The 2022 NFL Draft begins on April 28, which means that The Game Haus will be debuting draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be evaluated heading into this year’s draft, as our staff recaps their last season, highlights their needs and pinpoints their potential 2022 NFL Draft targets. The Philadelphia Eagles are the subject of today’s 2022 NFL Draft profile.
The Eagles started the season with a new head coach in Nick Sirianni who had the task to rebuild the team. He did a pretty good job in his first season, as Philly finished the season with a record of 9-8. This record was good enough to earn the Eagles in second place in the NFC East and receive a Wild Card berth in the playoffs. This was surprising to many NFL analysts, who had the Eagles finishing near the bottom of the NFC East and the NFL as a whole.
The Eagles started the season off with a bang with a dominant 32-6 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. After that they would end up losing three games straight to the 49ers, Cowboys and the Chiefs. In Week 5, they would notch their second win of the season in a 21-18 victory over the Carolina Panthers and would then lose their next two games after that to the Buccaneers and the Raiders. This stretch really saw the Eagles rely too much on the arm of Jalen Hurts. Turnovers were becoming a huge issue. The Eagles were digging themselves into unmanageable holes that would ultimately lose them games.
The turnaround started against the Detroit Lions. They focused on the running game even though they were without Miles Sanders. The legs of Boston Scott and Jordan Howard really boosted the team. They would win that game comfortably. This game started the trend of the Eagles being a run-first offense. Miles Sanders would come back later and really produce for this Eagles team as well. This, in turn, took some pressure off of Hurts and he made less mistakes as the season progressed. He got DeVonta Smith going, who turned out to be one of the best rookies of the 2021 season. Goedert had a heck of a year and really bailed the Eagles out when drives seemed like they were stalling. The Eagles would end up winning six out of their nine games and would become one of the best running teams in the NFL.
Philadelphia went on to lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The game was pretty one sided throughout, but Philadelphia scored some late points at the end. Even with that disappointing loss the Eagles had an overall great season, and it is something to build on going into 2022. Let’s look at Philadelphia’s draft picks as we delve deeper into this 2022 Eagles NFL Draft profile.
2022 NFL Picks
The Philadelphia Eagles have 5 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft:
First round (2 picks): No. 15, No. 18 (From Saints)
Second round (1 pick): No. 51
Third round (2 picks): No. 83, No. 101 (From Saints)
Wide Receiver: The Eagles need to add some depth to their receiving core. The receivers were inconsistent throughout the year, outside of DeVonta Smith. The Eagles made some progress in adding former Colts receiver Zach Pascal, but more work should be done.
EDGE: The Eagles ranked 29th in sacks in the NFL in 2021. This number must be better for this team make it further into the playoffs in the future.
Safety: The Eagles re-signed Anthony Harris last week to a one-year deal. Furthermore, Marcus Epps and K’Von Wallace are also listed on their depth chart. Harris is a solid re-signing for the Eagles as he brings experience. Epps is also fine, but the Eagles are going to need to strengthen this position.
Linebacker: Philadelphia lost Alex Singleton, a tackling machine, in the offseason. However, The Eagles did add Hassan Reddick but he will more than likely be put at the strong side linebacker position. This leaves a glaring hole at the weak side where Singleton would have played.
Cornerback: The Eagles have Darius Slay who was the life blood of the Eagles secondary in 2021. Avonte Maddox has been solid and make plays when the Eagles need him. Other than that, the secondary is young and Philadelphia needs a high end draft pick that can bring production right away.
2022 Draft Targets
Pick No. 15: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Treylon Burks would bring more explosiveness to this Eagles offense. He has speed and is big as he is 6-foot-3. His speed and his route running gives him the ability to separate from his defenders to get open. He also has the size to win 50/50 balls. Burks can also be a weapon in the red zone, which is just another quality that would help the Eagles in 2022. He can also be useful in end arounds as he can use his speed to get to turn the corner.
Burks had a great 2021 season at Arkansas. The Arkansas receiver had 1,104 yards receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 16.7 yards a catch. He also got involved in the running game and totaled 112 yards. In conclusion, Burks is an all-around great receiver and would fit nicely into the Eagles offense.
Pick No. 18: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
Jermaine Johnson was named ACC Defensive player of the year, which was well deserved. He his big but surprisingly quick for a guy of his size. He can get off the line of scrimmage quickly and can ultimately get to the quarterback if defenses are not careful. Not only that, but he also defends the run and makes tackles.
The Florida State edge rusher had 70 total tackles in the 2021 season. He was adept at getting to quarterbacks, totaling 12 sacks. He can force turnovers as he had two forced fumbles and one recovery. Overall, this is exactly what the Eagles need to apply more pressure getting to the quarterbacks in the 2022 season.
Pick No. 51: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
The Eagles are not known to draft linebackers early in drafts. However, picking a high-end linebacker would do wonders to replace Alex Singleton. Muma is a two-time first team all Mountain West player and would certainly help Philadelphia in the realm of tackling. Muma was all over the field while he played at Wyoming recording an insane 142 total tackles. He also had three interceptions in 2021 which is impressive with him being a linebacker. He does not get to the quarterback often as he only had 1.5 sacks with the Cowboys last season.
Muma is a nice value pick at this position and can possibly play right away in the NFL if he transitions well.
Pick No. 83: Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
Jones is a versatile corner back who can also give the Eagles a boost in kick and punt returns. In 2021, he recorded 47 total tackles and five interceptions. The ability of Jones to force turnovers is a key part as to why the Eagles should pick him. He had 374 yards in punt returns in 2021. This was good enough to be ranked first in the AAC in that category. He also returned two punts and two kicks for touchdowns this past season as well.
His ability to benefit teams in multiple positions makes Jones a valuable option. It is possible the Eagles can take him at 83 but could also be selected much earlier.
Pick No. 101: Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois
Kerby Jospeh did not really get a lot of playing time through out his career with the Fighting Illini. He played 19 games total from 2018-2020. The Illinois cornerback really turned up the heat this past year as a senior. He played all 12 games and put up some pretty nice statistics. He had 51 total tackles, 5 interceptions and two forced fumbles.
The numbers that really stick out his ability to force turnovers. He is strong and has great concentration. There was one play this year where he ripped the ball out of the receivers hands to make an impressive interception near the end zone. Not only can he provide turnovers but tackling is just as good he speed and can be around the ball at any time. Jospeh is projected to go in the third round, so the Eagles have a good chance of him still being available. This concludes this 2022 Eagles draft profile.