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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Injury Report: Eagles at Broncos

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles are coming off yet another loss as they head into Denver.

Nick Sirianni says that the Eagles think that leaving to get to Denver later will give them an advantage, but we'll have to see.

Personnel-wise, the Eagles should have an advantage given the injuries the Broncos are dealing with.

A notable change that is not on the official injury report is that Broncos OC Pat Shurmur, who calls plays, will not be coaching in the match-up since he is in COVID protocols.

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Postgame Report: Eagles Defense Fails To Halt Chargers

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles entered the half up following a dominant performance by the run game supported by a few good passes from Hurts mixed in with the bad.

That changed in the second half as Hurts began to hit his targets rather than airmail his passes. The result was a more balanced attack with the only unsuccessful drive being the one where Hurts tripped over Jack Driscoll's leg and was sacked.

Unfortunately, the Eagles defense was not able to stop the Chargers even a single time, so they get yet another loss.

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Halftime Report: Chargers at Eagles

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles, coming off a wildly successful game against a team that is an embarrassment to the league, came out with a similar gameplan against the Chargers and, while not as successful as it was last week, the Eagles are having a decent amount of success with it.

While a close game, the Eagles enter the half with a 10-7 lead.

Here's what we saw in the first half of action:


First Half Offensive MVP

RB Jordan Howard

Sirianni seems to have finally realized running the ball is a legitimate option and has realized his line is built for those plays. The beneficiary is again Jordan Howard, who has 58 yards on 12 carries along with a touchdown. At this point, it's fair to wonder why he's still on the practice squad and not on the 53-man where he can't get signed by another team.


First Half Defensive MVP

LB TJ Edwards

Edwards is taking on a more consistent role now with deadweight cut in the form of Eric Wilson. Edwards has had some solid play within his role once again, making five stops including a big play on the Eagles last defensive drive before the two-minute warning.


Who Needs To Step Up

CB Andre Chachere

This is a hard one and Chachere hasn't played poorly, but Avonte Maddox, who's out with an injury, has been one of the bright spots for this team in the slot. Chachere takes over there and while he's made some tackles, it'd be nice to see him make some plays on the ball as Maddox has done this season. Still, Chachere has done well to keep the ball in front of him so far.


Who To Watch Out For

TE Jared Cook

Cook has 48 yards on just four catches and while Keenan Allen is likely to lineup with Slay or Nelson, Cook may be lining up against replacement player Chachere quite a bit and while he's not inexperienced, Cook is not the type of player you want your weakest cover option to be tasked with much. If the Chargers can work that match-up, the Eagles will need to bring some help.


Injury Report: Chargers at Eagles

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles will be coming off the high of a dominant win against a clearly inferior opponent, but when they return to Linc this week they'll need to keep the momentum going against a much better team.

The good news for them is that over the past week they've not had any setbacks with only one player remaining on the injury report and, more importantly, no additional players landing on IR.

Meanwhile, their opponent is having some positional issues with their own injury report.

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Postgame Report: Eagles Demolish Lions

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles entered the half dominating an inferior Lions team.

The drubbing only got worse later in the game as the Lions seemed entirely unable to keep up with the Eagles offense or defense.

The game got so out of hand the Eagles put in their back-end guys who would otherwise not see the field outside special teams into the game.

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Injury Report: Eagles at Lions

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

In a bit of a twist of fate, as soon as the Eagles began running the ball, Miles Sanders hit the ground and took a while to get up.

On Saturday, the Eagles officially placed the running back on IR, meaning he will miss this game and two more.

Jordan Howard was elevated and will be active for this game in his stead.

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Eagles Trade QB To Jets

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

It was just one week ago that the Eagles made a splash by moving Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Eagles, on Monday, made another deal to increase their draft capital.

The Eagles sent Joe Flacco to the Jets for a sixth-round pick that could be come a fifth-round pick based upon his playing time, according ESPN.

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Postgame Report: Eagles Embarrass In First Trip To Las Vegas

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles entered the half down in a massive crater following an offensive and defensive collapse in the second quarter.

Of course, the coaching staff finally decided that it'd be a good idea to let Miles Sanders run the ball and this lead to a strong opening drive and the only even remotely successful drive in the first half. Shortly thereafter, Sanders was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury.

The box score makes this game seem much closer than it was, however.

The offense only got going during that first drive and then in garbage time. It's surprising that that strategy didn't lead them to a win.

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Injury Report: Eagles at Raiders

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles will be headed to their first match-up in Las Vegas down just one impact player from their game last week.

In fact, they will be getting back their right tackle Lane Johnson for this one, so Andre Dillard appears bound for the bench (and perhaps another team).

The Raiders are in a similar boat, making this one of the cleanest injury reports all season.

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Zach Ertz Traded To Arizona Cardinals

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles secured yet another loss on prime time this week and fell to 2-4 on the season. This put them in a situation that would seem to force their focus to shift heavily to the future of the franchise.

On Thursday, news broke that teams were calling on Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert looking to see if they might be available in trades.

Ertz found himself on the top of a list of players that the team was looking to move in return for draft compensation and became the first major trade during the 2021 season.

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