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Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Philadelphia Eagles from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Eagles:

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/20)

15. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

Dean is a missile at linebacker and diagnoses run plays in an instant. The Eagles have to get more athletic at linebacker.

16. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

Linderbaum is impeccable in the run and screen game, and with more weight to his frame can be tremendous in pass protection, too.

19. Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State

Ebiketie is an explosive, bendy rusher who got better each season at Penn State. The Eagles have to address the outside of their pass rusher with youth.

ESPN - Mel Kiper (1/19)

15. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

This is the first of three Eagles picks in the next five, this one coming from the Dolphins in last March's order-busting trade. And I know that some folks are going to connect Philly with a quarterback, but I'm not buying that; Jalen Hurts earned the 2022 job by his play down the stretch, even if he didn't have a great playoff game. This team needs more talent on defense, so that's where I'm going with the first two of these picks.

I had to dive deep back into my research to find the last time the Eagles took a linebacker in Round 1, going all the way back to Jerry Robinson in 1979. I was 18 years old at the time of that draft. This is both a need and value pick, as Lloyd is coming off a tremendous season. I've compared him to Tampa Bay's Devin White -- he's an off-ball linebacker with speed, versatility, range and run-and-hit ability. He had eight sacks and four picks last season. This would be a major boost to the Philly D.

16. Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State

The Eagles finished the regular season with wins in six of their final eight games powered by their running game, but again, this defense showed several holes. One of those was the pass rush -- they finished 31st in the league in sacks with just 29, 11 of those coming from the tackle duo of Javon Hargrave and Fletcher Cox. I see edge rusher as a priority, even if 2017 first-rounder Derek Barnett, a free agent this offseason, returns to the team. He has never quite put together a consistent season, and he had just two sacks in 2021. So let's use the pick from the Carson Wentz trade on a rising pass-rusher.

Ebiketie, a transfer from Temple, is coming off a stellar season for the Nittany Lions. He had 9.5 sacks, 19 total tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He has long arms and is explosive at the snap, and he's strong enough to set the edge in the run game. I'm a big fan.

19. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Let's finish out the Eagles' picks with another wide receiver, which would make back-to-back-to-back drafts that Philly went wideout in Round 1. This is still an issue, though. DeVonta Smith had a good rookie season and looks to be the clear No. 1, but 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor underwhelmed and might never be more than a decent third option. Going back to the 2019 draft, the Eagles took J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in Round 2, but he has just 16 catches over three seasons. Jalen Hurts has to get some more help.

Olave was a touchdown machine at Ohio State -- he had 35 in four seasons -- and he's one of the best deep threats in this class. At 6-foot-1, he can play inside or outside. He's a player who looks better and better when you watch all of his snaps in a game, because even if he didn't catch 10 passes, he was always open.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/19)

15. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

Obviously, this selection is based on the future of Jason Kelce, who just earned his fourth All-Pro nod. Even if he returns for his age 35 season in 2022, Kelce would be the ideal mentor for Linderbaum, who has exceptional quickness and a nasty streak to dominate defenders.

16. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

With Steven Nelson headed for free agency, cornerback could be a need for the Eagles this offseason. Booth is a terrific athlete and can make plays on the ball -- the two most important traits when scouting the position. Booth also has above-average downhill skills to drive and blow up plays near the line of scrimmage.

19. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

The Eagles' defensive end depth chart will likely look wildly different next season, and Karlaftis would be a welcomed addition. The Purdue pass rusher doesn't have elite length or twitch, but he is relentless and strong with hand work that is not only violent but also well-timed and strategic to defeat blockers.

PFF - Austin Gayle (1/17)

15. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Elam's PFF grade isn't all that impressive, but a lot of that is because of some costly penalties. He still allowed just 19 receptions for 191 yards on 34 targets this season while going toe-to-toe with some top-end SEC receiver talent.

16. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

Dean possesses many of the traits NFL defenses look for in a modern off-ball linebacker. He's a rangy athlete with insane explosiveness, and that shows up in the passing game when blitzing and in coverage. He earned a 91.6 pass-rushing grade and a 90.5 coverage grade as a key piece of the top-ranked Georgia defense in 2021.

19. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

The Ohio State duo will attract a number of suitors in April's draft, but Williams will be the favorite for every team looking to add freaky high-end speed at the position. A finalist for the 2021 Fred Biletnikoff Award, Williams caught 67-of-102 targets for 1,434 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He also dropped just six passes all year long while averaging north of 3.1 yards per route run on an absurdly high 15.2-yard average depth of target. He is the class' premier deep threat and a perfect complement to DeVonta Smith in Philly.

The injury he suffered against Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship will obviously affect his draft stock, but a successful surgery should keep him from falling completely out of the first round barring any unforeseen hiccups with his recovery.

Baltimore Sun - C.J. Doon (1/14)

15. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

At 6-foot and 225 pounds, Dean isn't the typical prototype teams look for in a first-round linebacker. But his sideline-to-sideline speed, pass coverage chops and blitzing ability made him one of the best players in college football for the national champion Bulldogs. The Eagles need to upgrade a position that has been neglected for too long.

16. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Outside of former Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and promising rookie Quez Watkins, the Eagles have a frustrating group of receivers. The 6-2, 189-pound Williams is a big-play threat, having scored 12 touchdowns of 20-plus yards in 2021, according to PFF. His torn ACL suffered during the national championship game shouldn't impact his draft stock too much.

20. Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay can't do it all by himself. The 5-11, 195-pound McDuffie was a lockdown defender in three seasons as a starter for the Huskies and allowed just 16 receptions for 111 yards on 296 coverage snaps in 2021, according to PFF.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fischer (1/13)

15. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Keeping Lamar Jackson upright remains a priority and the way the Ravens' offensive line got hit with injuries this season makes bringing in somebody like Green with five-tool versatility a priority.

16. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

See above.

19. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Gardner lost out on the Thorpe Award as CFB's best defensive back to his teammate Coby Bryant largely because he was so good teams never even looked his way. The Eagles' defensive overhaul can add another piece with the aptly named "Sauce" being a perfect complement to Darius Slay and others.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

15. Drake London, WR, USC

Drafting Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson remains a mystery to me. London led the nation in contested catches with 19 and he only played eight games after his season ended with a broken ankle. His size, athleticism, route-running and flair for the spectacular catch will make him a problem for defensive coordinators in the NFL. He'd pair nicely with DeVonta Smith and go along way in correcting the Reagor mistake.

16. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

It wasn't long ago that the Eagles had three of the top 14 picks. It's been quite the turnaround, but no thanks to the front-seven. The Butkus Award winner is a dynamic blitzer who is capable of making plays all over the field.

19. Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

Safeties Rodney McLeod and Anthony Harris have alternated between mediocre and bad this season. Both will be free agents. Brisker is a polished, physical playmaker with few holes in his game.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/12)

15. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Yes, the Eagles have only taken one linebacker in the first round since 1980. If there were a time to break from that tendency, however, it would be for Lloyd, an active presence at the second level who's equally comfortable chasing down running backs, blitzing the quarterback or taking on coverage assignments.

16. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Philadelphia's pass rush looks due for a changing of the guard. By adding the superbly athletic and still-developing Walker opposite a potential budding star in Josh Sweat, the Eagles would give themselves one of the league's most physically imposing pair of defensive ends.

19. Drake London, WR, USC

Even after hitting it big with DeVonta Smith last year, Philadelphia shouldn't be done remaking its receiving corps. A former basketball player, the 6-5, 210-pound London routinely bullied defensive backs on jump balls this season before a fractured ankle cut his campaign short. He would be a fitting running mate for Smith and an option Jalen Hurts would no doubt find immediate value in.

For The Win - Charles McDonald (1/12)

15. DeMarvin Leal, IDL, Texas A&M

Demarvin Leal is a raw player that needs to work on his technique, but he has all the tools to be an explosive, penetrating defensive lineman. Depending on how his team wants to deploy him, he can play inside or outside.

16. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

Jason Kelce won't be an Eagle forever. Linderbaum's athleticism fits well with what the Eagles are trying to run with Jalen Hurts at quarterback.

19. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

The Eagles get an athletic cornerback to play across from Darius Slay with their original first round pick.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/10)

15. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

With Steven Nelson scheduled to become a free agent, the Eagles could use the draft as an opportunity to get cheaper and younger at cornerback and there should be terrific options available with their three first-round selections.

Andrew Booth Jr. has the makings of a shutdown guy. He has springy feet, loose hips, terrific speed, exceptional ball skills, and executes with elite competitive toughness. He would be a steal at this point in the draft.

16. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Philadelphia has to feel good about how the season has played out and the promise shown by Jalen Hurts and this coaching staff. And while DeVonta Smith looks to be a hit at wide receiver, the Eagles need more at the position and are in a position to land the top guy in the draft.

Jameson Williams is a dynamic vertical threat that stole the show for the Crimson Tide passing game in 2021. Not only can he win down the field, but he showcased the ability to challenge every level of the field when John Metchie III got injured. He is an alpha on the field and the perfect way to continue building around Hurts.

19. Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

In this mock draft, premium positions were prioritized for the Eagles and defensive end is always on the mind of general manager Howie Roseman. Jermaine Johnson is very much his type.

After transferring from Georgia to Florida State ahead of the 2021 season, Johnson became the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and it wasn't particularly close. His impact was undeniable on a weekly basis as he wreaked havoc every game as both a pass rusher and run defender. He could pair with Josh Sweat to form the future of the defensive end position in Philadelphia.

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