Eagles 3-Round Mock Draft 3.0
Round 1, Pick #6: Ja’Marr Chase, WR – LSU
Chase opted out of the 2020 college football season, but he is still the top WR in this draft class. Chase won the Biletnikoff Award (Nation’s Best WR) in 2019 over fellow teammate Justin Jefferson as well as Alabama standouts Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.
At one point Chase had five different defenders assigned to him in a game against Vanderbilt, recording at least 20 receiving yards on each of them. Chase finished that game with 10 catches, 229 yards, and 4 TDs. Chase’s stat sheet from 2019 speaks for itself:
- 84 receptions
- 1,780 yards
- 20 TDs
- 21.2 yards/catch
The Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor out of TCU with the 21st pick in last year’s draft. While it is early and he has shown flashes, Reagor hasn’t been the answer to what the team needs. In addition, Eagles WRs combined for just 152 receptions this season (Stefon Diggs had 127 catches alone for the Bills).
With Howie Roseman reluctant to give up picks for proven talent at the position, it would benefit the Eagles greatly to draft the closest thing to a polished product in the draft. Ja’Marr Chase’s vision, hands, and body control could be a long-term weapon for Carson Wentz or Jalen Hurts.
JaMarr Chase: first-round talent pic.twitter.com/8IUSNm6oZB— PFF (@PFF) May 16, 2020
Round 2, Pick #37: Trevon Moehrig, S – TCU
With Rodney McLeod tearing his ACL in December and K’Von Wallace being the lone young safety on the roster, the Eagles are left pretty thin at the position. Moehrig could very well be the best safety to come out of this class with his range and athleticism. His length and quickness allows Moehrig to be a playmaker and break up passes at the catch point. As a run defender, he has the closing speed and a 202-pound frame at his disposal to stop runners in the open field.
Moehrig plays aggressive, and that can cause him to jump routes prematurely at times and lose leverage against runners. That hasn’t hindered his production, however, as Moehrig accumulated 109 tackles, 6 INTs and 20 passes defended over the last two seasons for the Horned Frogs. His balls skills and instinctive play would be a welcome addition to an Eagles defense that ranked 23rd in takeaways this season.
This play by TCU safety Trevon Moehrig is why he’ll get a ton of draft hype before next spring. An outstanding play in coverage. pic.twitter.com/myTAMfAk8q— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 5, 2020
Round 3, Pick #70: Daniel Faalele, OT – Minnesota
It’s not often that you find an offensive tackle as colossal as Faalele, especially one who moves the way he does at his size. Standing at a massive 6’9″, 400 pounds, the former rugby player has all the tools necessary to be a standout tackle. With the recent development of Jordan Mailata last season, the Eagles know a thing or two about Aussie rugby players.
The one distinction between Faalele and Mailata is that the former actually has experience playing the tackle position, whereas Mailata had to be coached from the ground up. Faalele’s size alone can leave him somewhat limited in pass protection, but with his strong hips and hands, the play is effectively over for any defender once the 400-pounder gets his hands on you. With Jeff Stoutland reportedly returning to the Eagles as OL coach, there’s a strong chance that Faalele’s potential can be fully unlocked in Philadelphia.
“The only human I’ve ever met in person who was that size was Shaquille O’Neal. We have pro athletes on our campus. We have college athletes. But those guys aren’t imposing. He was so imposing where it just made all of us stop and look and say, ‘He really is that big.'”IMG head football coach Kevin Wright | ESPN.com
He’s yet to play a down of football but Daniel Faalele already has 23 D-1 offers 😳 pic.twitter.com/iM3imhcqPX— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 18, 2017
Mandatory Credit: Andy Altenburger | 247Sports