Philadelphia, PA - At the start of April, Eagles GM Howie Roseman and his staff had three first-round picks to play with.
2022 Philadelphia Eagles First Round Moves
Philadelphia only made one selection by the end of Day 1 of the NFL Draft.
Midway through the opening round, the Eagles traded with the Houston Texans, moving from No. 15 to No. 13 at the cost of a fourth and two fifth-round picks.
In this spot, the Birds went with Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis.
Davis is a mountainous defender, standing at 6’6” and 341 lbs. He ran a 4.78 40-yard dash, which is incredible for his size. He has a rare combination of size, strength and athleticism that make him an exciting prospect.
Davis expects to play alongside Fletcher Cox on the interior defensive line. This is a good situation for the rookie, as he can learn from one of the league’s best nose tackles. Additionally, Cox will likely be double-teamed frequently, leaving favorable one-on-ones for Davis.
Davis wouldn’t be the player to make the headlines in Philly on Thursday night, however.
That honor goes to wide receiver A.J. Brown, the former Titans second-round pick who was shipped to Philly. All the Eagles gave up was their first-round pick (18th overall) and a third-rounder.
Moments later, a four-year, $100 million extension was announced, locking in the playmaker for years to come. Brown and last year’s first-rounder, DeVonta Smith, look to be a scary receiving duo.
Brown is a bigger body receiver who complements the smaller, speedier Smith. Think a shorter and faster version of Alshon Jeffery.
In effect, the Eagles used their first-round pick to get an established player in Brown, rather than gamble on a rookie receiver. It’s a move that Philly fans will be thankful for after the disappointments of Jalen Reagor and J.J Arcega-Whiteside.
An eventful first night leaves the Eagles with just four picks remaining in the draft. A second, third, fifth, and seventh-round selection.
Philly could go anywhere with these picks, but look for them to target linebacker and cornerback. A late-round receiver or offensive lineman could also be in the cards.
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