Eagles Draft Profile: South Alabama TE Wes Saxton

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Nov 16, 2013; Annapolis, MD, USA; South Alabama Jaguars wide receiver Shavarez Smith (1) celebrates his receiving touchdown against the Navy Midshipmen with tight end Wes Saxton (13) at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports


Although he may not fill an immediate need for the Eagles, Wes Saxton could be an intriguing weapon in Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense. He already has experience in a no-huddle system that likes to get players in space with the ball in their hands.

There may not be a better fit for Saxton in the NFL than landing in Philadelphia. His size, speed and skill-set could be exactly what they need to add a different element to the already dangerously explosive offense. The possibilities with a player of Saxton’s caliber in the Eagles’ offense would be endless.

He’d bring exactly what the birds thought they were getting with James Casey to the table, except with much better speed. Granted, Saxton isn’t nearly the blocker that Casey is, but he could work on that and has even said that’s what he’ll be focusing on the most while preparing for the draft.

Right now, according to CBS Sports, Saxton is ranked as the 11th overall tight end in the draft and projected to go somewhere between the fifth and sixth round. But if he goes to the combine and runs a 4.5 forty yard dash and does well in the receiving drills, he could potentially go even higher than that.

The tools are there for Saxton to be a very versatile and successful tight end in the NFL. It’s just a matter of him improving his blocking and technique during this time leading up to the draft. He’ll also have to impress teams during workouts and visits as well. Saxton would certainly fit in the Eagles’ offense, but only time will tell if he’ll end up in midnight green or not.

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