Philadelphia Eagles draft watch: Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge

D'Wayne Eskridge (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
D'Wayne Eskridge (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Western Michigan Broncos wideout D’wayne Eskridge may only be five-foot-nine, but he plays football like he’s six-foot-five. Needless to say, he’d boost the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver corps and add a burst of energy to what’s been a flatlining scheme. A constant threat to score, the Western Michigan product has been a big play waiting to happen as well as a true threat to defenses weekly.

D’Wayne Eskridge possesses the deep speed to take the top off of defenses and the ability to take a screenplay the distance. He has a toughness to his playing style. He’s been an issue for defenders to bring down, and with his quick-twitch, he’s developed into a detailed route runner and a smooth catcher of the football. He has all of the tools to be a difference-maker at the next level, one the Philadelphia Eagles have been in need of for a while.

The Philadelphia Eagles need to find talent to boost their offense.

Over the last few years, the Philadelphia Eagles have lacked a big-play threat at times, making their offense look condensed and slow. Arguably the biggest news story week-to-week has been the issues that the Eagles have had at wide receiver.

Now, with a new coaching regime, they have a chance to add an excellent core of playmakers with the 2021 NFL Draft. Adding someone like the Indiana native could go a long way in boosting the speed and overall skill of the Eagles’ offense.

When you put on the film to watch Eskridge, you can imagine the potential and what he would look like playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. A true playmaker, he has the ability to take over a game and dominate opposing defenses with the ball in his hands.

This week he is at the Reeses Senior Bowl, where he has already stood out on Day 1. Expect to hear his name more as the days go on. He just gets better the more comfortable he becomes. The Philadelphia Eagles have been in need of a talent like his for years and adding him this offseason would be a huge first step to establishing offensive dominance.

Here’s a quote that will interest Philadelphia Eagles fans everywhere.

We at ITI reached out to a scouting source to ask him his thoughts on Eskridge and while he did not want us to use his name he had an interesting take and pro comparison:

"This kid can fly first and foremost but it doesn’t start and stop there. I just had to say that, but he is a guy that can really play no matter where you put him. Inside or outside, he is a guy that can be a threat to the defense. He reminds me of Steve Smith Sr. in the way he plays a lot bigger than what he is and he has a real mean streak to him. He has bullied defenders at times, and I tell you he has been fun to watch."

Moving on, our scouting source spoke of how Eskridge would fit in with the current Philadelphia Eagles offense.

"The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have anyone on the team right now that is as explosive as this kid, and I say that respectfully. He has a way about him, and if I am the Eagles front office I would look into this kid now and often. He could be used in many packages (and) it doesn’t matter really (what kind they are), but a good offensive mind will get the ball in his hands and get out of his way. He could be the new Desean Jackson but possibly better with the ball in his hands. It’s too early to tell, but he would be a huge get for the Philadelphia Eagles. I promise you that."

No matter how you spin it, the Philadelphia Eagles need to get faster while upgrading the weapons that they have on the outside. Eskridge could be the player that helps kick off a new-look offense and help the Philadelphia Eagles get back to the team they once were.