Final Eagles-only 3-round mock draft: Trading up for shutdown CB1
The 2022 NFL Draft figures to be the most unpredictable in recent memory.
At one point, Michigan defensive end Aiden Hutchinson was the consensus #1 overall pick, but even that isn’t a lock anymore.
The Eagles have a laundry list of holes that need attention – lucky for them; they have five picks within the top-100 to find the right pieces.
With the draft just one day away, here are my ideal selections for Philadelphia in the first three rounds:
Round 1, Pick #8: Derek Stingley Jr., CB — LSU
Draft Day Trade
Eagles receive: picks #8, #58
Falcons receive: picks #15, #51, 2023 3rd-round pick
The Eagles have been aggressive in recent drafts to move up for their guys, and this year is rumored to be no different. I expected the Giants to pick up Stingley at No. 7 overall but they selected Kyle Hamilton in this mock, leaving the LSU standout up for grabs.
Stingley was widely considered the top corner in the class before suffering a Lisfranc injury last season.
So why take the risk on an injury-prone cornerback in the 1st round? Stingley’s athleticism and twitchiness are back in final form from his showcase at LSU’s Pro Day. The former Tiger ran a 4.37 forty-yard dash and told reporters, “I can run faster than a 4.3”. He did not, posting a 4.44, but those numbers confirm that his injuries have healed.
However, he has only played ten games in the past two seasons. That’s slightly concerning, as he’ll have a tough adjustment to the speed of the NFL after that much time off.
Still, Stingley is a fluid athlete with tremendous recovery speed and ball skills to be a shutdown corner for years to come.
Derek Stingley Jr in single coverage over the last two seasons:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 13, 2021
🔒 Grade: 91.8 (1st)
🔒 INTs: 6 (1st) pic.twitter.com/W3nagWX5cI
Round 1, Pick #18: Chris Olave, WR — Ohio State
I’m not the highest on Olave, but he was the best receiver available and the Eagles need more firepower on offense.
Olave is coming off a season where he caught 65 passes for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns while sharing the field with fellow first-round talent Garrett Wilson. The Eagles need a bit more size at the position rather than another speedy deep-threat – they already have that with Quez Watkins.
At the next level, Olave does have the footwork and agility to terrorize NFL corners. If he can add some play strength, there’s a lot of Brandin Cooks to his game. I’ll pair that with DeVonta Smith all day.
“Man, that’d be huge.” Olave said when asked about potentially teaming up with DeVonta Smith, “Him winning the Heisman, I could learn a lot from him. We’re the same age. I feel like we’d be a great tandem. We’ll see how it shakes.”
Ohio State WR Chris Olave with a slick route here for a TD. He sells the fade before snapping back towards the pylon once the defender looks at the QB. He’s been unreal this season. pic.twitter.com/UfgesSwt2c— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 6, 2021
Round 2, Pick #58: Chad Muma, LB — Wyoming
During Howie Roseman’s pre-draft press conference, he stated that this is a “good linebacker class.” Knowing Roseman, that means he’ll look for value at the position on Day 2 or 3 rather than take one in the first round.
There’s arguably no linebacker in the mid-rounds more valuable than Chad Muma. A true quarterback of the defense, Muma totaled 142 tackles and three interceptions in his senior year at Wyoming. He was also one of the most accomplished run defenders in 2021, finishing with 50 run stops — good for second in the country.
The former DB doesn’t come without his faults, however. His technique surpasses his raw athleticism and he doesn’t possess elite speed. Faster tight ends could prove cumbersome at the pro level, but Muma is nimble enough in man-coverage to follow players out of the backfield.
His burst off the snap is nothing to scoff at either; Muma gets to the QB in a hurry. He’s the rare high-floor/high-ceiling prospect in this class.
Chad Muma allowed 1 TD in coverage his whole career 🤠 pic.twitter.com/ggJqXC1l3S— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 24, 2022
Round 3, Pick #83: Bryan Cook, S — Cincinnati
As of now, the Eagles conceivably have one starter at safety if you count Anthony Harris. They need to grab one in this draft sooner than later.
Cincinnati’s Bryan Cook is a hard-hitting, mid-round sleeper. He has the ability to play at all three levels, from single-high safety to nickel and doesn’t shy away from contact in the box. Cook is amongst the best at his position in run support, using his awareness to pursue ball carriers and get them to the ground.
He was a bit overshadowed on a defense that featured top-five pick Sauce Gardner, but Cooks is a high-energy guy who will be a legit NFL starter.
Bryan Cook didn’t allow a TD in coverage last season 🔒 pic.twitter.com/oGLEImYSnl— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 18, 2022
Round 3, Pick #101: Dominique Robinson, EDGE — Miami (OH)
Philadelphia signed Haason Reddick in free agency and inked Josh Sweat to an extension last season, but the depth chart gets slim after that. Barnett is likely relegated to a rotational role and who knows what Brandon Graham, 34, will look like after rupturing his Achilles.
In comes Dominique Robinson out of Miami, Ohio — an edge prospect with intriguing physical tools. Robinson is incredibly agile for a man with his 250-pound frame and flashes the skillset to thrive as a pass rusher.
He could use some refinement in the run game, but Robinson has the athletic upside worth investing in.
Miami (OH) EDGE Dominique Robinson’s 41-inch Vertical Jump ties Myles Garrett for 3rd best among all EDGE rushers at the NFL Combine since 2006— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 5, 2022
at 6’5/253 lbs
Former WR pic.twitter.com/iGbTt9i1gG