2015 NFL Draft prospect Jaelen Strong posted an interesting picture on his Instagram on Monday: click here to see it. As you can see, Strong is standing in front of the Eagles' NovaCare Complex facility. The post is captioned with "Today was a good day." No official reports have confirmed Strong was at the Eagles headquarters for a pre-draft visit, but I think it's fair to assume that was the case here.
If so, it's a bit of a funny coincidence. We just discussed Strong here at Bleeding Green Nation on Monday morning. Dan Kadar of SB Nation has the Eagles taking Strong, a Philadelphia native, at pick No. 20 overall. Strong seemed to approve of this mock because he even retweeted it on his Twitter page.
The 6-2, 217 pound pass catcher finished his college career with 157 receptions for 2,287 yards (14.6 average) and 17 touchdowns. He played in the PAC12 which obviously makes him attractive to Chip Kelly.
Strong is the second (known) wide receiver prospect to visit the Eagles this offseason. USC's Nelson Agholor also reportedly visited the team.
Here's a scouting report on Strong via CBS. They currently project him to be a first round pick.
STRENGTHS: Above average height, length and frame for the position. Physical presence to post up and secure 50-50 balls, doing a nice job in traffic. Balanced athlete with coordinated feet and body control to stay in rhythm. Not fast, but gets vertical with long, decisive strides. Smooth movements and body control to make acrobatic adjustments on the ball, using his long arms to create a large catching radius. Good leaping ability and attacks well in jump-ball situations, making highlight grabs look routine. Soft, but strong, magnet hands to finish. Outstanding feel on back shoulder throws, using his frame and focus well along the sideline. Power player and uses contact well in his routes. Physical after the catch to brush off defenders and fight for yards after initial contact. Has the frame/strength potential to develop his blocking abilities. Athletic bloodlines as the son of the late John Rankin, who was a stand-out basketball player at Drexel. Dependable and the hardest worker on the team, according to the Arizona State coaching staff. Durable body type and battles through injuries. Productive two years at the FBS level with a combined 157 catches.
WEAKNESSES: Unimpressive top-end speed and needs a few steps when accelerating, lacking a second gear downfield. Lacks dynamic athleticism or suddenness, struggling to consistently separate. Needs to speed up his eyes and hands to locate and adjust quicker. Will have some focus drops and misjudge the deep ball, fighting the ball when he allows it to get into his body. Still a work-in-progress as a route runner with a bad habit of tipping his path to defenders. Not as many yards after contact as his size would suggest. Wears himself out and will take some plays off. Minor durability concerns ? dealt with a nagging ankle injury as a sophomore (Oct. 2013) and missed one game as a junior (Nov. 2014) due to a concussion.