Eagles trade up to draft Kansas LB Kyron Johnson at No. 181 overall
After trading nearly all of their fifth-round picks and a fourth-rounder to move up for Jordan Davis, the Eagles again made a move to grab pick #181.
There were several areas Howie could have addressed the safety position or taken a shot at a potential cornerback opposite Darius Slay. Instead, in a very un-Howie-like twist, the Eagles drafted another EDGE/LB prospect in Kyron Johnson.
A three-year starter at the Jayhawks, Johnson excels at shedding blocks at linebacker, staying with the play through contact. His strength to take on guards at the second level is a testament to his lower body power and powerful base. Kyron Johnson got reps at the edge for Kansas in 2021, which resulted in 6.5 sacks (7th in the Big 12) and a team-high 8.5 TFLs.
Over the past two seasons, Johnson has been playing more of an edge-hybrid position similar to Hasson Reddick. He didn’t play much second-level linebacker or inside linebacker in his two senior seasons but made strides as a pass-rusher.
Howie continues to draft prospects similar to some of the best playmakers the Eagles have. Jason Kelce will be a tremendous mentor for Cam Jurgens as he was hand-selected by the Eagles’ legendary center. Now, it appears as though Hasson Reddick will take rookie Kyron Johnson under his wing to bolster this Eagles’ defensive line even further.
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