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NFL Mock Draft Simulation: Eagles Add Defensive Reinforcements

NFL Mock Draft Simulation: Eagles Add Defensive Reinforcements

Welcome back to BGN’s Mock simulation series. In these weekly articles, I use The Draft Network’s great draft simulator to run different draft scenarios for Eagles. Philadelphia has *tons* of picks in 2022 NFL Draft, so there are plenty of ways to improve the list that we’ll be exploring over the next few months.

Pick 15: DeMarvin Leal, Defensive Lineman, Texas A&M

DeMarvin Leal is a budding defender who can move from playing with a defensive end in base defense to sliding inward to speed up the lane. He’s the type of athlete that thrives in the NFL and would be a swing fence for an Eagles defensive line that needs to get a little younger.

Pick 16: Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa

This already looks like a player being mocked by the Eagles all out of the season. Tyler Linderbaum is a fitness center with plenty of experience under his belt. With Landon Dickerson thriving on guard, Linderbaum could be the obvious heir to Jason Kelsey.

Pick 19: Ahmed Gardner, Cornerback, Cincinnati

Ahmad Gardner may be the best pure back corner cover in this draft. Pairing him with Darius Sly at Eagles High would go a long way in making the Eagles defense a formidable unit.

Pick 51: Drake Jackson, Edge, USC

The Eagles create another defense by addressing their arrogant attitude. Derek Barnett is on his way out and the Eagles need someone to play on the other side of Josh Sweet. Drake Jackson is a great athlete who has a lot of room for improvement. He will be a contributor to this defense on Day One.

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Pick 83: Brandon Smith, Linebacker, Penn State

Drafting Penn State players is always a good idea. Brandon Smith is a really strong athlete with excellent football intelligence and the ability to lead a defense from an inside full-back position. The Linebacker hasn’t been tackled for long and Smith will be the answer the Eagles have been looking for.

Pick 120: Press Hall, Running Back, Iowa

The Eagles established their identity as a rock-throwing team. Unfortunately, their current group of runners have reliability issues when it comes to health. Jordan Howard has been restless for a few years now, and Miles Sanders, as talented as he is, has missed eight games over the past two years. Breece Hall was a reliable gaming remake Iowa since his first year. His blending of size, strength, and athletic ability makes him highly suitable for this offense.

Pick 152: Greg Dolich, narrow-finish, University of California

The Eagles have used two sets of their tight ends a bit this year, but with Zach Erts out of the picture, only one of their tight ends is a reliable passing tool. Greg Dolic has had 68 assists and ten touchdowns in the last two years. During his career at UCLA, he averaged about 18 reception yards. It’s a dangerous pass that hits a tight finish and can give the Eagles tons of flexibility from two tight sets.

Pick 160: Justin Ross, wide receiver, Clemson

The outlook for the wide receiver is still a bit blurry for the Eagles. DeVonta Smith is the obvious front man, but the team definitely needs help outside of his presence. The free agent category 2022 looks promising, but there’s no scenario where the Eagles shouldn’t try to tackle the situation a bit through the draft. Justin Ross’ career at Clemson has been plagued by injuries, but he’s been a game-changer when he’s healthy. This is a low-risk, high-reward choice where you need it.

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Pick 164: Isaac Taylor Stewart, Cornerback, University of Southern California

Isaac Taylor Stewart still has the best of football in front of him and he might not even be a full-back. The 6’1″ defender has a potential safety transfer written above him given his speed and physical ability at full-back. Taylor Stewart has been giving the Eagles much-needed depth in high school while also being a promising developmental player.

Pick 194: Charleston Rambo, wide receiver, Miami

It’s hard to believe, but Charleston Rambo broke the one-season record in Miami in 2021. Consider the names that preceded him and that’s impressive. Rambo’s combination of size, smooth running track and excellent ball skills make him a very solid choice in a passing game. Although drops have been a long-standing problem for him, betting on a receiver who gets better every year of his career is always smart at this late stage of the draft. As an added bonus, Rambo will be reunited with Galen Hurts after their year together in Oklahoma.

Pick 207: James Impey, center, BYU

It wouldn’t be Project Nosour without adding some offensive linemen. Empey is an experienced and challenging player who can get into any interior offensive line position. With some fears of vultures always present, having depth along trenches is always a good thing.