Ranking Philadelphia Eagles six best options at 12th selection in NFL Draft

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. Jaylen Waddle, The Tide. 1. player. 829. .

We never would have imagined this as Philadelphia Eagles fans.

Everybody’s doing their research. Everybody has an opinion, but if you’re both a college football and NFL fan, you’ve probably heard something very frequently that can’t be ignored.

Despite breaking his ankle early in the 2020 NCAA football campaign and despite a monster season from his teammate, DeVonta Smith, many of the draft pundits and scouts we trust still rank Jaylen Waddle as the better prospect of the two stars coming out of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Think of Waddle and Smith as ‘number 2’ and ‘number 2a’ once we get past LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase. It seems ridiculous to complain about Smith’s size when Waddle is about three inches shorter and only about seven pounds heavier, but hey, you know how these things go.

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Waddle will be completely healed by the time the 2021 NFL season comes around, and in 34 career games, this five-foot-ten, 182-pound standout notched 106 receptions for 1,999 yards and 17 trips to the end zone. He’s a threat every time he touches the ball, and that’s something Birds fans have been clamoring for over the course of the past three seasons.