Ranking Philadelphia Eagles first-round 2022 EDGE prospects

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The Philadelphia Eagles need EDGE help, and the NFL Draft will help them find it.

Building the Philadelphia Eagles into a consistent winner again should be an easy process… in theory anyway. The NFL always allows for some creativity when it comes to putting a championship-caliber team together, but some things are naturally a part of the process.

It’s always wise to find a franchise quarterback. Then, once you do that, you want to ensure that you add some guys to your defense that you can count on to chase the other team’s franchise quarterback around and make his day miserable. Here’s the issue that the Birds have.

The jury is out on whether or not Philadelphia has its signal-caller. Some might even say that we’re arguing over two backups. We definitely know that the Eagles are in desperate need of a consistent pass rush.

Derek Barnett and Ryan Kerrigan won’t be on this team in 2022. Brandon Graham may not be on this team in 2021, and for the uninitiated, that means, if nothing changes, you’re looking at Tarron Jackson and Josh Sweat as the starters going forward. Expect a few additions in the offseason particularly in the coming draft.

Names like Sam Williams (Ole Miss), Arnold Ebiketie (Penn State), and Michael Clemons (Texas A&M) make sense on Day 2. Ali Gaye (LSU), Joshua Paschal (Kentucky), and Brenton Cox Jr. (Florida) make sense as we move towards and into Day 3. The Philadelphia Eagles will, more than likely, make a move long before that though.

Let’s put our scouting hats on. Here’s a ranking of what should be the top first-round draft prospects at the defensive end position as we approach April’s annual selection meeting.