Since 2010, the Eagles have drafted just one wide receiver that has made the roster out of training camp and only selected a wide receiver one time out of the 28 draft picks they have had since 2011. Although the there are many talented wide-receivers in the draft, the Eagles must try to select a player in one of the first three rounds who can instantly contribute to the Chip Kelly’s High Octane Offense. Here is a look at a few players the Eagles should consider.
1. Marquis Lee, USC
Marquis Lee is a 6’0″, 192 lbs. wide receiver from USC who has the ability to go down deep and make impact plays for for the offense down the field. He also has excellent lateral movement and his ability to change directions after the catch allow Lee to gain more yardage after the catch. Lee is adept receiver and returner who replace Jackson’s role in the Eagles’ offense. Marqise Lee was the 2012 Biletnikoff Award Recipient as the nation’s outstanding college football receiver as well as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. After recording 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns and returning 30 kickoffs for 856 yards and a touchdown, Lee had a down year in 2013 due to injury. However, if Lee is anything like his former self, he will prove to be a value pick for the Eagles.
2. Cody Latimer, IND
Ever since his childhood days, Cody Latimer has had dreams of playing in the NBA and even won a state title with Dayton Jefferson Township High School. He started playing football in the Junior year of his high school and is developing his skills as a wide receiver to run better routes and create separation between defenders. His impressive speed and size make him a difficult matchup for opponents to match up with. After catching 72 yards for 1,096 yards and 9 touchdowns last season, Latimer has proved his dominance as a wide receiver. There is always a concern with basketball converts, but many have made the switch successfully and it wouldn’t be surprising if Latimer for another one of them.
3. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
At 6’0”, 194 pounds, Odell Beckham Jr. from LSU has quick hands and terrific leaping ability that allows him to make big plays down the field. His excellent to run routes and create separation before and after the catch, allows him to gain yards after the catch. Additionally, his experience as a returner would allow him to play multiple positions and contribute to the Eagles offense right away. WIth 59 receptions for 1,152 (19.5 YPC) and 8 touchdowns, expect the Eagles to grab this talented receiver form LSU with their first round pick.