Eagles draft CB Zech McPhearson at No. 123 overall
The Philadelphia Eagles have selected CB Zech McPhearson out of Texas Tech at #123 overall. McPhearson was first-team All-Big 12 last season with 53 tackles, 4 INTs, and 10 passes defended. The Eagles desperately needed to address the CB position with Darius Slay turning 30 back in January and Avonte Maddox allowing a 108.3 passer rating when targeted last season.
McPheasron was the 4th-highest graded CB v. power five WRs over the last two seasons, per PFF:
- Patrick Surtain II: 91.3
- Derek Stingley Jr: 91.0
- Caleb Farley: 90.0
- Zech McPhearson: 90.0
McPhearson is a willing defender in the run game despite his 5’11”, 195-pound frame. He stays engaged in coverage downfield with quick feet and fluid hips. McPhearson comes from an athletic family, with his father playing defensive back at Boston College and eventually trying out for the Patriots in 1988. His mother played running back and offensive line in the National Women’s Football League. In addition, Zech’s seven siblings all have ties to collegiate or pro sports.
Texas Tech’s Zech McPhearson could be a steal of the 2021 #NFL Draft. He’s also got maybe the best bloodlines of his class: Mom and Dad are former pros, and all seven (7!) siblings played college sports.— Cody Benjamin (@CodyJBenjamin) April 27, 2021
Special pre-draft Q&A w/ Zech and the family: https://t.co/0EQRWYD2yu pic.twitter.com/juREq4T3kz
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