NFL Draft 2021: Eagles’ options at tight end

Dave Zangaro
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Exploring Eagles’ options at TE 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 will definitely have Dallas Goedert back in 2021 but he’s entering the final year of his rookie contract and Zach Ertz might be traded even before this year’s draft. There’s no question the Eagles have a need at tight end, but when will they draft one? And what kind will they draft?

Here are their options:

At No. 12

Kyle Pitts, Florida (6-6, 245): It seems unlikely that Pitts will be on the board when the Eagles pick at 12; they likely gave up the chance to draft him with the trade down. But if Pitts were to slide this far, the Eagles should run the card in. Pitts is huge like a tight end and moves like a receiver. He’s arguably the best overall player in this draft class.

In the middle rounds

Brevin Jordan, Miami (6-3, 247): Likely a second-or third-round pick, Jordan missed a few games this season and still led the Hurricanes with 7 touchdown catches. Jordan is a “move” tight end, meaning he wouldn’t be asked to block at the point of attack all that much. They are typically lined up in the slot or as an H-back. The Colts have used these types of tight ends under Nick Sirianni and new Eagles TEs coach Jason Michael.

Pat Freiermuth, Penn State (6-5, 251): The big tight end from Penn State had a good college career with 16 touchdowns in 30 career games. He didn’t test at the Penn State pro day because of a shoulder injury that required surgery. But if he checks out medically, Freiermuth is likely to be a Day 2 pick. He’s a willing blocker and should be a dual-threat TE at the next level with a bit of refinement.

Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame (6-3, 241): Tremble didn’t have a ton of production as a receiver in college but is a physical blocker and has potential as a receiving threat. He can even take the role of a lead blocker at times, but could grow into a really good well-rounded player. This would be a pick for potential but he has it.

Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss (6-4, 250): Another “move” tight end option, Yeboah actually began his career at Temple as a receiver but was moved to tight end. In his final season at Temple in 2019, he had 19 catches for 233 yards and 5 touchdowns. In 8 games at Ole Miss in 2020, he had 27/524/6. Again, not a great blocker, but a potential threat in the pass game.

Late-round sleeper

Pro Wells, TCU (6-3, 249): After watching Michael turn Mo Alie-Cox from a basketball player into a tight end in Indy, I like the idea of giving him another project in Philly. Wells actually didn’t test as well as I expected at his pro day but the former high school basketball player uses those skills in his game. At TCU, he had eight touchdowns over the last two seasons to lead the Horned Frogs.

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