The Eagles are officially in a rebuild.
That is important to remember when projecting how the Eagles will attack the 2021 NFL Draft. This isn’t about filling holes on the roster — it is about getting players they can build with longterm that are at positions that team values.
The offensive line. The defensive line. The secondary.
Yes, quarterback is a possibility now that Carson Wentz has been traded — but it isn’t a lock. The team already has Jalen Hurts and that remove some pressure to go get another quarterback right now.
With that in mind, here is my Eagles’ 7-Round Mock Draft, post-Carson Wentz edition.
Round 1, Pick 6: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The pressure is on with this No. 6 overall pick. There is no denying that. It absolutely has to be a hit and it isn’t a pick that Howie Roseman can get cute with — and he won’t.
Chase is the obvious pick here and the one the Eagles will likely make if he is on the board. He is the best receiver in the draft, and like Justin Jefferson, he proved he can dominate elite-level competition. He doesn’t have the size concerns that DeVonta Smith does, can play both inside-and-outside, he can stretch the field and he is a danger after the catch.
There is a chance Roseman doesn’t pick a receiver, but the good news for Eagles fans is that there aren’t natural fit at No. 6 at positions Roseman value more.
There isn’t a clear-cut edge rusher. There isn’t really an offensive tackle, especially if Penei Sewell (OT, Oregon) is already off the board. Patrick Surtain (CB, Alabama) is a possibility, but chances are the best-player-available will be a skill player. If Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State) or Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota) are on the board, things could get interesting. Trading back is also a possibility if Roseman wants to collect more picks and get a player at a different position (OT, DL).
But let’s be honest here — one thing Roseman is clearly very good at his keeping his job. After missing on wide receivers the last two years, the pressure is on to just take on at No. 6. It is the safest option for Roseman. With so much pressure to just take the receiver, Roseman does the easy thing and picks the player everyone wants — which will also remove some of the blame on him if Chase isn’t the Pro-Bowl player many think he will be.
Round 2, Pick 37: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
Roseman loves drafting defensive linemen, and he gets one with first-round talent at No. 37 overall. Barmore, a Philadelphia native, stands 6-foot-5, 310 pounds and has shown he can be an effective pass rusher. Barmore had 10 sacks in 21 games at Alabama, and lived in the backfield against the run as well, totaling 15.5 tackles for a loss. Barmore should be able to contribute right away in 2021, but also sets up perfectly as a long-term starter next to Javon Hargrave.
Round 3, Pick 70: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
Melifonwu has great height at 6-foot-3 and is an extremely physical corner, making him a perfect fit opposite Darius Slay, especially against the run. Melifonwu might not be as ready to step in and play as other corners in the draft, but not many have a higher ceiling. Melifonwu’s college numbers are pretty good, but the three interceptions in 23 games is not ideal.
Round 3, Pick 85: Landon Dickerson, OL, Alabama
The Eagles have long valued athleticism in their offensive linemen, especially on the interior. If that remains the case under Nick Sirianni, Dickerson likely won’t be that high on their board. If not, Dickerson could be a perfect fit for them. Dickerson played at a high level as the starting center at Alabama, and at 6-foot-6, 326 pounds, he would be a huge body in the middle of the Eagles’ offensive line. Jason Kelce might not be back in 2021, but even if he is, Dickerson could be developed into the long-term replacement once Kelce does retire.
Round 5, Pick 134: Demetric Felton, WR, UCLA
As solid as Boston Scott is, the Eagles need a complimentary back to pair with Miles Sanders, and Felton is an intriguing option. Felton played both running back and receiver at UCLA, totaling 2,059 yards and 15 touchdowns on 332 touches in four seasons. Felton impressed during the Senior Bowl, showing he can be a solid route runner at receiver, while also having the open-field moves you like to see from a running back. Pass-catching backs will be crucial in Nick Sirianni’s offense, and with the receiving issues Miles Sanders had last season, adding Felton with a late-round pick would be a wise move for the Eagles.
Round 5, Pick 140: Joe Tryon, DE, Washington
There is some debate about whether Tryon will be a better fit in a 3-4 defense, but there is no debate about his ability to rush the passer. Tryon finished his two years at Washington with 10 sacks in 23 games, also notching 14.5 tackles for a loss. Tryon fits the mold of what the Eagles look for in their defensive ends, as he is a quick, elite-level athlete that has shown he can win one-on-one matchups with offensive tackles. The question is whether they view him as a scheme fit. If they do, he is worth taking a chance on with a late-round pick.
Round 6, Pick 165: Garret Wallow, LB, TCU
Some might be turned-off by a “former safety turned linebacker” prospect after the Nate Gerry experiment, but there are some obvious differences between the two — starting with the fact that Wallow actually played linebacker in college. Wallow was extremely productive at the linebacker position, 287 tackles over this final three seasons at TCU to go along with 8.5 sacs, 32.5 tackles for a loss, four pass deflections and one interception. Wallow won’t be able to step in and start right away, but he definitely has starter potential and is a good low-risk, high-upside prospect in the sixth-round.
Round 7, Pick 198: Dan Moore Jr., OT, Texas A&M
Roseman has had great success picking offensive linemen late in the draft. Moore could be his next success story. Moore, 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, started all nine games for Texas A&M last season and has started 34 overall in three seasons. Moore played left tackle in college but could move inside if needed, giving him the position versatility Jeff Stoutland and the Eagles require in their offensive linemen.
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