Eagles 3-Round 2021 Mock Draft
After a dysfunctional year from top to bottom, the Eagles finished their demoralizing season at 4-11-1. They are now locked into the #6 overall pick with a laundry list of holes to fill on their roster. Not only that, but the organization now has to find a new head coach after abruptly firing Doug Pederson after 5 seasons.
With the team embarking on an offseason sure to be filled with a myriad of tough decisions, let’s take a look at my first 3-round mock draft of 2021:
Round 1, Pick #6: DeVonta Smith, WR – Alabama
Ja’Marr Chase & DeVonta Smith could both be in play here, but I can’t see how Burrow lets Cincinnati pass on drafting one of his top guys from college. Additionally, there are too many QB and OL-needy teams ahead of the Eagles for both receivers to be gone. The Eagles haven’t had a 1,000+ yard WR since Jeremy Maclin in 2014 and they tried to fix that problem with Jalen Reagor in last year’s draft. While Reagor did show some promise, he isn’t the polished product that Smith is.
The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner was already a projected first-round talent before returning to Alabama for his senior season. After leading Alabama in yards and TDs in 2020, he took an even bigger leap this season:
- 105 receptions
- 1,641 yards
- 15.6 yards/catch
- 20 TDs
Smith’s measurables are a bit worrisome at just 6’1″, 175 lbs; he’ll need to add some weight to sustain success at the pro level. You can’t argue against his YAC ability and explosiveness out of cuts, however, and having a dynamic threat like him on the field will only benefit Reagor as well. Smith will be difficult to stop in the open field for years to come and would begin to alleviate some of the DK Metcalf/Justin Jefferson frustrations within the fanbase.
The Eagles haven’t selected a player from Alabama in 19 years, last taking WR Freddie Milons in the 5th-round of the 2002 draft.
OH MY DEVONTA SMITH 🤯— ESPN (@espn) January 12, 2021
That makes THREE TOUCHDOWNS for the Heisman winner 🔥 pic.twitter.com/u9qpKEKnTC
Round 2, Pick #37: Asante Samuel Jr., CB – Florida State
The Eagles desperately need a stud CB2 opposite Darius Slay, who just turned 30 two weeks ago. Avonte Maddox surrendered a passer rating of 108.3 this season and I doubt Nickell Robey-Coleman is going to be brought back after an underwhelming year. The Eagles don’t have many young corners waiting in wings after parting ways with both Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas last offseason.
The son of the 4-time Pro Bowler and 2-time Super Bowl champion is coming off a productive junior season:
- 3 INTs
- 6 pass deflections
- 30 tackles
- Zero 100+ yard games allowed
Samuel thrives in man-coverage and although he may be a bit undersized at 5’10”, his natural speed and instincts are that of a prototypical corner in the NFL. We’ll have a better idea of his schematic fit with the team once the Eagles hire a new defensive coordinator. With that said, Samuel has all the tools necessary to be just as exceptional as his father.
Asante Samuel Jr. is listed at 178 pounds.— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) November 18, 2018
AJ Dillon is listed at 245 pounds.
That little dude is freaking fearless. pic.twitter.com/OzyU0KjxzV
Round 3, Pick #70: Chazz Surratt, LB – North Carolina
It goes without saying that the Eagles need a playmaker in the middle of their defense. Alex Singleton & TJ Edwards have been exciting to watch, but it’s onerous to view either of them as long-term solutions (holding out hope for Davion Taylor). Surratt came out of high school a three-star recruit as a quarterback and made the transition to linebacker in 2019. He was an immediate impact defensively for UNC.
Surratt recorded 115 tackles (15 for a loss) and 6.5 sacks in his first year at linebacker, finishing as the runner-up for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The former Tar Heel has the ideal frame and athleticism to be a matchup nightmare for opposing offenses. Surratt evolved into one of the most productive pass-rushers in this draft with 63 QB pressures over the last two seasons, most by a non-defensive lineman. I’m sure the Eagles are still looking to add to their “QB factory” as well, so drafting the former dual-threat QB makes too much sense here.
Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images