The NFL Combine just wrapped up in Indianapolis and now players draft stocks are a bit more clear as we near the NFL Draft which is set to begin in late April. Although there are many more steps along the way like private and team workouts, teams surely have a good idea of who their top targets are.
Also worth mentioning are the comp picks that the Eagles are set to receive, which will bring their pick total to 10 (only 7 picks listed below).
Since my first mock a few weeks back, nothing has really changed for Philadelphia. Yes, we have trade rumors revolving around Alshon and how the Eagles are expected to spend big on Byron Jones but at the end of the day, none of that is concrete.
I compiled these mock draft picks like I did with my last one, trying to make them as realistic as possible. I used a combination of both team need and my personal preference regarding prospects that I think will be available at the time of the selection. And no, I don’t think guys like CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs III are going to fall to us at pick #21.
Take a look at my Mock Draft 2.0 and let me know what you think!
21. Justin Jefferson, WR LSU
Playing with Heisman candidate, Joe Burrow and the National Champs at LSU, Jefferson was hard to ignore. The former two star recruit led the entire country with 111 receptions in his 2019-20 campaign, hauling in 18 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards receiving along the way.
A very polished route runner with solid speed, which was shown in his combine performance, Jefferson would be a game changer for the Eagles offense right away.
53. Damon Arnette, CB Ohio State
Ohio State is one of the many universities that claims itself to be “DBU” with all of the NFL talent they produce at the defensive back position. Arnette is just one of the latest talented Buckeye corners to enter the NFL and would make a lot of sense for Philadelphia.
Although Arnette didn’t blow anyone away with his 4.57 40 time, his ball skills and tape speak for themselves. He has CB1 potential down the road.
85. Jordan Elliott, DT Missouri
Along with the rest of the team, the Eagles defensive line got beat up with injuries last season. Although their unit is probably solid enough to produce another top tier season clogging up running holes and getting to the Quarterback, they do need to think about getting younger and deeper along the line.
Elliott was one of the most productive defensive linemen in the country last season. His 92.4 grade from PFF was 2nd only behind Ohio State’s Chase Young.
117. Tyler Johnson, WR Minnesota
Double dipping in a wide receiver class such as this one would be the smart thing to do if you’re the Eagles. Johnson is a proven commodity with two seasons over 1,000 yards at Minnesota.
A lot like Jefferson, Johnson is mainly known for his polished route running/hands along with his excellent size at 6’2ft, 205lbs.
148. Justin Strnad, LB Wake Forest
Philadelphia has rarely put emphasis into their LB unit in the past but Strnad is good value here. Possessing great sideline to sideline speed and coverage ability, the Wake Forest product projects well at the next level.
150. A.J. Dillon, RB Boston College
Running back isn’t necessarily a need for the Eagles but with an abundance of picks and a veteran in Jordan Howard that may depart, Philadelphia would be wise to address the position.
With a need for a power runner, A.J. Dillon’s 6ft, 250lb frame should do the trick. The Boston College RB led the ACC in most forced missed tackles last season.
170. Colton McKivitz, OT West Virginia
Addressing the offensive line should be a yearly duty for any NFL team that wants to protect their Quarterback. McKivitz possesses good size/length at the position and could serve as a swing tackle if injuries occur like they have in the past.
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