Eagles mock draft roundup: Options with their 2nd-round pick

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Most mock drafts worry exclusively about first-round picks, but the Eagles will have a chance to get good players beyond their No. 12 pick.

That starts in the second round.

The Eagles could potentially trade up next month to get back into the first round, but for now they hold the No. 37 pick. And that’s a pretty good spot to get a very good player.

Over the last 20 years, there have been four Pro Bowlers and two All-Pros drafted with the No. 37 pick. Earlier this offseason, I looked back at the last 20 players drafted at that spot … and there are some really good ones.

While many mock drafts are just one round, there are several that extend into the second round and beyond. So let’s take a look at some potential picks for the Eagles at 37:

Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

(Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports)

Yeah, it’s hard to believe that Asante Samuel’s son is already getting drafted. His dad last played in Philly in 2010 and last played in the NFL in 2013. But Samuel Jr. is a pretty good cornerback prospect. At 5-10, 185, Samuel isn’t the biggest corner in this class but he’s a true cover corner who can play outside or inside. Samuel also had a good showing at the FSU pro day. This pick could pair nicely if the Eagles take a receiver in Round 1.

Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

(Austin Gayle, PFF)

Moore is an extremely intriguing but somewhat risky pick. He’s just 5-foot-9 but runs a 4.33 and is stronger than his frame would indicate. He’s played just seven games over the last two seasons, but as a freshman played in 13 with 114 catches, 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s a risk but the risk might be worth the reward. And it’s easy to envision an offensive coach falling in love with Moore’s potential as a versatile weapon in an offense.

Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

(Chad Reuter, NFL.com)

It seems very possible that Toney will end up being a first-rounder but there are always guy who last longer than they’re expected to. Maybe he could be one. Toney (5-11, 190) is coming off an impressive breakout senior season at Florida, where he caught 70 passes for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has a ton of upside.

Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

(USA Today, Luke Easterling)

The Eagles haven’t used a first-round pick on an off-ball linebacker since 1979 but they also haven’t used a second-round pick on one since Mychal Kendricks back in 2012. But if Jonathan Gannon’s last two stops (Indianapolis, Minnesota) can show us any trends, one might be that he’ll value linebackers more than Jim Schwartz. Will that be enough to change the organizational philosophy on linebackers? We’ll see. But Bolton is a stud. He has 198 tackles over the last two years and is a really well-rounded player. A tad undersized, Bolton might struggle to get off some NFL linemen blocks but he has the sideline-to-sideline speed and explosion to be a next-level playmaker.

Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington

(Fantasy Pros, Mike Tagliere)

The Eagles bring back Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave and Hassan Ridgeway as their top three defensive tackles in 2021 but the Eagles care about building on the lines so it wouldn’t shock anyone to see them draft a lineman on Day 2. After sitting out the 2020 season, Onwuzurike went to the Senior Bowl and had a good week in front of NFL personnel. Onwuzurike (6-3, 290) was very good in 2018 and 2019 at Washington, piling up 5 sacks and 12 1/2 TFLs in those two seasons. It’s not a very strong defensive line class.

Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

(Dave Zangaro, NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Yeah, this one was from me. Moore is undersized (a shade under 5-10) but he’s truly explosive and would be a joy to watch in the offense Nick Sirianni installs. In my Eagles-only mock I really wanted to explore the option that the Birds could take a corner in the first round and come back in the second with a receiver. I think that’s a very attractive option whether or not Moore is the pick.

Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

(Zach Berman, TheAthletic)

Zach was thinking along the same lines as me for his Eagles-only mock. He had them taking Jaycee Horn in the first round and Marshall in the second. Same idea. But Marshall would be a much different fit. At 6-3, he’s a very different type of receiver and could become a huge threat in the red zone; he was a touchdown machine at LSU. And despite his height, he also has experience in the slot.

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