The Philadelphia Eagles were fairly quiet in free agency. The only real major move they made was signing former Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris to a very affordable one-year, $4 million contract. That is a very good signing for one of the top free-agent safeties on the market. The Eagles also signed veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with incentives.
Then, on Friday, the Eagles made their second big trade of the offseason, trading back with the Miami Dolphins to pick number 12 in the first round. They also received pick 123 this year and a first-round pick next year, while also sending pick six and pick 156 to Miami. With that in mind, the Eagles will have 11 total picks this year. They will have a lot of chances to add some top-level talent to surround Jalen Hurts.
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Round 1, Pick 12: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Trading back to this pick likely means the Eagles will miss out on the likes of Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase, and other top weapons. But this receiving class is deep and they can grab someone later. If Jaylen Waddle falls to them, that could be the pick. But in this scenario, he doesn’t and the Birds fill another big need. Darius Slay is CB1 but other than they don’t have really anyone else. Horn is one of the top cornerbacks in this draft class with elite ball skills. He would immediately improve the secondary opposite Slay.
For more on Horn, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 2, Pick 37: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Since they won’t be getting Pitts, why not get his just as electric teammate? Toney is a tremendous athlete and can be used in a variety of different ways in an offense. He doesn’t have the most defined ball skills and route-running skills, but he is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. The former Gator can turn short catches into big gains. With DeSean Jackson gone – signing with his hometown Los Angeles Rams – Toney gives the Eagles an electric player in the passing and return game.
For more on Toney, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 3, Pick 70: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
The most important thing a team can do in today’s game is protecting their quarterback – whoever that may be. Christensen is one of the sleepers in this draft class and he has seen his stock rise as the draft process has gone on. The BYU product allowed just three sacks over his three years in college while allowing just a 0.8 percent QB pressure percentage in 2020. He would be an immediate starter for the Eagles and really give Hurts much-needed protection.
Round 3, Pick 84: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
Philadelphia can never have enough cornerbacks. With this simulation, Campbell falls to the Eagles’ third-round selection which is too good to pass up. He is fairly raw with some intimidating red flags, but he is one of the best man corners in this class. With the right coaching and development, Campbell could turn into a top corner in the league. Focusing on his hand skills and concentration at the catch point will be key for him not to be a bust. Playing behind Slay and Horn would really benefit him drastically.
For more on Campbell, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 4, Pick 123: Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh
Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox aren’t getting any younger. The 24-year-old Josh Sweat looks to be a solid pass rusher, but the Eagles need to add depth. They really could go into this draft looking to just take the best available player on the board at each pick. Jones has a pretty high ceiling as he enters the league and is always looking to improve. The athletic edge rusher recorded 42 tackles (12.5 for loss) and nine sacks in 11 games in 2020 which earned him Consensus All-America honors.
Round 5, Pick 150: Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn
The Eagles need as many playmakers they can get their hands on at any point in this draft. Schwartz is a very toolsy and speedy receiver that can give Philly an extra gadget-type guy on the field. After more development, he can turn into a formidable receiver beyond year one. The former War Eagle would be a great weapon to draw up some plays for to get him in the open field. His speed is next level and would create mismatches for the rest of the receiving corps.
For more on Schwartz, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 6, Pick 189: Reed Blankenship, S, Middle Tennessee
The Eagles need a lot of work in the secondary. Jalen Mills recently signed with the New England Patriots, while Rodney McLeod is coming off another major injury. Blakenship is a small school stud who has a ton of explosiveness. He can cover a lot of ground and make plays on defense. The safety would be in the mix to start from day one and make an impact for the secondary.
Round 6, Pick 224: Trevon Grimes, WR, Florida
Why not reunite two Florida Gator receivers? Grimes isn’t as speedy as his former teammate Toney, but he has a massive catch radius and still has some juice in him. Howie Roseman loves to use day three picks on speedy guys and also went to Florida. Put those two things together, and you get him selecting two solid playmakers for your passing game. Grimes will likely never be a number one target, but he would really help spread the offense out and create space.
Round 6, Pick 225: Garret Wallow, LB, TCU
The Eagles and Packers favorite position. Linebacker is something the Eagles just tend not to focus on building up. But they need to add a solid playmaker there, or at least someone who can develop into such. Wallow is a former safety converted to linebacker but is now a pure LB. He has been efficient at the position in his career and his third level experience has helped him in the transition. The former Horned Frog is a monster tackler and will be able to be an effective player at the next level with the right development. Wallow finished his career with 295 tackles – 32.5 for loss – and had a knack for attacking the ball, as a blitzer and in coverage.
Round 7, Pick 234: Brady White, QB, Memphis
While the Eagles seem to be giving Hurts a chance at quarterback, they won’t stick to having Joe Flacco as the only backup. They will likely be looking to take a quarterback with one of their last picks to develop as a second- or third-string quarterback. White was a three-year starter at Memphis after transferring from Arizona State. He had solid production in college, but his game doesn’t translate very well to the next level. The quarterback will be 25 as a rookie and he struggles under pressure and working outside the numbers. He has an accurate, but not very strong, arm. Despite that, White should still be able to back up Hurts well and possibly develop further.
Round 7, Pick 240: Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh
The safety out of Pitt, Ford is a very rangy and physical defender with a lot of upside. A seventh-round pick of him could turn out to be a steal for the Eagles. Ford has terrific closing speed and is terrific at the point of attack and driving through the ball handlers. He has some work to do on developing his instincts and football IQ, but could really develop into a solid defensive back. He also has the versatility to play in any scheme, which bodes well for the Eagles.