The Eagles are trading 11 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. They used to have a top 10 pick to start in the first round, but after trades involving the 49ers, Dolphins and them, their first time in the clock on the night of April 29 will be at No. 12 overall.
Philadelphia will follow that with three picks on Day 2, one second and two third, the last of which comes from Carson Wentz’s trade with the Colts. The team closes with seven picks on Day 3, with four coming well after No. 200 overall.
Here’s how Sporting News projects the draft will play out for the Eagles in all seven rounds:
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No. 12 overall, first round
- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 245 pounds)
The Eagles have a clear athletic goal, but there is no guarantee it will be available, especially with Jerry Jones and rival Cowboys infatuated with Pitts as a possible luxury pick two spots ahead of them. There is also the possibility that Pitts could make the top five against the Falcons or Bengals. But the team is ready to move from Zach Ertz to new starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and Pitts would be the ideal additional target to put on Nick Sirianni’s offense. With a few picks to maneuver, don’t be surprised if Philadelphia swaps a few spots to make sure they get this game-breaking pass receiver.
No. 37 overall, second round
- Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama (6-3, 235 pounds)
They’ve had a void for a cleaning playmaker and leader at the second level for a while. The skinny Moses would be very active in defending Jonathan Gannon.
No. 70 overall, third round
- Elijah Molden, CB, Washington (5-10, 191 pounds)
The Eagles have had a mess everywhere in coverage and need to optimize the secondary with specific solutions. Molden has the perfect combination of toughness and speed to nail the groove.
No. 84 overall, third round (Colts)
- D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan (5-9, 189 pounds)
Philadelphia should use the draft to readjust its goals, and only last year’s first-round player Jalen Reagor and tight end Dallas Goedert are sure to play a big role for Hurts. After pushing for Pitts early on, the Eagles can get Eskridge as a solid slot that plays bigger than his frame.
No. 123 overall, fourth round (Dolphins)
- James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati (5-11, 209 pounds)
The Eagles signed former Vikings standout Anthony Harris, but they have aging Rodney McLeod as the other starter and shallow swing depth. Wiggins has some striking attributes that can turn into starting substance in time.
No. 150 overall, fifth round
- Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA (5-9, 189 pounds)
Boston Scott and Jordan Howard stayed behind Miles Sanders, but Philadelphia should consider adding some promising depth in the form of a kind of “Sproles role.” Felton can be a great short-start option for Hurts and also serve as a special teams dynamo.
No. 189 overall, sixth round
- Keith Taylor Jr., CB, Washington (6-2, 187 pounds)
The Eagles double up with the Huskies to help rebuild their secondary in this drill. Taylor is a much bigger and different prospect than Molden, who could be outdone in men, but has some appeal in size, length and reach outside of zone coverage.
No. 224 overall, sixth round (compensatory)
- Trevon Grimes, WR, Florida (6-4, 220 pounds)
Let’s give Hurts more help here after Pitts and Eskridge. Here you are adding the necessary size to the receiving body. Grimes has good vertical skills and is used to playing Pitts as a strong red zone target based on the frame.
No. 225 overall, sixth round (compensatory)
- Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (Ohio) (6-6, 320 pounds)
The Eagles need to use one of their picks on a development tackle. Doyle is an athletic, high-effort option who can be a key backup on either side at first.
No. 234 overall, seventh round
- JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU (6-2, 212 pounds)
Philadelphia is chasing a second safety who plays more like an additional linebacker made for excellent run support rather than a covering asset.
No. 240 overall, seventh round (of the 49ers)
- Mustafa Johnson, DT, Colorado (6-2, 290 pounds)
The Eagles could also use more depth for their 4-3 inside rotation. Johnson may still be late on the board due to size concerns, but the bottom line is that he has the engine of an active and fast disruptor.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.