Welcome to the Philadelphia Eagles, Mack Hollins!
With their first of two fourth-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select North Carolina wide receiver Mack Hollins.
It’s a bit of a shock the Eagles decided not to take a running back with this pick, but they did need to add more talent to their receiving corps despite the signings of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.
Hollins, 6’4″, 221 pounds, has terrific size and was even named North Carolina’s special teams captain as a freshman. While his college production isn’t eye-popping (just 81 receptions for 1,667 yards), he was a touchdown machine for the Tar Heels and could become a solid depth wideout for Philadelphia.
Here is a scouting report on Hollins, courtesy of NFL.com.
"STRENGTHS: Will have a team drooling over his size and speed. Propels himself down the field with smooth, long strides. Chomps up cushion and glides past corners and safeties before they know what hit them. Legitimate vertical threat who finished with 20 touchdowns on just 71 catches. Dangerous run-after-catch ability in on deep crossing routes and slants. Former walk-on who still has a desire to do whatever it takes. Special teams captain all four years at school. Had 20 special teams tackles over his first three seasons and offers punt and kick cover value on special teams.WEAKNESSES: Played less than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in every season. Primarily used to stretch the field and doesn’t have experience with a variety of routes. Still very raw. One speed route-runner who wins with just speed. Routes need more purpose. Not a natural hands catcher. Never produced more than 35 catches in a single season. Play strength through his patterns is below average and he can be re-routed. Leggy in underneath work and can be slow in and out of his breaks. Stalk-blocker who needs to give much better effort in run game."
The Eagles have another pick coming up in the latter half of the fourth round. Will their next selection be a running back?