Eagles’ best options in 2nd round of draft


The Eagles had a busy Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft.

They traded up from 15 to 13 to draft Jordan Davis from Georgia. And then they shipped the No. 18 pick to Tennessee in a trade for veteran receiver A.J. Brown.

Even after all that, the Eagles still have four more picks in this year’s draft including a second-round pick at No. 51.

Here are 20 remaining players of interest grouped by position:

Boye Mafe, Edge, Minnesota: Despite some first-round buzz, Mafe is still available. He might not be there when the Eagles pick at 51 but there’s an awful lot to like about the 6-3, 261-pound Mafe, who is coming off a 7-sack season in 2021.

Arnold Ebiketie, Edge, Penn State: A Temple transfer, Ebiketie (6-2, 250) had a 9.5-sack season for the Nittany Lions in 2021. He has starter potential and impressive athleticism.

Nik Bonitto, Edge, Oklahoma: At 6-3, 248 pounds, Bonitto might be best served in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker but with the Eagles he could find a role as a SAM linebacker with big pass-rush upside after 15 sacks over his final two college seasons.

David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan: Once thought to be a sure-thing first-round pick, Ojabo tore his Achilles at the Michigan pro day. He’s still a raw prospect too. But some team is going to gamble on him.

Drake Jackson, Edge, USC: Jackson played light in his junior season and went from 254 pounds at the combine to 273 pounds at his pro day. NFL teams will have to figure out where his weight should be.


DeAngelo Malone, Edge, Western Kentucky: The Eagles had Malone (6-3, 243) in for a visit. He’s the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year after 9-sack season in 2021. He had 34 sacks during his college career.

Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia: Five Georgia players went in the first round and Nakobe Dean wasn’t one of them. Seems shocking. I think Dean will be well out of the Eagles’ range but what about Tindall? His teammate is raw but has great athleticism and could be a fit.

Christian Harris, LB, Alabama: If Harris was a touch bigger, he’d be a first-round pick. But the 6-foot, 226-pound Harris is undersized even by today’s standards. But he can absolutely fly and ran a 4.44 at the combine.

Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin: Had a monster season in 2021 with 115 tackles, 18.5 TFLs and 8 sacks. Still needs to improve in coverage, which could be a problem at the next level.

Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming: Began his career as a backup behind Logan Wilson but became a two-year starter and had 142 tackles in his senior season.

Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson: After slipping out of the first round, it’s hard to imagine Booth lasting until 51. But the ultra-aggressive man/zone corner from Clemson would be a great fit with the Eagles.

Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington: His Washington teammate Trent McDuffie went in the first round but Gordon is still out there after his one year as a starter.

Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn: Not the most physically gifted corner in this draft, but McCreary has extensive experience in the SEC and is certainly battle tested.

Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA: He’s raw and comes from a small school but Woolen is an absolute physical freak with all the athleticism in the world. Definitely a boom-or-bust option.

Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State: We saw a couple safeties go late in the first round so if the Eagles want one, they have to hop one slides. Brisker (6-1, 206) was a two-year starter at Penn State. He has good size and athleicjm.

Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor: At 5-11, 198, Pitre isn’t the biggest safety but he he converted from linebacker and has plenty of versatility. He had a good showing at the Senior Bowl this offseason. Also keep an eye on his teammate JT Woods, who isn’t a bad option either in Day 2.

Nick Cross, S, Maryland: Cross is still somewhat raw but ran a 4.34 at 212 pounds and has the versatility to play multiple positions in a defense.

Cam Jurgens, iOL, Nebraska: Considered by many to be the next best center in this draft class after Tyler Linderbaum. Jurgens would be an option if the Eagles want to find their Jason Kelce replacement a year early.


Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA: Dulcich is an explosive weapon from the tight end position, which might make him the first one off the board. The Eagles have other more pressing needs, though.

Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State: The Eagles have other needs and they are in good shape at the running back position in 2022. But they used the No. 53 pick on Miles Sanders a few years ago and he’s entering a contract season. Would they dare take another feature back in that same range?

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