Analysis of every pick, trade and more

The 2022 NFL Draft is here, and the Eagles insider team at the Inquirer will have it covered all the way to pick No. 262.

Who is off the board? When do the Eagles choose next? What does this choice mean for the Birds? Follow our live blog on the Eagles draft in real time. And follow all of our draft coverage here throughout the weekend.

The Eagles feel like they were able to nab a player at the top of their draft board in the third round. Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean, who some say would make it to the first round (he also did after appearing on the red carpet in Las Vegas on Thursday), fell all the way to the 83rd overall pick. Howie Roseman and Co. couldn’t pass up the chance to catch him there.

After the pick, despite medical red flags that appear to have caused his stock to drop, the Eagles and Dean declared him healthy enough to be on the field for rookie minicamp. If the Eagles landed a top linebacker prospect and he stays on the field, that’s great value.

Nebraska center Cam Jurgens went to the Eagles with the 51st overall pick. In fact, Jurgens has been rated by the player he’s headed for as the eventual replacement – Jason Kelce. And after watching a movie and even discussing cattle ranching, Kelce approved of the choice.

Whether the Eagles came in too early for a center when they have other needs will be up for debate. But an offensive line that will one day have to face the retirement of Kelce has just added its runner-up.

The course of the franchise changed when general manager Howie Roseman made the blockbuster deal with the Titans to acquire wide receiver AJ Brown in exchange for draft picks No. 18 and No. 101 overall, as Brown has agreed to a $100 million contract extension with the Eagles. .

The Eagles wanted Brown enough to give up picks for a proven 24-year-old target. They believe in him and he will instantly improve an offense that needed another receiver. Will the bet eventually pay off? No matter what, fans will remember Thursday as a day to remember.

Jason Kelce discovered Brown’s trade while watching the draft as part of Bleacher Report coverage. He was blown away by the deal, compared Roseman to Santa Claus and put a face to how the offense feels about getting a better receiver.

And then there’s Jalen Hurts, who in recent days had posted on Instagram that he had worked with Brown and cited their close relationship. After the exchange, the two couldn’t help but have a video chat like only two friends could in this situation.

There’s a big reason the Eagles gave up the 15th pick in the draft with one fourth-round pick and two fifth-round picks just to move up two spots. That would be selecting Jordan Davis, the 6-foot-6, 341-pound defensive tackle.

We met Davis in Las Vegas, and he was just excited. He is happy to reunite with Eagles defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who once signed him in Georgia. And he’s thrilled for his mother, who was already an Eagles fan.

If it seemed like the selection was meant to be, Davis was actually the player The Inquirer’s Eagles writers beat to select in fictional drafts, written and discussed the most before the draft.

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