Glavin’s 3 Round Mock Draft
The season has finally wound down with Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl last night. An incredibly boring game, but that’s not what I am here to discuss. The season is finally over and the 2021 NFL Draft order is set. As most people know, the Eagles have the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, and I promised myself I wouldn’t make a mock draft until after the Super Bowl … and here we are one day after the Super Bowl Sunday.
Amidst the trade rumors surrounding Carson Wentz and the Chicago Bears, this is a little tricky. The deal is apparently “close,” but I am going to treat this as if Carson Wentz stays until confirmed otherwise. If he ends up getting traded, be on the lookout for my updated 3 round mock draft.
Enough of my rambling, here it is:
ROUND 1, Pick 6: Devonta Smith, WR, University of Alabama
To me, this is the biggest no brainer in Howie Roseman’s career. Devonta Smith is a generational talent physically, but his mindset and maturity coming out of a school like Alabama really impress me. Playing this year instead of deferring (@JamaarChase) really sold me. The kid did not want to waste a year of playing the game he loves; he chose one more year under the lights. Some concerns arise with his size, but that is all a part of his mindset as well. He knows he’s not the biggest guy in the world, but he sure plays like it. Oh, and did I mention he was the Heisman Trophy recipient this year? See the highlights below if you need further convincing.
ROUND 2, Pick 37: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State University
Who doesn’t love a good story? The son of former NFL star, former Eagle, and 4x Pro-Bowler, Asante Samuel, would be an uplifting pick for the Eagles. This pick would sure up the Eagles’ holes in the secondary. Size, like Devonta Smith, is a concern when thinking about Samuel Jr., but he plays big and is an athletic guy that is best used in a man-to-man coverage situation. Samuel Jr. is definitely a guy that the new defensive coordinator for the Birds, Jonathan Gannon, can coach up and make an impact player in this league.
Asante Samuel Jr. making plays just like his father 😤 pic.twitter.com/Ls92HMLq2r— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 12, 2020
ROUND 3, Pick 70: Daniel Faalele, OT, University of Minnesota
I’m going to have to agree with my new co-worker, Victor Williams, at this point in the draft. If you haven’t seen his mock draft yet, go check it out for a different perspective in the first two rounds. This absolute brick house would be a steal in the 3rd round. Faalele stands at 6’9 and weighs a whopping 399 pounds (that easily gets rounded up to 400 lbs in the program). Speed and agility are a concern, and rightly so sitting at 400 lbs, but who can think of a better coach for this monster than Jeff Stoutland. Stoutland has proven time and time again that he can put together top offensive lines with pretty much anyone he wants. The perfect example would be Jordan Mailata, a former rugby player. Interestingly enough, Faalele is also a former rugby player out of Australia. Would love to see him pancaking fools in Midnight Green
I’ll wrap this article up with one simple request for Howie Roseman: PLEASE FOR EVERYONE’S SANITY STAY OUT OF THE PAC 12.