Keeping an eye on the Colts and Dolphins.
The Philadelphia Eagles will potentially own three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Two picks are for certain: their own and the Miami Dolphins’ selection. The pick they’re owed from the Indianapolis Colts, however, is a conditional second-round pick that can be elevated to a first if Carson Wentz either 1) plays at least 75% of the snaps OR 2) he plays 70% AND makes the playoffs. We’re going to keep track of all of three of these picks on a weekly basis here at BGN.
WEEK 1: The Carson Wentz era in Indy isn’t off to a great start. The Colts lost their opening game to the Seattle Seahawks, 28 to 16. There’s already a lot of excuse-making going around that Wentz didn’t have enough time to throw the ball. Which is weird because all we heard is how Wentz is going to absolutely thrive behind the Colts’ offensive line. And it’s not like Wentz was getting the ball out quick; he had the fifth slowest time-to-throw in Week 1 according to NFL Next Gen Stats. But, whatever. The important part is that Wentz played all 76 of the Colts’ offensive snaps, starting him out at 100%. This means the Colts currently owe their first-round pick to the Eagles. The pick is currently at No. 9 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft order, per Tankathon. More losses might only be on the way for the Colts with the next seven games coming up: vs. LAR, at TEN, at MIA, at BAL, vs. HOU, at SF, vs. TEN. How many do they win in that stretch?
WEEK 1: The Dolphins narrowly defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday, 17 to 16. That’s annoying. Miami is currently the only team in the AFC East to win with the Buffalo Bills suffering a home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets losing to the Carolina Panthers. The Jets are likely going to finish last in their division but the Pats and/or Bills have a chance to finish ahead of the Dolphins. The Eagles will hope that happens to keep Miami’s pick as low as possible. It’s currently at No. 20 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft order, per Tankathon.
WEEK 1: The 1-0 Eagles are currently at No. 23 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft order, per Tankathon. We all know that’s inaccurate, though, since they’ll obviously be picking at No. 32 after going 20-0 en route to another Super Bowl win.