Philadelphia Eagles draft: Trusted voice believes Birds land elite WR

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It’s been all the rage as we inch closer to another NFL Draft. What in the world are the Philadelphia Eagles going to do when they’re on the clock at number 12? Do they go with a wide receiver? Will it be a cornerback?

By now, you’re probably sick of mock drafts, but let’s be honest. We’re addicted. We can’t get enough of them.

Since the mock season began, the Birds have been tied to everyone from some of the draft’s best prospects at the quarterback position to Kyle Pitts. Now, it seems that much of the fan base is in love with South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn.

His is a name that’s been attached to the midnight green more and more, but if you’re of the opinion that Philly’s best bet is to go with one of those elite wide receiver prospects, then fear not. One of the NFL’s most trusted voices agrees with you.

This will make some Philadelphia Eagles fans stand up and cheer.

Well, we mentioned mocks, and it’s always fun to see what the experts are thinking. If you don’t know who Peter Schrager is and you call yourself an NFL fan, slap yourselves on the wrist. Not only is he holding it down as a national reporter for FOX Sports 1, but you can also add the fact that he’s a sideline reporter for FOX Sports and a senior NFL writer for He’s also one of the hosts of the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.

Recently, he dropped his own mock draft, and there are quite a few Philadelphia Eagles fans that will be happy with what he came up with. He has the Birds taking the incomparable Jaylen Waddle of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Here’s some of what Mr. Shrager had to say on the subject.

"Could the Eagles really go with a WR in the first round a year after taking a WR in the first round? Yes. Waddle’s medicals will come in, and we’ll see where he’s at health-wise, but I won’t be surprised if Howie Roseman and company go ahead and grab the talented wideout (and former Jalen Hurts teammate) to pair with Jalen Reagor."

It makes sense if you think about it, and how about this? How many of you forgot that he and Jalen Hurts were once teammates? No one will blame you if you did.

Waddle is the real deal. Sure, that injury he sustained last year scares you some, but so far, we’ve seen no reason to believe that he won’t be 100-percent recovered and healthy by the time the 2021 NFL regular-season schedule kicks off and the games begin to count towards the win-loss total.

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In 34 career games at the collegiate level, he hauled in 106 receptions for 1,999 receiving yards and 17 scores. If he winds up in the midnight green, and all of that translates (and there’s no reason to believe that it won’t), hold on to your seats. He’ll be a fan favorite in the City of Brotherly Love for years to come.