NFL Draft 2021: FINAL Eagles 7-round mock | 2 picks on Day 1 after trade up, cornerback problem solved, Zach Ertz resolution

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The Eagles are just hours away from making their first pick in Thursday’s 2021 NFL Draft.

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With the clock counting down, NJ Advance Media decided to take one more spin of the wheel to figure out what GM Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni will do to fill out their depth chart.

Here is our final Eagles-only seven-round mock draft (with trades!):

FIRST ROUND

12th overall (via SF/MIA): Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Eagles wanted to trade up for Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain, but the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers got better offers from the New England Patriots and Washington Football Team in their respective pursuits of Justin Fields and Mac Jones. However, those trades and follow-up selections led to Horn eventually falling to No. 12.

The Eagles’ biggest need is unquestionably cornerback. With Ja’Marr Chase (Bengals), Jaylen Waddle (Dolphins) and DeVonta Smith (Giants) off the board, the Eagles have an easy decision to make and they take Horn, who will team with Darius Slay for the next few years before taking over as the No. 1 corner in Philly.

** TRADE **

The Eagles trade 37th (1st), 123rd (4th) and 189th (6th) overall picks to the Ravens for the 31st (1st) overall pick

31st overall pick (via KC/BAL): Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

After failing to trade up earlier, the Eagles still have their full gamut of 11 picks. With wide receivers like Kadarius Toney and Rashod Bateman already off the board, the Eagles feel froggy and jump up into the back of the first round to land a wideout. The Ravens decide to trade back to add more value to their Orlando Brown deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Eagles land Marshall, who can come in and immediately compete to be the alpha wideout in Sirianni’s offense. A size-speed matchup nightmare, Marshall is built perfectly to take over the X spot. This move will probably shift Travis Fulgham into the slot and keep Jalen Reagor at the Z position.

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THIRD ROUND

70th overall: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

The Eagles aren’t done at cornerback. With Rodney McLeod likely to be out for the first six games of the season, there stands a chance that Avonte Maddox gets a look at free safety next to Anthony Harris. Even if Maddox doesn’t move, the Eagles need to upgrade the nickel position and Molden can provide that boost. The Eagles are painfully thin at corner, but adding Horn and Molden to the mix is an ideal solution.

** TRADE **

The Eagles trade the 84th (3rd) overall pick and TE Zach Ertz to the Buffalo Bills for the 93rd (3rd) and 161st (5th) overall picks and a 2022 conditional fourth-round pick.

93rd overall (via BUF): Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan

After the first-round trade-up, the Eagles look to gain some more draft assets, for now, and the future. In a bit of an awkward move, the Eagles package No. 84 and tight end Zach Ertz to move back in the third round, but also gain a conditional 2022 fourth-round pick in the process. The condition is based on Ertz playing 70 percent of the snaps for the Bills this season. If Ertz hits that mark, the Eagles get a third-round pick in 2022, adding to their impressive allotment for next year. The Eagles also save $4.95 million in cap space with the trade.

The Eagles’ small slide still enables them to land a promising middle linebacker in the late third round. McGrone can come in and immediately contribute. Perhaps, Eric Wilson wears the green dot, but stays at his more natural WILL spot, while McGrone handles the MIKE role and Alex Singleton plays at SAM in base formations.

FIFTH ROUND

150th overall (via MIA): Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE, FSU

After missing out on the fourth round, the Eagles land a high-upside EDGE rusher to slide into their rotation. Like Josh Sweat before him, Kaindoh is a long, athletic and raw rusher with upside.

161st overall (via BUF): Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

The Eagles find a strong complement for Miles Sanders and Boston Scott in the backfield. Hubbard’s star fell off a bit this year, but he could provide a long-term No. 2 presence behind Sanders in the Eagles’ offense.

SIXTH ROUND

224th overall (comp): Jimmy Morrissey, C, Pittsburgh

The Eagles need a long-term heir apparent for Jason Kelce, and Morrissey profiles as a clone of the longtime Philadelphia center. Morrissey can come in and compete with Luke Juriga for the backup center spot this season.

225th overall (comp): Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

The Eagles only have two QBs on their roster. So, they go back to the Westlake High School well (shout out to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles) and select Ehlinger, who offers intrigue as a developmental backup. If Jalen Hurts takes off as a starting QB, Ehlinger could be his long-term Jim Sorgi.

SEVENTH ROUND

234th overall: Aashari Crosswell, S, ASU

The Eagles still have room for competition at safety, even with the additions of Harris and Andrew Adams. Crosswell can come in and compete with Adams, K’Von Wallace, Marcus Epps and Grayland Arnold for playing time.

240th overall: Carlo Kemp, DT, Michigan

The Eagles need to add youth to the defensive tackle rotation behind Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave. Kemp will compete with T.Y. McGill, Hassan Ridgeway and Raequan Williams for a roster spot.

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