Bird or Bust? Questions the Philadelphia Eagles Should Be Asking Prospects At the NFL Combine

Written By Katie Kohler on February 28, 2022 - Last Updated on March 1, 2022
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft

The 2022 NFL Scouting Combine starts on March 2 with interviews, medical exams, and drills as college prospects showcase their talents ahead of the NFL Draft.

Yes, you can bet on the NFL Draft Combine. Sports betting apps in some states will have props on any of the drills like who will run the fastest 40-yard-dash or have the highest vertical leap.

But the NFL combine is filled with plenty of intrigue.

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a 9-8 season and first-round playoff exit. They have three picks in the first round of the NFL Draft and after some big draft busts like Jalen Reagor and JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Eagles fans developed some major Draft Day trust issues. Also, the behavior of some Eagles and other Philadelphia athletes has led some to wonder if perhaps more pre-draft sleuthing could have discovered issues. So, might we suggest the addition of a few questions.

Philadelphia Eagles scouting combine exam

How much effort will you give every play?

A. Depends on how I’m feeling that day

B. 100%

C. 110%

D. Every bit of what I have, every day, for the fans.

Who is Rocky?

A. A statue

B. The guy who ran up the steps

C. A$AP Rocky is a rapper and record producer.

D. Rocky Balboa is the best southpaw fighter ever and ended the Cold War.

Would you date a Kardashian?

A. No

B. Only in the offseason

C. Yes

D. Anyone but Kim because I don’t want beef with Kanye

What does Jawn mean?

A. A variation of a go-route

B. Gritty’s brother

C. It can refer to any, person, place or thing

(Question for wide receivers only) If you are drafted by the Eagles, during an NFL game, will you be able to perform the main duties as assigned, which, in this instance, is catching a football?

A. Yes

B. Probably

C. Yes, but if I drop some passes and fans troll me too much on social media then this answer changes to no

D. If there is someone even comparable to DK Metcalf or Justin Jefferson on the board, please take them instead of me

What type of cheese would you get on a cheesesteak?

A. Cheese on a steak? Gross. I like mine medium-well. Maybe some A-1 on it

B. Swiss

C. Wiz

You’ve been in Philly a few months. What’s your favorite cheesesteak?

A. I’ve been to a few good places. The cheesesteak gets a lot of love but I gotta say, the roast pork sandwiches are great, too.

B. Why do you guys keep talking about this sandwich? Who cares?

C.  Geno’s

D. Angelo’s in South Philly

You’re playing great and suffer a season-ending injury. Your backup comes in and leads the team to the Championship, winning the MVP. He also has a nickname that makes reference to his sexual prowess. But don’t fret, a few months later you sign a four-year, $128 million contract extension.

A. Rehab like crazy to get back to the level you were and even better. The coach says “this is the new norm” and the culture of winning is here.

B. Sulk and go duck hunting

C. Come back and play poorly. Refuse to talk to the media, act selfish

Week 6 of the regular season. You have not been playing up to your potential. It’s lunch at a mid-week practice, you…

A. Take lunch to-go and head to the film room

B. Have it in the cafeteria with your usual group of guys

C. Eat lunch alone in your car the rest of the season.

You have a long, successful career as a Philadelphia Eagle. You are either traded so you can pursue a chance for a Super Bowl with another team or retire. What do you do upon leaving Philadelphia?

A. Nothing. On to the next

B. Send a long Tweet about your career never once mentioning Philadelphia or the Eagles

C. Call a press conference. Show emotion and cry real tears

D. Take out a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer and get a billboard outside Lincoln Financial field thanking the fans

NFL Combine Betting Odds

Here are the current 2022 NFL Combine betting markets at DraftKings

40-yard dash odds

  • Anyone to break 40 yard dash time combine record: Slower than 4.22 seconds -800/Faster than 4.22 seconds +450
  • Fastest 40-yard dash time: Faster than 4.29 seconds -130/slower than 4.29 seconds +100

20-yard shuttle

  • Faster than 3.88 seconds -115/slower than 3.88 seconds -115

Broad jump

  • Longest broad jump: shorter than 11’5” -115/longer than 11’5”

Bench press

  • Most bench press reps: Over 39.5 -120/Under 39.5 -110

Vertical jump

  • Highest vertical jump: Lower than 43.5 inches -115/Higher than 43.5 inches -115

2022 Eagles Draft Picks

Round 1
  • No. 15 (from Miami)
  • No. 16 (from Indianapolis)
  • No. 19 (Eagles own pick)
The Eagles also have picks in rounds 2, 3 and 4. They have three picks in Round 5 and one pick in Round 6.

2022 NFL Draft Betting

Las Vegas hosts the 2022 NFL Draft. Round 1 is on April 28 at 8 p.m. Rounds 2-3 on April 29. The NFL Draft ends (rounds 4-7) on April 30.

Betting on the NFL Draft is not permitted in Pennsylvania. However, sportsbooks in other states like New Jersey do offer NFL Draft wagering.

The favorite for the top pick in the 2022 Draft has changed. On Jan. 24 at DraftKings Sportsbook, Michigan defensive end Aiden Hutchinson: (+160) was the favorite. Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal went from +250 to -150 and now sits atop the board.

Odds to be the first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft

(as of Feb. 28 at DraftKings)

  • Evan Neal -150
  • Aiden Hutchinson +200
  • Ikem Ekwonu +700
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux +1000
  • Malik Willis +3500
  • Charles Cross +3500
  • Kenny Pickett +5000
  • Kyle Hamilton +7500
  • Derek Stingley Jr. +10000
  • Full odds listed on app

Other ways to bet on the Eagles are available now at sportsbooks. The NFL Draft (picks 2, 3, 4, etc…), number of quarterbacks selected in first rounds, and more betting markets will be added as the draft approaches.

FanDuel New Jersey Sportsbook recently added “Which Quarterback will Be Selected First” prop. Much offseason speculation has been around whether the Eagles will draft or acquire a quarterback to compete with or replace Jalen Hurts.

First quarterback picked in the 2022 NFL Draft odds:

  • Kenny Pickett +120
  • Malik Willis +150
  • Matt Corrall +1000
  • Desmond Ridder +3000
  • Carson Strong +8000

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania. Katie especially enjoys creating unique content and on-the-ground reporting in PA. She is focused on creating valuable, timely content about casinos and sports betting for readers. Katie has covered the legal Pennsylvania gambling industry for Catena Media since 2019.

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