With the Eagles trading from No. 6 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft to go back to No. 12, their draft trajectory changes dramatically. Hours ago they had a chance for a top fit or could be a quarterback. Here are five potential customers they could be targeting right now.
1) Jaycee Horn, Cornerback, South Carolina:
The Eagles have desperate needs in the secondary league, especially cornerback. The lack of a viable partner for Darius Slay was disastrous in 2020 and they need to address the position. Jaycee Horn is a big, physical cornerback with tremendous athleticism. He is a perfect match for Jonathan Gannon’s typical cornerback profile and would give a huge boost to the defense.
2) Rashawn Slater, Offensive Lineman, Northwestern
Growing younger along the line of attack should be a priority for the Eagles, and Slater could help in several ways. The Northwestern product can tackle in the NFL, but may be better suited as a guard. The Eagles adding Slater to their offensive interior would be a great way to build around Jalen Hurts.
3) Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Penn State
While this was an unlikely choice in the top ten, it becomes a bit more possible at this point in the design. Howie Roseman has never coveted linebackers in design, and Parsons has issues off the field that need to be addressed. However, it’s hard to ignore that Parsons is an incredibly talented player in a position of need.
4) Kwity Paye, Defensive Line, Michigan
Kwity Paye has somehow flown under the radar as one this draft season serious good prospect. The Michigan defender can get up anywhere and be disruptive. While pass rush was a force for the Eagles last year, you can never have too many young players ready to throw in a rotation.
5) DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Wide receiver is still the Eagles’ greatest need, and it feels like the NFL might be on DeVonta Smith because of its size. Their loss could be the Eagles’ win if the Heisman winner falls out of the top 10. Smith is going to be a star in the NFL, and ideally, he could make his mark on midnight green.