The Philadelphia Eagles may be showing interest in an NFL supplemental draft prospect. According to Bo Marchionte of college2pro.com, for what it's worth, the Eagles were one of a few NFL teams expected to be in attendance at the NCCU pro day to watch wide receiver Adrian Wilkins.
There appears to be some conflicting information on this report, however. Former BGN writer Mike Kaye says only three teams came to watch Wilkins, and the Eagles were not one of them.
Even if the Eagles did not attend the workout, perhaps Marchionte's tweet indicates the Eagles still have (or had) some level of interest in Wilkins. So with that said, let's talk more about him.
The 22-year-old Wilkins measures in at 5-8, 175 pounds. According to Aaron Wilson, Wilkins ran a 4.6 40-yard dash and recorded a 9'3" broad jump. He finished his college football career playing for the NCCU Eagles (hey, it's a sign!?) with 89 receptions for 985 yards (11.1 average) and five touchdowns. He also ran for 97 yards on 30 attempts.
Where Wilkins did most of his damage is on special teams. He returned 34 punts for 449 yards (13.2 average) and three touchdowns. He returned 53 kickoffs for 1,334 yards (25.2 average) and three touchdowns. Those are some quality numbers. The Eagles aren't desperate for return help with players like Darren Sproles and Josh Huff already in the fold at punt returner and kick returner (respectively), but we all know how much Chip Kelly loves special teams.
"I saved my favorite player for last since the rest of this article is me basically yelling "nope!" really loudly. Wilkins is an undersized (5-8, 175) receiver out of NCCU but his electric ability makes me think he should garner some interest as a potential pick and a surefire camp invite.
Wilkins is electric with the ball in his hands, possessing great speed, agility, vision and the ability to play much bigger than his listed size. He has reliable hands in space and flashes ability to go up and get it in traffic, though I would not consistently put him in those situations. The Eagles (the NCCU ones, not the Philly ones) used him on screens very often and he was able to create a lot of yardage after the catch due to his home run threat. If he cannot carve out a spot as a receiver, I think he could find himself returning kicks in the NFL. People may harp on his size, but he is bigger than Andrew Hawkins, who is one of the better slot receivers in the NFL.
Philadelphia may not like Wilkins due to his size, but his special teams ability is dynamic enough where I would spend a late round pick on him. If it is not Philly, Wilkins will be making an NFL impact sooner than later."
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In other NFL supplemental draft news, there were 26 teams on hand to watch Isaiah Battle's pro day at Clemson. No word if the Eagles were among them. Battle is considered to be the top player in the NFL supplemental draft, and possibly the only player who might be drafted.
The Eagles haven't taken a player in the NFL supplemental since 1987 (Cris Carter). It would be surprising to see them get involved when the event takes place tomorrow on Thursday afternoon, but perhaps the team might have interest in a player like Wilkins if he goes undrafted and becomes free to sign with any team.
Stay tuned for more NFL supplemental draft coverage tomorrow morning, including my mock draft.