Eagles Add More Depth on Day Three of the draft
After some wheeling and dealing during the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday, the Eagles finally added two players, landing Kansas linebacker Kyron Johnson and SMU tight end Grant Calcaterra in Round 6.
They entered the draft with 10 picks, but after a series a deals, ended up making just five picks, one in the first, second and third and two in the sixth, but they did end up add two players on day three.
With the No. 181st selection, Howie Roseman added a playmaking linebacker, in Johnson, who adds depth to a position with plenty of question marks.
"I can play anywhere," Johnson said on Saturday. "I've actually compared myself to Reddick before because I've seen his style of play and how he goes from sideline-to-sideline, and other coaches have compared me to him as well. Like I said, I can play anywhere, Sam, inside, outside, Mike linebacker. I've played it all before."
Johnson was all over the field for the Jayhawks, making 8.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks on the season, forcing four fumbles.
The team added Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean in Round 3 and has T.J. Edwards, Kyzir White and Davion Taylor on the roster.
At pick No. 198, the Eagles made their second pick of the draft, selecting Calcaterra, a tight end out of SMU.
That was also a position of need. After sending Zach Ertz to the Arizona in a trade last season, the Eagles are thin at tight end.
Tyree Jackson has potential, but he’s only played nine career and now faces a long recovery from ACL surgery in December. Jack Stoll is more of a blocker than a receiver. And former second-round pick, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, was just moved from wide receiver to tight end. Veteran Richard Rogers and 24-year old Noah Togiai are also on the roster.
Calcaterra gives the Eagles options, and is an impressive athlete, who ran a 4.62 40-yard time and posted a 38-465-4 receiving line for the Mustangs in 2021. He began his college career with Oklahoma, but had concussion issues, leaving the game, before returning at SMU.
"I think I'm a tight end that can do a lot of different things," Calcaterra stated. "I think I'm a versatile player. Excited to get to work and excited to learn. I'm excited to get better."
Despite having limited opportunities, the Eagles made some nice additions to their roster on Saturday, both who will have a shot to make the team. Johnson is an active edge defender who constantly made plays. Calcaterra is a playmaker at tight end who can block.
Heading into the draft, the Eagles had a few key needs. With their first three picks, Philadelphia checked off three of them.
Now, it’s on to cornerback, safety and finding someone in the return game.