4 Philadelphia Eagles with very intriguing skillsets heading into 2021

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4. player. 54. . . . JaCoby Stevens, safety

Philadelphia Eagles safety JaCoby Stevens

Now, if you’re a huge fan of the LSU Tigers, the Philadelphia Eagles or SEC football, you had to be asking yourself a question when the 2021 NFL Draft got to Round 6 on Day 3 and the Birds were on the clock with the 224th-overall selection. How on earth is JaCoby Stevens still available?

From the standpoint of resumes, Stevens had everything that a young prospect that was entering the NFL Draft could have wanted to accomplish. He was one of the more recognizable prospects from one of college football’s best programs (Louisiana State University). He had earned Second Team All-SEC honors in 2019. He was a member and key piece of one of the greatest college football teams that we had ever seen, the 2019 LSU Tigers.

Stevens is also six-foot-one and 212 pounds. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, their resident expert on matters such as these gave him a draft grade of 5.69 which means he sees Stevens as a quality backup or special teamer. The punch he’ll be able to give Philly’s special teams unit plus the fact that his natural ability suggests that he can play in the box as a linebacker (even though that 212-pound frame suggests that he’s probably an NFL safety) adds up to this.

Stevens can play multiple positions on the field, and even though he played heavier in 2020 than he did in 2019, he covers ground fairly well. Again, that’s fairly well, not great. The last time the Eagles took one of LSU’s better players this late in a draft, things worked out just as well as you could have hoped. That was Jalen Mills in 2016.

If JaCoby Stevens is coached appropriately, he can surprise a few people as well. He’s that talented