Eagles Mock Draft 4.0: Big Trade Down Edition

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The Eagles draft looks a lot different after a major trade on Friday, as the team moved down from No. 6 to No. 12, and then jumped up 33 spots from the 5th-round to the 4th-round. As a result of the trade the Eagles will have an extra first-round pick in 2022, but it changes the outlook of the 2021 draft in a big way.

Unless they trade back up, or something crazy happens on draft night, the chances of them getting LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase or Florida’s Kyle Pitts are now gone. The chance of them taking a quarterback are pretty slim as well.

So who will they be taking?

Here is a full seven-round mock draft:

Note: I used the ProFootballNetwork.com Mock Draft simulator to see which players could be on the board when the Eagles go on the clock.

Round 1, Pick 12: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama  
Waddle might have been the top receiver taken in this year’s draft if he didn’t suffer a broken ankle at the beginning of the season. He might have been the top receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft if he was in the draft. So while there is some risk in taking him off of a season ruined with injury, there is also an argument to be made that the team is getting great value with him at No. 12 overall.

At his best, Waddle is a receiver that can stretch the field like Henry Ruggs but also polished like Jerry Jeudy. He doesn’t have great size at 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, but many felt he was the best receiver on a team with Jeudy, Ruggs and DeVonta Smith, so it is hard to get too worked up about his lack of size.

The Eagles could go defense here, with Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons an option, or offensive tackle if Rashawn Slater falls to them. Waddle, however, feels like the perfect mixture of value, need and upside at No. 12 — plus it might remove the sting of passing on Chase at No. 6.

Round 2, Pick 37: Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami
Phillips, 6-foot-5, 226 pounds, has the body type the Eagles look for in a defensive end and put the kind of numbers last season that will catch their attention. Phillips finished with eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss in 10 games, outstanding for a player that was not a full-time starter until last season. The Eagles value the lines too much to go their first two picks without taking a linemen, and Phillips protects them from the possibility that Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham are all gone in 2022. Phillips would have to fall to them at No. 37.

Round 3, Pick 70: Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
The Eagles are in desperate need of a playmaking linebacker to pair with T.J. Edwards, but as we have seen in the past, Howie Roseman doesn’t seem to value the position very much. Still, the need is there, and Werner could be the three-down linebacker they need. Werner, 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, finished with an impressive 54 tackles, one sack, 5.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles last season in eight games. A four-year starter, Werner should be able to play right away, unlike last year’s third-round pick at linebacker, Davion Taylor.

Round 3, Pick 84: Walker Little, OT, Stanford:
Like Waddle, Little is a player that wouldn’t be on the board here if it wasn’t for injuries, plus a decision to opt-out of the 2020 season. In fact, had a healthy Little played last season, there is a chance he would be discussed as a first-round pick. Little, 6-foot-7, 309 pounds, is considered to have all the tools you want in a left tackle, demonstrating both power and quick feet at the tackle position. The Eagles don’t need a left tackle right now, but with a year to work with Jeff Stoutland, he could prove to be a replacement for either Jordan Mailata or Lane Johnson in 2022.

Round 4, Pick 124: Daelin Hayes, DE, Notre Dame:
As a redshirt senior, Hayes might be a bit older than the Eagles want in a draft pick, especially if they are viewing this offseason as the beginning of a rebuild. If they can get past him being on the older side, however, Hayes could be an interesting pick. Hayes, 6-foot-4, 261 pounds, has a nice combination of size and speed, and could be valuable in an Eagles’ defensive front that is expected to be using more movement along the line this year as opposed to more of the straight-forward attack they used with Jim Schwartz.

Round 5, Pick 150: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State: 
One of the top playmaking running back in the draft, Hubbard dominated during his time at Oklahoma State, finishing with 3,938 yards from scrimmage and 36 total touchdowns. Hubbard can be a threat out of the backfield as a pass catcher, but also comes to the NFL with great vision as well in the running game. He isn’t a big back to pair with Miles Sanders, but together the two will give the Eagles a dynamic duo to work with.

Round 6, Pick 189: Camryn Bynum, CB, California:
The Eagles going this late into the draft without a cornerback isn’t ideal, but considering they will be playing more zone and less man, the need for a lockdown corner early in the draft to play opposite Darrius Slay isn’t as big as many think. Bynum, 6-foot, 200 pounds, has been a four-year starter in college, totaling six interceptions, 28 pass deflections and 184 total tackles. Bynum is considered to have great instincts, which should help him get onto the field sooner for an Eagles’ secondary that does need one young player to step up next season.

Round 6, Pick 224: Israel Mukuamu, S, South Carolina:
The need for an immediate-impact safety isn’t as strong as it once was after the signing of Anthony Harris, so the Eagles can wait a little later in the draft to pick a safety to develop. Mukuamu has done a nice job creating turnovers during his time at South Carolina, picking off seven passes in 22 games, along with one forced fumble.

Round 6, Pick 225: Jonathon Cooper, DE, Ohio State:
Cooper, 6-foot-4, 257 pounds, projects as being able to come into the NFL with a solid enough pass-rush skillset to get after the quarterback right away. He has his best season last season, finishing with 3.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 24 tackles in five games.

Round 7, Pick 234: Brennan Eagles, WR, Texas: 
Eagles has great size for a receiver, standing 6-foot-4, 229 pounds and he has shown he knows how to use that size, consistently winning 50/50 balls. Eagles has been especially effective down the field, averaging 16.8 yards-per-catch during his three years at Texas.

Round 7, Pick 240: Tre Norwood, S, Oklahoma: 
Norwood had an extremely strong 2020 season, finishing with five interceptions — one of which he brought back for a touchdown. The play-making safety is definitely worth taking a chance on in the seventh-round if he makes it that far.

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com!