With the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl underway, several NFL Draft prospects have been able to improve their draft stock. One of those prospects, Liberty QB Malik Willis, might be having the best week of all the prospects. While several teams have shown interest in Malik Willis, one team is very intriguing – the Philadelphia Eagles.
Despite making the NFL Playoffs, the Eagles have three picks in the first round of the NFL Draft. Two of those picks, 15th and 16th overall, come by way of trades. Furthermore, of all the teams in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles might be in the best position to trade up for Malik Willis.
The Philadelphia Eagles Have The Draft Capital To Make A Move
With three draft picks in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have the ammunition to make a play for Malik Willis. However, given how well he’s done this week at the Senior Bowl, it might take moving into the top ten. If the Carolina Panthers are a team that really likes Willis, then it could take moving into the top ten to leap them at 6.
However, moving up in the NFL Draft for a quarterback would mean a lot of things for the Philadelphia Eagles.
For one, it would mean that the franchise is ready to move on from QB Jalen Hurts. While the Eagles were able to make the Playoffs this season, one has to wonder how far Hurts will be able to take the team. As we’ve seen with the Los Angeles Rams, who moved Jared Goff in favor of Matthew Stafford, it’s paid off.
Secondly, it would mean that the Eagles won’t be able to address their other needs. With additional first round picks from the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts, the Eagles have the potential to make a huge upgrade in talent. However, a move up in the draft order would likely result in parting with at least some of those picks.
Can The Philadelphia Eagles Win With Malik Willis At QB?
If the Philadelphia Eagles do target Malik Willis in the 2022 NFL Draft, one has to wonder how far they’ll be able to go with him. Willis is certainly more dynamic than Jalen Hurts. However, will the Eagles be able to put talent around him?
I’ve had the Eagles using one of their first round draft picks on a wide receiver. Treylon Burks or Chris Olave would make sense for the franchise. However, if they have to trade up for Malik Willis, those picks are likely to be packaged in a trade.
If Philadelphia can put together a pick or two, along with a player, then they’ll still be able to address a need in the first round. The organization will need to look at defensive back, linebacker, as well as an edge rusher.
Needless to say, if the Eagles do have legitimate interest in moving up in the NFL Draft for Malik Willis, they’ll have to accept that some needs won’t be addressed this offseason.