The Philadelphia Eagles traded the sixth pick to the Miami Dolphins for the 12th pick and future first-round picks. The Eagles were in play for a quarterback at six, but now with trading back, who can the Eagles target with this pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?
TE Kyle Pitts
Pitts is the next best thing standing at six feet six inches and 240 pounds at the tight end position. Kyle Pitts is easily outside of the quarterback position, the most skilled player in this entire draft. He is a genuinely generational talent at the tight end position drawing in a record-breaking pff grade of 96.2. That is higher than tight end phenom George Kittle.
It is known that the Eagles are soon to move off of tight end Zach Ertz. Some might ask, so why doesn’t the team lean to Dallas Goedert? This selection of Pitts doesn’t degrade Goderts value on this team due to how versatile Pitts is. Some even value Pitts as a receiver but would make a highly lethal two-tight end set.
CB Jaycee Horn
Out of South Carolina, standing at six foot one inches and 205 pounds at the cornerback position and is highly physical. After cornerback Darius Slay the Eagles don’t have anybody else, especially in a very tough wide receiver division. Twice a year, the Eagles will face Football Team wideouts such as Terry McLaurin & Curtis Samuel. In New York, Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, and Sterling Shepard. Finally, in Dallas, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Ceedee Lamb. If the Eagles want to compete in this division, they need to get much younger and more skilled defensively.
WR Devonta Smith
Heisman won wide receiver coming out of Alabama, standing at six feet one and 174 pounds; he’s a bit of a smaller-sized receiver. Size has been the significant reason Smith has been falling through draft boards. Smith had 23 touchdowns and 1856 receiving yards with 117 receptions; he is an exceptional wideout.
The Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor with the first-round selection of last year’s draft and being the pick right before Justin Jefferson, and he’s been nothing but disappointing. Having a young quarterback in Jalen Hurts, you need to surround him with weapons, and luckily this is a deep receiving class.
WR Jaylen Waddle
Jaylen Waddle is nothing less than an electrifying speedster on the field. He stands at five foot ten inches and 182 pounds; he has excellent body control. Waddle played four games before suffering a season-ending injury. Waddle came back in the final game but still showed signs of damage, so he didn’t play as much.
Waddle’s worst game in his four-game span was against Ole Miss with six receptions for 120 yards. Waddle can create for himself and can fly by cornerbacks. The Eagles would have a lovely speedster duo with Reagor and Waddle, leading to an excellent season from Hurts.