The Philadelphia Eagles moved up two spots to make their selection of Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis the 13th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Despite needing to add a cornerback facing Darius Slay or another safety to compete with Marcus Epps and Anthony Harris, Philadelphia opted to grab Monmouth’s defensive tackle to try and change the complexion of their entire defense.
And while he may not start right away with Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave still getting plenty of shots, Lindsay Jones of The Athletic thinks Davis will have the biggest impact among the Eagles’ 2022 draft class.
Third-round pick Nakobe Dean could end up earning a full role if the Eagles are right on his injury status, but the answer should be first-round defensive tackle. Jordan Davis. The Eagles already have three very good defensive tackles in Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave and Milton Williams, but they traded to select Davis because they believe he will change what they are able to do defensively. Last year, defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon wanted to play more 3-4 games up front but backed out due to the strength of the Eagles’ personnel. With Davis, that should change.
Jones says third-round pick Nakobe Dean could play more snaps, but it’s Davis who could have the biggest impact on the team’s defense. For general manager Howie Roseman, the choice was easy, with Davis ranked among the top 10 players on their draft board.
“Jordan was one of the top 10 players on our roster,” Roseman said. “We wanted the best D-Line in the league. The combinations we can have with the players on our roster, it’s exciting.”
Last season as a senior at Georgia, Davis had 32 total tackles, five tackles for loss and had two sacks and was a unanimous first-team All-American and Outland Trophy winner (top lineman inside defensive) and Chuck Bednarik (best defensive player) awards.
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