2. The Philadelphia Eagles again miss on a top-flight wide receiver in the draft.
Since 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles have drafted six wide receivers. Two of them don’t play for Birds anymore (Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson), one of them has already been thrown into the ‘bust’ category by most of the media and this team’s fans (JJ Arcega-Whiteside), and the other three (Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins) have proven nothing more than they aren’t quite ready for the bright lights of the NFL.
In 2019, the Eagles missed on D.K. Metcalf in the second round. In 2020, they took Reagor just one spot ahead of the Minnesota Vikings’ draft choice, Justin Jefferson, a man who has a case for the league’s offensive rookie of the year award.
Believe it or not, Philly is back in the same position that they’ve been in for the past four offseasons, one where they’re looking for a true top-flight wide receiver. Our staff regrets to inform you that they won’t take one in this year’s selection meeting either.
Instead, they’ll go the route of satisfying another need, adding a legitimate cover guy to play opposite of Darius Slay. As much as some of you will hate to hear this, Philly will again eschew the best wideout on the board but fear not. They’ll land one of the game’s best cover guys in DeVonta Smith‘s teammate, Patrick Surtain II. Truthfully, they can’t lose with either guy.