The 2020 NFL Draft, which is still scheduled to take place as originally planned, is just 33 days away. Let’s pass the time until then by looking at who mock drafts have the Philadelphia Eagles taking with the No. 21 overall pick.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Even though DeSean Jackson will be back, the Eagles badly need playmakers on offense. Jefferson can play in the slot or the outside, and showed last season he knows how to get into the end zone.
NFL.com (Lance Zierlein) - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Jefferson has excellent ball skills and was terrific when working from the slot in 2019. He can play inside or outside and offers an upgrade for the offense.
The Draft Network (Joe Marino) - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The Philadelphia Eagles are outside of striking distance to land one of the top-three receivers but Justin Jefferson is my clear WR4. His route running, ball skills and post-catch ability make him an exciting weapon in the passing game.
Sports Illustrated (Kevin Hanson) - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Carson Wentz became the first quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards without a 500-yard wide receiver as the team’s wide receiver corps was decimated by injuries. The trio of Alshon Jeffery (10), DeSean Jackson (three) and Nelson Agholor (11) played only 24 games for the Eagles in 2019. Jefferson has outstanding hands, ran a faster-than-expected 40-yard dash (4.43) and is coming off a prolific season (111/1,540/18) for the national champions.
CBS Sports (Will Brinson) - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Wouldn’t rule out a trade down here, but the Eagles want to improve the wide receiver position and Jefferson isn’t going to sit on the board forever.
CBS Sports (Chris Trapasso) - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Jefferson showed off unexpected speed at the combine and was outstanding in contested-catch situations in 2019 at LSU.
CBS Sports (Tom Fornelli) - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Jefferson seems like a natural fit for what the Eagles offense needs. He’d stretch the field vertically, opening up more room for everybody.
CBS Sports (Josh Edwards) - Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Denver (No. 15) looks like a likely landing spot for Ruggs so Philadelphia jumps them (No. 14), similar to what they did last year to secure Andre Dillard. After landing Darius Slay, their list of needs is dwindling quickly.
CBS Sports (Ryan Wilson) - Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Ruggs *only* managed a 4.27 40-time at the combine. This isn’t why he “falls” to 21st here, but again, he’s a victim of a run on other players and positions with not nearly the depth. But this is great news for the Eagles, who need help on defense but will find it hard to pass on Ruggs here.
DraftTek (Broz) - Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
It’s the early stages of Free Agency, but so far, the Eagles are saying “Goodbye” to a lot more players (Malcolm Jenkins, Jason Peters, Jordan Howard, Big V, Nigel Bradham) than they are saying hello to (Javon Hargrave). WR is still the biggest hole, but the Eagles need to sign some CBs and WRs soon so they don’t need to reach in the Draft. Henry Ruggs is not just 4.27 fast. He only caught 96 total passes at Alabama, but 24 went for TDs. Better yet, Ruggs dropped just 5 passes in 3 seasons.
The Draft Network (Benjamin Solak) - Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Back-to-back LSU defenders for a pick the Philadelphia Eagles would never make, but probably should. Patrick Queen is a linebacker which is a position they often undervalue, but by golly, if his pass-defending ability and athleticism wouldn’t be a welcome sight on a pedestrian LB corps.
The Draft Network (Jordan Reid) - Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Okay. Hear me out Eagle fans. The draft is more than one round. I know that you have a serious need at WR, but with how deep this WR class is and the need that the team has at LB, the best player left on the board is Queen.
FantasyPros (Mark Johnson) - Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Eagles miss out on one of the top three receivers, so instead, they turn to their defensive needs and add linebacker Patrick Queen. Queen is the best cover LB in the class. He brings very good recognition skills along with great athleticism so he can cover tight ends and running backs in man coverage with ease.
Bleeding Green Nation (Ben Natan) - Grant Delpit, S, LSU
With Malcolm Jenkins gone, the Eagles could opt for a safety replacement. Grant Delpit is a versatile defender in the same way Jenkins is and could immediately bring a young, physical player to the unit.
WR Justin Jefferson - 7
WR Henry Ruggs III - 3
LB Patrick Queen - 3
S Grant Delpit - 1
WR - 10
LB - 3
S - 1
Offense - 10
Defense - 4
- Limited sample size this week since not every outlet has put out mock drafts reflecting the big changes in free agency so far.
- 11 out of 14 mocks this week have the Eagles taking a player from the national champion LSU Tigers.
- Jefferson is the favorite at No. 21 for the third week in a row. I previously wrote why he could very well be the Eagles’ first-round selection. Wide receiver in the first looks increasingly likely with the Eagles not addressing the position in free agency ... so far, at least.
- The third-round pick (No. 85 overall) the Eagles gave up in the Darius Slay trade was hardly insignificant. History shows that pick could’ve been a key part of a deal allowing the Eagles to move up and land one of Ruggs, CeeDee Lamb, or Jerry Jeudy. With the Eagles dropping from 10 to eight selections after the Slay deal, it could be more likely the team trades back from No. 21.
- The Eagles have an obvious need at linebacker, sure, but I will believe they’re drafting one in the first round when I actually see it happen.
- Along those lines, the Eagles have never previously drafted a safety in the first round. So, I wouldn’t really bank on that despite Malcolm Jenkins’ exit.
- No Denzel Mims in this week’s roundup despite the fact the was the second most popular option last week. I think fans are going to value his theoretical upside more than the Eagles, who will put a higher value on Jefferson being less of a projection in their minds.
- Who do you want the Eagles to draft?