Grading the Eagles’ 5 man class



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The Eagles entered Thursday night’s NFL draft with 10 total picks after two timely deals involving 2021 trades with the Dolphins and Colts (Carson Wentz).

The Eagles ultimately moved from No. 15 overall up to No. 13 overall to select Georgia All-American defensive tackle, Jordan Davis.

In doing so, Philadelphia parted ways with the Nos. 15, 124, 162, and 166 picks to the Texans to move up two spots where it selected Davis.

After the Chargers used the No. 17 overall pick on Zion Johnson, the Eagles made another move, trading picks No. 18 overall, and a third-round pick (101) to the Tennessee Titans for star wide receiver, A.J. Brown.

That trade left Philadelphia with four picks remaining in the draft and the Eagles utilized Day two picks on Cam Jurgens and Nakobe Dean.

On Day three, Philadelphia moved a fifth-round pick for two sixth-round picks and then traded up to pick No. 181 for Kansas linebacker Kyron Johnson.

At pick 198 overall, the Eagles ended their draft haul with SMU’s pass-catching tight end, Grant Calcaterra.

Here are the grades for Philly’s five-man class.

Round 1: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

A game-wrecking defensive tackle, Davis will learn from two of the NFL’s top difference makers at the position, and at worst he’ll be a dominant run-stuffing defensive tackle from day one.

It’ll be on Jonathan Gannon to keep Davis engaged and positions to flourish for 25-30 plays as a rookie.

Roseman gets an A+ for trading up to select his guy.

Round 1 trade A.J. Brown

Philadelphia got their No. 1A wide receiver in Brown, and he’ll immediately make life easing for DeVonta Smith, Jalen Hurts, and Quez Watkins.

Roseman avoided the unknown and traded for a proven star.

Grade: A+

Round 2: Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska

Philadelphia used their second-round pick in back-to-back years to help add quality depth to the offensive line.

Jurgens doesn’t have to play right away, and he’ll use his redshirt NFL season to learn from Jeff Stoutland and Jason Kelce.

Grade: B

Round 3: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

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Confusion about an alleged pectoral injury caused Dean to slide down to round three where Philadelphia lands a Butkus Award winner and future star at the position.

Dean is undersized, but thankfully, Howie Roseman landed his running mate at Georgia.

Round 6: Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas

An impressive athlete at the SAM linebacker position, Johnson logged 63 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles for Kansas and should have a career as a special teams ace at worst.

Grade: C

Round 6: Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU

A pass-catching tight end from SMU, Calcaterra caught 38 passes for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2021 and he provides Philadelphia a better option on passing downs ahead of Jack Stoll.

Grade: B

Final Grade

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Landing Dean helps reduce the sting of only having five picks and the prospects of Jordan Davis in the game with Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave is a dream sight for Jonathan Gannon.

A.J. Brown will take Jalen Hurts to know heights and Philadelphia added a ton of championship swagger to the roster.

Final grade: B+

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