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Weekly Eagles Draft Simulation: Wide receiver triple threat

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2020 NFL Draft preview.

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Welcome to week five of our Weekly Eagles Draft Simulation! The Draft Network’s simulator got fired up again to take us through another possible scenario of how the draft could play out. With the NFL Combine over and free agency fast approaching, here’s how the draft could play out in Philadelphia.

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

Other Players Available:

  • Yegur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State
  • Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama
  • Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU

Given the available players, it seemed smart to draft an impact player like AJ Epenesa. Epenesa would work into the rotation immediately for Philadelphia and help add youth to the Eagles defensive line.

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

Other Players Available:

  • Donovan Peoples-Jones, Wide Receiver, Michigan
  • Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Running Back, LSU

KJ Hamler is going to be on a lot of Eagles fans’ minds. Hamler is a quick and speedy pass catcher who can line up anywhere for the Eagles. His playmaking skills are needed in the Philly offense.

Round 3, Pick 85: Damon Arnette, Cornerback, Ohio State

Other Players Available:

  • Ezra Cleveland, Offensive Tackle, Boise State
  • Darrell Taylor, Edge, Tennessee
  • Brycen Hopkins, Tight End, Purdue

There’s no doubt that the Eagles need competition at cornerback. Damon Arnette is a physical cornerback with solid size and lots of playing experience. He is not a high upside player, but certainly someone who can push for starting time early.

Round 4, Pick 117: Chase Claypool, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

Other Players Available:

  • Damien Lewis, Guard, LSU
  • Ezra Cleveland, Offensive Tackle, Boise State
  • Thaddeus Moss, Tight End, LSU

Chase Claypool is a draft darling after his stellar combine performance. Claypool has tight end size and great athleticism that could be unlocked as a mismatch receiver. Claypool would be a steal at this point in the draft.

Round 5, Pick 148: Jordan Elliott, Defensive Tackle, Missouri

Other Players Available:

  • Tyler Johnson, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
  • Michael Pittman Junior, Wide Receiver, USC
  • McTelvin Agim, Defensive Tackle, Arkansas

Jordan Elliott is a high upside, penetrating defensive tackle who could grow into an every down defender. Similar to the Epenesa pick, the Eagles could benefit from getting younger inside their defensive line. Elliott would be a great pick here.

Round 5, Pick 150: Julian Blackmon, Safety, Utah

Other Players Available:

  • Jack Driscoll, Offensive Tackle, Auburn
  • Devin Duvernay, Wide Receiver, Texas
  • Jordan Fuller, Safety, Ohio State

Julian Blackmon has made an impact at cornerback and safety during his college career. His versatility, physicality and ball skills would be valuable in the secondary as a depth player who could push for starter snaps early in his career.

Round 6, Pick 170: Antonio Gandy-Golden, Wide Receiver, Liberty

Other Players Available:

  • Reggie Floyd, Safety, Virginia Tech
  • Laverne Hill, Cornerback, Michigan
  • Lamical Perine, Running Back, Florida

Antonio Gandy-Golden was a highly productive college player whose offseason circuit hasn’t quite matched the hype of his high performance at Liberty. Nevertheless, Gandy-Golden is a skilled player who has shown an ability to dominate above the rim and be a playmaker. Why not take a chance on him at this point in the draft?

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