2022 Eagles Draft Profile: Utah LB Devin Lloyd
For the first time in several years, Howie Roseman has made improving the linebacker position a priority. The Eagles moved on from Alex Singleton and signed Kyzir White to take over at middle linebacker.
Alongside that, Philly brought in Haason Reddick, who can also play some LB but is known best for his edge-rushing abilities. There’s a chance the Eagles could look to add another versatile player in the form of Utah’s Devin Lloyd.
Lloyd is an off-ball linebacker who is great in coverage while also well equipped in pass-rushing. The best way to describe him is a player with a skill set between Haason Reddick and Kyzir White. He isn’t as great at pass-rushing as Reddick, but he is far better when dropping back into coverage.
Alongside his ability in the passing game, Lloyd is an elite defender against the run. He can get downhill and make huge stops consistently, leading the nation in tackles for loss this past season.
Llyod tore up the PAC-12 during his time at Utah, being named to two all PAC-12 teams and winning the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award. The consensus All-American also recorded 22 tackles for loss and eight sacks over 14 games.
Adding Lloyd would provide both an immediate and long-term boost to the Eagles’ defense. Reddick and Lloyd could be the backbone of the Eagles’ defense for years to come and help create arguably the best front seven in football.
There are generally no weaknesses in his game, and he is considered to be above average across the board. Philadelphia is looking for versatile players, with Reddick and White capable of playing numerous positions.
Whichever way the Eagles go in the upcoming draft, they can’t go wrong. Drafting a linebacker early is something this team hasn’t done in quite some time, and it would be a great way to put those issues to rest while also giving this team a much-needed boost over the middle.
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