Philadelphia Eagles: Guesses, analysis on 2021 NFL Draft’s first 12 picks

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Philadelphia Eagles fans won’t be happy with the next two selections.

5. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Penei Sewell, Oregon

Finally, the first non-QB is taken off the board, and it involves a scenario that, if you talk to a few draft pundits, has been written in the stars for a while now. The Bengals need to give Joe Burrow some protection up front, and there’s no better way to do that than to draft someone who is considered to be the best offensive lineman in this draft.

Reuniting Burrow and Chase is extremely tempting, but the Bengals are not in a position to make luxury selections. The offensive line play was downright abysmal last year, and drafting Sewell would be an immediate improvement.

6. Miami Dolphins: WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

This one hurts for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dolphins trade down three spots and still end up with their guy. Ja’Marr Chase would give Tua Tagovailoa another weapon to work with and would make the Miami offense dangerous.

How do these selections impact the Philadelphia Eagles?

Albert Breer of SI reported that the Eagles traded down from the sixth pick partly because they believe that the Bengals will select Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth pick. While this may happen, if Chase does in fact fall to six, it will be frustrating for some Eagles fans.

We at ITI believe that the trade down to pick twelve was a wise decision, especially if Chase is selected by the Bengals. Still, it’d be a tough pill to swallow if the LSU wide receiver got drafted at Philadelphia’s former draft position.