Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Davis is already making a big first impression

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When Jordan Davis does pretty much anything, he’s going to do it big.

Now granted, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Davis is a 6-foot-6, 340-pound mountain of a man who might just be the best pure athlete in the NFL right now, but still, when you’re not used to seeing someone that big, let alone someone that big who moves that well, it’s surprising.

Fortunately, Eagles fans get to be marveled by Davis in midnight green for years to come, instead of having to hear his legend grow in another city; all because Howie Roseman leapfrogged the Baltimore Ravens to draft the collegiate Bulldog 13th overall.

So, on a day where Davis reportedly blew up both Jack Anderson and Cam Jurgens in training camp, why not look at how the big man became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and celebrate his early accomplishments?

 Jordan Davis has come as advertised to the Philadelphia Eagles.

When Jordan Davis’s days at Georgia were officially done, folks more or less assumed he’d go in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Sure, some pointed to his lack of pass-rushing prowess, or the fact that he was more of a two-down player with the Bulldogs instead of a true three-down lineman, but few people are as big as “Heavy D,” and thus some teams would certainly fall in love with his athletic gifts.

…  And then Davis ran a 4.78 at the 2022 NFL draft combine, and suddenly his stock went straight to the moon.

Thrust into the conversation as being one of the best-ever athletes at the nose tackle position, with measurables so good it became virtually impossible to find an exact comp, some started to mock Davis in the top-10, with 3-4 teams becoming obvious destinations for the big guy.

And yet, one team that always stayed in the fray was the Philadelphia Eagles, who brought Davis to the Nova Care Center for a private workout, talked to him at the combine, and were consistently a team mentioned as one of his potential suitors by people in the know. When David slipped out of the top-10 and was available at pick 13, one before the Baltimore Ravens made their draft pick, general manager Howie Roseman leap-frogged his neighbors down I-95 to steal away the perfect nose tackle for their scheme for the low, low price of four draft picks (15, 124, 162, and 166) sent to the Houston Texans.

Suddenly, “Davis Mania” swept the Delaware Valley; folks purchased his jersey, followed him on social media, and opined over whether or not his addition would facilitate a defensive philosophy change from a 4-3 to a 3-4 due to Davis’ generational talents at the nose tackle spot. His impact was felt both in practice and in the general fanbase, and excitement is now sky high to see just how good number 90 can be.

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Will Jordan Davis transcend his status as a mid-first-round pick and become a foundational building block player for Philadelphia Eagles? Only time will tell, but the last time they traded up for a defensive tackle in the first round, it turned out pretty good, so I, for one, am very excited to see Davis follow in Fletcher Cox’s shoes, especially since there’s some overlap between the two players.