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Which 2022 Eagles Draft Picks Could Be Starters This Year?

The Philadelphia Eagles had a solid 2022 NFL Draft. GM Howie Roseman deserves a lot of credit for anticipating the team’s current and future roster needs with the five 2022 Eagles draft picks.

The Eagles had ten draft picks going into the draft but flipped picks to move up, get another first-rounder next year, and trade for former Titans receiver A.J. Brown.

Out of their five 2022 picks, some could make an immediate impact. Others might not see much action this year but could be players to keep an eye on. Which of the 2022 Eagles draft picks could be starters this year?

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis was the first of the 2022 Eagles draft picks. The Philadelphia Eagles moved up a couple of spots to select the Georgia defensive tackle at 13th overall. Jordan Davis was a 2021 All-American, First-Team SEC, the Chuck Bednarik Award recipient, and a national champion in his last year of college. He is a beast on the defensive line and is known for being a run stopper.

Jordan Davis is unlikely to be the opening day starter for the Eagles but should see the field a lot. The Eagles like to rotate their defensive lineman as the game goes on to keep them fresh. Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave are expected to return as the starters. Davis will rotate in and out along with Milton Williams.

Fletcher Cox is 31 and on a one-year deal, so expect Jordan Davis to get more snaps as the season goes on and to be the replacement for Cox. Look for Davis to be the starting defensive tackle of the future.

Cam Jurgens

The Eagles selected Cam Jurgens in the second round to play center. He was a Third-Team Big-Ten player last year for Nebraska. Jurgens started all 12 games last season and is pro-ready. He is a bit smaller in size but can get down the field quickly. Jurgens has comparable measurables and skills to the Eagles’ current center Jason Kelce.

Jurgens is unlikely to make any starts this season with Jason Kelce on the roster. Kelce is 34 years old and recently signed a one-year deal to stay with the Eagles. Jurgens will have a year to learn from Kelce before getting the chance to be the starting center going forward in 2023.

Nakobe Dean

Nakobe Dean might be considered the steal of the draft. He was expected to be a first-round pick but slid to the Eagles in the third round. Dean was a middle linebacker for the 2021 National Champion Georgia Bulldogs. He was the Butkus Award recipient and a unanimous All-American last season.

Dean has the talent and drive to be a starter, but probably won’t start right away. The Eagles’ current starting middle linebacker is T.J. Edwards. Edwards started 14 games last season and compiled 130 tackles, one fumble recovery, and one interception.

The Eagles’ other middle linebacker is 2020 sixth-round pick, Shaun Bradley. Nakobe Dean should get reps off the bench this season before eventually becoming a full-time starter.

Kyron Johnson

The Eagles selected Kyron Johnson at the beginning of the sixth round. Johnson played a variety of positions at Kansas. He could play inside or outside linebacker, defensive end, and special teams. He brings versatility to Philadelphia.

The Eagles have a pretty deep defensive line and linebacker group. Johnson is unlikely to get a spot on the defense but has a chance to make an impact on special teams. Look for Johnson to compete for a roster spot showing his abilities and skills in punt and kickoff return coverage.

Grant Calcaterra

The Eagles selected Grant Calcaterra with their final pick. Calcaterra played tight end for Oklahoma, took a year off, and finished with Southern Methodist University. He is smaller in size for a tight end but has great pass-catching abilities.

Philadelphia has an abundance of tight ends on the roster. Dallas Goedert will be the primary option with Richard Rodgers as the likely backup. Calcaterra will have to compete with 2021 practice squad players Tyree Jackson and Jack Stoll along with the 2019 draft pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who recently switched from wide receiver to tight end. Calcaterra will have to battle for a roster spot, so he is unlikely to see game action in 2022.

2022 Eagles Draft Picks: In Conclusion

The Eagles selected several pro-ready players. Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean should see the field a lot this year even if they are not the starters early in the season. Cam Jurgens will use 2022 as a development year before becoming a full-time starter next season.

Kyron Johnson and Grant Calcaterra have talent but will have to battle for a roster spot. Though the Eagles may not have drafted any day-one starters, it looks like an exciting draft class that should contribute for years to come.

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