The Philadelphia Eagles would get the 20th pick in the 12 rounds. The Eagles would draft 11 players in the this year's draft.
The draft began with first overall pick Kenneth Sims, Defensive End from Texas , by the New England Patriots. The Patriots and Baltimore Colts both finished with 2–14. The Patriots scored more (322–259) then the Colts and allowed less points scored against them (370–533) during the season then the Colts. Because in week 1 and week 16 the Colts won the games against the Patriots by a total of 3 points the Patriots got to make the 1st pick.
The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with.
Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.
The 1981 season schedule was set by how the Eagles finished in 1981, 2nd in NFC East. The way it was laid out, 4 of the 5 teams in the same 5 team division could end up having 10 to 14 common opponents during the 1981 season. Also, when the last regular season game is over you know who you play the following year.
A home and home series vs Dallas, New York Giants, St. Louis and Washington = 8 games
The top 4 teams in the NFC East play the 4 teams in the AFC Central = 4 games
The 2nd and 3rd place team in NFC Central and NFC West in the 1980 Season
Eagles lose 4 games due to strike. (Dallas, St Louis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh) – the latter was actually planned for Monday Night Football (they have yet to meet in primetime to this day)