The 2022 draft could be franchise-changing for the Philadelphia Eagles
If the NFL draft were held today, the Eagles would select third, eight and ninth in the first round. I can’t remember a team having two picks in the top 10 – let alone three.
The third and ninth overall choices are from Miami and Indianapolis. The Dolphins have been surprisingly bad this year, which is great for Philadelphia. I suspect that pick will stay in the top five.
I don’t think the Colts’ pick will remain where it is. They’ll probably end the season around .500, which would mean the Eagles would get something in the mid-teens. Still not bad at all.
The Indianapolis draft choice is contingent on quarterback Carson Wentz playing 75% of the snaps, or 70% of the snaps if the Colts make the playoffs. Otherwise, it becomes a second rounder. He has started and finished every game so far for Indianapolis.
Here’s the problem, if you’re an Eagles fan. As NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank points out, the man making these draft selections at this point will be Howie Roseman.
A bad track record
And while the Birds GM deserves credit as the architect of the Super Bowl-winning team, his draft track record since has been terrible. Just a few examples:
- Receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round over wideout D.K. Metcalf. Ouch. Arcega-Whiteside barely gets on the field while Metcalf is one of the best pass catchers in the NFL.
- WR Jalen Reagor in the first round one spot ahead of WR Justin Jefferson. This one really hurt because Jefferson basically fell into the Eagles’ laps, and they blew it.
I’m worried that Roseman will screw up the 2022 first-round picks the way he did so many recent selections. A big reason the Birds are in the position they are now (3-5 record, miles behind the Cowboys in the NFC East) is bad drafts. They must get the upcoming draft right, but I’m skeptical Roseman will rise to the occasion.