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NFL draft 2020: 10 options for the Eagles for pick No. 53

NFL draft 2020: 10 options for the Eagles for pick No. 53

The Eagles stayed put on Day 1 of the NFL draft, taking TCU receiver Jalen Reagor with the 21st pick. 

Since they didn’t make a trade, the Eagles still have seven picks remaining over the next two days. They have two picks on Friday, at No. 53 in the second round and No. 103 in the third. 

The Eagles have had great success the last two times they held pick No. 53. Last year, they took Miles Sanders out of Penn State and in 2009, they took LeSean McCoy out of Pitt. 

Here are 10 realistic options still available for the Eagles at No. 53 tonight: 

Terrell Lewis, DE, Alabama 

The 6-5, 262-pound Lewis is a lanky edge player with the potential to be an explosive pass rusher at the next level. Lewis had a torn ACL in 2018 but the Eagles were able to sneak him in for a visit before top-30s were shut down. So they might feel comfortable with his medical situation. If so, he has a ton of freakish, but raw, talent. 

The Eagles return Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham for the 2020 season, so Lewis could begin as a rotational defensive end for his rookie season with the plan to make him a long-term starter after that. 

Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee 

Don’t roll your eyes at Taylor just because he comes from the same school at Barnett. 

At 6-4, 267 pounds, Taylor has good size but is also a very explosive pass rusher  with a lighting quick get-off. He had 16 1/2 sacks in his final two college seasons and was a team captain in 2019. 

Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota 

The son of longtime NFL cornerback Antoine Winfield, Winfield Jr. is an undersized but exciting safety prospect. He’s just 5-foot-9 but is build solid at 203 pounds. 

Winfield is a good athlete, aggressive and instinctive. He had seven interceptions in nine games as a senior in 2019. 

Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois 

One of the quick risers in this draft, Chinn is a really fun player. At 6-3, 221 he’s either a safety or some sort of hybrid linebacker. If Jim Schwartz likes the idea of positionless players, Chinn fits. 

He was a productive college player with 13 career interceptions and 243 tackles. And there’s no arguing with his athleticism. He ran a 4.45 at 221 pounds. 

Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame 

The Notre Dame wideout is the prototypical size-speed guy who projects as an X receiver at the next level. If Denzel Mims is gone by 53 (and I think he will be), Claypool has a similar build and athletic profile. Claypool ran a 4.42 at 238 pounds in Indy. 

Overall, Claypool needs more polish but as a second-round option, he’d certainly be intriguing. 

Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson 

A few months ago, Higgins (6-4, 216) was a popular first-round option for the Eagles. Now, there’s a legitimate chance he’ll be on the board at 53. 

No, he’s not a burner as his 4.58 time in the 40 shows, but he was a productive college player and has play-above-the-rim ability to make contested catches. 

Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU 

Plenty of people thought Fulton would be a first-round pick but opinions have been split on him for a long time now. Just two career interceptions for Fulton (6-0, 197) but he’s a tight coverage player. 

At the combine, he ran a 4.46 and has the ability to be an NFL starter. There are some red flags for character concerns and medical that might have led to his slide. 

Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming 

The Eagles have reportedly been very interested in Wilson for some time. Sure, the Eagles have been hesitant to use high picks on linebackers in recent seasons but they really need help at that position, so maybe it’s time to change that mindset. 

Wilson (6-2, 241) was a four-year starter at Wyoming and piled up tackles while he was there. He had an incredible 421 total tackles in four years to go along with 10 INTs, 35 TFLs and 7 sacks. He would project as a MIKE linebacker who can play against the run and in coverage. 

Matt Hennessy, C, Temple 

Jason Kelce is returning for the 2020 season but there are no guarantees after that. So it might be time to find his replacement. Sure, there are other positions that would probably help more this coming season but Hennessy is an intriguing prospect. 

The 6-4, 307-pounder moves incredibly well for his size and his tests at the combine definitely backed that up. He’s the kind interior lineman the Eagles want and who would be a logical type of eventual Kelce replacement. 

Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State 

At the combine, Dantzler (6-2, 188) ran an awful 4.64 time in the 40, which definitely didn’t match his play speed. Then he reportedly ran a 4.38 at his pro day. I think his real speed is probably somewhere in between, but he’s fast enough. 

In three seasons at Mississippi State, Danztler had five interceptions. While he has a very slender build, he’s a sticky cover corner. 

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NFL mock draft 2020 roundup 10.0: Final mock drafts of the season

NFL mock draft 2020 roundup 10.0: Final mock drafts of the season

Happy draft day, everyone! 

We’ve waited months for this moment and we could all really use this escape. So thanks for following along to all our coverage over the past few months. We’ll be live on NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6 p.m. tonight as we get ready to see what the Eagles do in Round 1. 

And for the last time in 2020, here’s a mock draft roundup of Eagles’ first-round picks: 

Daniel Jeremiah,

Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma 

What they said: I know the Eagles would love to add a speed receiver, but with the top options off the board, Murray is too good to ignore.

Charles Davis,

Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma 

What they said: I came into this process thinking the Eagles were a lock for a WR here, but the mature, speedy tackler from OU slots into the middle of their defense.

My take: I really started to pay attention when Jeremiah had Murray going to the Eagles in his previous mock draft. And now that he’s done it twice in a row, it’s notable. Jeremiah is a former Eagles scout and is pretty plugged in. The biggest difference between his mock draft and Davis’ mock draft is that in Jeremiah’s the top four receivers were already off the board. Davis had them passing on Justin Jefferson. 

I can’t see the Eagles passing on one of those top four receivers if one is available. But if they’re all gone, I’m not sure the next receiver is worth the 21st pick. So there’s a chance the Eagles can’t trade up or back and get stuck at 21 … and then drafting a defensive player makes sense. 

Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network

Trade to 13: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma 

What they said: The Eagles are at the center of many aggressive trade-up rumors while the 49ers have made it clear that both Nos. 13 and 31 are on the market. Is CeeDee Lamb good enough for San Francisco to rebuff all offers and make the pick? With Philadelphia moving from No. 21 to No. 13, the 49ers are almost guaranteed to get pick No. 53 in return, so I think the price is right. The Eagles get an X-receiver who can replace Alshon Jeffery on the outside while providing infinitely more juice after the catch., Charley Casserly

Trade to 10: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma 

What they said: Carson Wentz needs another target and “Trader Howie” gets his man. 

My take: Lamb is probably the one receiver who would warrant a major trade-up to this range because the Eagles would have to part with the 53rd pick. Ideally, they wouldn’t do that but getting Lamb would probably be worth it. He projects as the top WR in this class and would replace Jeffery as the Eagles’ X receiver. 

John Clayton, Washington Post

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

What they said: His stock has been rising, and many think he is not far behind the top three wide receivers.

My take: If Jefferson is simply there at 21, the Eagles should take him. I am having a hard time believing he’ll be there but I guess it’s still possible. Since the combine, Jefferson’s name has been linked to the Eagles and for good reason. He’s one of the top four receivers in this class but is probably the fourth, so his value lines up with where the Eagles pick. He was a slot receiver in 2019 at LSU but that doesn’t bother me. I’ve been on board with drafting Jefferson for a while now and I’d even do it if it cost a minimal trade up. So getting him at 21? Sign me up. 

Andrew Kulp, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Trade to 15: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama 

What they said: The Browns move back for the third and final time, as Andrew Berry swings a deal with his old boss. It's no secret the Eagles need a wide receiver -- Alshon Jeffery is injured and possibly on the trade block and DeSean Jackson turns 34 in December. And if Howie Roseman learned anything from watching the Chiefs win it all this year, having a fleet of speedy receivers who can stretch defenses vertically can benefit even the best quarterback in the league. The Birds pay the price for Ruggs' 4.27 speed and never think twice about it. 

My take: Kulp is on the Ruggs train and I like that. Ruggs would be a great fit in Philly for an Eagles team that has been focused on getting faster this offseason. We don’t get trade terms but a jump from 21 to 15 is certainly feasible. As I look at the trade-up options, there will be several teams in the teens willing to move back. If Howie wants to get aggressive, he can. 

Steve Serby, New York Post

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State 

What they said: DeSean Jackson is 33, Alshon Jeffery’s days appear numbered and Carson Wentz needs an explosive, young, 6-1, 208-pound playmaker with 4.5 speed and 40-inch vertical leap who averaged an insane 10.9 yards after catch.

My take: In this scenario, the last of the top four receivers went to Dallas at No. 17. This isn’t a horrible pick  — I like Aiyuk — but it doesn’t seem like great value. He’s a player who might still be available later in the round and perhaps even early in the second round. So picking Aiyuk at 21 would be, at least in my opinion, a reach based on need. In this mock, Aiyuk is the last receiver taken in the first round, which means the Eagles probably didn’t have to take a wideout here, especially with guys like Murray, Patrick Queen and Jeff Gladney still available. 

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NFL draft 2020: Final 1st-round mock has Eagles trading up for stud WR

NFL draft 2020: Final 1st-round mock has Eagles trading up for stud WR

The Eagles enter Thursday night with the 21st pick and a desperate need at receiver. 

Maybe they can stay at 21 and land a top-notch wideout. But in his latest mock draft, Andrew Kulp doesn’t think the Eagles are going to be that patient. 

Kulp has the opportunistic Eagles trading up higher to snag one of the top receivers in a class that’s historically good. This might make a lot of Birds fans happy.

2020 NFL final 1st-round mock draft: Eagles trade up for a stud WR