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, 12th overall: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Trading down from No. 6 overall made one thing clear, Jalen Hurts will be the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2021. This is what team owner Jeffrey Lurie wants and he’s going to get it. With that in mind, Philadelphia’s early picks in the NFL Draft must be dedicated to building a stronger supporting cast around the second-year quarterback.
Jaylen Waddle is a top-10 prospect in this draft class, better than teammate and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. While it might be a bit of a stretch to compare him to Tyreek Hill, Waddle might be the closest thing another NFL team can find. His skills stretching the field and creating separation from defensive backs are unmatched. Jalen Reagor is a nice deep threat, but Waddle is the type of player that defenses must put a safety over the top on for most of the game.
The best part of this, Philadelphia easily could have taken him with the No. 6 overall pick. Moving down six spots and acquiring a 2022 first-round selection is pure brilliance and maybe a sign that this front office can make good decisions.
Second round, 37th overall: Pat Freirmuth, TE, Penn State
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. 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.
Third round, 84th overall: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
After a phenomenal 2018 season, many believed Adebo would eventually become a top-10 pick. He then struggled in 2019 before suffering a season-ending injury, making the 2020 season a crucial year for him to prove himself. Instead, he opted out due to COVID-19 and began preparation for the 2021 NFL Draft.
There’s so much to like about Adebo. 6-foot-1 cornerbacks who can run a sub-4.5 40-yard dash and post a 36.5-inch vertical jump catch the eyes of NFL scouts. The combination of size, length and intelligence are the ingredients for an excellent cover weapon in the NFL. He needs NFL coaching and there’s a risk we never see the player from 2018 again, but Adebo could develop into a solid No. 2 cornerback for the Eagles.
Third round, 89th overall*: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
- Philadelphia Eagles mock draft trade: Cleveland Browns trade 89th and 91st overall picks for 70th and 123rd overall selections.
It’s not often you see a quarterback convert to linebacker, but that’s just another element of Surratt’s unique story. It took him plenty of time to learn the position and he would likely admit there are still a ton of growing pains ahead. But teams like projects with extreme upside and Surratt offers that on Day 2.
A 6-foot-2 linebacker with great athleticism, length and football IQ, the tools are all there. He also showed tremendous growth at North Carolina in such a short time and there’s no reason to think he can’t make an even bigger leap with NFL coaching. The Eagles aren’t going to be contenders in 2021, so Surratt’s development timeline fits nicely into the team’s window.
Third round, 91st overall*: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
Versatility can be crucial for a defensive back and that’s one skill Nasirildeen proudly carries on his resume. Hie is a gigantic safety at 6-foot-4, but the Florida State Seminoles used him everywhere when he was healthy. He is already a disciplined tackler, with Pro Football Focus crediting him with only 22 misses on 233 attempts. Nasirildeen will spend most of his time in the NFL as a box safety, but he’s capable of dropping back in coverage when needed. He’d be a nice chess piece for Jonathan Gannon’s defense.
Philadelphia Eagles mock draft: Day 3 targets in 2021 NFL Draft
- Fifth round, 150th overall: Tommy Kramer, iOL, Notre Dame
- Sixth round, 189th overall: Khyiris Tonga, iDL, BYU
- Sixth round, 224th overall: Josh Ball, OT, Marshall
- Sixth round, 225th overall: Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas
- Seventh round, 234th overall: Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE, Florida State
- Seventh round, 240th overall: Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State
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