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Round 1 pick 12:
Philadelphia trades the 12th overall pick, 84th overall pick, and Zach Ertz to Carolina for the 8th overall pick and the 113th overall pick.
Round 1 pick 8: CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Now, I know what you’re thinking, Why trade up for Surtain and not a WR? It’s taken me a while to realize this but if you listen to Flippin’ the Birds then you would’ve heard my co-host continuously state that the Eagles will be facing about 13 of the top 20 receiving threats next season.
Right now, Darius Slay is the only capable CB on the roster. Adding a player like Patrick Surtain II is a must. He’s a sure-fire CB1 talent that would benefit from playing CB2 to Darius Slay for the next two seasons before taking over Slay’s role in the long-term. The Alabama product is a poised defender who lets his game do the talking and Philly would be the perfect home for him.
Surtain II is a certified stud but the birds may have competition for him. Even worse is that the competition could come from both the Cowboys and the Giants. This is why I believe they should trade up to the 8th pick.
He’s drawn comparisons to Jalen Ramsey early on due to his speed, size, and length. He finished his junior season with 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 9 pass deflections.
Round 2 pick 37:
Philadelphia trades their 37th overall pick and 189th overall pick to Atlanta for their 35th overall pick
Round 2 pick 35: WR Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU
If the Eagles are looking for another young talent at WR to play the X position then Terrace Marshall is just that guy. Why do the Eagles need to jump up two spots to grab him? Well, there’s a possibility that the Dolphins could end up with Kyle Pitts and still have a need at WR. Howie Roseman can’t afford to play cute this time around as they need to nail this draft pick-by-pick. Marshall is an unsung talent that is being widely overlooked in the draft due to his teammate, Ja’Marr Chase.
Round 3 pick 70: C Quinn Meinerz, UWW
Quinn Meinerz is the perfect replacement for an aging Jason Kelce. While Meinerz played mostly at guard during his time at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he seems to be up for a position change at the pro level. In a recent interview on Flippin’ the Birds, Meinerz mentioned that he had just recently met with the Eagles and he’s also been told by several NFL scouts and execs that they see him more as a center going forward. Meinerz isn’t the greatest athlete but what he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for in his cerebral style of play.
Round 4 pick 113: QB Kyle Trask, Florida
It had to happen at some point in the draft but this is what I believe the Eagles mean by bringing in a QB to “compete”. Barring any huge trade for a QB out in Texas that is buried under legal issues right now, the Eagles are set to start the season with Jalen Hurts being QB1. Not Joe Flacco, Jalen Hurts.
Kyle Trask would be the ideal pick here for several reasons. First off, the team will finally have a cheap backup that will stick around for the next couple of years and actually offer some upside. Secondly, Trask already has an in with Eagles QB Coach Brian Johnson. The funny thing about Johnson is that he’s known Hurts since he was a kid and he’s also just left Florida where he was the offensive coordinator for Kyle Trask and the Gators.
Round 4 – pick 123 -LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
Moses is a very rare specimen. His ability to guard sidelineto-sideline while maintaining his focus is among the best in this class. Moses is a freak athlete that has a nose for the ball no matter where it is. He had an incredible career at Alabama as he tallied 192 tackles with 104 of them being solo tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions.
He may serve best as an outside linebacker in the NFL but it truly may not matter where you place him due to his downhill speed and laser focus. The Eagles could use a player like Moses to line up with Alex Singleton if they plan to use Alex at MLB in the long-term once Eric Wilson’s contract runs out.
Round 5 pick 150: CB Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State
Williams might be one of my favorite late-round grabs for the Eagles. The Oklahoma State cornerback is a true disruptor and would fit in perfectly with this franchise. He has some to polish up on several of his techniques but for the most part, Williams could have a big role at the pro level playing on the outside. Not only is he good at defending the pass but his ability to play against the run is also a huge highlight of his game. Williams had 31 passes defended at the collegiate level which is a huge compliment to his ability in man coverage and even zone.
Round 6 pick 224: WR Austin Watkins, UAB
Austin Watkins could be a nice piece to add. He is the type of receiver that’s open even when he’s covered. Watkins has shown to have great hands and ball skills, while flashing also an ability to make plays after the catch. While he isn’t the fastest guy on the field, Watkins can still maneuver his way through traffic and be that productive role player. In his last two seasons at UAB, Watkins tallied 1,558 receiving yards on 90 receptions with 9 touchdowns.
Round 6 pick 225: EDGE Chris Rumph II, Duke
Everyone who knows anything about the Eagles knows just how much the front office loves their guys in the trenches. In the Jim Schwartz days, the Eagles focused on having their defensive lineman rotate heavily and play in situational roles. No one knows just how Gannon will use that group going forward but if he is to follow a similar mold then Chris Rumph would be a great fit.
Rumph is a very versatile defensive end that can disrupt offenses. He finished his junior season with 52 tackles, 8 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble. He’s been on a steady upward trajectory throughout his time in Duke. Rumph could fit the Eagles NASCAR package if that ends up being a thing again and could play well opposite of Josh Sweat.
Round 7 pick 234 – S Lamont Wade, Penn State
Even after the recent signing of Anthony Harris, the Eagles could still add some more depth to their safety room. While the future seems to be reliant on the progress of K’Von Wallace, the Eagles have yet to determine anything solid after him. Grayland Arnold is a player to keep an eye on and Marcus Epps may flash some potential with Gannon but nothing is set in stone.
Lamont Wade could fit well in this defense with his ability to play as a nickel corner or even a traditional safety. His value may be found in special teams but he’ll find his way to the files on defense somehow. Wade had a bit of a down year last season following the best college season from his junior year. In that year Wade posted 67 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 5 pass deflections. The potential is there and it’ll be on this new coaching staff to extract it.
Round 7 pick 240: LB Paddy Fisher, North Western
Linebacker is a huge need for the Eagles and has been one for years. If they don’t attack the first several rounds with a focus on LB then maybe there’s a possibility that Paddy Fisher is still available in the 7th. Fisher is a natural linebacker that has an old-school feel to his game but don’t let that fool you, his ability to adjust to today’s style of play is very much there.
Fisher finished his collegiate career with 401 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, 10 pass deflections, and 24.5 tackles for loss. He has a high motor with a nose for the ball. On our recent episode of Flippin’ the Birds, Paddy informed us that he had met with the Eagles last week for a visit and LB Coach Nick Rallis discussed the possibilities of having Paddy coming off the edge as well. Teams would be wise to not box in the 240lb linebacker from Northwestern.
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