Primary Needs: 

WR, CB, IOL

Jaylen Waddle

WR

Alabama

Instant Impact Player

OVERALL RK:

7

POS. RK:

3

PLAYER EVALUATION

Waddle is a versatile athlete; he can line up anywhere on the field. He is by far the most difficult player to defend in the 2021 NFL Draft. DB's struggle to get their hands on him at the line of scrimmage, and while in coverage, they often are left behind in his wake. His route running ability and precise cuts allow him to get separation from DB's. Unlike Ruggs (many compare to Ruggs), Waddle is not just a straight-line speed player who relies on downfield throws; he is effective at all levels displaying great hands, and can high point the football with ease. He might be the next Tyreek Hill in the NFL (not a comp, or even a guarantee); Waddle is an undersized player yet possesses top-level NFL WR traits. It would be best if you always had an extra set of eyes on him (help defender). Waddle wins one on one with ease. Waddle could quickly become the top WR in this draft once we look back in hindsight.

TEAM ANALYSIS

Other Considerations If Available:

BYU QB Zach Wilson or Ohio State QB Justin Fields or Best Available WR or Trade Up or Trade Back

The Eagles could go a lot of different ways with this pick; they could satisfy their need at WR by drafting Ja'Marr Chase, they could fulfill a significant need at LB and go with Penn State's Micah Parson's, or they could ultimately draft a QB. Everything will hinge on a Carson Wentz trade, which appears inevitable. But then you have Jaylen Hurts in the mix. Our first mock draft back in January had the Eagles taking Zach Wilson, but Zach Wilson's projection to go earlier up to this point throws a wrench into the idea of Philly grabbing one of the top three signal-callers available. If Wilson falls to the Eagles, they may not have a choice but to go with Wilson. The Eagles are also in dire need of help in their secondary. If other scenarios play out with potential QB trades (Deshaun to the Jets), it will provide the Eagles with a shot at getting one of either Fields or Wilson. Since we are re-inventing our first mock draft and developing our 2nd mock by examining all of the variables, we will assume Wilson is off the board. What will the Eagles do?

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