The Philadelphia Eagles Should Target A Wide Receiver

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This offseason will be a huge one for the Philadelphia Eagles. This is because if they play their cards right, they could find themselves in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004. For this to happen they need to make their first round draft pick count.

This has been a problem for the Eagles in the last decade. They always find good players in the later rounds of the draft, but the first round pick has always been a bust, some of which are no longer on the team.

Everyone is saying that the Eagles should fix their defense in the first round this year with a pick like Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard. However, I don’t see any players in the secondary that take my breath away. The position that does take my breath away is wide receiver. There are receivers in this draft that look like the next Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green and Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Another reason that the Eagles should go receiver is that it is hard to find a star receiver outside the first round. All of the current star wide receivers and past star receivers are taken in the first round of the draft. Meanwhile you find players like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman surviving until the fifth round of the draft.

So now that we know what to target, the next question is who. This is my list of top wide receivers in the draft:

  1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson Tigers
  2. Marqise Lee, USC Trojans
  3. Mike Evans, Texas A&M
  4. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbuilt
  5. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State Seminoles
  6. Allen Robinson, Penn State

All six of these men have impressed me up to this point and not only should be first round selections but also star players.

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  • Flyer Fan 7

    Well said. I agree completely with the author. Would loooooove Sammy Watkins in Eagle green. Sign Byrd and Ward as safeties. Take a WR in the first round. Then go linebacker, D-line and cornerback in rounds 2-5.

  • Tyler

    All top receivers are taken in the first round? Tell Josh Gordon that. You’re terrible at this gig and should be fired.

  • Tyler

    Take a look at the 1st round picks from the 2012 Draft. All the receivers so far are a complete bust. T.Y. Hilton picked 92nd in the third round. Do some research!

  • Pridenpoise

    The Raiders will take your first and second plus Jackson and you can have the 5th. Sounds good to me, you listening Reggie.

  • Zach Attack

    Great article. I like your idea of selling high on DJax to get a fast and tall wr that have dominated with the leagues new rules.

  • Flyer Fan 7

    Tyler: you are an obnoxious jerk. He clearly wasn’t saying there are never any good receivers taken outside the first round, there are exceptions at every position. The point is that most big blue chip WRs are taken in the first round– Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, AJ Green, Julio Jones, Andre Johnson, Demaryus Thomas, Roddy White, Randy Moss, Michael Irvin and so on and so on and so on. It is VERY rare to get a stud outside the first round and there are about 4 or 5 stud receivers available in this draft. BTW I wouldn’t say Justin Blackmon was “a complete bust”. He too is a monster on the field, he just happens have a drug problem.

  • Theo

    Picking one of these wideouts would be So smart. Cooper shined in Kelly’s offense opposite Jackson. Can you imagine any of those wr studs listed in this offense. I can see Benjamin as a great pick if they keep their current draft slot. They haven’t had a red zone stud in years. Benjamin on one side, Ertz on the other and Jackson as the X factor would be scary for any defense, including Seattle.