Grading Eagles 2021 Draft Haul

2021 Class

The Eagles once again completed a draft in which they made more picks than any single team starts with. In 2021, they made nine selections even after moving up in the first round and trading into the 2022 draft.

Opinions on their draft actually seem very positive from a national outlook, though many fans in Philadelphia are not happy.

With that in mind, a few of our writers decided to put together their grades.

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With Dani Dennis-Sutton On Board, Can Penn State Maintain Momentum In 2023 Cycle

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Penn State landed it's top recruit on Thursday afternoon with Dani Dennis-Sutton choosing the Nittany Lions over the likes of Alabama and Georgia, though he may have given fans a brief jolt of fear when he reached for the Georgia hat only to put it down and put on the PSU one.

Dennis-Sutton is currently the 50th overall player in the recruiting class and has been rising for the past year. He becomes the top-ranked player in Penn State's 2022 class.

Not only is the commitment important due to his talent and who they beat out, but DDS plays a position of need and represents the third of Penn State's success in its top overall targets. The Athletic's Audrey Synder wrote in late June that the Lions landing two of DDS, Nicholas Singleton, Ryan Brubaker, and locking in Drew Shelton would be huge and even just landing Dennis-Sutton would be major. While Brubaker chose South Carolina, James Franklin and Co. made out by getting Drew Shelton 107% locked in and Singleton and Dennis-Sutton on board.

The class can now make a real case for the best in school history, all after a 4-5 season in 2020.

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Steven Nelson Joins Eagles Secondary

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Steven Nelson, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

The deal is worth just $4 million for one year.

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What Could Have Been - Reviewing Phillies Recent Moves

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Nearly 50 games into the 2021 season, things were not going as fans had hoped for the Phillies and comparisons were flying.

Following a Monday-night blowout at the hands of the Miami Marlins once again, the Phils were two games under .500.

The road has had some ups and downs, but the Phillies managed to just hit .500 by winning 7 of 10 against two of the best teams in the sport (and the Cubs) while beating up on some former Phillies disappointments.

That surge and the bit of a fall back to earth of some former Phillies has lead to a decrease in the comparisons being made, but halfway through the season, it seems like a realistic time to take a look at the moves the Phillies made this offseason and the players who the team had that would have filled those roster spots otherwise.

Note: Since it would require going back to 2019 or earlier to find players like JP Crawford and Nick Williams as positional matches, additions like Matt Joyce and Didi Gregorious are not addressed here.

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Richard Rodgers Returns, Eagles Add Michael Walker

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have officially brought back the tight end who put up 345 yards for the team last year.

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That of course would be Richard Rodgers, who was the second-most effective pass catcher at the tight end position for the Eagles in 2021 behind Dallas Goedert.

Rodgers will now be looking to enter what would be his fourth season with the team.

Rodgers, in his first three seasons in Philadelphia, has landed on the IR twice, signed a two-year contract and spent a training camp with Washington in 2020.

He figures to be the favorite for the third tight end spot and would likely slot in as the backup to Goedert if Zach Ertz is traded.

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Eagles Add Even More Tackle Depth

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Wednesday afternoon, the Eagles officially signed another veteran to the team, this time to bolster the offensive line.

Clark, who played the last five seasons (though he had 0 snaps in 2019) with Siriani in Indianapolis, has experience at both tackle spots as both depth and as a spot starter. He could be thought of in the same vein as Big V, only he didn't get the massive contract (or start in a Super Bowl).

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Eagles Acquire CB From Jaguars

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

In a move on Tuesday, the Eagles acquired a new corner for their defense, though the Eagles did give up one of their existing corners.

Houston was a guy the Eagles had brought in last year when they were missing essentially all of their corners that started out on the 53-man roster.

The Eagles do include an additional sixth-round pick in the move for the 2023 draft (not the 2022), but gain a corner with three years left on his rookie contract.

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Eagles Sign Ryan Kerrigan

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

In a bit of a shocking move, the Eagles announced on Monday that they had signed Ryan Kerrigan, a player who has spent 10 seasons in Washington D.C. and has been a thorn in the side for Philadelphia all throughout that time.

Kerrigan is the all-time sacks leader for Washington with 95.5

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Kerryon Johnson Joins The Fold

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Friday afternoon, the Eagles announced that they made an addition at running back by claiming Kerryon Johnson from the Lions.

Johnson adds to a crowded room that may not even allow allow room for him on the 53-man by the end of camp.

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Penn State Has Six Players Drafted in 2021 NFL Draft

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Penn State football knew one thing for sure entering the 2021 NFL draft: Micah Parsons would be a first-round pick.

The team also had two other players in Odafe Jayson Oweh and Pat Freiermuth who would surely hear there name called at some point in the draft, but there were also four additional draft-eligible players who were unsure if or when their names would be called.

In the end, sox of seven eligible players wound up having an NFL team spend some draft capital on them.

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Eagles Ink Undrafted Free Agents

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles may have drafted nine new players they hope can contribute to the team, but they are far from done adding to the group of players that could become the team's future.

The team, as always, was busy agreeing to deals with players that went undrafted shortly after the close of the seventh round and the 2021 NFL Draft.

Undrafted free agency is where the Eagles will look to land some players at positions they did not get in the draft, so depth receivers, a quarterback linebacker and the secondary are all likely to be some focus areas for the team.

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