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Scouting breakdown: Why LSU’s Justin Jefferson is more than a slot receiver - TouchdownWire
Returning to the job application hypothetical for a moment, the more you can do for a prospective employer, the more valuable you are. Jefferson, while perhaps best used inside given his short-area quickness and change-of-direction ability, can also work outside. That versatility makes him a very valuable commodity, and in a number of offenses, even systems that play predominantly 12 offensive personnel, Jefferson is a very viable option at receiver. His experience on the boundary, coupled with his technique outside, make him an option in that alignment. It might not be his best usage, but he can operate outside. In a class with many deserving applicants, the more you can do, the more attractive you are. Jefferson is an extremely attractive applicant.

NFL Draft Rumors: Multiple reports indicate Justin Jefferson is the Eagles’ target at No. 21 - BGN
It’s no secret that Justin Jefferson is the Philadelphia Eagles’ most popular mock draft pick leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. But is that a result of misguided group think or is it actually a realistic possibility? The latest buzz indicates it may be the latter; multiple dots are connecting Jefferson to the Eagles’ pick at No. 21.

The Kist & Solak Show #178: The Great Justin Jefferson Debate - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak debate the WRs the Eagles could target at 21st overall, with thoughts on Denzel Mims, Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor, KJ Hamler, and more PLUS breaking down the Darius Slay contract, and edge rushers the Eagles won’t draft! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Ranking the top 10 WR draft options for the Eagles - The Athletic
Wulf (4): I think Justin Jefferson can look a tad underwhelming on the field because the LSU offense made everything look so easy, but he checks every box. In two years of playing time as a true sophomore and junior, he averaged over 1,200 receiving yards. He played on the outside as a sophomore before exploding in the slot as a junior. He ran an unexpectedly fast 4.43-second 40-yard dash and tested above the 75th percentile in both the vertical and broad jumps. Ruggs and Denzel Mims were the only other wide receivers at the combine who topped the 75th percentile in all three tests. That’s not to say he’s fourth on my board because of his testing numbers, but that performance soundly answered any questions about his athleticism. He’s the safest bet after the top three and his versatility would give the Eagles some options for how to fill out their group of wide receivers.

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2017: Defensive end Derek Barnett. He doesn’t talk much and maybe that’s why Derek Barnett doesn’t get a whole lot of attention from the media. Injuries have hampered Barnett during his three Eagles seasons, but he’s been productive. In 14 games in 2019, Barnett recorded 6.5 quarterback sacks, 40 total tackles, including 11 tackles for loss – all career highs – playing 69 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. Barnett goes into the category of “solid starter,” rather than an All-Pro or a Pro Bowl player and that’s OK. He’s going to give the Eagles maximum effort and intensity and he will be an important part of an improved defensive line in 2020.

2020 NFL draft mailbag: Mel Kiper answers 15 questions on prospects, teams and picks - ESPN+
Which wide receiver is the Terry McLaurin of this draft? (via @Big305Country). You’re talking about a midround steal, right? Here’s a name for you: Antonio Gibson. He is a former junior college star who spent two seasons at Memphis and really emerged in 2019, averaging 19.3 yards per catch, 11.2 yards per carry and 28 yards per kickoff return. At 6-foot, 228 pounds, Gibson is not a traditional receiver, but he could be used in several ways by a smart coaching staff, on jet sweeps and screens and quick-game concepts while he develops as a route runner. And he is extremely explosive after the catch — he ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the combine. Gibson’s versatility makes him a perfect third-round target with upside.

Dez Bryant has been working out with Dak Prescott; do you want to see the Cowboys bring him back? - Blogging The Boys
Somehow time has flown by and we find ourselves about two years removed from the Cowboys parting ways with Bryant. A bit of the way into the 2018 season, Bryant joined the New Orleans Saints and unfortunately suffered an injury before ever seeing the field with them. He did not play in the NFL in 2019. Dez has made it very well-known that he would like to play for the Dallas Cowboys as he tries to make it back into the NFL. The Cowboys have a recently re-signed Amari Cooper and an entering-his-contract year Michael Gallup as their top two options at wide receiver, but there is no question that they are in need of somebody to work the slot. Perhaps you think current day Dez Bryant can be that, perhaps you do not.

Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant again defy local “stay at home” restrictions - PFT
Beyond the fact that Prescott and Bryant are blatantly disregarding state and local mandates is the message sent by the decision to brazenly publicize videos of their workouts. At a time when many continue to refuse to take the situation seriously, the involvement of the quarterback of America’s Team in such activities tells football fans and anyone else paying attention that Prescott and Bryant either think that it’s no big deal — and it gives college and high-school football players (along with other NFL players) fodder for justifying their own decisions to ignore requirements to stay at home and avoid workout facilities. Meanwhile, many are blindly defending Prescott and Bryant against criticism, highlight the undercurrent of ignorance, stupidity, and/or flat-out disregard for the vulnerable members of society who are getting sick and who are dying because people continue to not take steps to freeze the distribution of the virus in its tracks.

NFL issues “Pre-Phase One” rules for players - DraftKings Nation
This set of rules for the “dead period” is strict. Players can’t participate in anything with coaches, including virtually. The best they could come up with was for team personnel to send video with instructional voiceovers, diagrams, schematics and written commentary. The league is in talks with the NFLPA on doing more “hands on” virtual work with players, but until they come to an agreement, the pre-recorded videos will be their only means of coaching at the moment.

The 7 things we hope happen in a Zoom NFL Draft - SB Nation
Head coaches and general managers are officially staying home for the 2020 NFL Draft, which means proceedings will be conducted virtually. That’s right, one of the league’s biggest weekends of the year may essentially be run like a massive work Zoom meeting. We here at SB Nation are used to conducting our business using remote technology. The same may not be said for NFL personnel, however, who tend to come from generations more accustomed to archaic forms of technology. With that, here are our predictions for how the draft might go horrifically wrong, based on years of our own video call travails.

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