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Eagles Projected for Impressive Haul in Mel Kiper's First 2022 NFL Mock Draft

Devon Platana
The Philadelphia Eagles are projected to grab some offensive line help in Mel Kiper's first 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles are projected to grab some offensive line help in Mel Kiper's first 2022 NFL Mock Draft. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

The Philadelphia Eagles' brief playoff run came to an end following a Super Wild Card Weekend loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Still, the postseason appearance was more than anyone expected and the team now has a chance to build on that success with a total of three first-round draft picks this year.

Those picks are No. 15 (via Miami Dolphins), No. 16 (via Indianapolis Colts) and No. 19 (their own).

There are several directions that the Eagles could go with their picks. Fortunately, ESPN's Mel Kiper has shed some light on that with his first 2022 NFL Mock Draft of the year.

Eagles Mock Draft

As it stands, Kiper is projecting Philadelphia to draft Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd (No. 15), Penn State defense end Arnold Ebiketie (No. 16) and Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave (No. 19).

Assuming he plays as advertised, Lloyd could quickly become one of Philadelphia's best linebackers. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound interior defender had a career year with the Utes in 2021, racking up 111 total tackles (22.0 for a loss), 7.0 sacks, six passes defended and four interceptions — two of which were returned for touchdowns.

The Eagles finished with the second-fewest sacks this season, so it's clear that the pass rush needs to be improved as well. Drafting Ebiketie would be a great way of addressing that. He led the Nittany Lions with 9.5 sacks and seven quarterback hurries, leading to him being a consensus All-Big Ten selection.

Selecting Olave at No. 19 addresses Philadelphia's lackluster aerial offense. DeVonta Smith (916) and Quez Watkins (647) were the only Eagles wideouts to finish with more than 300 passing yards and combined for just six touchdowns.

Olave would surely help with that issue. The Buckeyes standout had 936 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 65 receptions. Impressively, that translates to a touchdown on every fifth catch.

Nevertheless, there are several different scenarios and combinations that the Eagles can go with at the draft. The 2022 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 2022.

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