Exploring Eagles' options at OT throughout the 2021 draft


The Eagles already traded down from 6 to 12 and still have 11 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

While they might not make all 11 picks, they will have plenty of options during the three days of the draft, which begins on April 29.

Here’s a reminder of their 11 picks:

1st round: No. 12 (trade with MIA)

2nd round: No. 37 (own pick)

3rd round: No. 70 (own pick)

3rd round: No. 84 (trade with Colts)

4th round: No. 123 (trade with MIA)

5th round: No. 150 (own pick)

6th round: No. 189 (own pick)

6th round: No. 224 (compensatory pick)

6th round: No. 225 (compensatory pick)

7th round: No. 234 (own pick)

7th round: No. 240 (from 49ers as part of Marquise Goodwin trade)

The Eagles bring back Lane Johnson in 2021 but he’s on the wrong side of 30 and has been dealing with the same injured ankle since 2018. On the left side, they still have Andre Dillard and Jordan Mailata but neither has really solidified himself as the long-term starter, although Mailata showed off his potential in 2020.

Here are their options:

At No. 12

Penei Sewell, Oregon (6-5, 331): Widely considered the best tackle in the draft, the Eagles would have to think about it if he is on the board at 12. Sewell would probably need to a be a Day 1 starter if the Eagles took him.

Rashawn Slater, Northwestern (6-4, 304): Slater is considered to be the second-best tackle but some view him as a guard at the next level. The Eagles always value versatility and that’s part of what makes Slater so intriguing. He opted out in 2020 but has played left and right tackle before. He might be able to play every position on the line.

In the middle rounds

Walker Little, Stanford (6-7, 313): As far as talent goes, Little is one of the more talented tackles in this class. But he suffered an injury in 2019, playing just one game and then opted out of the 2020 season so it’s been a while since we’ve seen him, which might push him down a tad. But he was very good at Stanford in 2017 and 2018, playing left tackle in David Shaw’s pro style system. If he checks out medically, he could be quite a pick for some lucky team.

Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State (6-6, 301): Slimmer than some might like, Radunz dominated at the FCS level and then despite getting to play in just the one NDSU game in 2020 still went to the Senior Bowl and was named an MVP for the week of practice.

Brady Christensen, BYU (6-5, 302): The Eagles were reportedly showing interest in Zach Wilson before eventually trading down to 12, so there’s a good chance they’ve watched a lot of BYU’s left tackle. He’s already 24, which isn’t ideal but he also seems pretty NFL ready after starting 38 games at BYU.

Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa (6-8, 311): Brown has an enormous frame and is still quick on his feet. A lower-level recruit, Brown ended up starting 32 games at right tackle for Northern Iowa. He’s still pretty raw after gaining a bunch of weight in college but has plenty of tools to work with.

Late-round sleeper

Larnel Coleman, UMass (6-6, 307): The Eagles drafted a former UMass tackle in Jack Driscoll (he played at UMass before Auburn) so here’s a chance to do it again. Coleman has a massive wingspan (84 7/8) and would be a worthwhile late-round pick or priority free agent to bring in for Jeff Stoutland.

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