In the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles traded up Georgia DT Jordan Davis and switched to former Titans WR AJ Brown. In round 2, they took Nebraska C Cam Jurgens, and in round 3, they could have found a steal in Georgia LB Nakobe Dean.
The Eagles do not currently have a fourth-round pick, but here are our 20 players who could make sense for the Birds on Day 3. The Eagles’ next pick is overall in 154th place, which is the 11th pick in the fifth round.
• Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA: Size-athletic freak of nature, measuring in at 6’4, with a 4.26 (!) 40.
• Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State: Like Tariq Woolen above, McCollum is a 6’2 size athletic freak with a 4.33 40.
• Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida: Pierce did not get as many opportunities as he should have while playing in a running back at committee offense in Florida. During his four years in college, he had only 329 career carries, with a season high of 106. By 2021, he had 16 total TDs, and he was a standout during Senior Bowl drills. At 5’10, 218, Pierce has a low center of gravity. He has great balance, lateral agility and tackling-breaking power. He also has some receiving chops as he caught 19 passes for 216 yards and 3 TDs, again, in limited use.
• Cobe Bryant, CB, Cincinnati: The Bearcats had an excellent cornerback duo in Gardner and Bryant, who got 9 INTs and 35 pass breakups over the at least four seasons. Bryant is a smart cornerback who excels in zone coverage and would be an easy fit in Jonathan Gannon’s defense.
• Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina: Enagbare played the “Buck” linebacker spot in South Carolina’s defense. The brief explanation of the “Buck” position is an edge-rusher who will sometimes line up inside at obvious passes, but who also sees time as an off-ball linebacker tasked with covering tasks. He had 14 sacks over the last three seasons in that role. His role will be a little more simplified in the NFL as a 4-3 DE.
• Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State: Kolar reminds me a bit of a poor man’s Zach Ertz knows that he has good hands, he wins on controversial catches against minor securities, he uses his body well to shield defenders from football against man coverage, and he is good at finding holes in the defense against zone coverage. Like Ertz, he’s not going to impress anyone with his athletics, he’s not known as a big block, and he’s not exactly a scary runner after the catch.
• Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame: Williams is pound for pound one of the best tackle-breaking running backs in the nation. Whether he breaks the defenders’ ankles with combination jukes, or simply stays on his feet through contact due to his unique balance, Williams is almost cat-like in his running style and very fun to watch. He is also thought of as a tough, willing participant in passport protection, and he has received chops with 77 receptions over the last two seasons.
• Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota: With his 6’8, 384 pounds, Faalele becomes the greatest man in the NFL when he is drafted. Oh and HELLO, he is a former rugby player from Australia who does not have much experience with American football! Remind you of anyone?
• Calvin Austin, WR, Memphis: Memphis has a recent history of putting explosive offensive playmakers into the NFL, from Tony Pollard to Antonio Gibson to Kenny Gainwell. Austin is a waterbug type who has put in big numbers the last two seasons. By 2020, he had 63 catches on 1053 yards and 11 TDs. In 2021, he had 74 catches on 1149 yards and 8 TDs. He was also a weapon returning for Memphis, with punt return TDs in each of the last two seasons.
• Jeffrey Gunter, SAM, Coastal Carolina: Gunter had 17 sacks the last three seasons and he had decent test numbers on Combine. If you watched Coastal’s match against BYU in the 2020 “Mullets vs. Mormons,” you saw Gunter (coughing) play with an edge.
• Amare Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech: Training warriors who ran ridiculous 4.36 40 at 6’5, 246. 10 sacks in two seasons at VT.
• Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina: Probably had a couple of very productive seasons to finish his college career, and some ridiculous yards per. catch average from a tight end. He finished second in the nation among close ends in 2021 in receiving yards (912) and touchdowns (12), with 20.0 yards per carry. catch in 2020 and 15.5 yards per. catch in 2021.
• Verone McKinley, S, Oregon: McKinley is not big size (5’10, 198) and he did not have a good workout at Combine, but he is a very instinctive, productive, playmaking safety who had 77 tackles and 6 INTs for Oregon in 2021.
• Jesse Luketa, EDGE, Penn State: We’ll call Luketa a SAM fullback, because that’s probably what his role would be with the Eagles if they were to pick him. He played both as a linebacker and on the defensive for Penn State, and although he was very reputable by the coaches there, his total college production (0.5 career sacks) left much to be desired.
• Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati: Ford is a transfer from Alabama that broke out in 2021 for Cincinatti, by 200 times for 1238 yards (6.2 YPC) and 19 TDs. He’s a prospect with a good combination of balance, vision and speed, but it was somewhat disappointing that he only weighed 210, as Cincy had him listed the entire season at 220.
• Dominique Robinson, EDGE, Miami (OH): In 2018, Robinson had 13 catches on 156 yards and 4 TDs as a wide receiver. In 2019, he had 14 catches on 296 yards. In 2020, he moved to the defensive side of the ball, not to be a defensive back, but, um, an edge-rusher? You do not see that so often. Robinson was not even a starter (4.5 sacks in 12 games), but as a situational pass-rusher he brings outstanding athletics to the table and he tested well at Combine.
• Tyler Algeier, RB, BYU: Over the last two seasons, Algeier has amassed 2,731 rushing yards and 36 TDs on 426 carries (6.4 YPC). He is a big back at 224 pounds, who has a good view, contact balance, a nose for the end zone in situations on the goal line, and enough speed to occasionally play explosively.
• Zamir White, RB, Georgia: White was a five-star high school recruit (10th in the nation, according to Rivals). He was in a way considered the next in line of great Georgia running backs, after Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift, but he got an ACL tear in his senior year of high school and then another. his first year in college. In Georgia, he has not had the same explosive impact as the other major Georgia run-back prospects. He is a physical “one cut and go” downhill runner who also excels in passing protection. In three years in Georgia, he has 369 carries for 1959 yards (5.3 YPC) and 24 TDs. He is not much of a threat out of the backfield as a receiver as he only has 17 career catches.
• Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan: Eagles can use a younger, more durable version of Jordan Howard. Haskins is a big 228-pound between tackles banger that is going to give you the yardage that is there, but is not much of a threat to homeruns. He will be a chain-mover in the NFL, and would be a good fit as a rotating back for any run-heavy offense.
• Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State: I mean, he hits 80-yard punts.
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