Eagles 7-round mock draft, free agency edition: 1st-round trade lands star WR

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. Safety. Ducks . Verone McKinley III. 83. player. 820

The Eagles need playmakers in the secondary, and they find one in Round 3.

The Eagles use the 83rd-overall selection on a safety. We’re assuming that Lewis Cine (Georgia), Jaquan Brisker (Penn State), Bryan Cook (Cincinnati), and a versatile prospect in Michigan’s Daxton Hill (some see him as an NFL safety) are all off of the board in Round 3 by the time the Eagles are on the clock in this scenario.

Kerby Joseph (Illinois) and Yusuf Corker (Kentucky) are available, but the Eagles go with the playmaker with serious ball skills, Verone McKinley III out of the Oregon Ducks program.

There are concerns about his size. He’s five-foot-eleven and 194 pounds, but he also racked 77 total tackles, six interceptions, six pass breakups, and a forced fumble in 2021. He’s also a 4.4 40-yard dash guy. We think we can get over the fact that he’s short.

The Birds have been linked to First-Team All-Pac-12 nod Trent McDuffie several times. They miss on him in this scenario due to that first-round trade, but they find a nice consolation prize in fellow First-Team All-Pac-12 nod McKinley with their final draft choice on Day 2.