I’m on the record saying I wouldn’t mind the Eagles trading both Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts and starting over with a QB at #6 overall, but if the draft resembles anything like Todd McShay’s first mock, then we’d probably be more than happy.
Here’s who he’s got going one through six, over at ESPN:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
3. Carolina trades up to take Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
4. Atlanta Falcons – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell, OT, ORegon
6. Philadelphia Eagles – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Yeah man, sign me up. If Chase falls all the way to #6, then he’s the guy. He’s it, baby!
On most mock drafts, Chase is the first receiver off the board. A lot of mocks have him going to the Dolphins at #3 overall, but if Wilson and Lance continue to rise, and the quarterback market creates demand at the top, then Chase would be pushed down the board, perhaps to the Eagles. It seems highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened in years past.
The question then becomes one of preference. Ja’Marr Chase or Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith?
Chase opted out of the 2020 season, so there might be some recency bias favoring Smith, who is the smaller guy. Chase is six feet and 200 pounds and built more like a possession receiver, but does a lot of things extremely well. Smith is incredibly explosive but only weighs about 174, which is only five pounds more than what DeSean Jackson measured, pre-draft.
You can’t go wrong with either guy, but Chase is probably a better complement to Jalen Reagor, assuming Reagor becomes a reliable receiver. The combo of Chase/Reagor is probably less redundant than Smith/Reagor, but if the board plays out the way McShay predicts, then not even Howie Roseman can screw this one up.