Philadelphia Eagles 3-Round Mock Draft

Of all 32 teams in this year’s 2022 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles are arguably the most exciting one to follow. They have three first-round picks and five picks in the first three rounds of the draft.

General manager Howie Roseman is also known to jump up and down the board come draft day. Expect the Eagles to pivot and adjust, using their wealth of draft capital to grab the players they want.

With that in mind, here’s a quick look at a three-round Eagles mock draft.

Round One: Eagles snag two linemen and future draft capital

Round 1, Pick 12: Florida State EDGE Jermaine Johnson II

The Eagles’ first pick in this year’s draft comes at No. 15. However, I have Howie making his first draft trade by moving up three spots with the Houston Texans to ensure he lands Florida State edge rusher Jermaine Johnson.

Johnson is exactly the type of high-ceiling athlete the Eagles like to target across the defensive line, and Philly has an underrated need at DE, with Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett likely departing after 2022. Adding Johnson to a pass rush that contains Josh Sweat and Hasson Reddick would surely entice Roseman.

The Eagles offering picks No. 15 and pick No. 124 in this year’s draft, along with a 2023 third-rounder, would likely move the needle for Houston.

Round 1, Pick 16: Iowa IOL Tyler Linderbaum

Most Eagles fans want the team to target a cornerback, linebacker, or wide receiver at this spot. Yet, it makes the most sense for Roseman to stick to his philosophy of building through the trenches. Linderbaum projects to be a starting center in the NFL, a position the Eagles need to invest in, with Jason Kelce likely retiring after 2022.

Linderbaum gets an entire season of being mentored by Kelce before being asked to start in 2023. He also acts as interior offensive line depth for a season should someone get injured, similar to how Philly used Landon Dickerson during his respective rookie season.

Round 1, Pick 19: Eagles trade back into 2023

Again, most Eagles fans probably want the team to take a fun, skill-position player with this final first-rounder. Instead, it makes the most sense for Roseman to turn around and use this pick to grab value in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Eagles like Jalen Hurts, but they’d also like to have some insurance should he not take the necessary steps this upcoming season. Grabbing extra draft picks for 2023 gives them that insurance.

Round Two: Adding a starting safety

Round 2, Pick 51: Baylor S Jalen Pitre

The Eagles entered this year’s offseason with glaring holes at both safety positions. They did manage to bring back veteran Anthony Harris on a one-year deal, securing one of the two safety spots for at least 2022. However, they need to invest some actual draft capital into the other position.

Enter Baylor safety, Jalen Pitre.

He’s not as exciting as Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton, who will likely be gone when the Eagles are on the clock in the first round. However, he’s still a versatile defensive back who can play all over the field for Philadelphia.

According to The Draft Network, Pitre took snaps for Baylor’s defense at free safety, strong safety, inside linebacker, and outside linebacker. Considering how weak the Eagles’ secondary is at the moment, adding someone with the versatility to play several positions seems wise.

Round Three: The Eagles take another swing on a cornerback

Round 3, Pick 83: Clemson CB Mario Goodrich

During the recent NFL owner meetings down in Florida, the Eagles preached the amount of depth they have at the cornerback position. While it is true that they added several rookie cornerbacks last offseason, none of them project to be viable CB2s — a significant need for the Eagles right now.

If the Eagles pass on a corner with their first four selections, taking another developmental project in the third round to add to the conversation makes sense. Clemson’s Mario Goodrich is a tall, physical CB who thrived in press coverage playing in the SEC.

There’s no guarantee he will win the Eagles’ CB2 job during his rookie season. However, I like his chances better than the Zech McPhearsons and Tay Gowans of the world.

This isn’t a super flashy draft by any stretch of the imagination. However, it stays true to what the Eagles have been under Howie Roseman. They like to draft linemen early and then fill out the remaining positions of need with high-value athletes who need some developing. It’s a realistic look at how the Eagles could play this year’s draft as they debate who their franchise QB should be.

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