2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Miami Dolphins trade back again

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2021 NFL Mock Draft
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2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

If Waddle somehow falls to 12 overall, the Eagles should be sprinting to the podium with his card. By trading this far back, they likely took themselves out of the race for the top receivers. However, the value of quarterbacks pushed Waddle down the board, and that gives Philadelphia a player they’d be considering at sixth overall.

The trade back proves that the Eagles are committing to Jalen Hurts for at least one season. We’ll see what his future holds after 2021, but they won’t be looking for a quarterback yet. Instead, they’ll be looking to add weapons to build around Jalen. Adding his former Alabama football teammate would be a great start.

Waddle has what it takes to singlehandedly take over a football game. He is explosive, and his speed adds an element to the offense that can’t be understated.

After losing key targets in free agency, the Eagles are desperate to add weapons on offense. This would at least put them on track to improve as an offensive unit and adequately evaluate Jalen Hurts.

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If Waddle isn’t available, the Eagles could do plenty of things. Adding a corner would be nice. Micah Parsons is a great value. Rashawn Slater would be worth considering. However, the value meets the need, and the Eagles can’t pass up a difference-maker in the slot.