The Philadelphia Eagles may have traded away one of their first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, but they still hold two more. The first pick for them will come here at pick No. 15 overall, where they get arguably the best wide receiver in this draft class.
Had he not torn his ACL during the national title game, Jameson Williams would be the top wideout available, and he could still end up being just that. He is well ahead of schedule on his rehab, and in Philadelphia, he joins former Alabama teammates Devonta Smith and Jalen Hurts on what would be an explosive offense.
Rounding out the first half of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft is the New Orleans Saints, who got this pick in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Like the Eagles, the Saints have a serious need at the wideout spot, and they follow Philadelphia by selecting one here.
With this pick, the Saints add Chris Olave to the mix, and he has the potential to be a very special player from the start. Jameis Winston loves to take chances downfield, and in Olave, he gets a player who can go up there and get it.
Looking back at last season, one team that underachieved was the Los Angeles Chargers. Going into the 2021 campaign with Super Bowl aspirations, the Chargers failed to even make the playoffs, and you have to wonder what kind of step they will make in 2022, whether backward or forward.
Picking at No. 17 overall, the Chargers need to continue to stack talent in front of prized quarterback Justin Herbert. They hit a home run with Rashawn Slater in last year’s first round, and here, they hope to duplicate that with Charles Cross.
The second and final pick of the first round for the Philadelphia Eagles comes at pick No. 18, and they use it on the defense. The Eagles went offense at pick No. 15 overall, adding Jameson Williams from Alabama, and here, they get a cornerback from another elite school in Clemson’s Andrew Booth.
Some feel that if he is healthy, Booth could have the best rookie season of any cornerback in this draft class, and he certainly has the skill set to do so. The NFC East is once again up for grabs next season, and Booth could be one of the final pieces to the puzzle for the Eagles on defense.