Alright Philly fans, some things have been shaken up since we did our last mock draft for the Philadelphia Eagles. Per tankathon.com, the Eagles currently hold the 3rd, 8th, and 9th overall picks in the first round for the 2022 draft.
We are not going to bore you with the significance of this amount of draft capital, but just remember this is the last time the Eagles have had more than one pick in the first round of a draft was back in 1993. To be honest, looking back now, it wasn’t that good of a draft. So let’s get to it, shall we?
1st round: 3rd overall pick: Via Miami Dolphins. The Philadelphia Eagles select:
Derek Stingley Jr, Cornerback LSU.
LSU’s star cornerback Dereck Stingley should absolutely get Eagles fans excited. Stingley is arguably the best cornerback in this year’s draft and he has been one of the best cornerbacks in college football for some time. The 6’1 corner is best found in press-man coverage. His ability to hold leverage on receivers and stay vertical shuts down the best of them.
The one thing that may hurt Stingley’s draft stock is that he will be missing time due to injury. The Star cornerback will be out for the foreseeable future due to a foot injury.
Fun fact, his name should sound familiar to those who are Philly sports fans. His father, Derek Stingley Sr., was drafted by the Phillies in 1993.
1st round, 8th overall pick: The Philadelphia Eagles select:
DeMarvin Leal, Defensive Tackle- Texas A&M.
With Fletcher Cox continuing to get up in age, DeMarvin Leal would be a great addition for this Eagles’ defensive front. Leal, standing at 6’4 and 290 pounds, is a fast impactful tackle that can give opposing offensive lines problems. His best area of deployment is against the run. The Texas A&M defensive linemen is a Swiss army knife for the Aggies.
He is lined up in a multitude of formations that sometimes we have to hit the pause button to find him. The only drawback to Leal is that he lacks some technique as far as breaking off of certain pass protection. However, after a solid camp of adding some weight and more drills, he will be just fine.
14th overall pick: Via the Kansas City Chiefs trade: The Philadelphia Eagles select:
Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty.
In this mock draft, I had the Eagles trading back a few spots with the Kansas City Chiefs for a 3rd round pick. I would like to put on record that I am not a fan of the Birds taking a QB in this draft just because of the talent, but there is always a chance that Howie Roseman takes a gamble on one of them.
If Roseman were to take a gamble on a QB, Malik Willis would probably be the best candidate to do so. Willis has big-play potential every time he steps on the field. Willis has a big arm, quick feet, and has the ability to keep the most blown play alive. However, like a certain former QB of this team, fans will have to come to learn that he lives and dies by his ability to extend the play.
Willis has had issues in his tenure not taking the check-downs when it was available to him. Another concern is this has been only a starting quarterback for two years, both with a smaller division school. So realistically, he would not be a first-year starter in the NFL.