable in the passing game.
The perfect guy to roster behind Goedert.
Round 3, Pick 101: Cincinnati WR Alec Pierce
It’s not a flashy first-round WR addition that many Eagles fans are hoping for. However, snagging Alec Pierce late in the third round does give Philadelphia a decent WR4 with some upside.
Pierce is 6-foot-3 with good speed and can play the X or the slot. If everything goes according to plan, he could push veteran Zach Pascal for playing time by the season’s end.