With their final of three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles bring in some offensive line help with impressive Boston College guard Zion Johnson. For the Eagles, Johnson will likely slide in at right guard, replacing the retiring Brandon Brooks, although he could really play anywhere on the line that you ask him too.
Along with Jermaine Johnson, Zion Johnson had one of the more impressive Senior Bowl performances this year. He was constantly winning one-on-one matchups all week, and impressed teams with his work ethic, practicing snaps as a center after practice in the rain, as he had not played center in his time at BC.
Zion Johnson is an incredible physical and powerful player that consistently dominates his opponents. With experience at tackle, Johnson has very sound technique in pass protection and is clearly a mauler in the run game, which will be vital for the Eagles offense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs a year ago, but appear to be destined for the cellar of the highly competitive AFC North this season. While the team could target a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, I don’t think the value is there with this pick.
Instead, the team adds a young, dominant defensive lineman with tons of upside. A player that we already know has head coach Mike Tomlin in his camp. Georgia’s Jordan Davis may be the most intriguing prospect in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft with his imposing frame, freakish athletic ability and lack of proven pass rush prowess.
At 6-foot-6 and 340 lbs, it’s no surprise that a man of Davis’ size is drawing attention towards the top of the 2022 NFL Draft. After an athletic clinic at the NFL Combine, Davis certainly has the attention of evaluators everywhere.
When you break down the tape of Jordan Davis, you see him use his size to his advantage. He is a great nose tackle who can plug gaps and make a huge impact in the run game. But despite the show he put on at the combine, Davis does not play with that athleticism at this point in his career. He can play a bit too upright and stagnant, lacking any polished pass rush moves.
Davis clearly has the traits and tools to turn into a well-rounded player at the center of a defense. He just needs a team that believes in him and will provide him with the coaching that he needs to develop his game. With an aging defensive line and a clearly interested head coach, the Pittsburgh Steelers make a ton of sense as a landing spot for Jordan Davis in the 2022 NFL Draft.