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Winners And Losers From A Solid Eagles 2022 NFL Draft

Philadelphia Eagles fans have come out of draft weekend very excited about what is to come. It seemed the Eagles nailed their draft picks and are a better team now compared to the beginning of the offseason.

As for the players on the roster, how do the results of this year’s draft affect them? Here are the winners and losers coming out of the Eagles 2022 NFL Draft. 

Winners Of Eagles 2022 NFL Draft

Jalen Hurts

The biggest question mark with Jalen Hurts is whether he is the long-term starter or not. Hurts had a decent 2021 season but struggled with accuracy. One of the biggest reasons for his struggles were receivers not getting open and drops. The Philadelphia Eagles addressed this.

The Eagles, with their draft capital and cap space, decided to build around Hurts rather than replace him. This is the smart option as the Eagles get another year to see what Hurts can do as a starting quarterback. The Eagles traded a couple draft picks for Titans receiver AJ Brown. He will join Devonta Smith to give Hurts a legitimate wide receiver tandem to throw to. 

Jalen Hurts goes into 2022 with an upgraded group of receivers around him, one of the best offensive lines in football, and a dynamic running back in Miles Sanders. Jalen Hurts is expected to be better in 2022.

Devonta Smith

Devonta Smith was the Eagles best receiver in 2021. He had over 900 receiving yards last season which set the franchise rookie record. Smith was usually double teamed as the rest of the Eagles’ receivers did not pose a threat.

With the addition of AJ Brown, teams will have a hard time defending this powerful receiver tandem. This should help take away attention from Smith, so expect him to be even better in 2022. 

Derek Barnett

Derek Barnett is going into the 2022 season looking to be a significant part of the Eagles defensive rotation. The Eagles are loaded at defensive tackle, but not at defensive end. Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham will be the starters, but Barnett should get plenty of playing time.

The Eagles did not draft any defensive ends until the sixth round when they picked Kyron Johnson out of Kansas. Derek Barnett will be looking to make the most of his recently signed two-year extension.

The Eagles’ Linebackers

Overall, the Eagles’ linebacker group was average in 2021. Alex Singleton was their best linebacker, but he left as a free agent to the Broncos. The Eagles reloaded this group for the 2022 season and set them up for future success.  

T.J. Edwards and Davion Taylor will likely return as starters. Free agent pickups Kyzir White and Haason Reddick will probably split time at the outside linebacker spot.

Former Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean could be the steal of the draft. He was considered to be first-round talent but fell to the Eagles in the third round. It will be interesting to see what kind of playing time Dean gets this year, but the linebacker group is now a strength for the Eagles. 

Who do you think were the biggest winners of an eventful Eagles 2022 NFL Draft? Let us know in the comments!

Losers Of Eagles 2022 NFL Draft

Jalen Reagor

Jalen Reagor struggled to make an impact his first two seasons since being a first-round pick in 2020. He had just 400 receiving yards his rookie season and 280 yards last season. The Eagles were ready to replace him via free agency or the draft.

Philadelphia ended up trading a first-round pick to the Titans for AJ Brown. Brown brings size, physicality, and great pass-catching ability to the Eagles’ offense. It will be Brown lining up across from 2021 first-round pick Devonta Smith this upcoming season. Jalen Reagor will have to fight for a roster spot or settle for a role on special teams. 

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Arcega-Whiteside is moving to tight end to fight for a roster spot. The Eagles drafted Grant Calcaterra out of SMU in the sixth round. They also have experienced tight ends in Richard Rodgers and Jack Stoll.

Arcega-Whiteside will have to beat out multiple guys if he wants to be Dallas Goedert’s backup at tight end. It seems that Whiteside’s time on the Eagles could be coming to an end soon. 

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The Eagles’ Secondary

The Eagles surprisingly did not address their defensive backfield in the draft or via free agency, with the exception of recent undrafted signee Josh Jobe. Last year starting safety Rodney McLeod and CB Steven Nelson left as free agents. The Eagles did not replace them, so they will be going with a younger and inexperienced secondary. 

Darius Slay is their best corner and the Eagles also have Avonte Maddox with some starting experience. Anthony Harris will return as the other starting safety, Otherwise the Eagles will have to find a way to win games with guys like K’Von Wallace, Zech McPhearson, Jobe, and Marcus Epps. Overall, this group struggled in 2021 and did not get any better this year.  

Who do you think were the biggest losers in an amazing Eagles 2022 NFL Draft? Let us know in the comments!

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