Okay, Philly fans, it is time that time of the season where we all begin to predict who the Philadelphia Eagles will draft in 2022. Now, normally this would be a tad early, but just the way this season is going so far, it gives us all something to think about other than the mess that the Birds currently are.
If the season were to end today, the Eagles would have over ten draft picks, including three first-round picks. Also if the season ended today, Philly would be selecting 2nd, 6th, and 13th just in the first round. The last time the Eagles had more than one first-round pick was in 1993. That is almost three decades ago, so fans should realize how significant this is. Alrighty, enough talk, let's put on our GM hats and see what comes up with through the first three rounds.
2nd overall pick: Via Dolphins, The Philadelphia Eagles select:
Kyle Hamilton, Safety-Notre Dame.
Some fans will be confused at why I have the Eagles not taking Derek Stingley Jr., LSU's star cornerback, and the answer is simple. Unlike the cornerback position, Kyle Hamilton is by far the best safety in this year's draft and possibly the best safety in the past few drafts. Hamilton is the complete package of size, athleticism, and overall skill far outmatches all of his other college counterparts.
6th overall pick: The Philadelphia Eagles select:
Andrew Booth Jr, Cornerback - Clemson.
Another major reason why I could see the Eagles not selecting Stingley is that this draft, like last year, is loaded with talent at cornerback, and Clemson's star cornerback, Andrew Booth Jr, is one of the top picks that any team could have. Booth is aggressive, sticky in coverage, and has a high football IQ. With Slay getting older and Nelson likely not to get another contract, this pick makes sense.
13th overall pick: Via Colts, The Philadelphia Eagles select:
George Karlaftis, Edge - Purdue.
Some Eagles fans may think for the Birds to take a quarterback, but realistically the QB's in this upcoming draft is just not worth the draft picks that Philly is currently slotted with. With Brandon Graham aging and Derek Barnett likely being gone after this year, Purdue's edge rusher George Kalaftis makes complete sense for the Iggles. This is the type of player Howie Roseman would love to draft and he would fit well in almost every scheme.
40th overall pick: The Philadelphia Eagles select:
Brandon Smith, Linebacker - Penn State.
Brandon Smith, if drafted by this team (hopefully) would step onto the field and automatically be the Eagles' best linebacker. Smith's physicality and overall ball skills should make him land extremely high on Philly's draft board. After ignoring the linebacking position for so long, Smith would be a breath of fresh air into this defense.
58th overall pick: via Bengals, The Philadelphia Eagles select:
Jameson Williams, Wide Receiver - Alabama.
Got a little fancy with this one. There already has been confirmation that teams have been calling the Eagles about tackle Andre Dillard, There are a few teams who are in competing modes that need to sure up their offensive lines and the Bengals are one of them. The Bengals' offensive line shortcomings have been masked by quarterback Joe Burrow's ability.
Jameson Williams would be a solid pick-up for this Eagles offense. With the vote still out on Jalen Reagor, the drafting of DeVonta Smith, and Quez Watkins coming on strong this season, Williams would be a solid addition at the slot or X position. The Alabama receiver already has 750 yards this season and being 6'2" and 190 pounds, having a big body receiver would do this team a lot of justice.
70th overall pick: The Philadelphia Eagles select:
Zion Nelson. Tackle- Miami
This will be an easy choice for this team. You can never have too many offensive linemen (as we all know) and with a possible Dillard trade on the rise, having Zion Nelson as a backup at left tackle would not hurt this team at all. Nelson is a big player, with great footwork and length that would make him appealing to most teams. Under Jeff Stoutland, he could become a starter within a season, if not before.
That wraps up the first three rounds for this Eagles team. What did you think? Who should the Philadelphia Eagles go after?