The Philadelphia Eagles have selected their second pick of the night. The No. 73 overall pick is defensive tackle, Milton Williams.
EAGLES CONTINUE TO MOVE ALONG THE BOARD
After the Eagles traded up to No. 10 last night in exchange for their No. 12 and No. 84 picks, general manager Howie Roseman decided he wanted 11 total picks again.
Minutes before the Eagles were supposed to make their third-round pick at No. 70, they traded back with the North Carolina Panthers. Philadelphia then made their selection at No. 73 and acquired No. 191 (sixth-round).
MILTON WILLIAMS TO THE BIRDS
With their third-round pick, the Eagles picked Milton Williams from Louisiana Tech. Williams, who played for three years, chose to forego his senior year to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 1, 2021
He finished his career with 108 tackles and led his team with ten sacks. Williams was also named first-team all-Conference USA.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. called Williams his favorite defensive tackle prospect in the draft. Kiper Jr. stated, “Williams plays his butt off, and he has some positional versatility. At 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, he could be a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3 or an end in 3-4. He’s active and disruptive — he had ten sacks over the past two seasons. I think he could put up decent sack numbers if he does play as a 3-technique. I would want him on my team if I was a general manager.”
Seemingly enough, Philadelphia may have also selected another player one of their NFC East rivals wanted. After jumping the New York Giants last night for DeVonta Smith, the Eagles’ No. 73 pick placed them two spots above the Dallas Cowboys. At No. 75, the Cowboys also chose a defensive tackle — Osa Odighizuwa from UCLA.
Roseman’s selection didn’t disappoint. Draft expert Lance Zierlein stated, “Pound for pound, Williams can match his toughness and strength with many of the interior defenders in this draft. Determining his best positional fit will be up to the team that drafts him, but he’s a good football player who understands leverage and knows how to use his hands.”
Who are the most athletic edge defenders in the 2021 Draft when it comes to the measurables most indicative of pro success?@PennStateFball's Jayson Oweh & @LATechFB's Milton Williams earned max athleticism scores (99) based on elite pro day performances relative to their size. pic.twitter.com/0RNsjiDdjS
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) April 13, 2021
Only time will tell how Philadelphia puts him to work.
The Eagles will return for Day Three tomorrow. Philadelphia has eight remaining picks, including one fourth-round, one fifth-round, three sixth-round, and two seventh-round selections.