Philadelphia Eagles draft: 3 Surprising yet possible selections at 12

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Philadelphia Eagles fans may want to expect surprises in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Last month, the  Philadelphia Eagles made headlines by agreeing to a blockbuster trade with the Miami Dolphins. The Birds traded the sixth overall pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Fins in exchange for Miami’s 12th overall pick, a 2021 fourth-round pick, and a 2022 first-round pick.

While moving down erases the chances of acquiring a player like LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase or Florida’s Kyle Pitts, there’s still reason to believe a premier player can fall to the Eagles at 12 due to the expected quarterback frenzy at the top selections.

Mock drafts everywhere seem to have the Birds taking a wide receiver or cornerback with their first selection. Unfortunately for Philly fans who want those positions addressed, it doesn’t appear to be likely.

The Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor with the 21st-overall selection last season. Since 2005, there hasn’t been a single team that has drafted a first-round wideout in back-to-back years. You shouldn’t get your hopes up for a cornerback either. The last time the Eagles used a first-round pick on that position was in 2003 when the team drafted Lito Sheppard.

While both positions would make sense considering the amount of struggle they’ve had recently, it’s hard to argue against history. So which players could it be? Here’s three surprising, yet possible selections at number twelve.