In several days the Philadelphia Eagles will be adding the newest player to their roster.
Recent mock drafts have WR Justin Jefferson as the favorite player for Philly to select in the first round. Rumors have indicated that if Jefferson is not available by the time the Birds pick at 21, they are likely to go with the best player available on their draft board…
NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah made the claim that Jefferson “is the Eagles guy,“ but if Jefferson is gone, he expects the Eagles to go Defense with their first pick. Jeremiah has a history of being plugged into Philly for pre-draft news, as he was a former scout for the Eagles.
This leaves the possibility of the Eagles NOT drafting a receiver in the first round.
Despite the dismay of many Eagles fans, the organization has to do what they believe is right with their first-round selection, but one thing is certain:
There is no way the Philadelphia Eagles DO NOT select a pass-catcher in this year’s draft.
Even though second-round names like Michael Pittman Jr., Chase Claypool, and Tyler Johnson have been rising recently, they will not be included in this post.
We have an idea of what type of wide-out the Eagles wish to acquire…they are coveting speed.
With all things considered, this report will take a look at some prospects who can not only turn on the jets but also add another dimension to their game by being able to shift into the slot.
We have seen time and time again that Doug Pederson and the Eagles value their options inside the slot, often because of the offense’s scheme.
Scheme fit was crucial in selecting this list.
The Penn State product has previously been linked to the Eagles throughout the pre-draft process. Sources confirm Hamler has face-timed with the Eagles and also met with team scouts at the NFL Combine, although he did not participate in any drills due to injury.
Hamler’s most productive season at Penn State came in 2018 as the speedster broke Saquon Barkley’s all-purpose yardage record (1,417). In his final season, “the catch and run specialist” saw the end-zone eight times while averaging 16 yards per reception, all while adding value in the return game. Former teammate Miles Sanders has vouched for Hamler to be a future-eagle.
Despite Hamler’s sub- 4.2 speed, his 5’9, 178-pound frame raises injury concerns at the next level. In addition, a 16.9% drop rate causes coaches and scouts to turn their heads as well. Furthermore, Hamler’s hamstring injury has impacted his draft stock, likely making him a second-round selection in the NFL Draft.
Overall, the strengths of Hamler’s game co-align well with the Eagles’ weaknesses. This Eagles offense needs a young speedster who can stretch the field and take the top off a defense at any given moment. A year under the wings of DeSean Jackson can help Hamler learn from one of the best big-play receivers in the business. Hamler admits to modeling his game after Jackson.
Further detail on Hamler’s scouting report can be found here.
Hamler has the ability to turn into the reliable downfield target Carson Wentz has been longing for. Scheme a few screen passes his way, and the Eagles have a true burner they can move all over the field.
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Much like the previously mentioned KJ, YAC is also an emphasis on his game.
After deciding to not forgo his senior season, Hill returned and set a new school record as he became the all-time reception leader in Ohio State history. Hill scored a career-best in TD’s (10) during his final year. The year prior (2018) saw Hill at his highs in catches (70) and yardage (885).
Similar to recent Ohio State wide-outs, Hill is ready to take his talents to the NFL. Despite a slower 40-yard dash time than some expected (4.6), Hill’s tape does not disappoint. Hill possesses the ability to line-up outside as well as the slot, making him a matchup mismatch in coverage. His polished route running and sure handedness makes up for his discrepancy in speed.
Measuring in at 6’0, 196 pounds, the main question on Hill is his stature. Tape shows Hill struggling against press-coverage in college, causing concern considering the level of cornerback play in the NFL. Scouts say Hill needs to work on his releases at the line of scrimmage. He is not the most physical receiver in this draft class.
All in all, Hill can make an impact on an NFL offense once his route running improves. Impressive pedigree from Ohio State and solid four-year production should land Hill a spot on an NFL Roster around the third-round.
Hill would serve as an excellent option underneath for Wentz with his steady hands and shiftiness after the catch. Increased value in special teams also helps this pick make sense.
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Hailing from Sanford, FL, Davis balled out for his hometown UCF Knights along with his three-year tenure.
Davis’s sophomore season saw him score 7 TD’s and catch over 50 passes (53) in his first season as a starter on an undefeated UCF team. During his senior season, Davis took a huge step forward as the No.1 target leading the Knights in all receiving categories with 72 catches, 1,241 yards, and 12 TD’s.
Davis’s potential was fully tapped when he was being targeted down the field, with an impressive 17.2 yards per grab. The tape shows that Davis is tremendous at tracking/attacking the deep ball while it is in the air. A 4.54 40-yard dash time impressed people at the NFL combine. Pair these traits with exceptional run after the catch ability, and you’ve got an athletic option in the passing game with Davis.
Davis uses his unique combination of size and speed to create separation at the point of attack. The thing is, Davis does not have the same top-route running ability as other members of his draft class. Scouts state that Davis needs to improve on the sharpness of his routes, particularly when breaking in and out of his cuts.
Doug Pederson and staff would likely utilize Davis as a serious threat in this Eagles offense. Davis provides versatility by making plays on the outside, as well as the slot. Think of an athletic version of Alshon Jeffery if this is a pick for the Eagles.
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