ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted that Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave will visit the Philadelphia Eagles.
That update might dictate the team’s strategy in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
If they select Olave early, the Eagles will only be the second team to achieve a specific feat in recent NFL history.
If the Eagles do wind up using a first round pick on a WR, it would be the third straight year that they have done so (Jalen Reagor, DeVonta Smith).
Philly would become just the second team in the common draft era to ever do this, joining the Lions from 2003-2005. https://t.co/Hc0Qrtb4kQ
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 14, 2022
ESPN reporter Field Yates pointed out that the Eagles might draft a wide receiver for the third straight year if they get Olave.
They acquired Jalen Reagor with the 21st overall selection in the 2020 draft.
Unfortunately, he has been a considerable disappointment, finishing with only 299 yards and two touchdowns last season despite playing all 17 games.
His rookie campaign wasn’t much better, with 396 yards and a touchdown.
Reagor’s underperformance led the Eagles to get DeVonta Smith with the 10th overall pick in the 2021 draft.
Finally, the team might have found their primary receiver after Smith had 916 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie year.
The 2022 NFL Draft will feature a deep wide receiver pool, and the Eagles might get their share in Olave.
Will Philadelphia Trade Up To Draft Olave?
The Eagles own the 15th and the 18th pick in round one of the 2022 draft.
However, those positions might be too late to land Olave, one of the top wideout prospects.
The New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons have earlier selections, and they might consider getting a wide receiver.
Therefore, general manager Howie Roseman will get a feel of where those teams might be leaning.
Their strategy will dictate whether the Eagles have the confidence to land Olave at 15.
Otherwise, they might use their remaining first-round pick to trade up and ensure that they will land the former Buckeye.