At choice 15, there are still plenty of great options on the board. The difficulty here is who do you want with your two choices and who do you still think is on the board between choice 15 and 18.
The Eagles have several positions of need. While there is a small but extremely vocal contingent who would rather draft a D3 quarterback than roll with Jalen Hurts…we’re not drafting a quarterback. Hurts is our guy in 2022 and he most likely has the rest of the year to prove he’s the guy moving forward. We have several holes to fill in the list. We really need to upgrade our WR group. We need a starting corner against Darius Slay. We also need security. And we finally have to take the LB position seriously.
At this stage of the draft, the following WRs are still available for review:
Garret Wilson – Ohio State
Chris Olave – Ohio State
Jameson Williams – Alabama
Treylon Burks – Arkansas
Linebacker: Devin Lloyd – Utah
Cornerback: Andrew Booth Jr. – Clemson
To safety: Daxton Hill – Michigan and Lewis Cine – Georgia are still there.
So we have our options, but obviously I chose Chris Olave and here’s why.
I want to see Hurts succeed. Like it or not, his success this year is our best possible result. To do this, we must surround it with everything necessary to do so. Our O line is one of the best in the league, ranked 4th by PFF. Our RBs are strong with Kenneth Gainwell and MIles Sanders. We could add a downhill racer, but that’s not something you spend a premium pick on. Our tight end is excellent since Dallas Goedert is the 2nd ranked TE according to PFF. Our biggest glaring weakness on offense is our wide receiver group, which PFF ranked 30th.
Outside of DeVonta Smith, you watch Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Greg Ward and a guy who was running hurdles last week. Reagor is a disappointment to say the least. And the rest should fight for anywhere from WR3/4 to any other team’s practice squad. We need a legit wide receiver to partner with Smith
Would love to go defense here but Saints are also listed as needing WR help, Chargers will most likely go Left Tackle. I prefer to make my choice among the WRs, then take the defender that I prefer and who is mine. My preference would be Andrew Booth, but that depends on my co-GM at #18.
Why Chris Olave?
Drake London was already selected. Williams has an injury, and although Landon Dickerson trains for us, we all remember Sidney Jones. We need someone who can come in and play right away. Every draft pick is a risk, and adding an injury makes it even riskier. Burks is not as polished as a road runner, has limited road tree and drop issues. Yes, you could argue for Wilson, and I was torn between the two receivers at Ohio State and would be happy with either one, but for me, Olave has been doing it longer. I want to go with the safer choice and for me that’s Olave. 3 consecutive seasons with over 700 yards in a packed WR room and holds the record for most touchdowns in Ohio State history. Chris Olave was supposed to enter the draft last year, but returned to Ohio State to have an even bigger year than the last.
- 2018: 12 receptions, 197 yards, 3 touchdowns
- 2019: 49 receptions, 849 yards, 12 touchdowns
- 2020: 50 receptions, 729 yards, 7 touchdowns
- 2021: 65 receptions, 936 yards, 13 touchdowns
Chris Olave Career Highlights
He’s a 6-foot, 187-pound track star with a 4.39 sec 40 that shows up on the court as he constantly stretches the defense. So he would definitely open things up for DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert. Olave is also an excellent road runner and is not limited to deep balls. The combination of Smith, Olave, Goedert, Quez and/or another big-body receiver, whether Pascal or a later draft pick, would make for a powerful offense. This puts Jalen Hurts in a position to succeed or prove he’s just not the guy.
Various comparisons for Olave have been Terry McLaurin, Brandin Cooks, DeSean Jackson and yes even DeVonta Smith. Not a bad company.
Interview with Chris Olave Combine
The knocks on Olave were that he’s not the biggest guy, but the bigger question for us isn’t his size, but can he open up, which he obviously can. Another problem is that it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to execution blocking. On the other hand, he is often seen sprinting at full speed on running plays to eliminate defensive backs. He’s definitely not a lazy gamer
There were plenty of options to this pick, but for better or worse in this BGN world at least, Chris Olave is the Eagles’ first pick in 2022 and New Orleans is on the way.
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1) Jaguars (HellBentOnHurts): BY Aidan Hutchinson
2) Lions (friendly neighborhood Philly fan): DE Travon Walker
3) Texans (herbalonius): OT Evan Neal
4) Jets (RideHighTide): OT Ikem Ekwonu
5) Giants (Brendanekstrom): CB Ahmad Gardner
6) Panthers (Philliesandthebees): QB Kenny Pickett
7) Giants (Dr. MidnightGreen): DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
8) Falcons (Philly21): QB Malik Willis
9) Seahawks (mellow wellington) QB Matt Corral
10) Jets (tfrank9811): S Kyle Hamilton
11) Commanders (Negadelphia Norm): CB Derek Stingley Jr.
12) Vikings (Kephas): CB Trent McDuffie
13) Texans (Bdawk20 rules): WR Drake London
14) Ravens (ablesser88): DT Jordan Davis
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Now is the time for you to vote for who YOU think should be selected next in the BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft 2022.
Who should the Eagles draft at No. 15?
WR Chris Olave
WR Jameson Williams
WR Treylon Burks
WR Drake London
WR Garrett Wilson
BY George Karlaftis
DT Devonte Wyatt
CB Andrew Booth Jr.
LB Devin Lloyd
C Tyler Linderbaum
365 voices in total
1) Jaguars: DE Aidan Hutchinson
2) Lions: DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
3) Texans: OT Evan Neal
4) Jets: OT Ikem Ekwonu
5) Giants: OT Charles Cross
6) Panthers: QB Malik Willis
7) Giants: CB Ahmad Gardner
8) Falcons: QB Kenny Pickett
9) Seahawks: S Kyle Hamilton
10) Jets: DE Travon Walker
11) Commanders: CB Derek Stingley Jr.
12) Vikings: CB Trent McDuffie
13) Texans: DE Jermaine Johnson
14) Ravens: DT Jordan Davis