Eagles 7-round mock draft: When they might pick a quarterback

Martin Frank
Delaware News Journal
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Over the past several seasons, the Eagles have tried to address some of their biggest needs during free agency.

That has given them the flexibility to draft the best players available rather than drafting for position.

That is not the case this year. The Eagles, as of now, are signing just one impact player, safety Anthony Harris from the Vikings, giving him a one-year deal worth $5 million. 

Their other needs – and there are many after a 4-11-1 season – will have to be addressed in the draft, which begins April 29.

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The Eagles have 11 picks, with three of them being added over the past month (two compensatory picks at the end of the sixth round, and the other from the 49ers in the seventh for Marquise Goodwin).

Here's a look at how those will go:

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers, left, is tackled by LSU cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. All-America wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Vincent and defensive end Neil Farrell Jr. have announced they won’t be playing this season. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Round 7: No. 240 

Kary Vincent, CB, LSU

This is the pick acquired from the 49ers for Goodwin. Vincent opted out of last season. At 5-foot-10, he could work out as a slot corner as a backup to Avonte Maddox, assuming Maddox moves back there.

Mock draft 1.0: Not applicable

Round 7: No. 234

Ja'Cquez Williams, LB, Wake Forest

As an outside linebacker, Williams can provide depth while also helping on special teams. He was Wake Forest's leading tackler last season. After losing Duke Riley to Miami in free agency, the Eagles can use depth and special teams help.

Mock draft 1.0: Trae Barry, TE, Jacksonville State

Michigan running back Chris Evans (9) runs during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Penn State, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Round 6: No. 225 

Chris Evans, RB, Michigan

This is the Eagles' second comp pick. Evans showed promise during his early career at Michigan in 2016 and 2017. But an injury and suspension cost him the next two seasons. Evans only had 16 carries in 2020, but at 5-11, 216 pounds, he has good size and speed to play in the NFL.

Mock draft 1.0: N/A 

American Team quarterback Jamie Newman of Wake Forest (7) throws during the NCAA Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Round 6: No. 224

Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest

This is the Eagles' first comp pick. Newman could be seen as a developmental third-string quarterback after opting out of the 2020 season. Newman was considered a legitimate dual threat NFL prospect following his 2019 season, when he threw for 2,868 yards and ran for 574.

Expect the Eagles to sign a veteran free agent to serve as Jalen Hurts' backup.

Mock draft 1.0: N/A

Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell scores over Ohio State safety Josh Proctor during the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Round 6: No. 188 

Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson

Powell had a strong senior season catching 53 passes for 882 yards and 7 TDs. But Powell didn't produce much in his earlier seasons, which is why he's expected to drop into the late rounds. Still, the Eagles will see him twice – he was the receiver for Trevor Lawrence's Pro Day last month and he had his own Pro Day last week, when he ran a 4.47 in the 40.

Mock draft 1.0: Chauncey Golston, DE, Iowa

Round 5: No. 156 

Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh

The Eagles' need at safety was addressed in free agency with Harris signing along with Andrew Adams, who's considered more of a backup. Ford played in seven games last season before leaving the team. He had 6 INTs during his career at Pitt. But a poor Pro Day – he ran a 4.9 in the 40 – could drop him to the Eagles here.

Mock draft 1.0: Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU

Round 5: No. 150 

Sadarius Hutcherson, G/T, South Carolina

Hutcherson played tackle for the Gamecocks, but the 6-4, 320-pounder might be better suited for guard. That would bode well for the Eagles, who value versatility in their offensive linemen. That was the case last season with Jack Driscoll. 

Both Hutcherson and Driscoll can provide depth at both positions, with one of them possibly taking over at right guard for Brandon Brooks in 2022 or '23.

Mock draft 1.0: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State

Colorado tight end Brady Russell (38) and Washington linebacker Joe Tryon (9) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 20-14. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Round 3: No. 84

Joe Tryon, DE, Washington

This is the pick acquired in the Carson Wentz trade with Indianapolis. And the Eagles need to address the defensive end position early in the draft because Brandon Graham turns 33 in April and Derek Barnett is entering the final season of his contract.

Tryon opted out of last season after having 8 sacks for the Huskies in 2019. He could use this season to develop behind Graham, Barnett and Josh Sweat. But the Eagles would definitely need him to play a much bigger role in 2022. 

Mock draft 1.0: Robert Hainsey, G, Notre Dame

Round 3: No. 70 

Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

Nixon only has nine starts under his belt, but eight of them came last season when he led the Big Ten in tackles for losses with 13.5. He also had a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Nixon can work in the Eagles' rotation behind Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave, along with Hassan Ridgeway. 

Mock draft 1.0: Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State

Florida running back Dameon Pierce (27) dives for yardage past Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Round 2: No. 37 

Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

The Eagles desperately need a cornerback who can start opposite of Darius Slay. The Eagles weren't going to spend $10 million or more in free agency for such a player, nor would they want to. 

So Campbell fills a need as someone who can play right away. At Georgia in the SEC, Campbell went against the top receivers in the country, and for the most part, did well enough.

Mock draft 1.0: Campbell.

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) tires to get past Georgia defensive back Lewis Cine (16) after a reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla., in this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, file photo.

Round 1: No. 6 

Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

While the Eagles didn't address their needs in free agency, two other teams drafting ahead of them – Miami at No. 3 and Cincinnati at No. 5 – did. That means those teams could be open to trading down, or picking a player at a position the Eagles need most.

The Dolphins signing wide receiver Will Fuller means they likely won't go for LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, and would more likely trade down to a team looking to take a quarterback there.

But the potential problem arises with the Bengals now looking at Chase or Pitts instead of drafting tackle Penei Sewell after signing tackle Riley Reiff from the Vikings.

For the Eagles, that means their decision could come down to the best player remaining from the list of Chase, Pitts, Justin Fields, Alabama receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, and perhaps even Sewell.

If the Eagles really covet Fields as a big upgrade over Hurts, they would likely have to trade up to get him. That seems like a stretch when Pitts should fall into their lap. He'll form a dynamic tight end combination with Dallas Goedert, and that will fill their need at receiver.

Mock draft 1.0: Justin Fields.

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