Howie Roseman recaps Eagles 2022 NFL Draft, responds to Honey Badger and Jalen Reagor rumors

The Eagles completed the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday night after choosing five players, but their job is far from done. Howie Roseman, Nick Sirianni and Andy Weidl spoke to reporters after finishing the day, and Roseman mentioned how hectic the UDFA market can be and that they are as aggressive as they come. The general manager also talked about their focus on the linebacker position and how they feel about CB and safety.

Roseman admitted he probably would have been disappointed with the number of picks they had this weekend if it hadn’t been for the players they were able to get with those picks, not to mention the swap deal. ‘AJ Brown. Ultimately, though, he knows it will be a few years before they can see if they’ve done a good job with this draft class.

Here’s what they had to say:


As linebacker

The Eagles general manager was asked about the team handling the LB position this offseason, and if it had to do with Jonathan Gannon and the defense he leads. Roseman scoffed at the idea that they’ve ignored the position for the past few years, saying a lot of it has to do with opportunities throughout the draft and player value.

HOWIE ROSEMAN: When you talk about some of the guys we’ve added, it’s because of the opportunities that have been presented to us and based on their level of talent. And we are delighted with that.

He admitted there were other positions they hoped to tackle over the weekend that they didn’t, but he was confident in their process and happy to know who they were able to add to the lineup. listing.

ROSEMAN: When we looked at where we were in the draft and looked at the players on the board, there were very few occasions where we felt like we were going around a position, or even considering going around a position. We just kept pace with the board, and if the guys were in the same stack or level, we had conversations about the guys. And, we try to be a little more aggressive after the draft.

Andy Weidl was asked about the choice of Kyron Johnson and he explained how they were really impressed with him in the Senior Bowl. Weidl said all week, Johnson’s explosiveness and passing rush was on display, along with the effort he put in.

ANDY WEID: On the tape you see the same. You see a guy coming off the ball, you can see a guy who can rush, win three ways. The energy with which he plays was exceptional. He’s a guy with features. He ran a 4.40, he has an exceptional start with a 1.50 [10 second] split, and we just saw it. Players come in all shapes and sizes, and he’s one of those natural rushers who can drop the ball and win.

Weidl and Roseman also praised Johnson’s special teams play.

In high school

Regarding the defensive back position, particularly at the corner, Roseman explained how they added several CBs last year after camp and through trades, so they consider these players to be part of that draft class. when it comes to contributing this season. He noted that they would have written a CB if they were in the right situation, but it never turned out that way with the choices they had.

Roseman was also asked about the security post and if they were interested in bringing in Tyrann Mathieu. The GM said they had great faith in Anthony Harris, which is why they brought him back, and they had faith in Marcus Epps and K’Von Wallace. He said there was nothing imminent in this position, but they would continue to add depth.

On UDFAs

Roseman said it was still hectic and there were a lot of conversations going on, but they tried to be as aggressive as possible knowing they wouldn’t end up signing everyone they were interested in. Still, he thinks they’re going to have a good UDFA class this year.

About Jalen Reagor

“Jalen Reagor is a Philadelphia Eagle and he’s going to be here. We want to have good players in this room, we want to have good players in this team, and he’s worked really hard to get fit and come here in this offseason program and now he has an opportunity. So we don’t plan to change anything.

Other notables

  • Nick Sirianni has confirmed that they believe second-round pick Cam Jurgens has positional flexibility, similar to Landon Dickerson last year, but is more of a center who can also play guard. Roseman later said that when they saw Dickerson and Mailata on the left side, it was taxing for defenses, and with both players being so young, it’s a tandem they want to keep together.
  • Sirianni was asked about JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s move to tight end, and he confirmed the move saying he’s a heavier receiver, so it will give him some opportunities to use his talent and create different shifts.
  • Roseman confirmed that they never had any conversations about taking a quarterback with any of their sixth-round picks.

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