Philadelphia Eagles 2021 Big Ten-only and 3-round NFL mock draft

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player. 812. . . . Shaun Wade, cornerback. 1

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5 for a lot of reasons, but one of the most obvious was, with the game on the line, the ‘Black and Gold’ lined up with five wide receivers which meant that Nathan Gerry wound up trying to cover Chase Claypool in the slot. There isn’t an Eagles fan in the Delaware Valley or anywhere else in the country that doesn’t know how that ended up.

That’s a long-winded way of stating the obvious. Regardless of what moves are made and regardless of how this team is constructed every offseason, there’s always a need for cover guys (not to mention linebackers, and wide receivers, and running backs). Once we reach the 2021 offseason and the 2021 NFL Draft, the conversation around Philly’s fan base and in the media will again be cornerbacks and wide receivers and running backs.

If the ‘Birds’ don’t wind up in the playoffs, a very real possibility, they could be picking towards the middle of the first round or higher. Based on how Shaun Wade develops for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2020 and if he proves that he can play outside cornerback consistently, he could find himself in first-round discussions.

It definitely would have been nice if the Birds’ could have lined him up across from Claypool in Week 5.