It seemed like everyone wrote off the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of the 2021 season. Then, somehow, Nick Sirianni managed to pilot an imperfect roster to a 9-8 record and a playoff berth as a Wild Card team. It was a successful year for Sirianni and Jalen Hurts, but there’s no time to rest on your laurels in the NFL. With 10 selections in the 2022 NFL Draft — including three in Round 1 — the fighting birds can prove they’re for real when they run it back in this Eagles 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
Philadelphia Eagles 7-Round NFL Mock Draft
One of the Eagles’ picks was afforded from the Colts once Carson Wentz played more than 75% of the snaps in 2021. The other was received from Miami when the Dolphins traded up from No. 12 to No. 6 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Beyond Round 1, the Eagles have one pick each in Rounds 2, 3, 4, and 6. They also have three selections in Round 5 and none in Round 7. This Eagles 2022 NFL Mock Draft was conducted via the free PFN Mock Draft Simulator. For now, we did not include trades and used the post-Week 18 NFL Draft order. As Sirianni would say, the roots have grown out. Now, it’s time for this Eagles team to bloom.
Round 1, Pick 15: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
For a playoff team, the Eagles have an uncharacteristically high amount of needs — but especially on the defensive side of the ball. Looking at the expected turnover, Philadelphia could enter April with needed upgrades at edge, linebacker, cornerback, and safety. So the choice at No. 15 in this Eagles 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft is easy: Pick the best available defensive player.
In this mock, the best available defensive player is LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. Stingley’s hype has died down since his otherworldly 2019 season, but the Tigers CB is still a potential blue-chip player on the boundary. With an elite length-explosiveness combination and rare instincts at the catch point, Stingley profiles as a versatile, high-upside playmaker opposite Darius Slay.
Other alternatives at No. 15: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Round 1, Pick 16: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
We’ll get back to defense in a second. But for now, let’s switch over to the offensive side of the ball. Hurts has at least earned another year of evaluation. There’s a need for more receiver talent aside from DeVonta Smith, but there’s enough WR depth in this class to wait. One need that stands out on offense is center. Jason Kelce, now 34 years old, is a free agent in March. Philadelphia must find a long-term successor.
A lot of centers chose to return to school in 2022, so the depth of this center class has taken a massive hit. But in this Eagles 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the best center in the class is still on the board. Tyler Linderbaum may fall a bit in Round 1. The NFL historically isn’t fond of taking centers early, and Linderbaum is undersized. But like Kelce, Linderbaum compensates for his size with unreal athleticism, awareness, and a mauler mentality that never turns off.
Other alternatives at No. 16: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
Round 1, Pick 19: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Linebacker is another position that needs a serious upgrade for the Eagles. There is some raw talent present, but Philadelphia needs more reliability from this unit. The board fell perfectly for the Eagles in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Still available for them at pick No. 19 is Georgia star Nakobe Dean.
Dean is an electric talent and one of the favorites for LB1 in 2022. He may be undersized at around 6’0″, 225 pounds, but he’s dense, compact, and ultra-physical for his shorter frame. He brings unnatural explosiveness and closing speed in the box. Additionally, Dean has the quick processing ability to call out signals and be a glue guy for others. Aside from size, Dean checks all the boxes, and he can set the tone for this LB unit in 2022.
Round 2, Pick 51: Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
With several needs now filled after Round 1, the Eagles can afford to spread their wings a bit. In Round 2 of this mock draft, Wan’Dale Robinson is the selection. The Kentucky WR is a bonafide playmaker with outrageous run-after-catch ability. With Hurts, Robinson — a former RB — can be used in motion or out of the backfield. But he can also be a terror out of the slot with his separation ability and instincts at the catch point.
Round 3, Pick 83: Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State
It looks like it may be a clean house for the Eagles at edge rusher in 2022. Luckily, one of the deepest edge groups in years has come along just in time. On Day 2, the Eagles may be able to get someone like Cameron Thomas — an explosive, powerful defensive end with fast, violent hands and eye-popping disruptive capacity. Fellow PFN NFL Draft Analyst Oliver Hodgkinson thinks Thomas has first-round upside, but a deep class could render him a value deal.
Round 4, Pick 121: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
Running back isn’t a premier position, but it’s something the Eagles need to invest in with a middle-round pick. Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell are good rotational pieces, but a back with more workhorse potential may be needed in 2022.
Brian Robinson Jr. qualifies here in Round 4. A powerfully built back, Robinson has a physical, downhill running style, with great vision and footwork, and some burst in open space. He and Hurts have some familiarity, as both were at Alabama from 2017 to 2018.
Round 5, Pick 153: Charleston Rambo, WR, Miami (FL)
Smith and Robinson make for a nice WR duo, but the Eagles still have room to upgrade. Charleston Rambo is an excellent value deal in Round 5 of this Eagles 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Rambo broke out in 2021 after transferring to Miami, showing off easy separation ability, dynamic athleticism, and body control at the catch point. His best collegiate season before 2021 came when Hurts was his QB at Oklahoma in 2019.
Other alternatives at No. 153: Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
Round 5, Pick 161: Alex Wright, EDGE, UAB
With all the talent that’s scheduled to leave the Eagles’ pass-rushing rotation, it makes sense to double-up at edge rusher in a stacked class. Alex Wright is another great value addition. He’s a long, athletic defender who flashes explosiveness and bend at 6’7″, 270 pounds. At the very least, he’s a valuable rotational defender in Year 1.
Other alternatives at No. 161: JoJo Domann, LB, Nebraska
Round 5, Pick 166: Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M
I wanted to draft a safety earlier, but the positional value didn’t fall well in earlier rounds. Nevertheless, we were able to compensate with this selection of Florida A&M safety Markquese Bell. Bell could be a diamond in the rough this year. The 6’3″, 205-pound defensive back has great explosiveness, range, and ball skills. He’s also shown to use his eyes to recognize route concepts and position himself to make plays.
Round 6, Pick 209: Kolby Harvell-Peel, S, Oklahoma State
With their final pick in this Eagles 2022 NFL Mock Draft, Sirianni’s squad takes Oklahoma State safety Kolby Harvell-Peel. Harvell-Peel may not be an elite athlete, but he has the size and tackling ability to come into the box at 6’0″, 207 pounds. He’s also flashed good ball skills in previous seasons.
Other alternatives at No. 209: Matt Henningsen, DT, Wisconsin; Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA; Damarion Williams, CB, Houston