3 Most Likely Eagles Draft Targets With Their First-Round Picks

Three of the most likely draft targets for the Philadelphia Eagles with their first-round picks.
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Philadelphia Eagles with their first-round picks. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

Philadelphia football fans cannot help but be disappointed about the Eagles season ending in a blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, it's hard to overlook that this is a young roster filled with potential talent. Nick Sirianni 's team could easily make some noise in the NFC East in 2022.

The Eagles could take a step in the right direction by taking advantage of their multiple first-round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. With that being said, here are three of the most likely draft targets for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft

1. Nakobe Dean, LB (Georgia)

Nakobe Dean
Selecting Nakobe Dean would instantly upgrade the LB position. / Todd Kirkland/GettyImages

It's no secret that the Eagles need help in the middle of their defense. Philadelphia was torn apart all year long in the passing game by teams that were able to switch their best receivers onto a linebacker. The best solution to their problem is drafting Nakobe Dean. The Georgia LB has proven that he can drop into coverage or rush the passer with ease. Dean posted 5 pass breakups, 2 interceptions and 6.0 sacks during his junior year. He has the explosiveness needed to shine in the NFL and his motor may be the best in this draft class. He simply never stops playing. That mentality would fit in well with the Philadelphia fanbase.

2. Jameson Williams, WR (Alabama)

Ja'Corey Brooks, Jameson Williams
Jameson Williams and DeVonta Smith would be a dangerous WR duo. / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages

Yes, the Eagles have to improve their defense this offseason and could end up using all three first-round picks on that side of the ball. That doesn't mean they will, though. It's tough to imagine Philadelphia passing over wide receiver Jameson Williams if he is available when they go on the clock. The speedster out of Alabama hauled in 67 of his 102 targets for 1,434 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2021. He also had just 6 drops and averaged an impressive 19.9 yards per reception. Williams suffered an ACL injury during the National Championship game, but that shouldn't impact his draft stock too much. After all, Williams' ability to burn opposing defenders deep down the field makes him the perfect complement to DeVonta Smith.

3. DeMarvin Leal, DT (Texas A&M)

Leon O'Neal Jr., DeMarvin Leal
DeMarvin Leal would make a great fit along Philadelphia's D-Line. / Bob Levey/GettyImages

Philadelphia simply loves drafting defensive line talent whenever it possibly can and for good reason. The Eagles have ranked amongst the top 10 NFL teams in rushing yards allowed per game in four of the last five seasons. With Derek Barnett set to enter free agency, DeMarvin Leal becomes a name to watch out for in the first round. The Texas A&M defensive tackle is a premiere run-stopper and racked up 8.5 sacks this past fall. The Eagles finished the regular season with the second-fewest sacks in the NFL and need someone like Leal to line up with Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox. Using one of their three first-round picks on the 21-year-old seems like a safe strategy.

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