Philadelphia Eagles draft: Ranking 3 potential surprise picks at 12

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. . Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern. 1. player. 882.

This might be one of the better prospects for the Philadelphia Eagles to consider.

Some view Christian Darrisaw as the second-best tackle in 2021’s draft class. Others believe that’s a distinction that belongs to Alijah Vera-Tucker of the USC Trojans. Others say Darrisaw should be viewed as this class’s fourth-best prospect at the position. Why is that you ask? It’s quite simple.

There’s another guy whose stock is rising, and if you’re looking to determine who that is, you needn’t look any further than the Northwestern Wildcats program and take a gander at one Rashawn Slater.

He’s six-foot-four. He tips the scales at 315 pounds, and even though he’s listed as a tackle, he can play both the guard and center position as well. To be frank, some are of the belief that one of those interior positions is his more natural fit in the NFL. Some are concerned that he’s undersized.

You know this team loves versatility in its offensive linemen. Slater might be the most versatile prospect in this class. If Philly doesn’t take one of the draft’s best wide receivers and if the New York Giants or Dallas Cowboys steal Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn (or both), Philadelphia Eagles fans shouldn’t be surprised if Slater is in the cards for the Birds at 12.

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Horn might be the perfect pick for Philly at 12. The same might be said about DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle. The Birds have a lot to think about because there’s potential that they might get the guy they need as opposed to the guys that they want. The question is whether or not Slater falls in either category.