Philadelphia Eagles: Ranking their last 12 WRs drafted from best to worst

Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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John Hightower, Philadelphia Eagles
John Hightower, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

. . . John Hightower (2020 to present). 6. player. 54

Hopefully, Hightower is better for the Philadelphia Eagles than these other two guys were.

So far in 2020, there hasn’t been a ton of positive signs concerning John Hightower, but there are a few. He’s the same height as ‘JJAW’ but 30 pounds slighter in frame. He can burn, but he isn’t as fast as Shelton Gibson or Quez Watkins.

We’ve been debating about whether or not he’s ready for the NFL’s bright lights since training camp ended. At times, he’s looked like he belongs. At times, he hasn’t. As far as Eagles wide receiver draftees go however he might have the most upside of any wide receiver on this team not named Jalen Reagor. Much is expected and needed. Let’s hope he delivers.

54. . . . Josh Huff (2014-2016). 5. player

Despite the fact that Josh Huff’s career in Philly ended rather unceremoniously (and he’s seen as one of Chip Kelly’s failures), he really wasn’t that bad during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 34 career games as an Eagle, with six starts, Huff hauled in 48 receptions for 482 yards, he racked up another 17 yards on four carries, and he reached the end zone four times.

He racked up another 1,165 yards as a kick returner and reached the end zone two more times in the process.

player. 54. . . . Riley Cooper (2010-2015). 4

There isn’t much that can be said about Riley Cooper other than bad things. We won’t waste a ton of time discussing him or his actions here, but as sad as it is to say this, if you base everything on what he did on the field, the Eagles don’t have more than five of their last 12 draftees at his position that were better.

In 88 career games with 54 starts, 90 games with 55 starts if you include two playoff appearances, Cooper hauled in 177 receptions, resulting in 2,504 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s in no way one of the most beloved Eagles draftees of all time but he was among the most productive of the last 12 wide receivers that Philly has taken a chance on.