Multiple execs I spoke with think Alabama wideout Jameson Williams is the Philadelphia Eagles’ preference at No. 15. And if not Philly, then the New Orleans Saints could be his floor at No. 16. If another team wants Williams, it will probably have to move up to at least the Baltimore Ravens’ No. 14 slot. Baltimore — which already has eight picks in Rounds 2 to 4 — is always willing to move back.
Me and Todd must have the same sources because I woke up to this exact text from Gary, co-host of The Wooderboys podcast, this morning:
7:49 a.m., folks. Is Gary working his sources, or does he have an eight-month-old kid? We’ll see come Thursday. Also, if you discredit Gary’s report for spelling Jameson wrong, you don’t know Gary. Two auto-corrects in three texts for him is like Ted Williams batting .406 in one season.
A couple other notes from McShay’s post that might effect the Eagles:
Jordan Davis has been mocked plenty of times to the Birds. McShay has him going to Seattle and everyone he’s talked to in the league would be “shocked” if he gets to 14:
I mentioned the buzz around Davis to Seattle at No. 9, but the intrigue doesn’t stop there. Everyone I’ve talked to says they’d be shocked if the 340-pounder fell past Baltimore at No. 14.
The Eagles have the Saints’ 2023 1st rounder. McShay thinks they draft an OL at #16:
Everyone knows the Saints are a likely landing spot for Northern Iowa offensive tackle Trevor Penning. New Orleans just lost Terron Armstead in free agency, and it then traded for an additional pick in the middle of Round 1. There’s a big drop-off after the top three tackles in the class, and an even bigger one after Penning, so there could be a sense of urgency for teams looking for one. Any team trying to get Penning on Thursday will likely have to move up — potentially to that same No. 14 spot.
And it doesn’t seem like they’d take Malik Willis with their current picks:
As it stands right now, my sources don’t believe there is a team in the top 19 picks that will be drafting a QB. There’s always a shock on draft night, and teams always look to trade up for a signal-caller, but the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 20 is the first spot I’m hearing serious QB consideration.
I can’t wait to root against Jameis Winston all year:
Mickey Loomis putting next year’s 1st in the hands of Jameis Winston pic.twitter.com/sVJv1BPDny
— The Wooderboys (@wooderboys) April 4, 2022
Three guys that have been mocked to the Eagles since the National Championship game could fall out of the first round:
Three prospects I’ve heard who could fall out of Round 1: Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean, Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis and Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum. Dean is the most likely of the trio to still be a first-rounder.
It feels like teams are willing to give up picks to move up to the middle of the first round. That could be a sweet spot for the Eagles primarily at pick #18 if someone like the Titans wants to nab a QB in front of the Steelers or WR like the Packers, Chiefs, or Patriots. Howie Roseman is the king of kicking the can down the road. The more picks he stacks for the future the more cards he can play when Jeffrey Lurie comes calling for an answer on why they aren’t winning.