NFL Draft

3 Players the Eagles Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Draft Picks

Devon Platana
Three players that the Philadelphia Eagles need to avoid with their first-round draft picks.
Three players that the Philadelphia Eagles need to avoid with their first-round draft picks. / SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network / USA

The 2022 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday, April 28, and the Philadelphia Eagles are one of the teams to watch later this month. After some wheeling and dealing this offseason, the Eagles hold two first-round picks (No. 15 and 18) and, with many holes to fill, could go a number of ways with them.

At the same time, the Eagles can't afford to make another mistake with either first-round pick. They haven't won a postseason game since the 2018-19 playoffs and must make the right draft decision if they hope to change that in 2022.

Here's a look at three players that the Eagles must avoid with their two first-round draft picks.

Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft

1. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

There are some intriguing cornerbacks in this year's draft and Derek Stingley Jr. is one of them that people are talking about. After all, the LSU product has been on the radar ever since recording six interceptions and 15 broken-up passes as a rookie in 2019. Unfortunately, he hasn't produced as well since then due to injury. Stingley has played only 10 NCAAF games since 2020, including just three last Fall. He also hasn't recorded an interception in 12 straight contests, which has concerned some about his ability to transition to the NFL. Taking these concerns into account, it's easy to see why the Eagles should pass on him.

2. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Jameson Williams enters the 2022 NFL Draft after an impressive season at Alabama that saw him tally over 1,500 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. With the Eagles' wide receiver room lacking outside of DeVonta Smith, the team has already expressed interest by meeting with Williams. However, they may want to reconsider things. On one hand, Williams is coming off an ACL tear in the CFP National Championship game, so there's no telling how his recovery will go. The Eagles have also drafted WRs in each of the last two seasons and while Smith looks promising, Jalen Reagor has not panned out.

3. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt

The Eagles have made it clear that Jalen Hurts will be their starting quarterback in 2022. Although, Hurts has yet to prove himself as a game-changing signal-caller and there's some thought that the Eagles may not be convinced of his long-term future. While Pitt's Kenny Pickett is one QB that they could draft, it'd be wiser to avoid him. Yes, his 2021 campaign was impressive, but it was also Pickett's only season worth monitoring. In other words, the jury is out if that was his true self or a one-off performance. There are also concerns about his hand size and potential compared to next year's quarterback class. Hurts is still more than serviceable for the upcoming season, leaving the Eagles better off looking for help under center in 2023.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.