NFL Mock Draft Tracker: It’s Draft Day for the Eagles
Today is the day.
The NFL Draft is tonight, which means its the end of the 2021 mock draft season.
Howie Roseman, Andy Weidl and the Philadelphia Eagle shave a league leading 11 draft picks, so expect trades and expect the unexpected. With plenty of holes to fill the Eagles could go in a variety of ways.
So lets take a look at what the final mock drafts look like ahead of tonight's first-round (listen on 97.3 ESPN and the free mobile app).
Todd McShay, ESPN - DeVonta Smith | Alabama | WR
The Eagles, who have the most picks in the draft (11), land the Heisman winner and a dynamic route runner here to address their WR need. Their top receivers are Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham, but Smith will give Jalen Hurts an explosive difference-maker. And remember, Hurts and Smith hooked up for 12 catches back in 2017-18 when Hurts was at Alabama.
Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN - Jaycee Horn | South Carolina | CB
Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports - Patrick Surtain II | Alabama | CB
Surtain is a high-floor prospect who'll help bring more respectability to the Philadelphia secondary
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports - Jaycee Horn | South Carolina | CB
The Eagles can pair him with Darius Slay and then keep Avonte Maddox at nickel. They could also opt for an edge player here.
Peter Schrager, NFL Network - Patrick Surtain II (Trade up to No. 7) | Alabama | CB
The Lions want to trade back. Badly. Our first massive trade of the evening comes here. I get the feeling the Eagles want one of the top two CBs, and with whispers out there that their NFC East rivals are also in that market, Howie Roseman continues to wheel and deal. In this case, the Philly GM has to give up just the 12th overall pick and a pair of third-rounders to move up five spots and get Surtain.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network - DeVonta Smith | Alabama | WR
Ideally, you don't pick a wide receiver in the first round in consecutive years, but Smith is too good to pass up at No. 12. He gives the Eagles the true No. 1 WR they're lacking.
Charley Casserly, NFL Network - Jaycee Horn | South Carolina | CB
The Eagles fill a longtime need by nabbing a top CB prospect. They can add a receiving weapon on Day 2 or 3.
Lance Zierlein, NFL Network - Jaycee Horn | South Carolina | CB
If Lance or Fields were to be available here, it might get interesting. Instead, the Eagles grab a big, talented corner to address their coverage woes.