Eagles draft grades: Ranking Philadelphia’s last four draft classes

DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Jordan Davis, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Davis, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

The 2022 Eagles draft class

If we’re stacking the last four Eagles draft classes. The 2022 version is ranked fourth. Why did we place them behind seven guys that haven’t stepped on the field yet? Here’s an explanation.

Five players were taken in this draft class, and though we have had a lot of discussions where we have used the word ‘value’, these guys have a lot of work to do to prove they’re worth the confidence that Philadelphia placed in them.

  • Jordan Davis, defensive tackle, Georgia
  • Cam Jurgens, center, Nebraska
  • Nakobe Dean, linebacker, Georgia
  • Kyron Johnson, linebacker, Kansas
  • Grant Calcaterra, tight end, SMU

The highlights here were obviously Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean, two NCAA stars that were key cogs in a College Football Playoff National Championship Game win by Georgia. The former was seen as the 2022 NFL Draft’s best interior defensive lineman. He didn’t fill up the stats sheet as an NFL rookie, but he missed time with an injury. There’s also the belief that much of his value comes in being a space eater that eats up blocks and creates opportunities for teammates.

Nakobe Dean took, in essence, a redshirt season, sitting behind T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White. He’ll earn more playing time this season. There’s also Cam Jurgens, the expected heir apparent to Jason Kelce. The legend isn’t quite ready to retire yet, but the expectation is Jurgens will start at right guard. If the light comes on for Grant Calcaterra and Kyron Johnson, this class still has an opportunity to be special.

2022 draft class grade: C