The Philadelphia Eagles made a major move on Friday, trading the No. 6 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft (along with pick No. 156) to the Miami Dolphins for No. 12 (via San Francisco), No. 123 and a 2022 first-rounder. While it takes Philly out of the top 10, picking up a future first-round pick to move back only a few spots in a loaded class is still a nice move for this rebuilding team.
With plenty of intriguing players sure to be available when the Eagles are on the clock, here are three likely prospects Philadelphia will take with the No. 12 overall selection.
Eagles 2021 Draft Targets With No. 12 Pick
3. DeVonta Smith, WR
One of the Eagles' biggest needs to address in the draft is receiving talent, and their trade down from No. 6 likely takes them out of the running for Ja'Marr Chase and Kyle Pitts, and possibly Jaylen Waddle. But landing reigning Hesiman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith at No. 12 would be a great consolation prize. As Alabama's WR1 in 2020, Smith racked up 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 TDs. He's coming into this draft with less hype given concerns about his size, but he torched opponents this season, and his possible fall is the Eagles' potential gain.
2. Jaycee Horn, CB
There are three highly regarded cornerbacks headlining the 2021 draft class, with Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley and Jaycee Horn all vying to be CB1. Surtain and Farley seem to be the most likely top-10 picks, so Philadelphia could once again capitalize on teams letting a talented prospect slip by. As a junior at South Carolina last season, Horn registered 2 interceptions and 6 passes defended in just seven games, earning a standout 78.0 coverage grade from ProFootballFocus. Meanwhile, the Eagles' CBs had the fourth-lowest grade in coverage, so pursuing a stud to play opposite of Darius Slay would be a smart choice.
1. Micah Parsons, LB
Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons is one of the most exciting prospects in this entire draft, but he's fallen into the back half of the first round in recent mock drafts. However, his recent Pro Day raised eyebrows, and Philadelphia is in prime position to select him at No. 12 if he does fall. Parsons last suited up in 2019, starring for the Nittany Lions as only a sophomore with 14.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and a whopping 4 forced fumbles. He also showcased some coverage potential with 5 passes defended. Adding Parsons would immediately elevate this defense that's in desperate need of playmakers.
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