The Philadelphia Eagles have been showing a lot of interest in wide receiver prospects his offseason. The team interviewed several pass catchers at the 2016 NFL Combine. It's known that at least four of their 30 pre-draft visits have been allotted to receivers. In an interview with Peter King earlier this offseason, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman told The MMQB that the Eagles are looking to add a deep threat to their receiver corps. Now Matt Miller of Bleacher Report is adding even more fuel to the fire.
"In talking to team sources in Philadelphia and to area scouts who know general manager Howie Roseman, there is a feeling the Eagles will look to draft at least one wide receiver. As one scout put it, they "have to clean up the mess Chip [Kelly] made at receiver."
The Eagles still have a need for receiver talent despite spending a lot of draft resources on the position in recent years. Jordan Matthews is on pace for a very productive career but he's not without his flaws. Drops have been an issue for him and it remains to be seen if he's only limited to success playing in the slot. 2015 first round pick Nelson Agholor graded out as the worst wide receiver in the NFL last season by Pro Football Focus. 2014 third round pick Josh Huff has flashed talent at times but he's hardly been reliable on a week-to-week basis. These players are young so there's time for them to step up. There's just no guarantee they'll ever develop into what the Eagles hope they become, though.
Philadelphia isn't just relying on the trio of Matthews, Agholor, and Huff. The team signed Chris Givens and Rueben Randle to low-cost deals in free agency. There's a decent chance neither player turns out to be much, especially in the long-term. The Eagles are taking one-year flyers on them and hoping to get lucky.
Adding another receiver (or two) in the draft could help improve the team's receiver talent. I don't think that they'd look to address the position at No. 8, but it does seem like they're looking to add a speedy guy at some point. Some deep threat pass catchers to keep an eye on could include Notre Dame's Will Fuller, TCU's Kolby Listenbee, Southern Mississippi's Mike Thomas, etc.
The Eagles have sorely lacked a big play threat at receiver since the days of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Being able to replenish talent like that could go a long way for Doug Pederson's offense moving forward.