Night one of the 2022 NFL Draft was a hell of a time for the Philadelphia Eagles. Tonight, they entered the Day Two with only one second-round pick — the No. 51 overall selection. The Eagles selected offensive linemen Cam Jurgens. Jurgens plays center and will be the eventual replacement for Eagles’ legend Jason Kelce.
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This comes one day after Roseman made whopping moves to strengthen the team going into next season.
The Eagles traded No. 15, 124, 162, and 166 to the Houston Texans in exchange for the No. 13th overall selection, obtaining defensive lineman Jordan Davis. Philadelphia then traded No. 18 and 101 with the Tennessee Titans in exchange for wide receiver AJ Brown.
Though Philadelphia had more important gaps to fill (namely their secondary), the Eagles’ 51st overall pick is one that’s needed as the team focuses on investing in their future.
HOW CAM JURGENS FITS INTO THE EAGLES SCHEME
Before the draft’s commencement, NFL Mock Draft projected that Cam Jurgens would be selected in the third round, with No. 103 being his highest pick. As the 51st pick, Jurgens will now be part of one of the best offensive lines in the league.
Cam Jurgens began playing football as a linebacker in high school. After joining Nebraska, he made his Husker debut as a tight end, eventually moving to center, where he started for three seasons. Last year, Jurgens was one of the top centers in the Big Ten, earning a number of honors.
Jurgens will be the eventual replacement for center Jason Kelce, which gives the Eagles time to develop his skillset. Kelce, who is 34 years old will be entering his twelfth season in midnight green. He signed a one-year contract earlier this offseason, and despite coming back over the last few years, 2022 is likely his last season.
Kelce is excited about the Eagles’ newest selection. He stated, “This is my favorite plater in the draft. Out of all the guys I compare the most to myself, this guy is him.”
At 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds, Jurgen’s size is similar to Kelce’s, but as fans have seen — size doesn’t matter. He was the fifth-fastest offensive lineman in the 40-yard dash (4.92s) at the NFL Combine. Jurgen’s also ranked in the 97th percentile among those in his position in combine history.
He will join former teammate tight end Jack Stoll.
The Philadelphia Eagles have three remaining picks — No. 83, 154, and 237.