Year after year the most appealing activity for lead draft writers, draft analyst, and the fans of NFL teams is that they can all indulge in creating mock drafts for NFL teams. It’s an enjoyable tool for everyone to manipulate how the draft could turn out and have control of your teams draft selections.
For many it gives them the ability to select their favorite draft prospects for their favorite team and feel happy about it. I’m not here writing to make the average fan feel upset or disdain towards me, but drafting unrealistic prospects of positions your favorite team doesn’t select in certain rounds will only leave many disappointed and angry with their NFL teams. This happens every year and its taken the reality out of the actual draft and history of an organizations selections.
When starting a realistic mock draft you have to sit back and look at the history of an organizations draft history. What position has the organization drafted the most? Which position did they draft least? What rounds has that particular team selected certain position? It all honestly comes down to patterns of how the Owner, GM, and organization as a whole evaluates prospects, positions, and trends of the league.
Below I’m going to do my best rendition of how Howie Roseman and the Eagles may actually go about the 2022 NFL Draft.
Round 1 Pick 15: Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia
If you’re a true fan of the Eagles, you know their mantra of “trenches win championships”. Quite honestly, I tend to agree with the organization when it comes to their thought process on stacking the trenches. Without a top 10 offensive line and defensive line, nine out of ten times you’re not going to be an effective football team.
Drafting an interior linemen on the defensive side of the football makes entirely too much sense. Fletcher Cox is getting up there in age and was only brought back for a one year deal, Javon Hargrave is in his last year of a three year deal, and Milton Williams is only a second year player who needs to prove he can take on more snaps. In my opinion, on film Devonte Wyatt looks like a more juiced up Javon Hargrave. Similar size, effective in the pass rush and run defense, and has position versatility.
The Eagles have recently met with both Georgia DT’s and have been said to really like both prospects. I don’t see Jordan Davis being there at the fifteenth selection, so Wyatt is the next best DT available. Quite honestly, I am one of the few people who believes Devonte Wyatt’s game will translate better at the next level. Being able to learn from Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Javon Hargrave will do wonders for the young DT with Pro-Bowl potential.
307-pounds should not move this quickly— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) February 2, 2022
Devonte Wyatt Day 1📈 pic.twitter.com/TUFbEQly3R
TRADE: Philadelphia Eagles Receive- 34, 66, 2023 First Rounder (via Rams) Detroit Lions Receive- 16 (via Colts), 124, 2023 Fourth Rounder, 2024 Fifth Rounder
Round 1 Pick 19: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
Typically the Eagles tend to sign their defensive backs, or they draft them in the mid rounds, but we have seen where that has landed them. History has shown the Eagles have drafted talent at the CB position in the early rounds, but unfortunately took til they find a new home to succeed. I believe this is the year Howie Roseman drafts an outside corner in the first.
It’s an unknown how much longer Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon will be in Philadelphia for, but the objective should be to obtain the exact players and prospects who will fit in his scheme, and Kaiir Elam does exactly that. Elam is a long, and rangy corner who plays extremely well in coverage and plays with high end instincts. Look up Tre’Davious White’s scouting reports then look at Kaiir Elam’s and tell me the positive and negatives aren’t very similar. Heck, watch their game film coming out of college then go ahead and tell me Elam doesn’t have the potential to be a top corner in the league.
The Pairing of Kaiir Elam and Darius Slay would be one of the most dynamic duo’s in the NFC East let alone the NFC. Elam would strive in the off ball schemes Gannon calls consistently.
Kaiir Elam is CB2. I am willing to die on this hill.— Cole Topham (@HamAnalysis) March 28, 2022
He ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the Combine. He jumped a 37.5" vertical at his pro day, per @ZachCohenFB.
There is no better combination of length, twitch, ball skills, and aggressiveness in this draft. pic.twitter.com/Db1BSnMSsO
Round 2 Pick 34: David Ojabo, DE, Michigan
Howie Roseman will be doing back flips with this selection. David Ojabo’s injury was heart breaking, and without a doubt hurt his draft stock, but for the Eagles, it means they would still be able to get “their guy” 19 selections later. For many this may bring back memories of Sidney Jones, and rightfully so, but I believe in this case, it’ll work out for the best.
When it comes to David Ojabo, it’s plain to see he is extremely raw with top end potential. Being thrown out to the wolves out of the gate may have stunted his growth a bit, but now that he can take the full year to rehab, learn the system, and sit back and watch the game, it may be a huge benefit to his game.
Learning the game further for Ojabo is going to be extremely important for his career. Once the X’s and O’s start to click with his god given athleticism and pass rush ability, Ojabo will be a force to be reckoned with.
🚨David Ojabo strip sack🚨— PFN Draft (@PFNDraft) November 13, 2021
Explosiveness, bend, and proactive length usage all on display here. Ojabo just keeps making plays.
Round 2 Pick 51: Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
As you may know, the Eagles once again have a need at the WR position which shocks no one. Skyy Moore is one of the biggest risers when it comes to receivers all draft season. Being selected at 51 by the Eagles makes a whole lot of sense for both parties.
Why you ask? Nick Sirianni is a sucker for receivers who run polished routes, have strong hands, and quick/fluid footwork. Aka Skyy Moore. Moore would come in an fill that slot receiver role we’ve been missing for quite some time. This would also move Quez Watkins outside where I believe he does his most damage.
Another facet of Moore’s game that Sirianni should love is his versatility. Though he may line up in the slot most of the time at the next level, he has the footwork and play strength to move outside and play against press man or off ball coverage.
Moore’s play style, size, and combine numbers are nearly identical to former Eagle Golden Tate. Though Tate did not work out well with the Eagles when Doug Pederson’s regime was here, a player of his skill set (Moore) would strive in what I believe is an offense built around being able to throw the ball to all three levels.
Skyy Moore is a player that I’ve talked up multiple times. Here’s an example of how he is able to win early in his routes. pic.twitter.com/bKVtoaqBh0— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) March 23, 2022
Round 3 Pick 66: Darian Kinnard, IOL, Kentucky
As I said before, Howie Roseman and the Eagles love stacking up their trenches, and this selection murrors that. Darian Kinnard is a massive offensive linemen who plays with a mean streak. Extremely tenacious at the point of attack and packs a nasty initial punch. Where he truly fits with this offense is his ability to move laterally is rare for his size.
With that being said he is a project, which we all know are Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland’s favorite. Kinnard has shown that he possesses unique tools with his power and quickness, but his technique and hand placement could use some work. We have saw what Jeff Stoutland was capable of doing with Eagles LT Jordan Mailata, and I think its fair to say Jeff Stoutland could make Kinnard into an everyday Guard or Tackle.
Lane Johnson is getting up there in age and it’s always important to at least prepare to have someone in the offensive linemen room who could become his protege.
Round 3 Pick 83: Nick Cross, S, Maryland
The Eagles recently re-signed S Anthony Harris to a one-year deal which locks up one of the starting safety slots, but the other one is for grabs. Marcus Epps could move into that other starting safety position, but I believe he is much better suited as a situational type of rotation piece. That’s where Nick Cross comes into play.
For people who don’t know about Nick Cross, he is a big bodied safety with exceptional speed and plays with smack down physicality. The former track star in high school and at Maryland ran a 4.34 40 at the combine, and that speed shows up all over his film. That same speed allows him to play in single high alignments with eye popping range. Cross has the ability to click and close at the stop of a dime.
His physicality is evident in his film. Cross has multiple “boom” highlight hits and plays with an edge. He is heavily engaged against the run and is one of the better open field tacklers in this years class. Cross also offers a lot of special-teams experience who could potentially become a special-teams ace.
His lack of versatility and his tackling technique could use some work. With that being said, Cross possesses tools you can build on, and potentially turn into a very productive safety at the next level.
Nick Cross range pic.twitter.com/WdMgw6QoB8— Billy M (@BillyM_91) March 28, 2022
Round 5 Pick 154: Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
This year’s tight end class is very good, but with that being said I believe a ton of talented prospects drop due to the amount of talent on the defensive side of the football.
The Eagles and Nick Sirianni love their tight ends and they’d like that room to be packed with talent. Having Dallas Goedert who can do a little bit of everything is a luxury every team would love to have. Adding a tight end of Charlie Kolar’s ability could have scary potential.
Kolar paired with Goedert makes a ton of sense due to their differences as receiving tight ends. Goedert is a big play waiting to happen type of player, while Kolar blankets up intermediate routes and is a QB’s safety net. This would also give Sirianni the ability to run more 12 personnel which he has said he’d like to include in his offense. Red zone potential with Goedert, Kolar, and Smith could be lethal.
Charlie Kolar's 63 catches in 2021 were the most by a P5 TE in a season since 2017 🌪pic.twitter.com/ORcQP15gur— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 20, 2022
Round 5 Pick 162: D’Marco Jackson, LB, Appalachian State
Once you reach round 5, you’re looking for special team aces or projects that could potentially fill out your roster and that is exactly what D’Marco Jackson provides.
The former captain has all the makings of a special teams ace. He excels running down hill, and is quick triggered. His ability to change directions is enticing as well. As a LB, he provides the ability to fill in when in run defense. Dude is a menance in the run game, but where he struggles is in coverage. With that being said his coverage skills have improved dramatically over time.
D’Marco Jackson gives me alot of Tyler Matakevich vibes.
SACK from D'Marco Jackson. Had 11.5 as an ILB at Appalachian State. Justs runs right through that RB. pic.twitter.com/PAE9xBLaVr— Matt Alkire (@mattalkire) December 10, 2021
Round 5 Pick 166: Pierre Strong Jr, RB, SDSU
The current situation at RB for the Eagles includes Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell, and Boston Scott. Though Miles Sanders has immense talent, he has struggled to stay on the field. Sanders is currently in a contract year, and the Eagles haven’t given any inclination that they intend to extend him. That leads me to believe a running back late (which they did last year with Kenneth Gainwell) makes sense.
Look at what the San Francisco 49ers handle their RB depth. They find late round gems and rotate them in certain situations. I believe Nick Sirianni wants to do something similar with the Eagles.
Pierre Strong Jr was completely dominate in the FCS this season, and it was truly impressive how dominate he was. If we want to be quite honest, I doubt he last this long and I even think he will be under drafted. Watch his film and tell me you don’t see shades of Curtis Martin. Extremely similar running styles and home run hitting ability.
East-West Shrine Spotlight:— Kevin (@Daboys_22) February 2, 2022
Pierre Strong Jr. (RB – South Dakota State): 5’11”, 203lbs
🔹 240 ATT 1,686 YDS 18TD
🔹Athletic/Natural Runner pic.twitter.com/E7E4QrUlFV
Round 6 Pick 194: JT Woods, S, Baylor
With Athony Harris on only an one year deal, it’d be smart to bring in as many safety prospects as possible to see if any stick. Last seasons draft the Eagles drafted LSU safety/nickel Kary Vincent Jr, and the year before that K’Von Wallace. As we know, neither of them have panned out thus far and it’d smart to try and score on another late round safety for atleast special teams usage.
Woods is a former track star who ran a 4.36 40 at the combine and his speed shows up on tape. He is a tall and long safety who has a sticky pair of hands, hauling in 9 INTs over the past 2 seasons.
Big issues with Woods are that he relies on his athleticism too much and gets sloppy in technique. He also tends to fail on tackle attempts at times. Woods is a project worth working on because of his game changing speed and coverage ability.
Now look, I know some of you reading this may not like the outcome of this draft, but in hindsight, this is a type of draft Howie Roseman and the Eagles may end up putting together. History shows they go trenches, receivers, and corners early, all else comes later.
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