With the 51st pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Eagles selected Nebraska center Cam Jurgens.
"You know I'm so excited being able to play in the NFL at the highest level. Just being an Eagle is insane. This was my favorite team all along and being able to end up there is just a dream come true," Jurgens said. "Getting to learn from (Jason) Kelce and Lane Johnson and all those guys along the line. I don't know if there's a better spot for a lineman to land than in Philly learning from Coach (Jeff) Stoutland.
"I felt like it's a really great system that fits what I do and getting to learn from Kelce. That's a dude I watched and a guy I want to emulate and be like."
Here are five things you need to know about the newest Eagle:
1. A former tight end who has been praised for his grittiness, Jurgens transitioned to center in his first year at Nebraska. Though he'd never snapped the ball prior to his freshman season, the 6-foot-2, 303-pound lineman developed into a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers, earning Third-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2021.
"Our O-line coach and Head Coach Scott Frost brought it up, 'Hey, we want you at center.' And my initial reaction was, 'Oh holy crap, I don't know if I can gain that weight,'" Jurgens said. "Once I made that switch, I put on a lot of weight really fast. ... It took a little bit to harness everything, but I absolutely love the switch. Within a day of being with the O-line I was like why was I ever a tight end."
2. From Beatrice, Nebraska, Jurgens was a two-time First-Team All-State selection at Beatrice High, where he was used as a tight end, linebacker, and punter. Ranked as the No. 7 tight end in the 2018 class and the No. 1 recruit in the state, he committed to Nebraska under Mike Riley, but stuck with the program after meeting with new Head Coach Scott Frost.
3. From a highly competitive and athletic family, Jurgens' mother Beth was a seven-time National Champion in the discus and shot put at Nebraska-Kearney, while his older brother, Colby, played football at the school. A three-sport athlete himself, Jurgens lettered in football, basketball, and track and field at Beatrice High. Coached by his mother, he won seven state titles (4 in the discus, 3 in the shot put). Jurgens also joined the Nebraska track team for the 2020 indoor season, competing in shot put.
"Track is something I grew up doing. I was only able to do a couple meets at Nebraska because COVID hit and they canceled outdoor season." The player recalled how his football teammates and coaches came to support him at his first indoor meet. Jokingly comparing it to the Super Bowl, he said, "It was probably the rowdiest track meet you've ever seen."
4. A nutrition and health sciences major, Jurgens has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll five times and twice been selected to the Academic All-Big Ten Team. Active in the community, he's also been honored as part of both the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams. Praising his volunteer work, Scott Frost called Jurgens "an unbelievable kid and a great representative of this community."
5. Nicknamed "Beef Jurgy," Jurgens launched his own clothing line of the same name. Asked about the brand, the 22-year-old said, "Big beef guy, I like jerky, it all rhymes."
"For the Philadelphia Eagles, for us, having elite play at the center position, it's important. We felt like this guy, he was different than the centers who have come out the last couple of years. We think he has a chance to be really, really good. Getting to learn from the best ever (in Jason Kelce), we thought was a way for him to be even better." – Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman
"I think with Cam Jurgens, his athletic ability, the explosiveness, the range, and mentality he played with. Then we got to know him and got to know the person and the leadership and the presence he had and the fit, it was a comfort level with all of that. But you see it. You see it on tape and get out and lead and run and work on the second level and displace people at the line of scrimmage in run blocking, and just the mentality and the finish and all those things that we like that our offensive linemen do, we saw in Cam." – Vice President of Player Personnel Andy Weidl