Top 10 options for Eagles with their 2nd-round pick


The Eagles landed DeVonta Smith in the first round on Thursday night but still have nine picks remaining, including No. 37. Here are some options. By Dave Zangaro

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Maybe teams were scared off by the tweener label but Owusu-Koramoah (6-1, 221) is an absolute playmaker. Whether he plays linebacker, safety or some type of hybrid in the NFL, the right defensive coordinator is going to get a stud of a player. He’s a first-team All-American and I honestly thought he’d be a decent trade-down option in the first round for the Eagles. That he’s still available is very interesting.


The 6-4, 310-pound prospect from Philadelphia is considered to be the best interior defensive lineman in this class. The Eagles don’t have a pressing need at DT, with Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave on the roster in 2021, but the Eagles obviously value interior pass rush and maybe the value will be too good to overlook.


Campbell’s college teammates, Eric Stokes, went in the first round but Campbell (6-1, 193) probably won’t be too far behind. Of the two, Stokes had the blazing speed but Campbell is a little bigger and more physical. And he still ran a 4.36 at his pro day. Campbell excels in press-man but doesn’t have great ball skills. Still, he has the raw tools to become a very good corner at the next level.


The son of former Eagles corner with the same name garnered some first-round buzz during the pre-draft process. Samuel (5-10, 180) isn’t as long as some of the other cornerback options who are still available, so maybe teams will shy away from him. But Samuel played outside in college and has a chance to be more than a nickel in the NFL.


Joseph (5-11, 197) comes with some maturity concerns after he was suspended at LSU and then transferred to Kentucky. But if he checks out from that standpoint, he could be a good pick. He’s long, athletic and has potential. He has started just nine games at the collegiate level, though, so this is a projection.


Dickerson played guard, center and even some tackle. And, heck, maybe the Eagles broke the seal when it comes to drafting players from Bama. The Eagles have more pressing needs than interior offensive but they could possibly find their Jason Kelce replacement a year early in Dickerson. And after all the injuries last year, would it surprise you to see a rookie OL get playing time?


Along the same lines as the Dickerson idea, the Eagles could find their Kelce replacement at the top of this second round. Unlike Dickerson, though, Humphrey doesn’t have the versatility. At least he didn’t get a chance to show it in college; at 6-4, 302, he definitely has the build to play guard. But Humphrey played just center for the Sooners but has a ton of experience as a three-year starter.


There are many folks who considered Ojulari to be the best edge rusher in this class so the fact that he’s still available is somewhat alarming. There are reportedly some serious medical concerns with him that might have led to the free fall. Because of that, there’s probably some risk, but the reward could be great too. Ojulari (6-2, 249) has great explosion around the edge. He might be a better fit for a 3-4 but it’s hard to ignore his pass-rush ability.


The Eagles’ situation at safety is OK in 2021 but unsettled long-term. Rodney McLeod is coming off an ACL tear and is over 30 and Anthony Harris is here on a one-year deal. So the idea of possibly drafting the best safety in this class has to at least be in the thought process. Moehrig, like many of these players, has first-round buzz. He could play either safety position in Jonathan Gannon’s defense.


At 6-3, 274 pounds, Boogie Basham is a well-built edge player for Gannon’s 4-3. He might not have the speed off the edge like an Ojulari, but he’s still explosive in his own way. He had 11 sacks in 2019 and 5 in 7 games in 2020.

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