Philadelphia Eagles: Complete 7-round mock draft (leaning on the SEC)

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Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Round 1, 7th overall

7
DeVonta Smith
WR Alabama

Unfortunately, the Miami Dolphins snagged Ja’Marr Chase (my biggest draft crush in the history of draft crushes) at pick #6, making my decision a little bit harder when it came to the Philadelphia Eagles first-round selection.

Cornerback Patrick Surtain II intrigued me – due to the potential of having two lockdown corners for the first time in forever, but I ultimately decided to stick to the plan of binging in a true WR1.

Jalen Reagor has shown flashes of being a decent NFL wide receiver, but he’s nowhere near the likes of a Justin Jefferson or a CeeDee Lamb. The Eagles desperately need a true go-to target on the outside, and Alabama’s DeVonta Smith provides just that.

Smith has 2,767 receiving yards and 31 receiving TDs over his last two collegiate seasons, and he’s currently lining up to be the frontrunner for the Heisman this season. Playing against some of the best DB prospects in college football (SEC), Smith has established himself as a legit top-ten prospect this year.

Most scouts and projections still have Ja’Marr Chase as the best WR in the draft class, but Smith would be a pretty sweet consolidation prize. Having him and Jalen Hurts – two former Alabama players – would be a solid start in terms of building for the future.

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