2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Philadelphia Eagles draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Philadelphia Eagles 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– There’s nothing flakier than taking a wide receiver early, but Philadelphia desperately needed one, and it got the Heisman winner at the ten after Cincinnati grabbed Ja’Marr Chase and Miami took Jaylen Waddle. If you can get this guy as the third receiver off the board, the pressure is off – that’s the rare value pick for the top ten.
– It’s hard to not like the draft from the college perspective. The Eagles got a whole slew of motor guys who’ll bust their tails and just know how to play football well, but there are a few too many try hard types as opposed to a slew of freakish talents. You know when people say, “I wouldn’t want a whole team of that guy, but I’m glad we have him …”? They got a lot of those guys.
– There were a ton of talented guards and centers on the board after the first round, and the Eagles took Landon Dickerson. The Alabama national championship leader is coming off a torn ACL and probably won’t be ready to do much this year. That’s a huge call at the 37 considering the O linemen flew off the board right after that.
Best Value Pick: RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, 5th road, 150th overall
Biggest Reach: C/OG Landon Dickerson, Alabama, 2nd round, 37th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: DE Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina, 6th round, 191st overall
Philadelphia Eagles 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (10) WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
2 (37) OG/C Landon Dickerson, Alabama
3 (73) DE Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
4 (123) CB Zech McPhearson, Texas Tech
5 (150) RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
6 (189) DT Marlon Tuipulotu, USC
6 (191) DE Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina
6 (224) S JaCoby Stevens, LSU
7 (234) LB Patrick Johnson, Tulane
Philadelphia Eagles 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
Okay, so here we go with the Jalen Hurts experience. He was an interesting pick in the second round last year, and now he’s the man after the Eagles were able to launch Carson Wentz and his deal – for the most part. The problem was the rest of the 2020 draft – there weren’t any obvious difference-makers among the ten picks unless WR Jalen Reagor plays up to his first round talent. That means …
The Eagles have to give Hurts some help. It would be nice if Reagor did more than make 31 catches for 396 yards and a score, and he might still be a factor, but at the 12 it’ll be an Alabama wide receiver – either DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle – to keep throwing prospects at the problem.
The defense needs help, too. Grabbing a corner might not be as much fun as getting a receiver, but the value is there at the 12 to get a decent one and several should be available at the 37. Overall, the team simply needs more playmakers – expect that to be at receiver.
Philadelphia Eagles 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
2 QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
3 LB Davion Taylor, Colorado
4 S K’Von Wallace, LSU
4 OG Jack Driscoll, Auburn
5 WR John Hightower, Boise State
6 LB Shaun Bradley, Temple
6 WR Quez Watkins, Southern Miss
6 OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
7 DE Casey Toohill, Stanford
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