Now that the Eagles’ coaching staff is coming together, projecting their 2021 NFL Draft picks becomes a bit easier. Obviously, a lot can change between now and the spring, but here is a potential scenario for the Eagles to consider.
Pick 6: Kyle Pitts, Tight End, Florida
I recently wrote about Kyle Pitts being a great fit for the Eagles. The Philadelphia native would be a matchup nightmare in Nick Sirianni’s offense. He and Goedert would move all over the formation and give Carson Wentz or Jalen Hurts or some other quarterback two huge, dynamic pass catchers to work with.
Pick 38: Trevon Moehrig, Safety, TCU
Trevon Moehrig was a dependable, playmaking safety for the Horned Frogs over his career. With Jonathan Gannon as defensive coordinator, the Eagles will feature single high safety looks predominantly in their defense. Moehrig is a rangy, cerebral player who will make a difference on the back end of the Eagles defense.
Pick 70: Jabril Cox, Linebacker, LSU
The Eagles desperately need speed at the linebacker position. Inconsistency in the middle of their defense was a huge hamper on the unit in 2020. Jabril Cox falling to the third round would be a dream and the LSU defender would immediately become the Eagles most talented linebacker, especially when it comes to passing downs.
Pick 149: Shi Smith, Wide Receiver, South Carolina
The Eagles continue to upgrade their pass-catching corps with Shi Smith in the mid-rounds. Smith is a fantastic route runner with strong hands. He is not a big-time playmaker but will bring a steady presence to the Eagles wide receiver group.
Pick 153: Tommy Kraemer, Interior Offensive Line, Notre Dame
Upgrading the depth along the offensive line is one of the Eagles’ many offseason priorities, particularly along the interior. Jason Kelce’s future in Philadelphia hangs in the balance while the team counts on Brandon Brooks to recover from a serious injury. Tommy Kraemer is a highly experienced blocker who improved every season at Notre Dame. Under Jeff Stoutland’s tutelage, Kraemer could grow into a solid starter for the Eagles.
Pick 187: Cade Johnson, Wide Receiver, South Dakota State
Cade Johnson lit up the FCS for two years and by all accounts is lighting it up down at the Senior Bowl this week. The speedy deep threat averaged over 18 yards in college and scored 25 touchdowns in two seasons. Johnson would compete for a significant role early on in his career and create competition among the Eagles' young wide receivers.
Pick 221: Thomas Graham Junior, Cornerback, Oregon
Thomas Graham Junior falling this far would be a shock and steal for the Eagles. Graham is a scrappy, physical corner who moves extremely well in coverage. Graham would come in on day one and compete for a nickelback role.
Pick 230: Chris Rumph II, Edge, Duke
While upgrading the defensive line isn’t the most pressing need, Chris Rumph II would be a great pick this late in the draft. The 6’4”, 235-pound defender is smaller to play with his hand in the ground, but his quickness and high motor earned him disruption at the college level. With a great work ethic and NFL pedigree, Chris Rumph II would be a good special teams player and add youth to the defensive line.
Pick 256: Tarron Jackson, Edge, Coastal Carolina
This would be icing on a very nice draft for the Eagles. Tarron Jackson was the leading defender on one of the best defensive lines in the country. The 6’2”, 260-pound defensive end is physical with strong hands and a great motor. He was disruptive on passing downs and an even more dominant run defender. Like Rumph II, Jackson would add depth to the Eagles' defensive line while pushing for time on special teams.