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What will Eagles do with 3 first-rounders? Looking at early mock drafts

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The Eagles were forced to be spectators on Sunday after their game against Washington was pushed back to Tuesday evening.

But they did get one good bit of news: Carson Wentz has now played the estimated amount of snaps required for him to reach 75% on the season.

That means the Eagles will indeed be getting a first-round pick from the Colts and they’ll have three total first-rounders in the 2022 draft. If the season ended now, those would be picks 10, 14 and 23. So it’s not the three top 10 picks we were looking at earlier in the season, but still three chances to help revamp the roster.

Check out our latest mock draft here.

Here’s a look around the internet to see what some other mock drafts have the Eagles doing:

PFF, Trevor Sikkema

10. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

What they said: It’s a shame we didn’t get a full season of Kyle Hamilton this season. The versatile and almost alien-like 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive back is the latest and greatest in the line of safety/nickel defender/box player hybrids. His size and speed make him a unique chess piece for various defenses. The best part is that, unlike some who came before him, he’s more impactful as a deep safety than most who carry that “positionless” DB tag. 

14. Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

 

What they said: Not only was Linderbaum named PFF’s top center this season, but he was also named the top offensive lineman overall. He was a top-three-graded interior offensive lineman in PFF’s database last season, and this year he was No. 1. His pass blocking and run blocking have been top class for two straight seasons.

23. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

What they said: Lloyd has been reliable as a run defender for two straight seasons. He recorded a 72.0 run-defense grade as a true sophomore in his first season as a full-time starter and an 86.3 run-defense grade last year. This season, he’s rounded his game by taking a leap in his coverage success — his 90.0 coverage grade was the seventh-highest among all linebackers in the FBS. The Eagles rarely draft linebackers this early, but as the third of three first-round picks, they could make an exception.

My take on the haul: Folks talk a lot about the fact that the Eagles haven’t drafted an off-ball linebacker in the first round since 1979, but guess when the last time they used a first-round pick on a safety. … Never. They never have. But I get the player. Hamilton looks to be special and all three of these players are valuable picks. I actually get the notion too that with three first-round picks perhaps the Eagles would be more willing to draft positions they view as more luxury, like safety and linebacker. Just not sure they’d do it twice. And drafting a center at No. 14 might seem too high but Linderbaum is really good and if Jason Kelce hangs it up, the Eagles would be able to plug and play him immediately.

CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

10. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

What they said: Dean plays with the type of urgency and physicality that has been lacking at times in the middle of this Eagles defense. And while Dean's playing on the best defense in the country, don't be fooled -- he's not riding on the coattails of a dominant defensive line -- he's been a huge reason for its success.

11. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

What they said: The Eagles are on track for three first-round picks, which means there's a great opportunity to address their defense. Booth has all the athleticism and tools to be special, and he balled out for Clemson this season.

21. Drake London, WR, USC

What they said: This likely won't be a popular pick because the Eagles have used first-rounders on wide receivers the last two years, but they'll only have four wideouts under contract after the season, and that includes J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. London, meanwhile, was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing USC season. And while he won't run a 4.3 when healthy, he is a high-point-catch machine who can take over games, which sounds like something Jalen Hurts could use.

My take on the haul: Another linebacker, but this time the Eagles get the guy who seems to be a more popular pick for the top linebacker in the draft. He’s a key figure on that very good Georgia defense. And I like the Booth pick at 11. He’s not considered the top corner in this class but he’s not far off. Cornerback is a position of need for the Eagles and it seems to be a position of strength, at least early in this class. The last pick is the 6-5 receiver from USC. Having to draft another receiver in the first round isn’t ideal and it is a possibility because of how disappointing Jalen Reagor has been. But, again, three first-rounders gives the Eagles the option of luxury.

 

USA Today, Luke Easterling

10. Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

What they said: The Eagles have a chance to load up on top talent with a trio of first-round picks, so they can focus on maximizing value instead of reaching at any particular position. Centers don’t usually go this high, but Linderbaum is a dominant blocker who could easily come off the board before this pick.

11. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

What they said: After bolstering the offensive line, the Eagles move to the other side of the ball for this pick. Lloyd is one of the most underrated players in this entire class, with all the physical and mental tools to quickly become one of the NFL’s next great linebackers.

21. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

What they said: With the last of their three first-rounders, the Eagles grab an athletic cover man to pair with Darius Slay at corner. Elam is one of the best press-man corners in the nation, and was dominant even against top competition in the SEC.

My take on the haul: I think there’s a pretty good chance we see the Eagles use one of their first-round picks on a cornerback. They have Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox back for 2022 but Steve Nelson will be a free agent and they need to get younger at that spot. There will be several options for them. Still a little surprised about no defensive lineman. The Eagles need some edge rush help in particular.

SI.com, Jack Borowsky

1. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

What they said: The Lions aren't ready to draft a future quarterback, so making a trade with a team with the draft capital Philadelphia has makes sense. Pickett is the clear-cut top quarterback in the draft and could be the difference-maker the Eagles need to get back to the Super Bowl. He is really accurate, a great athlete and can make every throw. Not to mention, his character and leadership are off the charts.

My take on the haul: Let’s get wacky. It’s December, there are still four games left in the 2021 season but that won’t stop anyone from coming up with these wild scenarios. Will the Eagles end up trading to the top spot in the draft to take a quarterback? It doesn’t seem likely. But it’s worth mentioning that the Eagles view the QB position as one where they want to have an elite player. And if the Eagles think Pickett (or another QB) can be that, then maybe they’d give up a ton to make sure they draft him. The Eagles were super aggressive back in 2016 when they moved up to get Carson Wentz and they didn’t have as much ammo then. So it’s not like there isn’t some precedent. But if the Eagles make any kind of move like this, they better be sure. This would obviously be a franchise-altering decision.

 

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