The Philadelphia Eagles have to get their draft board ready.
To predict who the Eagles could pick in the first round, we first have to predict what the five teams in front of them are looking for and who they will pick. Here’s an educated guess.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback
We are not going to spend a lot of time with the Jaguars’ first overall pick in the 2021 draft, for we all are almost 100 percent certain they are going to choose Clemson’s star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence.
2. New York Jets – Kwity Paye, Defensive End
The New York Jets (like the Eagles) need help at multiple positions; however, with everything pointing towards the idea that they’ll be keeping quarterback Sam Darnold and with the knowledge that the new head coach, Robert Saleh is a defensive guy, Michigan’s star edge rusher Kwity Paye makes sense.
3. Miami Dolphins – Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle
This is a pretty big guess, for the Dolphins could really pick anyone from wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase to linebacker Micah Parsons. Still, if they have faith in their rookie quarterback, they will want to make sure he is protected.
That means they’ll want to pick up a skill player later on in the draft’s first night seeing as they have two first-round picks.
4. Atlanta Falcons – Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback
Some think that the Falcons will go with a quarterback (possibly), but putting points on the board isn’t really Atlanta’s problem. Their main problem is keeping opposing teams out of the end zone.
A more realistic prediction is for the Falcons is to take a top defensive player with the fourth overall selection. A lockdown coverage cornerback like Patrick Surtain from Alabama won’t make anyone angry. Surtain would certainly (see what we did there?) start to cure many of their defensive issues.