The Eagles sent picks 15, 124, 162, and 166 to the Texans for pick 13 to select defensive tackle Jordan Davis, a stalwart on Georgia's 2021 National Championship team. Here are five things you need to know about the newest Eagle.
1. A four-year starter, the 6-foot-6, 341-pound Davis totaled 91 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks in his Georgia career, while playing an integral role in the Bulldogs' title run this past season. After the National Championship, he noted his decision to return for his "brothers" had paid dividends, saying, "We knew we had something special."
"We pushed each other to be the best ... to win a National Championship alongside those guys, you're going to carry that forever," Davis said during his post-pick video press conference.
2. From Charlotte, North Carolina, the 22-year-old Davis played AAU basketball growing up. After transferring to Mallard Creek before his sophomore year of high school, his mother encouraged him to try football. While he started his career as an offensive lineman, he moved to nose tackle before his senior season and served as the defensive anchor on a team that came within one game of winning a state championship in 2017.
3. Given his relatively late introduction to the sport, Davis was a three-star recruit out of high school and ranked as the No. 29 defensive tackle in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 15 recruit in the state of North Carolina. He signed with the Bulldogs over North Carolina and N.C. State. Upon transitioning to Georgia, Davis made an immediate impact at nose tackle in a 3-4 base scheme, earning Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-American honors.
4. Though he was projected as an early-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Davis opted to return for his senior season at Georgia. The winner of the 2021 Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the best defensive player in college football, he recorded 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks on his way to First-Team All-SEC and First-Team All-American honors.
5. Though he specialized in keeping opponents out of the end zone, Davis himself made a trip there in a Senior Day win over Charleston Southern in November. The 341-pound lineman, who has been used as an extra blocker in goal-line situations, motioned into the backfield, and took the handoff, powering into the end zone for a 1-yard score.
Check out photos of the Eagles' first-round pick, DT Jordan Davis out of Georgia. The Eagles selected Davis with the 13th overall pick.
What the Eagles said about Davis
"It starts with Jordan. Jordan was a top-10 player on our board. For us, it's O-line, D-line. We wanted the best O-line in the league, and we think we're on our way with the players we have on our roster and hopefully, we continue to add to that. And we want to have the best D-line in the league. The combinations (on the defensive line) we can have with the players on our roster, it's exciting." – Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman
"I think when you see a guy with that type of size, athleticism, explosion, that loves to play the game, he did what they asked him to do in their defense, he fit the bill. He made them strong in the middle of the defense. I mean you saw the lateral quickness. You saw the range. You saw the ability to get down the line of scrimmage and run down running backs and hop on quarterbacks. We think he has it in his body, explosion in his body. We're excited to get him in here and in our program." – Vice President of Player Personnel Andy Weidl