Pick Tracker: Eagles on pace to make history in 2022 NFL Draft
Although the Eagles did not play on Sunday, they scored a massive win when the Miami Dolphins lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. The Jags snapped a 20-game losing streak with the victory while the Dolphins continued to slip in the standings. Even with Tua Tagovailoa back in the fold, he doesn’t look to be the solution for Miami at quarterback.
Meanwhile, Carson Wentz continued his hot streak, throwing for over 600 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games. Even with a win, the Colts still are ranked towards the bottom of the NFL, currently holding the 8th spot in the 2022 NFL Draft. Per @WentzSnaps on Twitter, Wentz has played 35% of the Colts’ expected snaps this season. At that pace, the first round pick could be secured by week 13.
If things continue at this pace, the Eagles are expected to shatter an NFL record. At no point in the Super Bowl era has a team had three selections in the top ten of the NFL Draft. Philadelphia currently owns the 2nd, 7th, and 8th picks, but it remains to be seen if things will stay the same. The last time a team held three top ten picks was the Chicago Bears in 1965.
It will be hard for Howie Roseman to mess this opportunity up with the optionality the team has. There is a chance they could try to bring in a new quarterback, but it’s doubtful they would spend all those picks on just one player. If they were to trade for someone, between Jalen Hurts and the value each of those picks holds on their own, it’s doubtful multiple selections would be involved.
It’s way too early to be looking at the draft, but with the inclusion of other teams’ selections and the disappointing season the Eagles have had so far, it’s hard to ignore. The picks this team could walk away with are undoubtedly jaw-dropping.
There is a legitimate chance the Eagles could walk out of the first round with Kayvon Thibodeaux, Derek Stingley Jr., Kyle Hamilton, or one of Malik Willis or Matt Corral. Miami is projected to own the second pick, and it’s hard to think that they will turn their season around at the moment. The Eagles are 2-4 and have the Raiders and Chargers ahead alongside the entirety of the NFC East.
One of the most common theories about the Colts is that they could bench Carson Wentz to avoid giving up their first-round pick if things go south. Personally, believing that is a legitimate possibility is a ridiculous idea.
For one, it’s a massive blow to your QB’s ego, who already has a history of taking offense to these things. Also, benching your QB with four or so games to go tells your team you’re giving up on the season. By doing that, the Colts are also showing the NFL they have no intention of winning and admit to tanking, which the league won’t take kindly to.
So while it’s fair to think the Colts can turn their season around, and they likely will, speculating that they will throw a quarter of their season away is far from reality. This upcoming week, the Colts travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers, while Miami hosts the Falcons, and the Eagles face the Raiders in Las Vegas.
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