NFL Draft 2021: Eagles' options at safety

Dave Zangaro
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Exploring Eagles’ options at S throughout the 2021 draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

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 signed Anthony Harris this offseason but they’re still not settled at the position long-term. Harris got a one-year deal and Rodney McLeod is coming off an ACL injury. After that, the Eagles have young and unproven players in K’Von Wallace and Marcus Epps. So it would make sense to find a safety in this draft class.

Here are their options:

At No. 12

The Eagles have never drafted a safety in the first round and it won’t happen this year. There’s not a player who lines up at that position at 12.

In the middle rounds

Trevon Moehrig, TCU (6-foot-1, 202 pounds): Depending on who you ask, Moehrig is either the best or second-best safety in this draft class. There’s a lot to like about him. Moehrig won the Jim Thorpe Award as the top DB in college football in 2020 to cap off an impressive career at TCU. Aside from being a talented safety, Moehrig is also a versatile player who can play several spots.

Richie Grant, UCF (6-foot-0, 197 pounds): If Moehrig isn’t the best safety in this class, then Grant is. He can play in the box or deep safety and showed off his ballhawk skills with 10 interceptions in his three seasons as a starter. He was first-team All-AAC all three of his seasons as a starter.

Andre Cisco, Syracuse (6-foot-1, 216 pounds): Cisco is an interesting prospect because his best season came back in 2018, when he had seven picks and 18 passes defended. In 2019, he missed a few games with injury and in 2020 he missed most of the season with a torn ACL. The knee injury might push him down the board. But if he checks out medically, Cisco is an athlete who makes big plays.

Jamar Johnson, Indiana (6-foot-0, 205 pounds): Johnson doesn’t have a very thick resume as a one-year starter but it was a good year. In eight games in 2020, he had 43 tackles, 8 pass breakups and 4 interceptions.

James Wiggins, Cincinnati (5-foot-11, 209 pounds): The Eagles have had some late-round magic with Bearcats before and maybe Wiggins can continue that trend. Wiggins missed the entire 2019 season with an ACL injury but returned in 2020, had a very good year and didn’t seem to lose his athleticism or speed. He ran a 4.41 at the Cincinnati pro day.

Late-round sleeper

Christian Uphoff, Illinois State (6-foot-2, 209 pounds): Uphoff is an intriguing player from the FCS level. The entire 2020 season was canceled but Uphoff earned an invite to the Senior Bowl and made the most of it; he was named the top safety in Mobile that week. He has the raw tools to be worth a late-round pick as a developmental player.

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