The Philadelphia Eagles decided to use one of their sixth-round picks on Southern Mississippi wideout Quez Watkins.
Rightfully so, there was plenty of excitement surrounding this year’s wide receiver class when looking at all of the talent teams were going to be fortunate enough to choose from.
And even though the Southern Mississippi star failed to hear his name called on the first two nights of action, Watkins was a strong candidate to be a potential sleeper on Saturday.
Time will tell when it comes to seeing whether Watkins has what it takes to live up to the hype, but the Eagles simply have nothing to lose with this selection late in the draft to see if he has what it takes to compete for a roster spot.
Just like Jalen Reagor and John Hightower, Watkins will face the heavy pressure right away to try standing out for Philadelphia on offense since the defending NFC East champions all of a sudden have a ton of players competing for certain roster spots.
Similar to Reagor, one of the main reasons behind Watkins appearing to be a potential Day 3 steal was due to the blazing speed he can bring to the table, and his final two seasons at Southern Mississippi certainly helped his draft stock in one of the best ways possible.
In 23 games dating back to 2018, Watkins managed to catch 136 passes for 2,067 yards to go along with 15 touchdowns.
Matching these kind of numbers in the NFL will be easier said than done for Watkins since the league is on a whole new level compared to college, but at least the potential is certainly there.
Watkins realizes he has a difficult path ahead in regards to earning a roster spot with the Eagles, but also keep in mind that Philadelphia made this selection for a reason.
It’s always fun to watch certain players from the draft make strong cases to earn the reputation for being potential sleepers, and if Watkins puts in the work moving forward, Philadelphia would love nothing more than to see the speedster live up to the hype.