Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Keys to Improve the Wide Receivers
By Jacob Brooks
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith catches a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
#5 – ADD SOME DEPTH
As it stands, the Philadelphia Eagles have decent depth at the wide receiver position. The problem I have is the quality of that depth. I think the Eagles should look to either add some talent via NFL Free Agency or the NFL Draft.
The Free Agent wide receiver market seems to be lopsided. Top caliber guys like Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demarius Thomas or Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb could hit the open market. The other Free Agent wide receivers are similar to guys on our current roster.
The lack of middle tier talent in Free Agency leads me to think the Philadelphia Eagles might look to draft some wide receiver depth. I fully believe that the first 2 rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft will and should be spent on the defensive side of the ball, but after that the Eagles can look at other positions.
A guy that looks to be around 3rd round talent with decent upside to watch on draft day:
Smith has some things to work on, mostly notably is his route running but as it stands he is a speed receiver. Known for straight line speed and big play ability. His speed and style of play draw similarities to a former Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson. If Philadelphia Eagles fans are missing the break neck speed that Jackson brought, Devin Smith could replace that void.