Philadelphia Eagles 2021 seven-round mock draft: Eagles get their guy

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138. player. 811. . TE. Wolverines . Nick Eubanks

Dallas Goedert gets a tag team partner when the Philadelphia Eagles pick 138th.

With Zach Ertz likely on his way out soon, the Eagles could use a young tight end to pair with Dallas Goedert. Ertz has one more year on his contract. The Eagles will likely try to find a trade partner this offseason. Even if they don’t, they can groom a young tight end under him and Goedert. Richard Rodgers is a reliable third-string on a short-term deal but he isn’t a long-term option. Josh Perkins could be a solid backup if healthy next year but it’s too difficult to say for sure.

That’s where Nick Eubanks comes in. Eubanks is a six-foot-five, 256-pound tight end from Michigan. He can get down the seam pretty quickly and is an impressive route runner. Looking solely at his measurables and raw talent, he has what it takes to be successful at the next level. The problem is that Eubanks’ production suggests otherwise. Fans were expecting 2020 to be his breakout season. Unfortunately, the Big Ten started late and he only played in five of Michigan’s six games.

In the last 23 games from his last three seasons, he’s put up 43 catches, 517 yards, and six touchdowns. In 2020, he put up just ten catches, 117 yards, and one touchdown in five games. It should be noted that Michigan had a poor season overall and poor quarterback play. Just a few years ago, there was another fifth-round tight end who didn’t have the production to back up his potential: George Kittle. In his last 23 games, he put up 43 catches, 629 yards, and ten touchdowns.

It’d be unfair to suggest Eubanks is the next Kittle just based on that but he could be a sleeper. Tight ends coach Justin Peelle has done a wonderful job with this position group. Peelle and Goedert can both help Eubanks improve his blocking ability. They helped Noah Togiai with it. Unfortunately, Togiai was cut before the season but he showcased those major blocking improvements in training camp and with the Indianapolis Colts in the regular season.