2021 NFL Draft: Picks 6-8
The Eagles are done with Carson Wentz, and the Jalen Hurts era has begun. Hurts wasn’t the most exciting option in year one, but the Eagles have to give him at least one full season under center to evaluate his abilities properly.
If the Eagles want to actually see what their young quarterback can do, they’ll want to surround him with viable pass-catchers, and Pitts is one of the best in the class, regardless of position.
Even if the Eagles find a way to keep Zach Ertz, Pitts will be a stellar receiving option for Hurts to rely on in year 1.5.
The Lions take the first Alabama receiver off the board with the seventh pick. Waddle is a stud when healthy, and his ceiling should still be higher than Devonta Smith’s if he can remain outside of the injury protocol.
Detroit has a new quarterback in Jared Goff, a new head coach, and a new identity, and they will need a player like Waddle to make big plays after the catch to keep Goff in a comfortable position moving forward.
This one should terrify the Buccaneers. Somehow, the NFL world has convinced itself that Justin Fields is not a top-five pick, and this could land him squarely with a division rival.
Teddy Bridgewater showed that he is not a legitimate starting-caliber quarterback during his time with the Panthers, and Carolina will be more than happy to take a player like Fields if he falls to them.