3 Eagles judgment errors that elevated the Ravens while stifling Philadelphia

  • The Eagles are no longer elite
  • The Ravens are suddenly elite.
  • Philly may have helped Baltimore get there.

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The Eagles ignore Kyle Hamilton in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Yes, we realize the Eagles' addition of Kyle Hamilton would have meant Jordan Davis is somewhere else. Heck, maybe Davis would have been in Baltimore with the Ravens had he not landed in Philly, and don't get us wrong. We like Jordan. We feel he's going to be a fine Eagle, but the Ravens selected Kyle Hamilton one spot after Philadelphia wrote Jordan's name on a draft card. You see where this is headed, right?

Both made the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie Team, but we can promise you this. If the Eagles draft Kyle Hamilton in 2022, they aren't trading for Kevin Byard in 2023. That would mean they could have possibly focused on piecing a serious trade package together for Patrick Queen instead of trying to figure out how to fill holes at linebacker AND safety.

Hamilton missed Week 17's game versus the Miami Dolphins, but in 15 games this season, he has notched 81 tackles, three sacks, 13 pass breakups, a forced fumble, and four interceptions. When one looks at what the Eagles are getting production-wise from what was supposed to be a superior defensive line rotation, it's hard not to look at the Ravens with envy.

They lead the NFL in sacks and field one of pro football's best young safeties. Philly, meanwhile, continues to struggle on defense.