7 low-key second-round options for the Eagles in the 2022 NFL Draft

Nik Bonitto Oklahoma Sooners (Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
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. Nik Bonitto, EDGE. . player. 815. .

The Sooners aren’t known for defense, but here are two Eagles prospects to watch.

We promised ourselves that we’d get through this entire list without bringing up Jalen Hurts, but we couldn’t help it. Often, when watching his college tape at Oklahoma with the Sooners, it was easy to question whether or not some of his success and evolution as a passer came from beating up on Big 12 defenses.

Come on. Let’s be honest. It isn’t like this is a conference that’s known for final scores in the 14-13 range.

Still, often, future NFL stars can be found with a quick study, and Nik Bonitto is an example of that. The hope of many is that Philadelphia would have already satisfied their need for an EDGE rusher with one of their first two picks, but if not, and if other options like David Ojabo and Boye Mafe are off of the board, Bonitto is as good an EDGE prospect at this point of the draft as any.

. . Brian Asamoah, linebacker. . player. 815.

It seemed as though the Eagles had a better chance of ending the drought and taking a linebacker in Round 1 when they had three of them. Now, with only two and following the addition of Kyzir White, Philadelphia figures to address their linebacker concerns in Round 2 or later.

The best players at the position, after Devin Lloyd and Nakobe Dean, appear to be guys like Leo Chenal, Chad Muma, and Christian Harris. Keep an eye out for them in the back half of Round 1 and the early to mid portion of Round 2.

They’re some of the best prospects in the second tier, but if you’re looking for lesser mentioned options, keep an eye out for Brian Asamoah, a six-foot, 226-pound sideline-to sideline star that tallied 80 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2021.