The Eagles addressed defense with their first three picks of the 2017 NFL Draft, but with their fourth, they took another deep threat for their young quarterback.
If your desire to see the Philadelphia Eagles acquire a deep threat made you a fan of the Torrey Smith addition in free agency, you’re going to love their decision to draft Mack Hollins. This 6-foot-4 wide receiver wasn’t highly touted coming out of high school. He’d have to walk on to make the team with the North Carolina Tarheels. He did so successfully. Then, he won the respect of his teammates. They and his coaches would name him team captain by the time his freshman season. He’d remain in that position for the remainder of his time in Chapel Hill.
One of the things that jumps out at you is the fact that he’s had some injuries. A leg injury during the 2017 NFL Combine was preceded by a collarbone injury that prevented him from finishing his senior season. Still, Hollins has speed. He’s a valuable contributor on special teams. That will make Dave Fipp, coach of what may be the best special teams unit in the NFL, happy. Hollins showed versatility, recording eight tackles and recovering an onside kick. Make no mistake about it. This guy’s a wide receiver and a good one, and the Eagles made him the 118th-overall selection of the 2017 NFL Draft.
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An underdog no more, Hollins will be expected to help the offensive resurgence in Philadelphia. Is he a possible replacement for Jordan Matthews? Will Matthews remain a member of the Eagles, allowing the two of them to work together? Time will tell. Two things are certain. One, he’ll have an opportunity. Secondly, as evidenced by the most recent selection meeting, he’s got some of the best fans in sports behind him. Will that be enough? We’ll all have to wait and learn together.