Which elite athletes will the Eagles target in the 2021 NFL Draft?


The Eagles made 10 picks within the 2020 draft. In any case of these choices have been made, I noticed one thing in regards to the class.

Save for Shaun Bradley’s vertical soar, every Eagles draft decide had a 40-yard sprint, vertical soar, and broad soar all of at the very least sixtieth percentile for his or her place. (Jack Driscoll, who I initially forgot on this tweet and added later, additionally hit all of those benchmarks.) 6 of their 10 choices have been at the very least ninetieth percentile within the broad soar as properly — elite numbers.

It’s robust to name all of {that a} coincidence. It was the Eagles’ first 12 months with a heavy variety of picks in the previous couple of seasons, and Roseman himself known as the draft a “retool” alternative after just a few years of heavy veteran investments. Whereas 40 yard dashes get a ton of pub, and the Eagles have been clearly prioritizing group pace altogether, jumps are arguably extra necessary than the 40 itself, and mirror short-are explosiveness important for trench play and open-field sort out breaking.

The Eagles’ curiosity in good jumpers isn’t totally restricted to the 2020 draft. Going again via the 2018 and 2019 drafts, the Eagles drafted with a concentrate on 40s and jumps, with just some exceptions. Within the 2019 class, Andre Dillard and Miles Sanders each hit each qualification, whereas J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Shareef Miller have been solely qualifiers on the 40 yard-dash, and Clayton Thorson (keep in mind him?) didn’t take a look at in any respect. In 2018, solely Matt Pryor did not move the sixtieth percentile threshold in any metric (he failed all three), with Dallas Goedert not testing within the 40, and Jordan Mailata not testing on the jumps.

And in 2017? The final 12 months during which the Eagles had a considerable variety of picks? Not a single draft decide certified in additional than one of many three fields.

So it is a latest however significant shift to raised athletes by way of linear explosiveness and pace. We shouldn’t count on the Eagles to stay to it exhausting and quick, however it’s attention-grabbing to filter via the names at every place that hit the required measurements, and see if we will winnow the deep pool of NFL gamers into smaller record of Eagles curiosity.

First, the goal measurements. I filtered for sixty fifth percentile on all of those lists, as Professional Day numbers are typically just a little friendlier, and all we’re utilizing this 12 months are Professional Day numbers, as there was no Mix. I used, as all the time, the Mockdraftable database to search out the percentile figures throughout 20+ years of knowledge. I must also thank Twitter consumer @alexkatson, a author for Draft Ceremony, whose spreadsheet of Professional Day outcomes I used for this class.

sixty fifth Percentile Measures (by Place)

POSITION 40 VERT BROAD
POSITION 40 VERT BROAD
RB 4.52 35.5 120
WR 4.47 36.5 123
TE 4.72 34 117
OT 5.2 29 105
IOL 5.21 29 104
IDL 5.04 30.5 108
EDGE 4.76 34 118
LB 4.66 35 118
CB 4.46 37 124
S 4.52 36.5 122

So these are our measures. Now the massive query: who hits them?

Operating Again

Not probably the most athletic working again class by any means. The Eagles are an excellent candidate to take a center spherical again, as Nick Sirianni’s offenses have been closely by committee, and even with the signing of Jordan Howard, the Eagles’ backfield stays pretty skinny after Miles Sanders.

RB Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Jake Funk RB Maryland 5102 205 4.43 38 122
Kene Nwangwu RB Iowa State 6001 210 4.29 38 125
Chris Evans RB Michigan 5110 211 4.48 40.5 127
Deon Jackson RB Duke 5110 218 4.42 36 123
Elijah Mitchell RB UL Lafayette 5102 201 4.35 37.5 128
Chuba Hubbard RB Oklahoma State 6000 210 4.50 36 120

Chuba Hubbard is an attention-grabbing identify. The Oklahoma State again was within the Heisman dialog in 2019 following a 328 carry, 2,094 yard, 21 landing season. His 2020 season was considerably worse, as he handled a backfield rotation, some well being points, and a usually worse offense. His inventory has fallen this 12 months, making him a possible discount add.

Kene Nwangwu and Chris Evans have been each not the first ball carriers for his or her groups; Deon Jackson and Elijah Mithcell have been in fairly even rotations. Possibly there are increased ceilings there, however you’d like your future NFLers to be clear bellcows on the school stage.

Broad Receiver

Much more choices for the Eagles at large receiver, as the category is as athletic as ever. Curiously, there are alternatives in any respect three ranges of the draft: Day 1, Day 2, and even late on Day 3. In that the Eagles want so as to add beginning expertise and depth to the place, all of those gamers are legit choices.

WR Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Jalen Camp WR Georgia Tech 6017 226 4.43 39.5 125
Kawaan Baker WR South Alabama 6004 210 4.44 39.5 129
Ihmir Smith-Marsette WR Iowa 6006 181 4.43 37 124
Landen Akers WR Iowa State 5115 189 4.47 39 127
Rondale Moore WR Purdue 5070 180 4.29 42.5 126
Nico Collins WR Michigan 6041 215 4.42 37.5 125
Tim Jones WR Southern Miss 6006 203 4.47 40 124
Kadarius Toney WR Florida 5115 193 4.38 39.5 136
Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU 6003 201 4.34 41 132
Terrace Marshall Jr. WR LSU 6024 205 4.40 39 125
Jacob Harris WR UCF 6050 219 4.43 40.5 133

Ja’Marr Chase is a qualifier for the Eagles’ measurements, which is worthy of word completely if Chase endures a Draft Day fall and the Eagles certainly execute their Prime-10 commerce up, which has solely lately been rumored. It is usually price remembering that each Alabama WRs Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle didn’t take a look at this season, so we don’t know whether or not they qualify for the Eagles pursuits. We will infer, nonetheless, that each are fairly doggone good athletes.

After Choose 12 comes and goes, the principle names that flash are LSU’s Terrace Marshall, Florida’s Kadarius Toney, and Purdue’s Rondale Moore. The builds are absurdly completely different: Marshall is 6-foot-2 and 200+ kilos, whereas Moore is 5-foot-7 and 180 kilos, and Toney is decently within the center at 193 kilos, a hair beneath 6 ft. However all are proficient gamers who determine to go round Choose 38, the Eagles’ second-round choice. Marshall is a little bit of an extended shot to go at that vary, however the Eagles determine to like his vertical skill and suppleness; Moore needs to be round, however has harm considerations, and appears destined for slot play. I’d nonetheless want Moore as a route runner and pure catcher to Toney, who’s a highschool QB convert nonetheless uncooked for the NFL. The Eagles may need the identical points integrating him in Yr 1 as they did integrating Reagor.

Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette is one in all my favourite receivers within the class, and has the returner skill that the Eagles desperately want. He begins making sense in Spherical 4, as does Nico Collins, one other prime receiver recruit to Michigan who suffered beneath poor quarterback play with the Wolverines. Tremendous late? Jalen Camp from Georgia Tech is an intriguing man: solely began enjoying soccer as a sophomore in highschool.

Tight Ends

The Eagles received’t go early at tight finish, however don’t fear — there’s no method they have been gonna take Kyle Pitts anyway, as he solely jumped 33.5” within the vert. He wants 34” within the vertical soar to be ok for the NFL.

TE Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Briley Moore TE Kansas State 6042 240 4.64 37.5 123
Quintin Morris TE Bowling Inexperienced 6022 243 4.60 34 119
Zach Davidson TE Central Missouri 6065 245 4.64 37.5 117
Kylen Granson TE SMU 6014 241 4.61 36.5 120
Nick Eubanks TE Michigan 6044 245 4.69 34 120
Tommy Tremble TE Notre Dame 6033 241 4.65 36.5 122

In all seriousness: it isn’t probably the most athletic tight finish class, however Quintin Morris out of Bowling State, Briley Moore from Kansas State, and Zach Davidson from Central Missouri are all enjoyable Day 3 choices. Davidson is a very entertaining possibility on Day 3: he each punted and performed tight finish for the Mules, and the Eagles do have a gap at punter after the discharge of Cam Johnston.

Offensive Deal with

That’s quite a lot of tackles! The Eagles are prone to take an offensive lineman sooner or later, as they’ve long-term questions at middle (Jason Kelce’s retirement), guard (Brandon Brooks’ well being), and sort out (Lane Johnson’s well being and Jordan Mailata’s expertise). Whereas it will be shocking to see them go there at 12, whereabouts Rashawn Slater figures to go, however as early as 38 total it’s an affordable expectation.

OT Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight Arm 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight Arm 40 Vertical Broad
Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern 6042 304 33 4.88 33 112
Cole Van Lanen OT Wisconsin 6042 305 33 3/8 5.01 30 107
Teton Saltes OT New Mexico 6045 300 32 7/8 5.04 30.5 105
Samuel Cosmi OT Texas 6057 314 33 4.84 30 117
Dillon Radunz OT North Dakota State 6056 301 33 2/8 5.11 32 112
Parker Ferguson OT Air Pressure 6036 306 32 7/8 5.19 31 105
Spencer Brown OT Northern Iowa 6082 311 34 6/8 4.94 31.5 117
Alex Leatherwood OT Alabama 6051 312 33 7/8 5.01 34.5 118
Larnel Coleman OT UMass 6062 307 36 2/8 5.17 31 113
Brady Christensen OT BYU 6052 302 32 2/8 4.89 34 124
Chandon Herring OT BYU 6066 307 33 6/8 5.05 29 113
Tommy Doyle OT Miami (OH) 6080 320 35 1/8 5.12 33.5 111
Darius Harper OT Cincinnati 6065 300 33 5/8 5.05 30.5 105
Landon Younger OT Kentucky 6061 310 33 6/8 5.18 30.5 108
Teven Jenkins OT Oklahoma State 6057 317 33 4/8 5.03 32.5 106

Texas’ Samuel Cosmi and North Dakota State’s Dillon Radunz may each be round at 38 as high-ceiling developmental choices, whereas Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood and BYU’s Brady Christensen characterize extra pro-ready choices given their school expertise and present play. Leatherwood is considered by some within the league as a guard convert, which can notably curiosity the Eagles, who aren’t certain precisely how their offensive line will shake out over the following few years.

Inside Offensive Line

Simply as there have been loads of sort out prospects, loads of guard and middle prospects stand out for the Eagles. The measurement thresholds are very shut between sort out and guard, so view these prospects in a bucket with the sort out prospects to fill out the Eagles’ goal record.

iOL Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Quinn Meinerz IOL Wisconsin Whitewater 6027 320 4.96 32 111
Creed Humphrey IOL Oklahoma 6042 302 5.09 33 112
Kendrick Inexperienced IOL Illinois 6017 305 4.89 35.5 119
Drew Dalman IOL Stanford 6033 299 5.12 33 109
Matt Farniok IOL Nebraska 6052 311 5.20 33 105
Sadarius Hutcherson IOL South Carolina 6033 321 5.01 31.5 106
Alijah Vera-Tucker IOL USC 6044 308 5.13 32 106
Trey Smith IOL Tennessee 6054 321 5.11 31 112
Jaelin Fisher IOL Charlotte 6020 291 5.12 32 115
Jordan Meredith IOL Western Kentucky 6026 302 5.11 32 109

Kendrick Inexperienced from Illinois and Drew Dalman from Stanford are two of probably the most engaging Day 3 choices within the media, and that testing from Inexperienced is especially gorgeous. However two big-bodied guards from the SEC stand out: Trey Smith of Tennessee was a excessive caliber recruit who has some sort out versatility, however didn’t develop a lot with the Volunteers; Sadarius Hutcherson was a stout inside starter for the Gamecocks over three seasons who bought higher with every consecutive 12 months. The Eagles love tackle-sized participant at guard, and each of these guys match the invoice.

Inside Defensive Line

This record of athletes is of specific curiosity, because the Eagles appear unlikely to go early at defensive sort out on this draft. With Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave already in hand and Hassan Ridgeway on the depth chart, the Eagles ought to seize a developmental participant, however solely on Day 3 and no earlier. This record helps us outline their targets.

iDL Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Jonathan Marshall IDL Arkansas 6030 310 4.82 32 114
Ta’Quon Graham IDL Texas 6031 292 4.93 32.5 113
Milton Williams IDL Louisiana Tech 6030 284 4.67 38.5 121
Kenny Randall IDL Charleston 6015 302 5.04 34 117
Darius Stills IDL West Virginia 6004 278 4.98 32.5 110
Mike Boykin IDL North Alabama 6053 291 4.88 32 110
Marquiss Spencer IDL Mississippi State 6035 301 4.87 31.5 111
Alim McNeill IDL North Carolina State 6017 317 5.00 30.5 108
Bobby Brown III IDL Texas A&M 6040 321 5.04 33 113
Cameron Murray IDL Oklahoma State 6023 294 4.95 31.5 109
Jovan Swann IDL Indiana 6020 291 4.97 30.5 109

There are quite a lot of sub-300 pounders on this record, and a lot of the 300+ guys, like North Carolina State’s Alim McNeill and Texas A&M’s Bobby Brown III will go early on Day 3, if not on Day 2. With that stated, Jonathan Marshall has some hype as a worthy developmental gamble, so if measurement stays a precedence, I’d think about he’s the best goal. If size is the purpose as an alternative? Examine Mike Boykin from North Alabama and Marquiss Spencer from Mississippi State.

EDGE

The final time the Eagles took an early EDGE, it was Derek Barnett, who did not hit the purpose metrics and has been a little bit of a disappointment at 14 total; in subsequent 12 months’s draft, they grabbed Josh Sweat, who’s coming alongside properly as a move rusher after testing within the ninetieth percentile throughout the board. Given the EDGEs drafted in Indianapolis throughout Jonathan Gannon’s tenure there (Ben Banogu and Kemoko Turay) and the teachings discovered between Barnett and Sweat, I’d be shocked if that precedence on athleticism has modified.

EDGE Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Joseph Ossai EDGE Texas 6036 256 4.65 41.5 131
Joshua Kaindoh EDGE Florida State 6056 260 4.70 36.5 125
Janarius Robinson EDGE Florida State 6053 263 4.72 34 121
Jayson Oweh EDGE Penn State 6047 257 4.36 39.5 134
Shaka Toney EDGE Penn State 6024 242 4.55 39 128
Kwity Paye EDGE Michigan 6024 261 4.57 35.5 118
Jaelan Phillips EDGE Miami 6054 260 4.59 36 125
Patrick Johnson EDGE Tulane 6020 240 4.65 35 119
Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE Wake Forest 6032 274 4.65 34 122
Hamilcar Rashed Jr. EDGE Oregon State 6023 251 4.62 35.5 128

It’s price instantly highlighting Kwity Paye, who has been of rumored curiosity for the Eagles at 12 total. Paye qualifies for the Eagles’ athletic thresholds at 260+ kilos, so verify that field for Paye’s possibilities of filling the Eagles’ draft slot. Different potential early-drafted edges, like Miami’s Jaelan Phillips, Penn State’s Joseph Ossai, and Wake Forest’s Carlos Basham additionally hit the marks. Just about the one early EDGE who doesn’t hit their thresholds is Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari, who solely missed on the vertical soar.

Later, there are two extra developmental EDGEs from Florida State that could possibly be of curiosity to the Eagles: Joshua Kaindoh and Janarius Robinson (my most well-liked of the 2). They’ve the testing, but additionally the mandatory measurement to play with their hand within the grime. If the Eagles protection is working to a lighter archetype, like that utilized in Indianapolis, then Penn State Shaka Toney has professional prepared rush strikes.

Linebacker

Goodness, the Eagles may use a linebacker. Everybody is aware of they’re not going to take an early one, after all — however hopefully they’re at the very least keen to take a Day 2 participant. And at this place, athleticism needs to be prioritized, as they’ve suffered for poor athletes within the center for too lengthy.

LB Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Milo Eifler LB Illinois 6021 228 4.58 37.5 126
Derrick Barnes LB Purdue 6003 238 4.57 37 119
Christian Elliss LB Idaho 6016 228 4.58 35.5 120
Baron Browning LB Ohio State 6026 245 4.56 40 130
Pete Werner LB Ohio State 6027 238 4.62 39.5 122
Buddy Johnson LB Texas A&M 6004 229 4.58 38.5 128
Jarell White LB Cincinnati 5086 202 4.58 35 125
Jamin Davis LB Kentucky 6034 234 4.48 42 132

I’m a giant fan of Pete Werner from Ohio State, who has nice protection work on the school stage — he’d doubtless value at the very least 70 total, the Eagles’ first third spherical decide. Purdue’s Derrick Barnes may be there as a much bigger, extra versatile possibility with expertise enjoying on the road of scrimmage. He’s extra of a SAM linebacker — one thing the Eagles are missing on the present set-up with Eric Wilson and T.J. Edwards because the starters.

I’m unsure how he’d match on the protection, however I like Jarell White from Cincinnati. Glue man.

Cornerback

Cornerback, like large receiver, is a crucial place for these lists, because the Eagles can go each for starters and depth on all three days of the draft. This record isn’t as deep, which helps us slender our scope on the place they may hit their targets.

CB Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Eric Stokes CB Georgia 6005 194 4.30 38.5 128
Robert Rochell CB Central Arkansas 5116 193 4.41 43 133
Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama 6020 208 4.42 39 131
Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina 6006 205 4.39 41.5 133
Brandon Stephens CB SMU 6001 213 4.44 38 127
Chris Wilcox CB BYU 6015 198 4.39 37.5 126
Marco Wilson CB Florida 5115 191 4.35 43.5 136
Brandin Echols CB Kentucky 5101 179 4.36 42.5 136
Jeremy Bell CB Charleston 5111 190 4.38 38 128

Each Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain qualify right here, which doesn’t assist us with the controversy of who the Eagles need at 12 (or with a commerce up). In the event that they miss out on nook in Spherical 1, Georgia’s Eric Stokes is the most suitable choice at 38. Spherical 3 is disturbingly skinny, as nearly everybody remaining on the record is taken into account a Day 3 decide at finest. Taking a look at this record offers me extra confidence that the Eagles go cornerback with one in all their first two picks.

Robert Rochell of Central Arkansas has been a small-schooler of huge NFL curiosity for a number of seasons now, and BYU’s Chris Wilcox is a perfect scheme match along with his background in zone protection and wonderful tackling with the Cougars. I’d personally wish to steer clear from Florida’s Marco Wilson. He’s the man who threw the shoe that misplaced Florida the sport towards LSU.

No, actually.

Security

And right here at security, we’ve the lightest record of all. I’m unsure why it’s such a small group this 12 months of athletes, however a lot of the prime safeties missed on the 40-yard sprint: Ar’Darius Washington, Trevon Moehrig, and Richie Grant all missed on the 40, whereas Oregon’s Jevon Holland was simply brief on the vertical soar.

With Rodney McLeod, Anthony Harris, and Okay’Von Wallace all in hand, the Eagles don’t should go after a security early. However given how properly the Colts protection drafted and developed safeties (Khari Willis, Julian Blackmon), it’d be good to see them add a middle-round man to the group to doubtlessly beat out the veterans.

S Targets

Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Participant Place Faculty Peak Weight 40 Vertical Broad
Jaylon McClain-Sapp S Marshall 5097 183 4.45 41 128
Caden Sterns S Texas 5117 202 4.40 42 128
Tyler Coyle S Purdue 6004 209 4.36 39 133
Darrick Forrest S Cincinnati 5114 206 4.43 39 132
James Wiggins S Cincinnati 5112 209 4.42 38 127

I like each of the Cinci safeties. Wiggins has an harm historical past which will push him to Day 3, however he’s extra of a field/slot participant, whereas Forrest is the extra pure single-high security, so who they aim relies on what they need. I used to be shocked to see Texas’ Caden Sterns take a look at this properly, and off his movie, I don’t actually know if I might draft him.



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