With the Draft within sight, Eagles and NFL fans around the world will be preparing themselves to see who their favourite teams take in the first round. For the Eagles, they will be picking twice in Round One of the 2022 NFL Draft. However, the Draft is over three days, not just one night, so this Mock Draft will cover the entire event.
The Mock Draft will cover the Eagles across all seven rounds. It will include trade scenarios and explanations as to why the players were selected!
TRADE: The Eagles trade Andre Dillard and Picks 15, 51 and 124 to the Carolina Panthers for Picks 6 and 149
Pick Six- Derek Stingley- CB- LSU
The trade makes sense for both teams. It allows the Eagles to go up and grab a premium player in this draft, while the Panthers can acquire a plug and play offensive lineman and two extra picks to help bolster their roster.
For the pick itself, Stingley has been one of the most sought after prospects over the last three years after breaking onto the scene for LSU. He is an elite athlete that carries a tone of potential to match the incredible ability he already possesses. Stingley has struggled the last couple of years, and his 2021 season was not great. However, it has been reported that he tried to play through a Lisfranc injury, which would explain the poor play.
It is a fit for the Eagles, who desperately need another cornerback to go opposite Darius Slay on a roster devoid of talent in the secondary. Stingley instantly fills that need for the next four years at least, and it will be a welcome sight to Eagles Nation to see a strong cornerback trio on the field.
TRADE: The Eagles trade Jalen Reagor, Picks 18 and 101 and a 2023 3rd Round Pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for Picks 29, 30 and 94
Pick 29- Lewis Cine- S- Georgia
The Eagles move out of Pick 18 to acquire more draft capital in this year's draft, while they give up a pair of thirds and Jalen Reagor. It is a trade that works for both teams as it allows the Chiefs to go up and get a solid player at edge rusher or wide receiver in a division full of star quarterbacks and explosive offenses. The trade allows Reagor to reset into a new environment and work with offensive mastermind Andy Reid.
The pick makes too much sense as the Eagles look to step up and become more aggressive on defense in the second year of Jonathan Gannon's tenure as Defensive Coordinator. Cine is a player that can once again come straight into the lineup after the departure of Rodney McLeod in free agency. He can play a similar role to Malcolm Jenkins during his time in Philadelphia, where he can be brought in as a sub-linebacker in certain passing situations. He will provide another big boost to a secondary that was so porous against the passing game last season.
Pick 30- Jahan Dotson- WR- Penn State
With Jalen Reagor out of the door, the Eagles need a wide receiver that can come in and play instantly. They won't have to look far as Dotson will make an immediate impact in this Eagles offense. He will provide Jalen Hurts with another safe option, who never dropped passes in college. He was Penn State's entire offense at times last season as he made some sensational big plays to extend drives and score touchdowns. He is the sort of player that the Eagles need across from Devonta Smith.
Pick 83- Dohnovan West- Center- Arizona State
Jason Kelce could be in the final year of his NFL career, so the search for the Center of the future starts now. The Eagles do it here with West as they look to give him a year of being able to act as Kelce's understudy. He also has the potential to play as a Guard, having played there earlier in his college days. In a similar scenario to Landon Dickerson, it could see West take the field sooner than expected if upon.
Trade: The Eagles send Pick 94 to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Picks 106, 157 and 180
Pick 106- Deangelo Malone- Edge- Wester Kentucky
The Eagles trade back once again to acquire more picks allowing them to fill out the roster better. With the three picks that they acquired in this trade, they used them on players to fill gaps in the roster. Malone has had a productive college career and will provide a burst on the edge that the Eagles will need when rotating their defensive line or when they are in desperate need of getting to the quarterback. He can be a rotational piece that provides an impact whenever he takes the field.
Pick 149- Matt Waletzko- OT- North Dakota
After trading Dillard, the Eagles will need another tackle to fill in the gap that was left. He is a player whose stock is rising amongst teams after a fantastic draft process, which saw him become an unknown to a player that could make his way into Day Two. He is a player that Jeff Stoutland can work with and morph into a future starter in the same way he did with Jordan Mailata. He certainly has the athleticism.
Pick 154- Pierre Strong JR- RB- South Dakota State
The Eagles had a running back committee during the second half of last season; with the future of Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders beyond this season being unclear, adding another player into that room cannot hurt. The Eagles have running backs that can churn yards, and even Sanders can burst for 10-20 yards, but there is not a home run hitter than can go the length of the field. Strong has that big-play ability, having scored ten touchdowns of 50+ yards. An exciting prospect to add to that running back room.
Pick 157- Tyquan Thornton- WR- Baylor
The Eagles will need another receiver, and after seeing how much Quez Watkins has developed, a late-round receiver is something they need to take a punt on. Thornton had a solid final year with Baylor as he had 62 receptions for 948 yards and ten touchdowns. He is a fast player, and Howie Roseman is someone that does not shy away from searching for more speed to add to the roster.
Pick 162- Micah McFadden- LB- Indiana
McFadden will be a project player that can add to the Special Teams core as well as make the occasional appearance at linebacker. The Eagles can take some time to mould him into the player they want him to be after the addition of Kyzir White in free agency.
Pick 166- Curtis Brooks- DT- Cincinnati
Brooks was someone that managed to get to the quarterback and into the opposing backfield often last year. He had 12.5 tackles for loss as well as 7.5 sacks. He is the sort of pass rusher that the Eagles need on the inside. With Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave and Milton Williams all ahead of him, there will not be pressure for him to step up immediately.
Pick 180- Matt Arazia- Punter- San Diego State
Arazia's college tape has taken the nation by storm. He was quite literally flipping field possession kicking from inside his own five to the opposing team's five yard line. His leg is incredible. His tape was so impressive it earnt him an NFL Network feature with Rachel Bonnetta. The Eagles found out that life after Cam Johnstone would be tougher than first imagined, so they go in and take the best Special Teamer in the draft.
Pick 237- Joshua Williams- CB- Fayetteville State
Williams played at a Division Two school, so he could be underrated by some due to the quality of opposition that he faced. However, he can use his first couple of seasons on the practice squad or even as a Special Teams player. He will be behind Zech McPherson in the depth chart, who has had a year to develop. Still expect the Eagles to look in Free Agency for a veteran cornerback.