Eagles 2021 draft class ranks as best in the NFL
There have been many different perspectives on the Eagles’ draft selections this season. Many believe (myself included) that the Eagles had a very productive draft and addressed several needs, even if they didn’t fill every hole on the roster. Alternatively, some people feel as though Howie invested too much into the trenches and too little everywhere else.
At the end of the day, the Eagles came away with seven of Daniel Jeremiah’s top-150 prospects and earned top grades from scouts around the league. The latest to give their praise was NFL Draft Analyst Dane Brugler of The Athletic, who power-ranked the draft classes of all 32 teams and had the Eagles atop that list:
Favorite pick: Landon Dickerson, OG/C, Alabama
“The Eagles had no shortage of candidates here, which is the main reason they are No. 1 on my list. But Dickerson gets my vote because of his combination of high-end talent at any of the interior line positions and his impact in the locker room. His injury history is troublesome, but well worth the risk.”
Day 3 pick who could surprise: Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech
“This was a tough choice between McPhearson, Gainwell and Tuipulotu, but the cornerback is the pick because I thought he went widely underrated throughout the process. The Penn State transfer looks comfortable in both man and zone and shows outstanding fluidity and toughness to mirror receivers.”
You can read Brugler’s full rankings here.
Time will tell if these players will pan out or not, but the Eagles found tremendous value throughout the draft. They stuck to their board and embraced the fact that this rebuild is a multi-year process. On paper at least, the team is off to an encouraging start.