Today marks the second day of on-field drills at the 2017 NFL Combine. The following position groups are scheduled to work out: quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends. The action starts at 9:00 AM ET and will be aired on NFL Network and NFL.com. Click here for a full list of the workouts and Combine participants. You can bet the Eagles will be paying close attention to the wide outs today.
In case you didn’t realize, the Eagles currently have the worst wide receiving corps in the NFL. It’s really bad, folks. The Eagles are expected to target some wide outs in free agency and/or trades (hello, Brandon Cooks) but that shouldn’t prevent them from drafting a pass catcher as well. Carson Wentz needs all the help he can get. Counting on a rookie to be the savior at the wide receiver position would be a big mistake. But there are some intriguing long-term options available for the Birds.
NFL Draft guru Mike Mayock thinks the Eagles could go with Corey Davis, Mike Williams, or John Ross at No. 14. I’m thinking they’ll lean towards cornerback in the first round, but I wouldn’t rule receiver out. Davis is the best prospect of the three. He won’t participate in drills due to an ankle injury. Williams is big and has jump ball ability. Ross is realllllly fast. He says he can run under a 4.3 40-yard dash. We’ll see if he’s right.
1. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
2. Mike Williams, Clemson
3. John Ross, Washington
4. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
5. Zay Jones, East Carolina
The Eagles are seemingly set at tight end. The team believes in Zach Ertz as their starter after committing to him with a big money contract last season. The 32-year-old Brent Celek has a $5 million cap figure in 2017 but can’t really be cut for savings. So he’ll likely be back, though the Eagles should start thinking about his replacement. Trey Burton will make $2.8 million in 2017 since the Eagles are reportedly planning to place a second-round tender on the restricted free agent.
This year’s tight end class is deep so maybe the Eagles can find a late-round guy to groom to take over for Celek’s role as a blocking tight end. Philadelphia could also be interested in a tight end/fullback hybrid type player since Doug Pederson seemingly wants to add a fullback to the offense.
Mike Mayock’s top five tight ends:
1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
2. David Njoku, Miami
3. Evan Engram, Ole Miss
4. Jake Butt, Michigan
5. Gerald Everett, South Alabama
During an interview with SportsRadio 94WIP earlier this offseason, Howie Roseman said he literally hasn’t studied 2017 quarterback prospects at all. The Eagles are obviously set with Carson Wentz as their starter.
Eagles fans should still hope the top quarterback prospects have really good Combine performances. The goal is for as many passers as possible to come off the board before No. 14. This would increase the non-quarterback prospect options for the Eagles in the first round.
Philadelphia might consider drafting a late-round developmental quarterback. The only two Eagles quarterbacks currently under contract include Wentz and Chase Daniel. The latter of those two is reportedly generating trade interest, so Daniel could be gone. The Eagles will likely want a veteran backing up the 24-year-old Wentz but a rookie could fit in as the team’s third-string passer.
Mike Mayock’s top five quarterbacks:
1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
3. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
4. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
5. Davis Webb, California
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