Les Bowen’s NFL mock draft: Eagles grab cornerback Jaycee Horn, if they stay at 12
Trading back to 12, they might regret not seeing cornerback Patrick Surtain and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle still on the board.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
No suspense, as is often the case with the first pick. No chance of anything else happening. Poor Trevor.
2. New York Jets
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Joe Douglas seems sold. Not sure I wouldn’t want Justin Fields or Trey Lance, but Joe has spent a lot more time thinking about this than I have.
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3. San Francisco 49ers
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Yeah, I know everybody says Mac Jones here, and maybe I’m crazy but I have seen both of them play and I sure wouldn’t take Jones third overall unless the entire Alabama offense came with him.
4. Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
This ought to be of at least some solace to Eagles fans — in my mock, they couldn’t have gotten Pitts if they’d stayed in the sixth spot. Falcons might take a QB, but really won’t need one for a few more years.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Joe Burrow is reunited with his 2019 tag-team partner. The Bengals could take an offensive lineman, but there isn’t an offensive lineman in this draft I’d value over Chase.
6. Miami Dolphins
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
A top-drawer weapon for Tua Tagovailoa. Do the Dolphins really like Smith more than Jaylen Waddle? I have no idea. Let’s pretend they do.
7. Detroit Lions
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
I can’t talk myself into thinking the Lions will draft a QB just after trading for Jared Goff. Next year, sure. Right now, let’s protect Goff and see what happens.
8. Carolina Panthers
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
I think Parsons is one of the top five talents in the draft, so I’m not mocking him any lower than eighth. Do the Panthers really want him? Beats me. But he’d make their team better.
9. Denver Broncos
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
If the Broncos draft enough quarterbacks, they’re bound to get one right eventually. I think this guy is going to be good. There’s a part of me that would love to see him slip to 12 and go to the Eagles, just for fan reaction, here and in North Dakota.
10. Dallas Cowboys
Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The first of two picks that will be excruciating for Eagles fans, as they contemplate playing twice a year against guys their team could have drafted, had the Eagles stayed put at sixth.
11. New York Giants
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The anguished cries from Eagles fans reach a crescendo. Could have had Surtain, could have had Waddle. Waddle will make some plays against them.
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Hey, he might be better than Surtain in the long run. Great athlete. Needs better discipline with his hands. There’ll be a lot of comparisons to live up to for whoever is drafted here, which is one reason why I think the Eagles might move up.
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13. Los Angeles Chargers
Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern
Give Justin Herbert a reliable, versatile blocker who can start right away. Who says no?
14. Minnesota Vikings
Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
He’s a little inconsistent, but great size, balance, quickness, everything a dominant left tackle needs. Riley Reiff departed in free agency for Cincinnati, so let’s give the Vikes his successor.
15. New England Patriots
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Hmmm. Let’s see. Who has had success with a smart, accurate, athletically limited quarterback?
16. Arizona Cardinals
Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Physical corner who can play man or zone, and who tackles well. Takes some penalties, and hasn’t played in as many games as you’d like, which is the case with several top prospects this year.
17. Las Vegas Raiders
Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Hey, somebody has to replace Nelson Agholor. And unlike Agholor — to coin a phrase — this guy has great hands.
18. Miami Dolphins
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB/S, Notre Dame
Positionless defense is all the rage, and this guy can play almost anywhere. Even in Miami!
19. Washington Football Team
Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
A huge, versatile linebacker who can play all three downs. Ron Rivera’s gotta like that.
20. Chicago Bears
Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, Southern Cal
He can play tackle or guard. Safe pick who had a really great 2020 season, after initially opting out.
21. Indianapolis Colts
Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Yes, I’m slotting the best-regarded edge rusher in the draft this low, and the Colts will be happy to take him. Lots of tools, not quite a finished product.
22. Tennessee Titans
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The injury stuff isn’t that concerning. He’ll be OK for training camp. A top-10 talent, a real value at 22.
23. New York Jets
Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Joe Douglas got his quarterback second overall; now, how about some protection? There’s a wide range of opinions on Jenkins; he has been called both underrated and overrated in the draft buildup. Nasty-edged, powerful player.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
There is nothing the Steelers need more, after an awful year running the ball. Of course, Harris can’t block for himself, so there’s that. But a great value here.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars
Azeez Olujari, EDGE, Georgia
Great first step, but he weighs only 249 pounds. Long arms, though. Really good in pursuit. Jags are said to be switching to a 3-4, which is his best fit.
26. Cleveland Browns
Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
The NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah likens him to Darius Leonard. Certainly fills a need for the Browns.
27. Baltimore Ravens
Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami
High risk, high reward. Concern about concussions will drop him at least this far. But great ability, good value, if you’re confident he’ll be OK.
28. New Orleans Saints
Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
I’d really like to see Asante 2.0 slide to the Eagles at 37th overall, in the second round, with the Birds getting a difference-making wideout in the first, but I doubt the draft will break that way.
29. Green Bay Packers
Landon Dickerson, OL, Alabama
A dominant center for a team in need of one.
30. Buffalo Bills
Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington
All the tools, but needs more pass-rush moves and more development in general.
31. Baltimore Ravens
Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Ball hawk whose coverage is better than his run support, as befits today’s game. Don’t know if the Ravens would go with a first-round safety, though they have need at the position. It is their second pick, and Moehrig seems pretty safe.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
Another weapon for Tom Brady? Why not? Tough, fearless slot receiver with good hands.