3 Playmakers the Eagles Need to Draft to Pair With Jalen Hurts
By Max Staley
The Philadelphia Eagles traded down from the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, signaling the team's commitment to second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts. But if Philadelphia is hoping Hurts will take the leap in 2021, the Eagles will need to improve their lackluster skill-position group.
With that in mind, here are three playmakers Philadelphia should target in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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3. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue Boilermakers
Rondale Moore is getting overlooked. He really shouldn't be. This guy is an athletic freak who ran a 4.29 40-yard dash and had a 42.5-inch vertical jump at his pro day. That's the second-fastest time we've seen anyone run thus far. He has Tyreek Hill-level upside at the next level, though injury concerns could cause him to fall out of the first round. Moore generated 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2018, but he only played seven combined games over the next two seasons. He's a bit risky, but few players have as much raw ability as Moore. He'd be a high-upside gamble in the second round.
2. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Rashod Bateman isn't in the elite tier of pass-catchers, but he's not exactly far off. He's a silky route-runner with a remarkably polished game for a 21-year-old, and he proved he's a monster athlete to boot at his pro day. Bateman ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, which should erase concerns about his lack of elite athleticism. He might be a bit of a reach at No. 12, but Bateman isn't the type of player a team will ever regret picking.
1. Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide
Of all the top-tier pass-catchers in this draft, Devonta Smith feels like the one who's most likely to fall to No. 12. If he's there, Philadelphia should rush to the podium. Smith is coming off one of the most productive collegiate campaigns we've ever seen from a receiver, recording 1,856 yards with 23 touchdowns. He became the fourth WR in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy and is the first player to do so since 1991. There are concerns about his playing weight at the next level, but he's simply too good to pass up.
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