Sub-radar, late-round NFL Draft prospects worth the Eagles attention

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Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles could find some gems in the NFL Draft’s later rounds.

The NFL Draft is hours away. There’s some fear, even with two first-round selections, because the Philadelphia Eagles don’t have the best track record on Day 1. The later rounds seem to be where the team finds players who have the most impact on the field for them.

For example, future Hall of Fame center Jason Kelce was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.  Jordan Mailata was also selected late in the draft. He was chosen by Philadelphia in the seventh round in 2018.

The Birds also found one of their playmakers at wide receiver in the sixth round, perhaps their best deep-threat at the moment, Quez Watkins. If you want to look at the defensive side of the ball, there’s Jalen Mills. He was a seventh-rounder in 2016 who definitely turned out to be a much better player than Philly expected.

The point is this. Solid talent can be found in the later rounds of the NFL Draft, and the players who get selected during that time always have the hunger to prove that they belong in the league.

Could there be a late-round gem waiting to have his number called by the Eagles in 2022? Don’t rule it out. Here are three underrated and lesser-mentioned FCS players that could make an impact. We begin on the offensive side of the ball.