What Wide Receiver Should the Philadelphia Eagles Target In The NFL Draft?

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Sep 14, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) makes a game-winning touchdown reception during overtime against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Oregon State won 51-48. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Option 1: 22nd Overall Pick

If the Eagles opt to stay where they are and take a wide receiver with their first pick in the draft, then there are a few good options. However, the Eagles may not opt to take a wide receiver, as they may feel that fixing their defense is a priority. Based on the number of visits that the Eagles had scheduled with wide receivers as opposed to defensive players, I would tend to think that as of right now the Eagles are seriously considering a wide receiver first. The options are as follows:

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: Cooks flew up the draft boards after an electrifying performance at the 2014 NFL Combine. He had an impressive year at Oregon State, and he has unmatched breakaway speed and quickness. He could be the next great slot receiver, but he also is very capable catching deep passes down the sideline. The only bad thing about Brandin Cooks is that he is very small in size at 5’10” and 185 pounds.

Sep 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) catches a pass against the Utah State Aggies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Utah State 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Marqise Lee, USC: Lee is somewhat the opposite from Brandin Cooks in that he had an outstanding year at USC last year season, and was thought of as at the same level of talent as Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans, but then at the combine, Lee’s value dropped after a disappointing 40 yard dash time. At six feet tall size is not a concern with Lee, and he would still be an outstanding option for the Eagles.

Odell Beckham Jr., LSU: Beckham is another interesting option that flew up the draft boards. Beckham is one of the more elusive receivers in the draft. He had great speed and even better hands. He also has experience as a kick returner which raises his value. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t make it back to the Eagles.

Cody Latimer, Indiana: Cody Latimer came out of nowhere after an injury that left him out of the first round conversation. After recovering from his foot injury he is back in the first round picture and the Eagles may be attracted to him because of his combination of speed and size. At his pro day, the 6’3” wide receiver ran a 4.38 40 yard dash and stunned those watching.

My Pick: Brandin Cooks, I think Chip Kelly is going to fall in love with this guy’s speed, and while he may not be the number one receiver that the Eagles need, he still can replace DeSean Jackson easily.

 

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