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2020 NFL Mock Draft: My final picks for the Eagles - BGN
I already made my case for the Eagles drafting Justin Jefferson last week. Is he the most ideal fit in a perfect world? No, he’s not the burner the Eagles could really afford to add. But the Eagles don’t just need pure speed. They also need some receivers who are just legitimately good players and everything about Jefferson’s profile suggests he’ll be able to make a successful transition to the NFL. His projection should be valued by an Eagles team that’s regularly failed to draft and develop receiver talent under Howie Roseman. Given the barren state of the receiving corps, Philly can’t afford another flat out bust. Jefferson is a high floor, high ceiling prospect. Adding him to the roster would give Carson Wentz a receiver who’s actually reliable ... unlike Agholor.

The Kist & Solak Show #179: Is Jerry Jeudy Falling? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak discuss the report that Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy could fall due to a knee issue, plus how medicals/testing could impact other prospects in an unprecedented draft process and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Almost There - Iggles Blitz
I know a lot of people think Howie will move up to get the receiver he wants. I just don’t like that. We saw last year that rookie receivers outside the top 20 had quite the impact. You don’t need to go get the best player. That said, if CeeDee Lamb fell far enough and the value was reasonable, it would be a lot of fun to watch him and Carson Wentz together for the next five years. No matter what happens, I’m looking forward to seeing the Eagles add some talented receivers in the coming days.

10 NFL players who could get traded this week: Yannick Ngakoue, Jamal Adams, more - ESPN+
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles need a total overhaul of their wide receiver corps. And while keeping Jeffery, who has a guaranteed $9.91 million due this year and no guaranteed money after that, isn’t a bad option, there are plenty of folks around the league who believe Philly would part with him for the right price. Look for the Eagles to draft at least one wideout early in this year’s draft and to continue to rework that position as the offseason moves along.

Eagles-only 2020 mock draft, final version - PhillyVoice
There are some concerns that Jefferson isn’t a perfect fit in the Eagles’ 2-TE offense, seeing as one of Jefferson’s strengths, working the middle of the field, is something the Eagles already have in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. To be clear, Jefferson does a lot more than just work the middle of the field. He wins inside and outside, and in the short, intermediate, and deeper levels of the field. On the “can the Eagles find targets for him” front, well, they found roughly 100 targets per season for Nelson Agholor, and if Agholor had merely made the plays that he should have made, how many more games would the Eagles have won? Yes, the Eagles could certainly use a burner who can take the top off the defense. They also need receiver who can do everything else, and Jefferson would be a great start.

2020 NFL mock draft: A final 1st round projection - SB Nation
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU. If the Eagles get antsy, they could try to move up some spots to get a wide receiver. They certainly need one. But how high will they have to go? The Eagles could conceivably jump all the way up to No. 10 to get ahead of the other teams that need a receiver.

Silva’s Final 2020 NFL Mock Draft - Establish The Run
Eagles – LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson. This year’s cleanest WR prospect starts in slot between Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson.

2020 NFL Mock Draft 18.0: One Final Mock on the Eve of the Draft - Sports Illustrated
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU. Philadelphia’s top three receivers (entering 2019)—Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor—missed 24 games combined games last year. Agholor is now a Raider, Jeffery’s future in Philly is uncertain and second-rounder J.J. Arcega-Whiteside underwhelmed as a rookie. Jefferson is a good route-runner with outstanding ball skills, ran a faster-than-expected 40-yard dash (4.43) and is coming off a prolific season (111/1,540/18) for the national champions.

Norris: Final 2020 NFL Mock Draft - Rotoworld
21. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – WR Justin Jefferson, LSU. The Eagles could double-dip at receiver this weekend, and with Jefferson still on the board here it’s too good of a talent to pass up.

Tony Pauline’s Final 2020 NFL Mock Draft - Pro Football Network
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama. Great spot for both the player and the team. Ruggs is a physically gifted receiver with game-breaking speed who impacts contests at receiver and return specialist. He benefited from so much talent around him at Alabama and was more opportunistic than a consistent playmaker. Ruggs has tremendous upside, but he’s not a sure thing and will need to improve all areas of his game before he’ll be able to consistently see the field in the NFL.

The Ringer’s Final 2020 NFL Mock Draft - The Ringer
21. Philadelphia Eagles: WR Jalen Reagor, TCU. Last year, the Eagles sorely missed the field-stretching element that DeSean Jackson brings to the table. They give themselves some much-needed insurance in that area by grabbing Reagor at this spot. The Horned Frogs star is a highly explosive deep threat who can stress a defense deep, create big plays, and even help open things up for his teammates underneath. Philly could use him on sweeps and end arounds, too, to keep opponents off-balance.

Cris Collinsworth’s 2020 Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals take Joe Burrow, Buccaneers select Jerry Jeudy to pair with Tom Brady - PFF
21. Philadelphia Eagles — WR Jalen Reagor, TCU. Clemson’s Tee Higgins or LSU’s Justin Jefferson would not surprise here, but Reagor is a world-class, 26-foot long-jumper who also boasts a 42-inch vertical (think Michael Jordan). His 4.47 speed is a little misleading because when he gets that long-jump stride going, he really gobbles up ground quickly. At 5-foot-11, he concerns me a little with his size because we know how much Carson Wentz loves to throw above the rim. Reagor didn’t have some of the flashy catch-and-run plays of a CeeDee Lamb or a Jerry Jeudy, but he really understands stems and route running; he comes back to the ball well and can outjump almost any corner when necessary. He also had to deal with spotty QB play last year at TCU after being named TCU’s MVP in 2018 — Reagor actually had to deal with the worst ball placement of any WR in this draft class, per PFF’s advanced ball-placement data. Expect even more production in Philadelphia with a better quarterback. This would be a solid choice for the Eagles.

2020 NFL Draft: Eric Galko Mock Draft 2.0 (Final) - Optimum Scouting
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma. I’m expecting the Eagles to go linebacker (Murray or Patrick Queen if they trade down) or safety (McKinley) rather than receiver.

2020 NFL draft reset: Kiper answers 30 questions on trades, sleepers and more - ESPN+
Who are the hottest names in this draft? I’ll give you two wide receivers for the first round and a quarterback for the second round. There are a few teams that are high on Arizona State wideout Brandon Aiyuk, who is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He’s only 5-foot-11, but he has a huge wingspan. Expect him to be picked in the 20s. LSU’s Justin Jefferson, the best slot receiver in this class, could go as high as No. 13 to San Francisco. He’s rising after running a 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine. And I don’t think Oklahoma signal-caller Jalen Hurts makes it out of Round 2; he could be the fifth quarterback of the board. He has been moving up. I gave him to the Steelers at No. 49 in my two-round mock draft.

Eagles draft FAQ: Everything you need to know (featuring Day 1 predictions) - The Athletic
Everyone you just mentioned is a wide receiver. Isn’t it possible they draft a player at a different position? It’s possible but unlikely. For the reasons outlined here, the Eagles have boxed themselves into a position where they need to exit this draft with a wide receiver in the first two rounds. And even though it’s said to be a very deep draft for wide receivers, there’s no guarantee anyone worthwhile will still be on the board at No. 53. The wild card is if the Eagles plan to trade for a veteran instead.

Mailbag: Overrated and Underrated Draft Prospects; Rob Gronkowski in Tampa - MMQB
And now, we’re gonna jump into the overrated/underrated list. Basically, I texted a bunch of scouts on Tuesday, and left this open ended—give me some guys you think the public is too high or low on. We got some results back. [...] OVERRATED — Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor: Mims blazed a 4.3 at the combine, and was productive and clutch as a Bear. But there’s a reason why scouts saw him as a third- or fourth-rounder coming into the process, and a lot of it centers on how raw he is as a player—something that showed up when he faced press coverage in college, and in his route-running. A lot of teams see him more as a developmental-type receiver.

NFL Draft 2020: Finding trends in last 4 Eagles drafts under Howie Roseman - NBCSP
Worst pick: This could change if he can finally tap into his potential this season, but for now, this has to go to Sidney Jones. The Eagles used the 43rd overall pick on Jones back in 2017. Jones had a torn Achilles but the Eagles gambled because they thought they were getting a first-round talent in the second round. Even after getting back from that Achilles injury, Jones has struggled to stay healthy and hasn’t turned into the star the Eagles expected. Heck, he hasn’t even become a starter.

Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft preview: Carson Wentz needs players to throw to - Big Blue View
As I mentioned, the slew of injures to the Eagles offense has severely limited Wentz’s offensive targets. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, once one of the Eagles’ most reliable red-zone weapons, has been involved in trade rumors throughout the offseason. While it is still uncertain what Philly will do with Jeffrey, who is coming off of two injury-prone seasons, it would be smart for them to unload his $15.4M salary in 2020.

Colts Reportedly Re-Sign Wide Receiver Marcus Johnson to a One-Year Deal - Stampede Blue
Originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2016, Johnson spent time with the Eagles as well as the Seattle Seahawks organizations before largely finding a home in Indianapolis over the past two years. Johnson was promoted to the Colts active roster in early November from their practice squad and went on to catch 17 receptions for 277 receiving yards (16.3 ypr. avg.) and 2 touchdown receptions in 8 games (6 starts)—including 3 receptions for 105 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ Week 14 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Report: The Falcons tried to trade up to #2 with the Redskins to get Chase Young - Hogs Haven
Teams have been calling the Redskins to move up to #2 to see what it would cost to move up. Most people have assumed the calls would be from teams looking to acquire a QB like Tua Tagovailoa or maybe even Justin Herbert. Jay Glazer reports that the Atlanta Falcons had future Washington Redskins star DE Chase Young in their sites instead. As the esteemed John Keim says here: this answers the small, but vocal crowd that says, “ If Chase Young is so good, why aren’t teams trying to trade up for him?”


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