Philadelphia Eagles, All-SEC seven-round NFL mock draft

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The Philadelphia Eagles go with one of the only sure things.

Round 1, Pick six: Kyle Pitts, tight end, Florida Gators

Let’s begin all of this with both a controversial selection and statement. The only thing that we all might be sure of is Kyle Pitts is truly a sure thing. Walk this one out with us for a few ticks if you don’t mind.

Here’s how we see the first five picks before Philly is on the clock at number six. Trevor Lawrence goes to Jacksonville as planned. That decision is followed by the New York Jets settling on BYU’s Zach Wilson. The Miami Dolphins decide that, rather than move on from Tua Tagovailoa, that they’d rather give him some weapons, so they take LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase.

Several pundits believe the Atlanta Falcons will take a quarterback, including us, so they go with Justin Fields out of Ohio State. The Cincinnati Bengals protect their investment, last year’s first-overall selection, quarterback Joe Burrow, and they do so by taking Oregon’s Penei Sewell. That’s a wise decision because, as most of you will remember, Burrow got hurt last season.

Philly will have a wealth of talent to choose from. In all honesty, they’re safe regardless of whatever they do. Patrick Surtain II would give them a lockdown corner (maybe). Micah Parsons is a stud linebacker, but this franchise hates linebackers. Jaylen Waddle is amazing, but is he the gamechanger Philly wants? What about his teammate, DeVonta Freeman? Gosh, he’s small.

For all of those reasons, Philadelphia goes with Florida’s Kyle Pitts. Zach Ertz is probably gone. Pitts is the surest of sure things compared to every other option that may be available, and he can be kicked outside if need be, especially if Dallas Goedert is in the offensive formation.

Some see Pitts as a tight end and wide receiver hybrid anyway. He’s too fast for linebackers to cover. He’s too big for cornerbacks to cover. His presence will open things up for the returning Marquise Goodwin and the three receivers Philly drafted in 2020. He fixes about three issues just by showing up.