One of the worst things about the NFL Draft is when you’re forced to watch a rival team pick the player you wanted for your squad instead.
Eagles fans know this experience all too well with the Dallas Cowboys taking CeeDee Lamb after he unexpectedly dropped last year. That wasn’t fun!
Unfortunately, Philadelphia might find themselves in a similar situation this year after trading down from No. 6 to No. 12. The Cowboys and New York Giants both pick ahead of the Eagles at No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. Of course, it’s possible the Eagles trade up to No. 9.
But for the sake of this exercise, let’s assume the Eagles stay put at No. 12 (or even trade down). Who do you least want Philly rivals’ to end up drafting?
RJ Ochoa (Blogging The Boys) and I discussed this and much more with special guest Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) on the latest episode of the NFC East Mixtape. They also talked about who they least want the Eagles to get.
For you non-podcast listeners, here’s who I don’t see the other teams draft.
I’m guessing a lot of Eagles fans would prefer Dallas didn’t take one of the top two cornerbacks: Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn. Kinda feels like that’s an inevitability to me. But I would actually be OK with that. I think Dallas would be better served taking Penei Sewell (if he somehow falls) or Rashawn Slater. Those aren’t sexy picks for them but they would be smart due to their aging and injured offensive line. The Cowboys’ explosive offense could be limited by them overestimating what they have in the trenches. I don’t think them getting Surtain or Horn is going to revolutionize their defense or anything.
NEW YORK GIANTS
DeVonta Smith going to the Giants one pick before the Eagles would truly be crushing. CeeDee Lamb redux. Really hope that doesn’t happen. He’s going to be good, y’all.
DeVonta has the potential to be Eagles Allen Iverson. Truly a perfect fit for Philly as an undersized, super-talented player with a huge chip on his shoulder.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) April 28, 2021
Washington landing Justin Fields would be pretty concerning since they’re a long-term answer at quarterback away from potentially ruling the division. Assuming Fields doesn’t drop, the worst-case scenario would involve a tackle like Teven Jenkins falling to Washington’s pick. Drafting Christian Darrisaw would help them plug a big need at left tackle.
For reasons already explained, I don’t want to see the Eagles take Kwity Paye at No. 12.
OTHER SHOW TOPICS
RJ, Ed, and I also discussed:
- A farewell to Sean Lee
- What the Eagles might be able to get in return for Zach Ertz
- The players we MOST want to see our rival teams take
- Ranking the likelihoods of 1) stay put, 2) trade down, 3) trade up for each NFC East team
- Who we think our teams are going to draft
Not a bad episode. Give it a listen!