The Eagles have an abundance of picks in this upcoming draft, and that is a great thing for a team that needs a lot of help.  The Eagles are tied for the most picks in this draft with eleven.  We all know the guys who the Eagles are targeting in the early rounds, but the Eagles currently have seven day-three picks.  Obviously day three picks aren’t expected to come in and be immediate starters or game-changers, but you can certainly get some good players.  In the later rounds of the draft your mostly looking for guys who can fit certain roles and then you can try to coach and develop into legitimate starters.  With the Eagles loaded with picks, there are some good options for them to take in the later rounds that most people aren’t familiar with.  Here are four players to keep your eye’s on for the Eagles to target in day three of the draft.

1. Chauncey Golston, Defensive End, Iowa

The Eagles love rotating pass rushers, and Golston has the ability to fit right in that mold.  The Eagles also love having versatility on their team and Golston has the ability to play on the outside and the inside of the defensive line. Golston had 5.5 sacks for Iowa last year in just eight games. Golston would be a perfect pick for the birds on day three, you can move him all along the line and he could be a high-motor kind of guy.  With the Eagles loaded defensive line it may be hard for him to get snaps in year one, but with his versatility, he can definitely see some action.

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2.  Cornell Powell, Wide Reciever, Clemson

Playing at a powerhouse school has its benefits, but it also has its downsides.  Powell was buried on Clemson’s depth chart his first four years behind some premier NFL talent but then had a breakout year in 2020.  Powell had 53 catches for 882 yards and 7 touchdowns this past season and his game really started to click.  He showed good hands, good route-running, and ball skills, but the small sample size has scouts and front offices worried.  As a day three pick, Powell would certainly be a development guy, but he has the chance to be a steal for whatever team takes him.  With the Eagles issues at wide receiver, Powell could be a guy who develops into a nice piece for the Eagles offense down the road.

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3.  Kylen Granson, Tight End, SMU

With Zach Ertz on his way out, the Eagles need another tight end to pair with Dallas Goedert.  A lot of hype right now is built around Kyle Pitts, but there is a great shot that he is taken before the number twelve pick.  If that were the case, then Granson could be a guy who interests the Eagles.  Granson was used all over the SMU offense.  A slot receiver, on the line as a tight end, and even times out of the backfield.  As a fifth or sixth-round pick, Granson has the chance to be a good versatile weapon for the Eagles.  Granson isn’t the biggest or the strongest and has shown that he isn’t the best route-runner, but as a late-round pick, Granson would be a great guy as a third tight end to develop.  You aren’t going to get superstars in the late rounds (usually) so getting someone who has the ability to play all over the offense and be a Swiss army knife would be a good pick.

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4. Shakur Brown, Defensive Back, Michigan State

The Eagles clearly made it a priority to improve the secondary.  With the additions of Andrew Adams and Anthony Harris and the interest in Adoree’ Jackson and K’Waun Williams, the Eagles are showing that they intend on upgrading the secondary.  The Eagles could certainly look at someone early like Patrick Surtain II or Asante Samuel Jr as a starter, but you also need depth.  The Eagles depth was tested last year, and it was not a pretty sight.  This is where Brown comes into play.  Adding to the trend of the day, Brown brings versatility to the Eagles secondary.  Brown had five interceptions in 2020 and played a lot of different roles for the Spartans defense.  With only a limited number of starts at the college level, the sample size for Brown is not as large as other corners and has scouts worrisome.  With the Eagles’ new defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon having the reputation of building and developing quality corners in the NFL, Brown would then be a great pick in the fifth or sixth-round as a developmental and depth corner.

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