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NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Early look at Eagles options


The #Eagles’ position in the first round of the 2021 NFL #Draft has yet to be determined. #What we do know is that they can pick as high as #No. 3, as low as #No. 10, and quite possibly somewhere between. #All depends on what happens with their #Week 17 game against the #Washington #Football #Team and if the #Birds can get some help (or not) elsewhere.

#While we must wait to see exactly where the #Eagles will pick, it’s not too early to get an initial look at their potential options (as if you haven’t already been looking at draft prospects throughout the season). #And so here’s a mock draft roundup to pass the time.

#That’s right, #Smith is the first wideout off the board. #He isn’t our WR1 (yet) but he could end up winning the #Heisman. #More importantly for the #Eagles, he plays much (much much) bigger than his listed 175 pounds (and he’s probably not even that heavy) and because he’s so polished as a player, he’s a #Day 1 contributor in the NFL.

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The #Eagles took a wide receiver in the first round in 2020 (#Jalen #Reagor) but they need a true dominating big-play #No. 1 in the vein of #DeAndre #Hopkins or #Stefon #Diggs. #Smith has picked up from he left off last season to become #Heisman #Trophy-worthy. #He has 98 catches for 1,511 yards and 17 TDs in 11 games this season.

#DeVonta #Smith, WR, #Alabama — #DraftTek (#Broz)

#After 15 games, the #Eagles have finally been eliminated from contention for the NFC #East crown. The fact that it took 15 weeks for a four-win-team to be eliminated from playoff contention speaks to just how bad this division is this year, possibly the worst in NFL history. The #Eagles have gotten some good looks at some young players these last few games, notably QB #Jalen #Hurts. #Hurts has been good enough to show that he at least deserves to play in this league. #On the field with uniform and helmet on, #Hurts looks, moves, throws, and runs very similarly to #Dak #Prescott. #Whether or not #Hurts can reach #Prescott’s level over the course of multiple seasons remains to be seen. #With just one game left in this horrid season, the #Eagles have but ONE task they need to accomplish: don’t blow it and win this last game. #If the #Eagles win, their draft position will plummet, probably down to the area where they’ll need to be satisfied with drafting the second- or third-best corner. #Now, the #Eagles DO need corners (along with everything else); however, if they lose this last game, they could potentially be picking as high as third. #This is important, because if BYU’s #Zach #Wilson’s stock keeps rising, picking third could put the #Eagles in position to receive one of those sweetheart QB trade deals that can turn a franchise around much quicker than it would normally take. #This scenario is really the best thing any #Eagles fan could hope for at this point. #At this point in time, the QB hype isn’t at full steam, and as trades aren’t allowed here, the #Eagles will have to stick-and-pick in this week’s CMD. #In the 22 years that the AP has been giving out the #Player #Of The #Year #Award, no wide receiver has ever won it…until ‘Bama’s #DeVonta #Smith did it this year. #Smith tallied 98 receptions, 1511 YDS, and 18 TDs in 2020, and displayed the kind of skill that have some wondering whether he might edge out #Jamarr #Chase for the first WR drafted.

The #Eagles have needs all over the place, from OL to LB to DB. #Allowing 500+ yards in #Weeks 15 and 16 to #Kyler #Murray and #Andy #Dalton has the arrow pointing to cornerback here, but it could be a long offseason in #Philadelphia – and it’s too early to tell who is safe, starting with the #Doug #Pederson and #Carson #Wentz. #Chase is a big-time talent who would become WR1 in #Philly very quickly.

The #Eagles are somewhat screwed at the quarterback position. #Even if they draft as high as sixth in the 2021 NFL #Draft, it’s likely the top three quarterback prospects (#Lawrence, #Wilson, #Fields) are already off the board. They’re also still tied to veteran #Carson #Wentz’s monster contract unless they can find a trade suitor in the offseason. #And while rookie #Jalen #Hurts has shown flashes of competence as the team’s starter, he’s still one of the lowest-graded quarterbacks over the past three weeks (#Weeks 14-16) and largely a project at the position. #Hurts and #Wentz will likely duke it out in camp to compete for the starting nod just to play for an offense that lacks depth and high-end talent across the board. #Targeting one of the best non-quarterbacks in the draft at higher positional value than off-ball linebacker (sorry #Micah #Parsons stans) at #No. 6 overall makes the most sense for #Philly. #Waddle is arguably a better receiver prospect than #Henry #Ruggs III was coming out of #Alabama in 2020. #An explosive, dynamic athlete, #Waddle ranks inside the top five in yards per route run (3.64) and yards after the catch per reception (11.5) over the past two seasons.

#Pitts is so much of a matchup nightmare he may go in the top 10, and getting #Jalen #Hurts a towering, pass-catching specialist at tight end would be a smart idea.

#He opted out of the 2020 season, but the ball-hawking #Hokie is still the most talented option available at this position. #It’s just a matter of how long it will take him to get back to game-ready in 2021, but #Farley can do everything you need from a shutdown corner. #He’s got coverage skills and can stay step-for-step with X’s and Z’s in both man or zone schemes.

#This young man is as solid as they come. #Surtain is mature beyond his years technically. #His physicality at the line mixes brutality and control, and his ability to get and remain in phase is impressive. There is little question that he will be a pro for a long time. #He isn’t the high-end prospect guys like #Jeffrey #Okudah or #Denzel #Ward were, but #Surtain going inside the top 10 in a class devoid of blue-chip talent is still a win.

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#If the #Eagles end up committing to #Jalen #Hurts this offseason, his athleticism and mobility can help gloss over some of the offensive line issues in #Philadelphia. #With the #Bengals jumping them to ensure landing #Sewell, #Philadelphia can shift their focus elsewhere. #And the #Eagles would benefit in this case from avoiding the offensive arms race and nailing down arguably the best defensive prospect eligible for the 2021 NFL #Draft. #Philadelphia’s linebacking group is in sorry shape—and the sell of #Micah #Parsons as a local prospect to step into the middle of the #Eagles’ defense and thrive behind a strong #Philadelphia defensive line should be an easy one.

WR #DeVonta #Smith – 3
WR #Ja’#Marr #Chase – 1
WR #Jaylen #Waddle – 1
TE #Kyle #Pitts – 1
CB #Caleb #Farley – 1
CB #Patrick #Surtain II – 1
LB #Micah #Parsons – 1

WR – 5
CB – 2
TE – 1
LB – 1

#Offense – 6
#Defense – 3

  • #This is admittedly a very basic take but the #Eagles should focus on finding a total star, almost regardless of position. They can’t get so caught up in “fit” and “need” like they did when they selected #Jalen #Reagor last year. They must do their best to add an elite-level talent to their lacking roster.
  • BGN’s #Ben #Natan recently wrote an in-depth profile on #Smith. #Hard not to like a prospect who’s putting up big-time production in the SEC (well, it is for #Howie #Roseman since he passed on #Justin #Jefferson) and the first college wide receiver to ever win AP #Player of the #Year. #It could be nice for the #Eagles to finally have an actually good receiver.
  • #My sense is that #Chase is the most popular option among #Eagles fans. #But they’re probably going to need to get higher than their current spot at #No. 6 overall in order to land him. #So he might be a pipe dream. BGN’s #Ben #Natan also recently wrote about him.
  • #Wonder if the #Eagles might think #Waddle is redundant with what #Reagor could be. #But if I were them, I wouldn’t let #Reagor prevent me from drafting someone to potentially replace him.
  • I get that #Pitts is pretty dynamic for a “tight end” but come on.
  • The #Eagles certainly need an answer at cornerback across from #Darius #Slay. I don’t love trying to find the solution so high in the draft because that resources would be better dedicated to improving the offense. #If the guy is a total shutdown stud, then we can talk.
  • #Unless there’s a massive regime change, just can’t see a linebacker being the #Eagles’ first-round pick.
  • #Who do you want the #Eagles to draft?



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