**** Seven Round Eagles Mock Draft 2.0 – Here we are. It’s time for another Edge of Philly Sports Mock Draft. This time I used the Pro Football Network mock simulator. These picks were based on the best player available for each team need ****
Day 1 & Day 2
Florida TE Kyle Pitts (6’6″ 240lbs): All of a sudden Pitts has entered the mouths of some as the clear-cut favorite for the #6 overall draft pick for the Eagles. Just wanna put it on record once again. Pitts is my guy. As been for a while and before most. Now that that is out of the way.
Pitts is a dynamic playmaker. A weapon the Eagles need. I can’t stress enough or say enough good things about this “Tight End.” Zach Ertz is on the brink of being traded any day now. They have a full roster of Wideouts at the moment. Take advantage of the best offensive player in the draft. Don’t overthink this. This draft class is full of Secondary and Linebacker talent. Howie can grab great value at those positions in the second and third rounds.
Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr (5’10” 183lbs): Asante is following in the footsteps of his old man. Jr is a ballhawk like his dad. Although a bit undersized, what he lacks in size he fully makes up for in his quickness, agility, and burst. Plus, It’s only fitting that the Eagles draft the son of a former Eagle. Asante Jr finished his collegiate career with 97 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 29 passes defended. As well as only allowing 178 yards in 8 games this 2020 season.
Pittsburgh EDGE Rashad Weaver (6’5″ 270lbs): Weaver came back strong this past 2020 season after tearing his ACL and missing the rest of the season in 2019. The Eagles love Edge Rushers. With a big question mark regarding Derek Barnett’s future with the team. Adding a talented Edge Rusher early in the draft I’m sure is towards the top of their draft board. Rashad finished his Collegiate career with 109 tackles, 34 for a loss, 17 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles.
Michigan WR Nico Collins (6’4″ 216lbs): just cause the Eagles choose not to grab a wide receiver in the first round doesn’t mean they are set at the position. Howie should be doing his due diligence for every position in every round of the draft. Nico could slip a bit but not for lack of talent. He opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid. With a talented receiver class. Collins could see a late day 2 / early day 3 entrance into the league. The Notre Dame product ended his 2019 season with 37 receptions, 729 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns.
Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard (6’0″ 207lbs): Hubbard would be a great complement to Miles Sanders. A tough between the tackles runner with next-level speed. Seeing how Nick Sirianni had a plethora of talent in the backfield in Indy. Except for the Eagles to grab a running back somewhere on day 3 who can spell Miles Sanders. Along with the possibility of Boston Scott to return. He finished at Oklahoma State with an impressive total of 3938 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Georgia S Richard LeCounte III (5’11” 190lbs): The Eagles have a problem. There Safety position is completely depleted. Jalen Mills is a free agent and let’s face it, better at Corner. Rodney McLeod tore his ACL back in December. Howie did draft K’von Wallace in the 4th round of the 2020 draft. A player I am still pretty high on. And Although, I believe the Birds will look to sign a free agent at Safety (cough, cough, Malik Hooker). They should look to add depth in this year’s draft as well. Lapointe is solid and for sure would be a welcome addition to Jonathan Gannon’s defense.
Notre Dame OG Tommy Kraemer (6’5″ 317lbs): Brandon Brooks has been said to be on the trade block. Although, Brooks has often been injured as of late. There is no denying his massive presence on the field when healthy. The Eagles have options at right guard but regardless they need depth. Kraemer has the athletism to one day be a starter.
Ohio State LB Justin Hillard (6’1″ 231lbs): With the emergence of Alex Singleton and the solid play from TJ Edwards, the Eagles aren’t as weak at Linebacker as some like to believe. Would Parsons in the first be an instant upgrade to the position? Absolutely! However, the Eagles drafted Davion Taylor in the third round and Shaun Bradley in the 5th round of the 2020 draft. Adding another Linebacker would be strictly for depth. Hillard would be too much of a steal not to grab him this late in the draft if he seems to slip.
Marshall OT Josh Ball (6’6″ 305lbs): This one is real simple. Lane Johnson is aging. Jack Driscoll is the only legit backup the Eagles have at Right Tackle. Josh Ball could be a swing tackle that could develop with time. You can never have enough good available Tackle.
The odds of this Mock being correct pick by pick are very slim to none. In fact, it’s done right impossible. But, this gives you a sense of the direction and the talent that could be available in each round. The Eagles have an uphill battle this season with a new coaching staff. These players in particular help that cause.
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