The Eagles are operating with 11 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. They used to have a top-10 selection to start in the first round, but after trades involving the 49ers, Dolphins and them, their first time on the clock on the night of April 29 will be at No. 12 overall.
Philadelphia will follow that with three picks on Day 2, a second-rounder and two third-rounders, the last of which comes from the Carson Wentz 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 playing out for the Eagles over all seven rounds:
Eagles mock draft 2021
No. 12 overall, first round
The Eagles have a clear athletic target but there’s no guarantee he will be available especially with Jerry Jones and the rival Cowboys enamored with Pitts as a potential luxury pick two spots ahead of them. There’s also a chance Pitts goes in the top five to either the Falcons or Bengals. But the team is ready to move on from Zach Ertz with new starting QB Jalen Hurts and Pitts would be the ideal extra target to put in Nick Sirianni’s offense. With some picks to maneuver, don’t be surprised if Philadelphia trades up a few spots to ensure getting this game-breaking pass-catcher.
No. 37 overall, second round
They have had a void for a cleanup playmaker and leader in the second level for a while. The rangy Moses would be very active in Jonathan Gannon’s defense.
No. 70 overall, third round
The Eagles have had a mess everywhere in coverage and need to streamline the secondary with specific solutions. Molden has the right blend of toughness and quickness to nail down the slot.
No. 84 overall, third round (from Colts)
Philadelphia should use the draft to reset its targets with only last year’s first-rounder Jalen Reagor and tight end Dallas Goedert certain to have big roles for Hurts. After pushing for Pitts early, the Eagles can get Eskridge as a solid slot who plays bigger than his frame.
No. 123 overall, fourth round (from Dolphins)
The Eagles signed former Vikings standout Anthony Harris but have aging Rodney McLeod as the other starter and little swing depth Wiggins has some flashy all-around attributes that can be developed into starting substance in time.
No. 150 overall, fifth round
Boston Scott and Jordan Howard were retained behind Miles Sanders, but Philadelphia should think about adding promising depth in the form of a “Sproles Role” type. Felton can be an excellent short outlet option for Hurts and also serve as a special teams dynamo.
No. 189 overall, sixth round
The Eagles double up on Huskies to help reconstruct their secondary in this mock. Taylor is a much bigger and different prospect than Molden who might be overmatched in man but has some size, length and range appeal outside in zone coverage.
No. 224 overall, sixth round (compensatory)
Let’s give Hurts some more help here after Pitts and Eskridge. Here’s adding needed size to the receiving corps. Grimes has good vertical skills and is used to playing off Pitts as a strong frame-based red zone target.
No. 225 overall, sixth round (compensatory)
The Eagles need to use one of their picks on a developmental tackle. Doyle is an athletic, high-effort option who can at first be a key backup on either side.
No. 234 overall, seventh round
Philadelphia goes after a second safety who plays more like an extra linebacker made for excellent run support vs. being a coverage asset.
No. 240 overall, seventh round (from 49ers)
The Eagles also could use more depth for their 4-3 inside rotation. Johnson may still be on the board late because of size concerns, but the bottom line is that he has the motor of a quick, active disruptor.
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