Philadelphia Eagles: What Should They Do with the 12th Overall Pick?

The Philadelphia Eagles finished with a 4-11-1 record last season and in last place in the NFC East. Philadelphia was going to keep head coach Doug Pederson around for another season until he got fired by owner Jeffrey Lurie.

General manager Howie Roseman kept his job some how despite his poor drafting. They hired Nick Sirianni as the next head coach. He was the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator last season.

The Eagles also traded away quarterback Carson Wentz to Indianapolis in the offseason. Jalen Hurts will be the starting quarterback moving forward for them. Philadelphia did have the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, until they traded down with the Miami Dolphins for the 12th overall pick. What should the Philadelphia Eagles do with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?

Wide Receivers

Philadelphia doesn’t have a true number one wide receiver. Jalen Reagor was a first-round pick last season from TCU. Reagor didn’t perform well and they don’t have anyone else on the roster.

DeVonta Smith would be a steal for the 12th overall pick for the Philadelphia Eagles from Alabama. Smith can run routes effectively well and do other things efficiently.

Terrance Marshall Jr. could be a first-round reach, but he could also go later in the forst-round of early in the second-rpiund for the Philadelphia Eagles or other teams. Marshall Jr. did an extremly nice job being the number one wide receiver at LSU after Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase left.

Kadarius Toney would be a type of wide receiver that Roseman would reach for. Toney is from the University of Florida. Kadarius runs tremendous routes on the outside with great footwork, but is another slot wide receiver like Jalen Reagor though.


The Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks always get torched year-after-year. Darius Slay is good but there is no one else opposite him. Who could complement him on the other side for Philadelphia?

Patrick Surtain II might be the best cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is an elite corner and maybe the best cornerback coming out of Alabama since Marlon Humphrey of the Baltimore Ravens.

Surtain II was the heartbeat of the Alabama secondary. He brings a physical substance to his football game.

Jaycee Horn is climbing up draft boards in a hurry. Horn went to South Carolina and he is the son of former NFL player Joe Horn. Jaycee Horn is the most athletic cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft and would be a good fit for the Philadelphia Eagles.

He could be grabbed by the Dallas Cowboys at number 10, but Jaycee Horn could still be available with the #12 selection.

Caleb Farley is slipping down draft boards because of a back issue. He is still one of the top cornerbacks in this draft class. It would be another typical pick of Howie Roseman to go with Farley. However, he could also be the best cornerback from this draft class if the Philadelphia Eagles decide to select him.

Defensive Line

The Philadelphia Eagles have an older defensive line. Fletcher Cox isn’t getting any younger and Philadelphia will have a ton of draft capital and they need to use it correctly.

Jaelan Phillips would be a young guy that would provide juice for Philadelphia from the University of Miami. He could come off the EDGE easily and we will see if they go a 4-3 or a 3-4 defensive scheme. Phillips is another intriguing NFL Draft class prospect.

Neville Gallemore is a defensive tackle that could be like Fletcher Cox from the University of Alabama. Gallemore could be the future up the middle on the defensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles. He would provide juice up front and win the line of scrimmage on almost every play for them.

Kwity Paye from Michigan would be another interesting playing for Philadelphia. Paye would be able to generate a pass rush for the Philadelphia Eagles.

What do you think the Philadelphia Eagles should do with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft? Leave a comment below.

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