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Eagles Weekly NFL Draft Simulation: Wide receiver triple dip

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Welcome to the Weekly Mock Draft Simulation! Draft “stocks” are ever changing with combined and pro-days coming up while team needs are bound to shift with free agency fast approaching. This article series will serve to gauge the ever changing currents of the offseason and see how the draft would shake up considering those shifts. The fine folks at The Draft Network have a phenomenal simulator that I will be using throughout this series.

Round 1, Pick 21: AJ Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

Other Players Available:

  • Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama
  • Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU
  • Laviska Shenault, Wide Receiver, Colorado

The Eagles obviously have a need at wide receiver but it’s hard to pass up a blue chip player like Epenesa. The hyper-athletic pass rusher has over 20 sacks in the last two years and would add something special to the Eagles defense.

Round 2, Pick 53: KJ Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State

Other Players Available:

  • Brandon Aiyuk, Wide Receiver, ASU
  • Raekwon Davis, Defensive Line, Alabama
  • Ashtyn Davis, Safety, California

Last year’s second rounder out of Penn State turned out pretty well so why not try that again? Hamler is a small, but quick receiver who was a big play threat for the Nittany Lions. Hamler averaged almost 17 yards per catch over his last two seasons using a combination of speed, agility and excellent route running. The Eagles need to completely reboot their pass catching corps and Hamler would be a welcomed addition who could contribute immediately.

Round 3, Pick 85: Amik Robertson, Cornerback, LaTech

Other Players Available:

  • Cole Kmet, Tight End, Notre Dame
  • Marlon Davidson, Defensive Line, Auburn
  • Van Jefferson, Wide Receiver Florida

Amik Robertson has steadily been rising from the end of the season through the All-Star Game Circuits. Robertson is a physical, ball-hawking cornerback who could play in the slot or the outside. The Eagles will likely try to add competition to their cornerback group this spring and Robertson would push for snaps from day one.

Round 4, Pick 117: Gabriel Davis, Wide Receiver, UCF

Other Players Available:

  • Alton Robinson, Edge, Syracuse
  • Nick Coe, Edge, Auburn
  • Essang Bassey, Cornerback, Wake Forest

The Eagles select their second wide receiver in the draft by snagging another home run hitter in Gabriel Davis. The 6’3”, 215 pound receiver 17 yards per catch in 2019 and scored 12 touchdowns. Davis is a high upside player who could develop into quite a nice player for the Eagles

Round 5, Pick 148: Julian Blackmon, Safety, Utah

Other Players Available:

  • Michael Pittman Jr., Wide Receicer, USC
  • John Simpson, Guard, Clemson
  • JR Reed, Safety, Georgia

This would be a steal for Philly. Blackmon has great size at 6’1”, 205 and has played every position in a secondary. He’s athletic, versatile and a knack for the ball. Blackmon would give the Eagles some depth in the secondary and a potential safety of the future.

Round 5, Pick 150: Michael Onwenu, Guard, Michigan

Other Players Available:

  • JR Reed, Safety, Georgia
  • Michael Pittman Jr., Wide Receiver, USC
  • Jordan Fuller, Safety, Ohio State

The Eagles could stand to bolster their offensive line depth. Michael Onwenu is a massive guard who was durable and high impact for the Wolverines. The gargantuan blocker would add youth and depth to a talented part of the roster.

Round 6, Pick 170: Isaiah Hodgins, Wide Receiver, Oregon State

Other Players Available:

  • Reggie Floyd, Safety, Virginia Tech
  • Chase Claypool, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame
  • Lamical Perine, Running Back, Florida

Another too good to be true pick. Isaiah Hodgins is a huge target at 6’4” and 210 pounds. He’s got great hands and was highly productive for Oregon State. The Eagles need as many dependable, playmaking pss catchers as they can get their hands on. Seems like a no brained even with two other wide receiver picks.

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