By most accounts, the Philadelphia Eagles won the first round of the 2022 NFL draft. Hooray. Book those plane tickets to Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl LVII. The Jalen Hurts-to-A.J. Brown connection is going to be magical and end in another parade down Broad Street.
That was a joke, of course. The Eagles probably aren’t good enough to win the Super Bowl this year, but there was a lot to like in the first round. General manager Howie Roseman played his hand like a World Series of Poker champion. That’s not to say he robbed Tennessee, but he filled one of his most glaring roster holes with the best option out there. Now Roseman will look to build off that momentum on Day 2.
“Long night. Excited to have these two guys,” Roseman said after trading for A.J. Brown and drafting Jordan Davis. “Obviously, we have a lot of work to do here the next couple days.”
Eagles moved up to draft Georgia DT Jordan Davis, completed a blockbuster trade for former Titans’ WR A.J. Brown…and did it without giving up either or their double first-round picks in the 2023 draft.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2022
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Best Remaining Players: Cornerback Edition
The Eagles couldn’t maneuver high enough to grab one of the top two cornerbacks: Derek Stingley Jr. went No. 3 to Houston; Ahmad Gardner went No. 4 to New York. And Trent McDuffie went to Kansas City at No. 21.
Don’t worry, there are several solid cornerbacks left in Round 2. Philadelphia holds pick No. 51 (Round 2) and pick No. 81 (Round 3) on Day 2 and the obvious target would be Clemson’s Andrew Booth. Once thought to be a late-rounder in the first round, Booth remains available for a cornerback-needy team.
Pro Football Network’s Oliver Hodgkinson wrote: “The Clemson cornerback is not afraid to mix it up with bigger receivers, helped by his belief that he’s the best player out there. He plays the game with archetypal cornerback swagger and has the goods to back it up.”