Eagles make a leap in post-NFL Draft power rankings originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
As expected, the Eagles dominated the conversation on NFL Draft weekend. It’s just what they do.
Howie Roseman entered armed with multiple first round picks in this year’s draft and the next one, and he emerged with a bona fide No. 1 wide receiver in AJ Brown, a potential gamebreaker in Jordan Davis, his center of the future in Cam Jurgens, and first-round talent in the third round in LB Nakobe Dean.
Overall it was a home run of a draft.
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But just how much does it change the fortunes of the Eagles in 2022 specifically? We took a swing around the Internet to see what football analysts are saying about the Birds’ spot in league-wide power rankings, post-Draft.
It’s looking … pretty good! Let’s get into it:
11. Eagles (+1)
“They’ve had a heck of an offseason and really had a nice draft weekend. That means this season is all about Jalen Hurts and his growth, especially after adding receiver AJ Brown in a trade.”
15. Eagles (+4)
“Howie Roseman is on a heater. Last month, the veteran GM pulled off an excellent draft capital swap with the Saints that set up the Eagles well in the years to come. In Vegas, Philly fortified its defensive front with first-round pick Jordan Davis, then pulled off what might be remembered as the Ocean’s 11 heist of the draft by landing Georgia middle linebacker Naboke Dean in the third round.A day earlier, Roseman pulled off another heist by landing star wide receiver AJ Brown in a trade with the Given all the factors at play-Brown’s age (24), his All-Pro ability, and the team’s struggles to identify wideout talent in the draft (outside DeVonta Smith)-yep, just call the Iggles GM Danny Ocean. “
NBC Sports Bay Area
16. Eagles (NA)
“The Eagles moved up to snag Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis at No. 13 with one of their multiple first-round picks. They used No. 18 to trade for Brown and then agreed to a long-term extension.
“The club then drafted Nebraska center Cam Jurgens in the second round and Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean in the third. It appears that quarterback Jalen Hurts is set up to have an improved season.”
17. Eagles (-5)
“The Eagles are trying to take their offense to a higher gear with Jalen Hurts in Year 3 with the addition of AJ Brown to help DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert. Jordan Davis, Haason Reddick and Kyzir White were good reinforcements for the defensive front seven. The Eagles will keep fighting for another wild card but Hurts’ growth would be key if they plan on pushing the Cowboys. “
Pro Football Network
14. Eagles (+4)
“Arguably nobody improved as much during NFL Draft weekend as the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles traded for AJ Brown, injecting a legitimate alpha receiver to a group with DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins. They drafted Jordan Davis, who is one of the best players in the draft but plays a position traditionally undervalued by the league.And then Philadelphia selected their center of the future in Round 2 and crushed on the defensive side of the ball again with Nakobe Dean, who fell because of an unresolved injury.
“Their season will hinge on the progress of Jalen Hurts and the ability to address the cornerback spot opposite Darius Slay.”
Overall, that’s an average ranking of 14.6. Could you argue they belong a little higher? Sure! After all, you ostensibly expect the 14 best teams to make the playoffs – though sometimes conference alignment prevents that from happening – and this feels like a playoff team.
In general though, if the Eagles’ starting position in 2022 is 15.4 then that’s a pretty solid improvement from their starting position last year, which was a brutal 26.4. They only spent two weeks all season in the top half of the league based on the aggregate power rankings, and those were the final two weeks of the regular season as they rattled off a four-game win streak and went 7-2 to close the season. Vibes were high. (Then the playoffs happened, but we can ignore that for now.)
The good news: barring some unforeseen step back, one that wouldn’t seem to be in the cards after all their offseason upgrades, the Eagles should be firmly out of the 20s in any power rankings this year after spending the first 10 weeks and 14 of 18 weeks in the 20s last season.
The Birds are back, they’re competitive, and things are fun. Let’s ride.