2020 NFL draftees the Eagles shouldn’t have ignored (besides Jefferson)

Justin Jefferson #18, Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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L’Jarius Sneed #38, Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /

124. . . . L'Jarius Sneed, safety. 3. player

The Eagles could have added a solid cover guy in Bryce Hall, but he plays for the Jets.

When it’s all said and done, the 2020 NFL Draft class may not be remembered as one of the best ever, but it gave us some stars and Pro Bowlers. Names like Justin Herbert, Tristan Wirfs, and Jonathan Taylor come to mind, but in every selection meeting, there’s the possibility of finding talent late and during the process of adding undrafted prospects.  Talent can also be found during the mid-rounds.

L’Jarius Sneed notched 177 total tackles, eight interceptions, 2.5 sacks, 19 pass breakups, and three touchdowns in four seasons from 2016 to 2019 at the collegiate level for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, but no one took a flier on him until the Kansas City Chiefs made him the 138th-overall selection during Round 4 of 2020’s NFL Draft.

That was 11 spots after Philly selected K’Von Wallace 127th-overall. Philly took Wallace knowing that there was some boom-or-bust potential. They liked the versatility they saw from him during his days with the Clemson Tigers. Unfortunately, they’re still waiting on K’Von to take off. Sneed has already proven his mettle.

In 30 games with 27 starts (that includes six playoff games), Sneed has shown the versatility that Birds fans were hoping to see from their young safety. He’s tallied 158 total tackles, five sacks, six interceptions, 17 pass breakups, and a forced fumble. Wallace, conversely, has added 36 tackles to the Eagles cause.

If only we could go back and know what we know now.