SEC Football: Recapping the NFC East picks from the 2022 NFL Draft
The Philadelphia Eagles selected a tandem of Georgia Bulldogs and shook up the NFL Draft by trading for former SEC Football superstar A.J. Brown. Is it enough to catch the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East?
Recapping the NFC East SEC Football picks from the 2022 NFL Draft
- Round 1 Pick 13: Georgia DT Jordan Davis
- Round 3 Pick 83: Georgia LB Nakobe Dean
Everyone around the NFL had connected the massive Jordan Davis to the Baltimore Ravens. The Philadelphia Eagles knew this as well and decided to leapfrog the Ravens in order to acquire the top interior defensive lineman in the 2022 NFL Draft. Heading into the draft, many speculated that Nakobe Dean would be the top linebacker chosen. Due to some lingering health concerns surrounding a pectoral injury and whether or not it would cost Dean his rookie season, he slid in the draft all the way until the Eagles plucked him with the 83rd overall selection. The Eagles stole the show on night one when they traded 1st and 3rd round picks for A.J. Brown, former standout from Ole Miss.
New York Giants
- Round 1 Pick 7: Alabama OT Evan Neal
- Round 2 Pick 43: Kentucky WR Wan’Dale Robinson
- Round 3 Pick 81: LSU CB Cordale Flott
The New York Giants were heavily rumored to target an offensive tackle early in the draft. Rumors had it that the Giants were interested in two SEC prospects – Evan Neal out of Alabama and Charles Cross out of Mississippi State. The Giants eventually settled in on Neal given his experience all across the offensive line. Former Florida Gator Kadarius Toney seems to have worn out his welcome in New York and the Giants are backing that up with their draft capital as they drafted a similar style player in Wan’Dale Robinson in the 2nd round. At 6’0, 175 pounds, Cordale Flott may have to lock down the slot position in the Giants’ secondary.
- Round 2 Pick 56: Ole Miss DE Sam Williams
- Round 5 Pick 176: LSU LB Damone Clark
- Round 5 Pick 178: Arkansas DT John Ridgeway
Ole Miss defensive end Sam Williams has answered questions regarding some ‘off the field’ concerns throughout the draft process. The talent has always been there and with the Cowboys have a glaring need at defensive end following Randy Gregory’s departure in free agency, they pounced on the speedster off the edge. In all likelihood, Damone Clark is going to have to ‘red shirt’ his rookie season given his recent injury. Clark was in line to be a 2nd-3rd round selection, so the Cowboys get the value in the 5th. John Ridgeway was gaining some positive draft momentum late in the process. Ridgeway can be used immediately on passing downs.
- Round 2 Pick 47: Alabama DT Phidarian Mathis
- Round 3 Pick 98: Alabama RB Brian Robinson Jr.
Washington has found success recently dipping into the Alabama Crimson Tide talent pool. The Commanders bolstered their defensive line a few years back when they drafted Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne. Washington selected Phidarian Mathis in the 2nd round to learn from his Crimson Tide brethren. In the 3rd round the Commanders selected Brian Robinson Jr. – keeping the Bama theme going. Robinson Jr. should pair with Antonio Gibson to make a strong 1-2 punch in the Washington backfield.