We are a shade under two weeks away from the 2021 NFL Draft, and we’re all ready to hear some Eagles have their name called under the bright lights. Here’s a quick primer on who we expect to see on an pro team come the end of the month.
The man with the most buzz around him is none other than Hunter Long. Since crushing it at the Senior Bowl, he’s seen his stock rise. In a recent post, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. noted that Long could be a surprise first round pick, saying he may be the second best tight end prospect in the draft. Now Mel’s obviously gospel, but this might be a little too rich for me. I’m not quite sure I see the immediate fit/need for someone in the first, but whoever gets him is going to have an absolute stud. Long will excel as a pass catcher. We’ve seen his great hands and very lowkey speed. He’s not a burner of course but will cause some matchup problems. It seems like we’re really looking at Day 2, but we sure hope he hears his name called early and rooting for him to be that second tight end after Kyle Pitts.
BC has had a good stretch of linebackers drafted and this year will continue that run. McDuffie. He’s garnered interest from a number of teams, notably the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and Buffalo Bills (double dipping on the Matt Milano successes). McDuffie is athletic and has good instincts. Despite his size, he has the toughness and speed to make an impact. He projects to play inside and should also greatly contribute on special teams early on. McDuffie will likely be a Day 3 pick, and is the Draft Network’s #13 linebacker.
Max Richardson will also look to continue on this legacy. The middle linebacker excelled at BC and quickly rose to be a vocal leader on the team. He’s a class act, a pro’s pro, whatever other clichés you want to throw, that’s him. A tackling machine, he always had strong intellect and a knack for the game. While he lacks the typical size (6ft,) he can make up for in other ways. He hopes to be a late round pick, but he could really prove a boon for a team, especially on special teams.
The one-year Eagle and defensive lineman has a good chance of hearing his name late in the draft. He’s met with a number of teams since participating in the Hula Bowl including the Titans, Jets, and 49ers. In his time at BC, he showed incredible energy and emotion. He has a good burst and can rush the passer well. He sees himself as an outside linebacker/Edge at the next level and ready to contribute in any way.
The NFL Draft will take place from April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.