With the 123rd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Eagles selected cornerback Zech McPhearson out of Texas Tech.
The 23-year-old Columbia, Maryland native was a first-team All-Big 12 selection and team captain as a senior after notching 53 tackles and four interceptions. A two-year starter for the Red Raiders, McPhearson finished his college career with 120 tackles, 18 pass deflections, and the four picks. He also scored two touchdowns in his college career (fumble return, blocked field goal return) and blocked two extra points in 2019.
At 5-10, 196 pounds, McPhearson has experience playing both outside and in the slot. He started his college career at Penn State before transferring to Texas Tech in 2019. He earned his undergraduate degree at Penn State and was working toward his master's at Texas Tech.
McPhearson comes from an incredibly athletic family:
• Mother, Kim, played running back and offensive line in the National Women's Football League.
• Father, Gerrick, played defensive back at Boston College and in the NFL with the Patriots.
• Sister, Kimberly, plays soccer at UW-Green Bay.
• Brother, Gerrick Jr, played safety at Maryland and was drafted by the Giants in 2006.
• Brother, Derrick, played WR at Illinois and spent time in the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system.
• Brother, Emmanuel, played defensive back at New Mexico.
• Brother, Matthew, spent six years in the Yankees' and Diamondbacks' farm systems before switching to football at Texas Tech.
• Brother Jeremiah, played football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
• Brother, Joshua, was Saquon Barkley's backup at Penn State before a CFL stint in 2018.
"The board fell - the way that fell to us was outstanding, and exciting how it came to be. We like him, his versatility, ability to play outside, his ability to play inside, his ball skills, football intelligence. He's a team captain. He's a guy we got on (Southwest Area Scout) Shawn Heinlen, does an excellent job mining the information on Zech and really brought him to the surface with us," said Andy Weidl.