The 2022 NFL Draft is oh-so-close, and we here at Philly Sports Reports couldn’t be more excited. We are very proud to present to you our official 2022 Philadelphia Eagles seven-round mock draft.
Round 1, Pick 6 – Ahmad Gardener, Cincinnati
(Eagles Trade Picks 15, 83, and Jalen Reagor to Panthers for pick.)
Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner has been one of the most talked-about defensive players in this year’s draft. Along with Derek Stingley Jr., he’s viewed as one of the top cornerbacks if not the best. The Eagles could use an upgrade in talent at the corner position, and Gardner is a player that can make an immediate impact. In his 3 years with Cincinnati, Gardner racked up 99 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, 9 interceptions, 18 pass deflections, returned 2 touchdowns, and didn’t allow a single touchdown.
Round 1, Pick 18 – Nakobe Dean, Georgia
Another need that the Eagles have on defense is the linebacker position. They certainly made an improvement over Alex Singleton with Kyzir White, however, an added linebacker from the draft would do great things for the Eagles. Nakobe Dean helped to lead Georgia’s championship-winning defense last year, as it ended up being one of the best defenses of all time. Dean has shown his strengths as a leader on the field along with being a very valuable asset with his skills. In just three years with Georgia, Dean recorded 168 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, 8 pass deflections and he returned one touchdown.
Round 2, Pick 35 – George Pickens, Georgia
(Eagles Trade Picks 51,124, 166, 237, and a 2023 4th round pick to Jets for picks 35, 163, and a 2023 5th round pick.)
The Eagles need at least one receiver from the draft and George Pickens is a receiver that could easily drop to the second round. While he definitely has the potential to be a WR1 in the NFL, it’s the uncertainty that would keep him from being drafted in the first round. Pickens was out for the majority of the 2021 season because of an injury that he suffered in training camp. Without seeing much of him on the field, it’s hard to say how good he could be in the NFL. That being said, the small sample size that we saw last season was very good. He would be a very nice pairing alongside Devonta Smith and give the Eagles that extra toughness that they need. Over three years at Georgia, Pickens recorded 90 receptions for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Round 3, Pick 101 – Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
If you couldn’t tell already, this is a very defensively-heavy draft for the Eagles. The edge position is another position that the Eagles could use some help in. Myjai Sanders is a very solid edge rusher that could drop to the Eagles at 101. After signing Hasaan Reddick, getting even more young talent on the defensive line would be very valuable for the Eagles. In his four years with Cincinnati, Sanders had 119 total tackles, 13.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 13 pass deflections.
Round 5, Pick 154 – Joshua Ezedu, North Carolina
The Eagles have been notorious for having one of the best offensive lines in football over the course of the last decade. With players like Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Brandon Brooks, it’s hard not to have one of the best lines. That being said, a lot of these guys are getting old, and Brandon Brooks already retired. The Eagles will need to get more young guys for their offensive line to prepare for the future. In last year’s draft, the Eagles selected Landon Dickerson which ended up being a pretty solid pick for them as he is now Kelce’s replacement. Joshua Ezedu is a decent guard but one that you’ll definitely take at pick 154. As a guard, he had a 78.8 grade last season according to PFF and allowed just 2 sacks on 734 total snaps last season with North Carolina. Those two sacks were the only two in his career over the course of 1904 total snaps.
Round 5, Pick 162 – Kyren Williams, RB Notre Dame
The Eagles have a very solid, young group of running backs, but it never hurts to add more. Kyren Williams would be a pretty nice steal this late in the draft as he’s been very solid for Notre Dame over his last two seasons with them. In his first season, he only played two games; however, he produced some very good numbers over his last two seasons. In 26 total games in his career, he had 2,140 rushing yards, on 219 attempts, 27 total touchdowns, and 673 receiving yards on 78 receptions.
Round 5, Pick 163 – Yusuf Corker, S Kentucky
With the 163rd pick, the Eagles are going back to the defensive side of things, for adding another young safety to the Eagles’ defense could be great for their future. They already have K’Von Wallace, and finding someone that could possibly pair with him in the future could be smart. Yusuf Corker isn’t anything flashy, but he’s as good a safety that you’re gonna get this late in the draft. He does have a slight problem with missing tackles but he makes up for it with the number of tackles that he racks up. In his four-year career with the Wildcats, Corker recorded 241 total tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions, and 14 pass deflections.
Round 7, Pick 237 – DaRon Bland – CB Fresno State
With the Philadelphia Eagles’ last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Eagles select DaRon Bland out of Fresno State. A lot of you may be thinking, “Who?” And you wouldn’t be wrong to think that. It’s the seventh round, and you’re not going to hope for any star talent but instead a possible diamond in the rough. The Eagles’ secondary needs all the help it can get, and this would be just another experiment. You would hope that he plays better than a seventh-round talent is expected to do, but if he doesn’t, it isn’t the end of the world. In three seasons with Fresno State, Bland recorded 62 total tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 5 interceptions, and 8 pass deflections.
Hopefully, Howie can make some good decisions that will greatly help this team in the areas that are needed. No draft will be perfect, but as a fan of any NFL team, you just have to hope for the best.
Round one of the draft will begin at 8pm ET on Thursday, April 28. The draft, which will be held in Las Vegas, is going to be televised on ESPN.