Sunday, January 17, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 4.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Philadelphia Eagles from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Eagles:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (1/15)

6. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Other than his slight frame (6-1, 175), what is not to like about Smith? An outstanding route-runner, the sure-handed receiver has been been uber-productive over the past two years.

If Smith had declared last year, he would have joined Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy as first-round receivers. This year, he'll join teammate Jaylen Waddle as first-rounders. Despite the star-studded receiving corps, it was Smith that led the team in receiving yards (1,256) and touchdowns (14) last season. This year, the Heisman Trophy winner really stepped up with the injury to Waddle as he led FBS in receptions (117) and yards (1,856) and is second in touchdowns (23).

Even though the team drafted Jalen Reagor in the first round in 2020, it wouldn't be a surprise if they went back to the well in 2021 with a talent like Smith.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

6. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

I imagine the Eagles will release Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson this offseason. I don't suspect Waddle's broken ankle will impact his draft stock much. He was off to an incredible start -- 25 receptions, 557 yards and four touchdowns in four games -- after showing promise as a sophomore before hurting himself.

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/13)

6. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Eagles need more offensive weaponry for Jalen Hurts -- or whoever is playing quarterback next season. Chase is young and was completely dominant as a 19 year old in 2019.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/12)

6. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Regardless of their quarterback situation, the Eagles need more firepower on offense. Chase, whose 84 catches last season were for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns, both SEC records, has the gear-changing acceleration and elite finishing skills that make him an immediate NFL weapon.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/7)

6. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The Eagles were among the biggest disappointments of the 2020 season and reinforcements are needed on both sides of the football. With that said, Philadelphia can let the board fall to them and select the best player available. In this case, that's Micah Parsons, who has the size, physicality, and athleticism to be a second-level enforcer in the NFL and the quarterback of the Eagles' defense. His toughness, ability to play in space, and leadership are needed in Philadelphia.

ESPN - Todd McShay (1/7)

6. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The Eagles haven't drafted an off-the-ball linebacker in the first two rounds since 2012, when they took Mychal Kendricks at No. 46 overall. But wow, is Parsons special. He can drop in coverage, wrap up in run defense or get to the QB when turned loose on a blitz.

While wide receiver remains a problem even after drafting Jalen Reagor in the first round last April -- and LSU's Ja'Marr Chase will be tempting -- this WR class is deep and still offers playmakers when Philly is back on the clock on Day 2. Trading back is an option, but if the Eagles stay home, this pick at No. 6 is all about the best player available: Parsons.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/5)

6. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The quarterback situation is murky. The defense needs reinforcements. Why, then, would the Eagles take a wide receiver, let alone a 175-pound one with a ho-hum physical profile? Simple: Smith is a well-rounded and refined target capable of elevating a Philadelphia passing attack that otherwise looks to be in disrepair.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fisher (1/5)

6. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The Eagles have lacked a defensive stud to complement all those Pro Bowl defensive linemen but they find a perfect pairing in nabbing the athletic Parsons to captain the back seven. The Harrisburg native might as well make the in-state move from State College to Philly for both sentimental and football reasons.

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