Updated: April 26, 12:10 PM EST
As the 2021 NFL Draft draws closer, it’s time for a Philadelphia Eagles mock draft to project out just how general manager Howie Roseman could begin to reshape this roster so it becomes competitive in the near future.
It’s certainly been a wild offseason in Philadelphia. The Eagles fired Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson, traded away star quarterback Carson Wentz and stunningly moved down from the No. 6 overall pick. With so many moving parts and plenty of roster turnover, it becomes even more crucial to really nail the upcoming NFL Draft.
Fans have plenty of reason to question whether Roseman is the man for the job. After all, this is the same general manager who has drafted one Pro Bowl player since 2013 and went after one of the team’s stars in 2018. But let’s try and take a positive approach with hope for the future.
With the help of The Draft Network’s simulator, let’s dive into our Eagles mock draft.
Philadelphia Eagles mock draft: Rebuilding on both sides of the ball
1st round, 8th overall*: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
- Philadelphia Eagles mock draft trade: Carolina Panthers trade 8th overall pick to Eagles for 12th pick, 84th pick
We know Roseman loves to move around the draft board and recent NFL Draft rumors hint we might see a draft-day trade. If the Eagles are going to move up for a player, the smart money is either on a cornerback or quarterback. With Justin Fields off the board, this is an opportunity to snipe the Dallas Cowboys.
Standing at 6-foot-2, there’s so much to like about the Alabama cornerback. He was a technical savant in college, routinely shutting down opposing wide receivers. When quarterbacks threw his way the past two years, they had a passer rating under 70 (PFF). He’s got NFL bloodlines, is comfortable in press coverage and has all the tools to become a perennial Pro Bowl cornerback. Put him on the opposite side of Darius Slay, this secondary will look vastly improved.
Second round, 37th overall: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
The Eagles must find more weapons for Jalen Hurts, even if they aren’t sold on him as the long-term quarterback. Fans rightfully roasted the front office for passing on an outstanding LSU receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft. Don’t expect history to repeat itself this year.
Terrace Marshall Jr. has had multiple conversations with the Eagles and we can’t blame them for the strong interest. 6-foot-3 receivers who can run a 4.38 40-yard dash, offer a massive catch radius and excel at creating separation get drafted highly. Marshall should be a first-round pick, but there are some medical concerns. While those factors, plus his focus drops, are red flags, the talent is too hard to pass on at this spot. Put him on the field with Jalen Reagor and Travis Fulgham, you’ll see good things happen.
Second round, 49th overall: Pat Freirmuth, TE, Penn State
- Philadelphia Eagles mock draft trade: Arizona Cardinals send 49th pick to Philadelphia for 70th pick, 189th pick, Zach Ertz
Pat Freiermuth isn’t “Baby Gronk” and he doesn’t even belong in the same stratosphere as Kyle Pitts. With those facts acknowledged, he is going to be a very good player at the next level. At 6-foot-5, he can be a true weapon in the passing game and is a nightmare for safeties to bring down. As for matchups against linebackers, they don’t necessarily have the coverage ability to follow him closely.
We know Nick Sirianni loves using two tight ends, finding ways to maximize their skills. We also know a Zach Ertz trade is coming and Arizona might like him in a trade down. Freiermuth is a quality blocker, for a tight end coming out of college, with the size and work ethic to get even better in that area. In this scheme, he and Dallas Goedert can become the perfect duo. Together, they’ll make life a lot easier for Hurts.
Philadelphia Eagles mock draft: Day 3 targets in 2021 NFL Draft
In Day 3 of our mock draft, Philadelphia traded the 123rd pick and its sixth-round selections (224, 225) to the New England Patriots for the 122nd and 188th overall picks.
- Fourth round, 122nd overall: James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati
- Fifth round, 150th overall: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
- Sixth round, 188th overall: Adrian Ealy, OT, Oklahoma
- Seventh round, 234th overall: Grant Stuard, LB, Houston
- Seventh round, 240th overall: K.J. Costello, QB, Mississippi State
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