Arguing the Philadelphia Eagles did not have a good 2022 NFL Draft is a colossal waste of time.
ESPN’s Seth Walder wrote “Philadelphia paid a steep price to move up two spots and take Jordan Davis at No. 13. It only cost three day-three picks, but the difference between what you get at 13 and 15 is tiny, and so the Eagles paid three picks for almost nothing.”
Tell me you never watched Jordan Davis play without telling me you have never watched Jordan Davis play…
Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice seems to think that the Eagles were not willing to take a chance at letting Davis or Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton come off the board before they picked at No. 15. This is why giving up three day-three picks is totally worthwhile to get potentially the next Warren Sapp or the rough NFL equivalent of Shaquille O’Neal from at least an overall personality standpoint.
Not only did Philadelphia trade up to No. 13 to take Davis out of Georgia, but the Eagles got another absolute Dawg in his college teammate Nakobe Dean in the third round. Oh, yeah? Philadelphia also traded for a No. 1 wide receiver in A.J. Brown in a deal with the Tennessee Titans. So coming out of the weekend with Brown, Davis and Dean on the roster is beyond impressive.
What Howie Roseman and the rest of the Eagles front office did last weekend gives The Birds a strong possibility of not only winning the NFC East, but potentially getting to the conference title bout. The Eagles slaughtered this draft.
Philadelphia Eagles crushed 2022 NFL Draft after securing a pair of Dawgs
Even if Davis or Dean fail to become Pro Bowl players, the Eagles still ended up with one by trading for Brown with the Titans. While some may argue that Davis is not a three-down player or that Dean is also-ran physically before he even comes into the league, these were without question the two best players on Georgia’s national championship-winning team last season.
Davis took him home the Bednarik and the Outland, while Dean secured the Butkus in their unanimous First-Team All-American final seasons at Georgia. They enter the league together on a team that most people expect will be back in the playoffs next year. Will there be growing pains in their rookie seasons? Yes, but they are two fantastic pillars to build with from a culture standpoint.
The crazy part in all this is Davis and Dean arrive in Philadelphia with something to prove, if that was even possible. They may have run the gauntlet that is the SEC, but not everyone feels they will have what it takes to be those type of elite players at the next level. Together, they will bring lunchpail mentalities to the Linc with boulder-sized chips on their shoulders. Good luck with that.
Simply, you cannot teach speed, you cannot teach size and you absolutely cannot measure heart.