The 2014 NFL Draft is now only one (!) day away and thanks to a BGN poll from Tuesday, we now know which position BGN thinks the Eagles will draft first. To no surprise, that position is wide receiver (42%). Let's look at some of the top wide receiver targets that could be in play for the Eagles at No. 22.
Sorry to disappoint, but I just don't see this one happening. Watkins seems like he will be the first wide out off the board. I don't see him making it out of the top 10. I won't be including him in the poll.
There seems to be a good chance Evans will be off the board as well, but there's still an outside chance the Eagles could trade up to draft him. Adam Caplan has repeatedly reported that the Eagles are interested in a trade-up for the Texams A&M product.
Odell Beckham Jr.
While it may have once been thought that Beckham could fall to the Eagles at No. 22, the pre-draft buzz is that Beckham could go as early as the top 10 or 15 picks. Peter King has indicated the Eagles have interest in trading up for Beckham. King mocked Beckham to the Eagles via a trade up to pick No. 15 in his latest mock draft.
Some people have ruled out Cooks as an Eagles target due to his lack of size, but there's no denying he's very talented. He's not just another DeSean Jackson; he has the potential to be even better. Cooks has even admitted as much. The Eagles have shown very limited pre-draft interest in him and I think that's because they don't want to tip their hand. I'm not sure if he makes it to No. 22, however.
This is a wide receiver that almost makes too much sense for the Eagles. Chip Kelly is more than familiar with Lee from his time at Oregon. Kelly once said: "Lee may be the best receiver I've had the opportunity to coach against. He's impressive on film but even more impressive [in person.]" Lee racked up a total of 20 receptions for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns in two career games against Kelly's Ducks.
Kelvin Benjamin has tremendous size. I just don't think he's the kind of wide receiver that Chip Kelly wants.
I'm not sure so if Latimer is going to be a first round pick despite the hype. That said, he seems to make a lot of sense for the Eagles. He has good size. He can block really well and he's strong (most bench reps by a WR at the combine). He plays special teams well. He played in a fast-tempo offense at Indiana.
While most draftniks have Matthews as a second round receiver, it'll be interesting to see if NFL GMs feel the same way. Perhaps Matthews could be a target for the Eagles if they trade down. Mel Kiper had the Eagles taking Matthews at No. 22 in his mock draft last week. Eagles fans were not happy with that projection.
I had Adams to the Eagles in the second round of the SB Nation NFL Writer's Mock Draft. He can high-point the heck out of the ball and was extremely productive at Fresno State. He could be another Eagles WR trade down target.