2021 NFL mock draft roundup 4.0: Wild quarterback scenarios
Wild quarterback circumstances in newest Eagles mock draft roundup initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
NFL totally free company starts in less than 3 weeks and the draft isn’t far behind it.
The Eagles hold the No. 6 choice in the draft and they have lots of appealing alternatives.
CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
What they stated: Who understands what the Eagles will do with the No. 6 choice, however it’s difficult to picture they no-showed because Week 17 video game simply to take a wideout or offending lineman. And with Carson Wentz now in Indy, there needs to be a Fallback behind Jalen Harms, who is reunited with his previous Alabama colleague, Mac Jones.
My take: Wow. This would be unexpected for a couple of factors. One, Jones isn’t thought about by many to be amongst the really leading group of quarterbacks in this class. 2, preparing him at 6 would most likely not be the very best worth play. If the Eagles truly wind up liking Jones, that’s great however they may be able to move down and still get him. Would they run the risk of that? Uncertain. However I understand the draft for Howie Roseman is everything about worth.
SI.com, Ryan Roberts
Trade approximately 3: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
What they stated: WE HAVE A TRADE! The Philadelphia Eagles trade their 2021 first-round choice (#6 total), a 2021 third-round choice (#84 total) and protective end Derek Barnett to the Miami Dolphins for the #3 choice.
We have another trade! With Penei Sewell off the board and a selection of gifted pass-catchers to select from, the Dolphins end up being another crucial trade back piece. With the current Carson Wentz offer, the Eagles are left toying with the concept of whether second-year professional Jalen Harms is the starter moving on. An odd choice from the start, a previous second-round choice with 4 profession begins, isn’t going to avoid Philadelphia from picking a quarterback they like.
While Trey Lance may provide a greater benefit than Fields long term, it may be a tough sell to the fan base, taking another North Dakota State quarterback after how the Wentz period ended. From a skill point of view, Fields is well worth this choice. The failure to cultivate that skill will be important for brand-new head coach Nick Sirianni and business.
My take: There’s a lot to review here. This draft began with Trevor Lawrence and after that the Bengals’ trading approximately take Penei Sewell from Oregon. So the Eagles go up to take Fields. While I’m not exactly sure about the cost, I don’t think the possibility of the Eagles’ trading up to get a quarterback is that crazy. It’s probably not what I would do but if taking a quarterback at No. 6 is an option then trading up to take one better be an option too. Because if the Eagles identify THEIR quarterback in this draft, then they need to do whatever they can to get him. If that means trading up to 3, then it makes sense.
CBS Sports, Josh Edwards
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
What they said: Zach Ertz is not going to be around long in Philadelphia. The Eagles need pass catchers and are not limited to wide receivers. Kyle Pitts is a unique weapon who is not going to be pegged as a traditional inline blocker. He can be flexed out and moved around in Nick Sirianni’s offense.
My take: Pitts is a really intriguing option. Some folks wouldn’t be happy with this because he’s a tight end and I get that. But he’s a dynamic player who is going to create crazy matchup problems at the next level. Edwards mentions Sirianni’s offense, which is important. Sirianni has a clear affinity for the tight end position and emphasizes creating matchup problems with tight ends. So I wouldn’t rule out this possibility. But in this mock draft, four quarterbacks go before the Eagles’ pick and Sewell goes at 5. So the Eagles in this scenario leave all three of the top receivers to take Pitts. I wouldn’t pass on Ja’Marr Chase.
NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
What they said: I do not envision Zach Ertz being on the Eagles’ roster for the 2021 season. However, Philadelphia still ensures its QB1 — whomever that ends up being — has an outstanding duo at tight end in Pitts and Dallas Goedert.
My take: In this mock, Chase goes at No. 3 to the Dolphins. In that case, I believe the likelihood that the Eagles take Pitts increases.
NFL.com, Charley Casserly
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
What they said: With the Eagles moving on from DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery this offseason, the team needs to add another pass catcher.
My take: Smith has been a popular pick for the Eagles and with Chase off the board at 3, Casserly has the Eagles’ taking the next best receiver in this class. This mock draft was interesting for other reasons. Casserly has Pitts lasting until 15 and Fields lasting until pick No. 24. So one mock draft this week has the Eagles trading approximately get Fields at 3 and another has him falling to 24.
The Draft Network, Trevor Sikkema
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
What they said: Maybe Howie Roseman will draft a wide receiver this early? But I doubt it, especially if an offensive line upgrade can be had. The Eagles plan to have Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks back, and hopefully Jason Kelce, too. They also hope health will be much more on their side in 2021. There is reason to believe they could go with Andre Dillard or Jordan Mailata as their left tackle, but why risk such a crucial offensive line spot on belief if a sure thing like Sewell is on the board? I don’t think they would.
My take: We most likely haven’t been talking about Sewell as much as we should. If he’s available at pick No. 6 then he’ll definitely be in play. The Eagles and Roseman have never been shy about wanting to build around their lines, specifically their OL. The presence of Jordan Mailata or Andre Dillard shouldn’t stop the Eagles from taking a top talent at the tackle position if Sewell is available. My guess is that it wouldn’t. But passing on Chase in this scenario would be tough to swallow.
USA Today, Nate Davis
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
What they said: There’s already speculation that they could take another quarterback to compete for the starting job following the decision to part with Carson Wentz. But it makes more sense to give second-year passer Jalen Hurts a fair shot to flourish, and no better way to do that than by enlisting the supremely gifted Chase – he averaged 21.2 yards per catch in 2019 while playing with Burrow and is a weapon at every level of the field. Teaming him with 2020’s first-round wideout, Jalen Reagor, who isn’t nearly the player Chase is, helps the entire unit.
My take: If he’s there, Chase would be my pick. He was the best receiver in the country two years ago and unless he forgot to play football in the last year, he’s going to be good in the NFL.
ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr.
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
What they said: After trading away Carson Wentz, 2020 second-round pick Jalen Hurts tops the Eagles’ quarterback depth chart. And my feeling is that he has earned a chance to start in Week 1 next season and try to be Philly’s long-term answer, even though he completed just 52% of his passes last season. The Eagles have major salary-cap issues, and this is not going to be a one-year rebuild for new coach Nick Sirianni. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re picking in the top 10 next year as well. Drafting Chase here will allow a better evaluation of Hurts in 2021; he’s a true No. 1 wideout with a high ceiling. After opting out of the 2020 season, Chase will get a chance to work out for teams at LSU’s pro day on March 31, and there’s a chance he could wow scouts and coaches there and end up as the No. 1 receiver in this class.
My take: All makes sense to me. I like the idea of the Eagles’ seeing what they have in Hurts, however I also believe they’re going to do their homework on these quarterbacks too. If they don’t fall in love with one of them, then they should give Hurts a chance and drafting Chase at this area would assist.
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