The series “32 NFL Mock Drafts in 32 Days” continues with the Philadelphia Eagles NFL mock draft. The franchise hit the killswitch on starting QB Carson Wentz and packed him up to the Indianapolis Colts for a 3rd-round pick. If Jalen Hurts is indeed their future plan, they need to do a minor rebuild and freshen up this roster. Other than the Wentz trade and moving from sixth to 12th in the draft to an extra first-round pick next year, the Eagles have had a rather quiet free agency. With the NFC East still up for the taking, Philadelphia has to take advantage of 11 draft picks since they currently sit $20 million over the cap.
Jalen Hurts can be a dynamic and exciting QB but the offense around him is average at best. Sure, Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward sort of had breakout seasons, but there’s no telling if they can keep that up. Jalen Reagor had a great rookie year but he’s not a WR1 just yet. Zach Ertz could easily be shipped away as well for the right price and Dallas Goedert shouldn’t pump up the fans.
The Eagles lost the likes of Vinny Curry and Jalen Mills, as well as solid depth at LB. Javon Hargrave, Fletcher Cox, and Brandon Graham are powerful linemen on paper but they need assistance. The defense just isn’t getting enough pressure. Darius Slay was a highlight from 2020 but the team needs to look into bringing in someone to pair with him. Andrew Adams and Anthony Harris were signed during free agency and Harris could still be a great starter.
With 11 total picks at their disposal, the Philadelphia Eagles could quickly revamp their roster and make a fun run at the NFC East title. Their biggest needs revolve around wide receivers, tight ends, and cornerbacks. They could benefit from depth at linebacker, safety, interior offensive line, interior defensive line, and quarterback.
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Mock Draft: Day 1
1.12 | Jaycee Horn | CB | South Carolina
At 6-1 and 205 pounds, Jaycee Horn has the build of the perfect pairing for Darius Slay in the secondary. Horn is physical and disruptive in jump-ball scenarios. He should have no issues covering WR2-caliber players and even some WR1. There are some minor concerns but they are coachable and can be trained in honing his talents. He’s not the most solid CB in tackling and can get tricked on routes sometimes in guessing, but Horn is still a Top-15 prospect and should still fall to pick 12.
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Mock Draft: Day 2
2.37 | Terrace Marshall Jr | WR | LSU
I am going against popular opinion with the Eagles going WR with their first pick. That would mean the team has taken one in the first round for a second straight year. Terrace Marshall was kind of overshadowed with the Tigers behind Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase but proved himself as a starter. He can line up as slot or outside and looks like an overall excellent WR who checks all the boxes but one: blocking. His blocking wasn’t terrible but it was sloppy more times than I would care to see from a potential WR1. The versatility with Marshall still allows Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham time on the field, should they warrant playing time.
3.70 | Nick Bolton | LB | Missouri
TJ Edwards is a fine linebacker, but he’s no Nick Bolton. Bolton brings explosiveness and the ability to cut between the offensive line for bone-rattling tackles for loss. The Eagles can land their future leader of the defense here. As a linebacker, he can take down the likes of Derrick Henry in the backfield one play and then cover a TE or even WR across the middle with excellent zone coverage ability. He wouldn’t have to be a three-down starter as a rookie and can take a year or two to get used to the NFL and work on getting his decision-making more precise.
3.84 | Kenneth Gainwell | RB | Memphis
You just can’t pass on Kenneth Gainwell if he’s still here in the third round. The Eagles need an RB who they can rely on heavily in the passing game and Gainwell can be that target. He had 51 catches for 610 yards as a redshirt freshman back in 2019.
With only one season as a starting RB behind him, Gainwell likely won’t be tested as an RB1 but there’s potential in him to eventually be a featured guy. Until then, he can stack up stats as a backfield receiver while Miles Sanders and Boston Scott do more of the running.
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Mock Draft: Day 3
4.123 | Tony Poljan | TE | Virginia
A former QB at Central Michigan, Tony Poljan is an old-school TE. He’s got the prototype frame and size to get down in the trenches as a blocker and can also be a reliable target across the middle. The downside with him is that he’s not a crisp athlete and won’t gain much after the catch. You won’t target him down the field but can easily be your guy in converting a 3rd down or getting into field goal range.
5.150 | Brady Christensen | OL | BYU
At LT, Brady Christensen could get overpowered by NFL-level edge rushers. As an RT or even guard, he can stand his ground and handle his own. He doesn’t blow you away with his athleticism but is strong, large, and intelligent on the field. His upside is his versatility all over the offensive line and the depth he provides.
6.189 | Ta’Quon Graham | DL | Texas
Ta’Quon Graham isn’t very explosive off the snap but instead powerful and can rip through interior blockers instead of getting around them. He’s more comfortable and reliable with a 3-technique and is a very experienced prospect. Graham is a developmental player who could blossom into a featured rotational piece.
6.224 | Tariq Thompson | S | San Diego State
I mentioned the signings of Anthony Harris and Andrew Adams, but Tariq Thompson can line up against the slot and is too versatile to not give a look at. He can be versatile in the secondary but could find the most success as a nickel player. When needing to jump into the box and tackle, he is more than willing and also productive at it. He won’t have to be a true starter to make an impact.
6.225 | Wyatt Hubert | DE | Kansas State
While Graham was a three-point stance rusher, Wyatt Hubert prefers to stand up. He’s more of a hybrid 3-4 OLB who is aggressive coming off the edge. His size could be a lingering issue in the NFL, but he could rotate in as a pass rusher on crucial plays.
7.234 | Riley Cole | LB | South Alabama
Riley Cole isn’t the best athlete in the draft but would thrive the best as a backup SAM linebacker. Injuries have hampered him in the past and could end up being either a mere special teams contributor or at the very least a depth player at LB.
7.240 | Brady White | QB | Memphis
Brady White enters the NFL as an intriguing prospect. He led one of Memphis’s best offenses in school history but did it as a below-average overall QB. He lacks ideal arm strength, decision-making, and mobility. He’s already 25 and could ideally be compared to Brandon Weeden. He will be a field general who can lead the ball down the field if needed, but it won’t be flashy.
Philadelphia Eagles Mock 2021 NFL Draft Recap
Not every one of their 11 picks will be a hit but the Philadelphia Eagles can improve their locker room greatly. There are not under-the-radar selections that could have major payoffs, such as Tariq Thompson or Tony Poljan. The Eagles basically just need solid depth to improve from last year and win more than 4 games.
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