Ranking popular Eagles 1st-round options following trade with Saints

Jermaine Johnson II #11, Florida State Seminoles (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Jermaine Johnson II #11, Florida State Seminoles (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /
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Jermaine Johnson II #11, Florida State, Ikem “Ickey” Ekwonu #79, NC State Wolfpack (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

804. . . . Jermaine Johnson II, Seminoles. 1. player

Jermaine Johnson tops our list, but will he be available for the Eagles?

In the minds of some draft pundits, Jermaine Johnson isn’t ranked as high as some of the other players that have been named on this list. Pro Football Focus ranks him 26th on their big board, but on the other hand, some have argued that he won’t be available when the Eagles are on the clock at 15. Here’s what you need to know about this young man though.

Before transferring to Florida State and tallying 70 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 2021, he also cut his teeth with Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs. There, over a 16-game stretch that covered two seasons, he racked up 36 tackles and 6.5 sacks.

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Johnson enters the 2022 NFL Draft after winning the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2021 and earning First-team All-ACC honors. The Eagles need to nail this draft, and Johnson checks all of the boxes.

He’s an impact player. He can provide quality snaps immediately. This is a guaranteed home run that plays a position of need. There’s nothing not to like about this guy. He gives the Eagles everything they want at the EDGE position.