It’s April and that means one of two things, baseball is back and it’s officially NFL Draft month. The countdown to the NFL Draft has officially begun. 27 days away to one of the best nights in sports.
If you’re an Eagles fan reading this, you know that Jeffrey Lurie’s lap dog Howie Roseman traded our 6th overall selection and the 156th selection to the Miami Dolphins for the 12th overall selection, 123rd overall selection, and a 2022 first round selection.
Now, some fans are taking the approach of well, they’re rebuilding, take all the picks you can get, and you’re most likely to hit on more talent. Not a bad thought process by any means, but remember who is making those selections.
Then you have another group of fans who hate the move, and feel like there would have been two cant miss prospects to choose from with the 6th pick, those being named Ja’Marr Chase and Kyle Pitts. Another relatable thought process. The only thing is who is to say Atlanta doesn’t take Pitts, and the Bengals take Chase? That could potentially leave you with Penei Sewell which is a homer hit too, but what do you do with Mailata who showed he can be very successful starter in this league?
Then you have your outside the box thinkers who think maybe the Eagles are in on Russell Wilson. I mean, it’s not completely far fetched. The Eagles now have the fire power to make an offer to the Seahawks. The real question is do you want to mortgage the future on a 31 year old QB?
With all that being said, I’m with the crowd of acquiring as many picks as possible to build a young team to develop into serviceable assets.
As of right now, the Eagles possess 11 picks in this years draft class. There’s always a chance the Eagles trade up or down again, but I’m just not sure how likely it is they move out of where they are selecting now. There are still a lot of options to choose from that could realistically being there with the 12th pick including guys like Jaycee Horn, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Micah Parsons, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and Patrick Surtain II. Out of the names I’d focus on Jaycee Horn, DeVonta Smith, and JOK and here’s why.
I’ve been on board the Jaycee Horn train for a while now, and have been preaching his name tiredlessly. The 6’0 205 lb CB out of South Carolina possesses the competitive and aggresive nature that matches this city. He plays PHILLY football and has this city’s mentality. He’s a true press man corner who plays with a physical nature. With that being said he also has an extremely high IQ and great ball skills.
Recently at the South Carolina Pro Day, Horn answered a lot of criticism by testing out tremendously with a 4.37 40, 11’1 Broad Jump, and 41.5’ Vertical Jump showing that he’s an athletic freak as well.
Another big factor with Horn is bloodline. The infamous Joe Horn is his father. If you know of him you know he is best known for his cell phone touchdown celebration, but was a pretty decent WR, being selected to four pro bowls as well. Having an NFL bloodline is usually huge bonus points in the minds of NFL owners and GMs.
Horn has a knack for getting too handsy down the field, but that’s something that can be cleaned up and Jonathan Gannon is the type of coach who can do that. Horn is a prototypical CB for Gannons style of defense and with that being said Horn should 100% be in consideration at 12.
Jaycee Horn 6’2 205 lbs SC— AJ Torres (@ajtorres1230) November 28, 2020
Horn plays like a grown man. Gives me a lot of Jalen Ramsey vibes. True man to man CB who can out muscle WR off the line of scrimmage. Tackles like a safety and is athletic&fluid like a WR. NFL caliber play made by Horn. pic.twitter.com/z4wxz8ZuwC
About a month ago, I don’t think anyone would’ve thought DeVonta Smith could potentially be dropping to the 12th overall pick, but the chatter around the draft is that it is quite possible. If that does end up being the case, taking the Heisman winner is an absolute no brainer. The constant knock on his frame is a good argument to make, but when has it ever effected his game? It hasn’t so his frame in my opinion shouldn’t be an issue. Especially when you have ex NFL players (Ocho Cinco) displaying how masterful of a route runner he is. When 85 speaks on someone’s route running you listen.
Smith brings a trait this city that we haven’t had since maybe TO and that’s a pure route runner who gets open at will. 90% of his tape shows how wide open he can get. Also he has played and caught passes from Jalen Hurts at Alabama. Truthfully, there’s a chemistry that has already been displayed between the two so that’s already a step in the right direction.
That’s something the Eagles absolutely need moving foward.
One of the most overlooked receivers in the draft. Despite his size, Devonta Smith has elite route running, footwork, and hands.— Word On The Birds (@WordOnTheBirds) March 28, 2021
He would be an instant improvement to the #Eagles WR group. pic.twitter.com/3yui3D2y3c
This kid right here isn’t a linebacker, he’s a FOOTBALL player. He can play linebacker, safety and corner in some packages. You can say he would fill that Malcolm Jenkins hole that certainly has not been filled yet. He is a type of player an offensive coordinator needs to game plan around in multiple ways. Basically is a match up nightmare for the offense.
When you watch the tape on this kid, he plays with an edge and ferocity every snap. Every game I’ve studied on the kid, he gives 150% from first whistle to the last whistle.
JOK shoots the gap as if he were launched out of a cannon, and packs a mean punch when he hits you. Speed and explosion pop off the screen. Something the Eagles have lacked from the LB position for quite some time. He constantly has his nose around the football.
I know Howie doesn’t like like linebackers in the first round, but they should definitely consider Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah pic.twitter.com/rEEFEDgb7J— Justin Bradley (@JustinJBradley) March 29, 2021
The thing I love most about Owusu-Koramoah is his mentality. He plays PHILLY football. Gritty, aggressive, and passionately inspired football .
The game is changing and the linebacker position is as important as it’s been in ages. Tight ends and running backs are being used in the receiving game more now than ever before, so it’s important that the Eagles prioritize the position moving foward. Especially in a Mike Zimmer disciples defense. I have JOK as my LB1 and that’s not going to change, so I don’t see why JOK wouldn’t be in consideration at 12.
In the end, we all know whose making the picks, and I’m sure we will be let down in some way, but hopefully one of these guys are the selection.
If I had my way, I think you go Jaycee Horn due to how depleted our CB is and has been, and you finally have a chance to select your CB1 of the future.