Finally, I get to talk about a position of relevant need for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The past two weeks, we discussed some of the top quarterbacks and running backs in the draft. Both positions seem to be locked down for the time being, so the Eagles probably won’t make a splash via the draft to address either. However, this week’s position group of interest — wide receivers — is a completely different story.
The only hole on offense sans depth issues, the free agency period and draft will be crucial for the Eagles in their quest to find another pass-catcher for Nick Foles.
The Eagles currently hold the No. 22 pick in the first round. While many believe (and think) they’ll address the defensive side of the ball with this selection, a lot could depend on where some of the top wideouts in the draft land ahead of the Eagles. If they’re in a position to grab one of the top guys — say a Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans or even Marqise Lee — they could do it.
In our recent edition of Flock to the Mocks, various mock drafts have the Eagles selecting different receivers with their first pick. Here’s a quick look at some targets that the Eagles could have a chance at with their first-round choice.
Davante Adams, Fresno State
A bigger guy (6’2″, 216 lbs), Adams caught 131 balls for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns last year. There are some concerns about his speed, however.
Allen Robinson, Penn State
I went to Penn State, so I saw first-hand what he’s capable of doing. His breakaway speed is concerning, but the kid can catch everything that’s thrown to him. Give him some space, and he’ll make a play.
Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
Pretty much an ideal fit for the Eagles, all things considered. He’s quick, explosive and tough to bring down despite having a similar body type to DeSean Jackson. In the end though, it’s all about spacing — not size.
You can view cover32’s list of the ten best draftable wide receivers here.