Philadelphia Eagles draft buzz: Top 25 wideouts in 2021’s draft class

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Everyone knows the Philadelphia Eagles‘ depth chart lacks talented difference-makers at wideout (and that’s been an issue for a few years). Despite investing multiple picks during the Doug Pederson era, this team’s offense has been hindered by below-average play.

The good news is this. Philly houses three sophomores: Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins, three receivers who all showed flashes at different points of their rookie campaigns in 2020. In each of them, Philly possesses a potential star.

Despite that potential, however, neither of those three have shown enough to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office or their fans believe that it’s impossible that they won’t develop into consistent threats either. No one would tell you, based on their play in 2020, that the Birds can get lax and stop scouting the position.

Okay Philadelphia Eagles fans, let’s do some scouting.

Luckily, the 2021 NFL Draft is a little over a couple of months away, and general manager Howie Roseman will have a bevy of talented wideouts that could immediately upgrade the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense.

With that being said, we at Inside the Iggles did a little work and identified who we believe are the top 25 wideouts in this year’s selection meeting. These are guys that we feel will best fit what the Philadelphia Eagles might want to do on offense. Ready or not here are the 25 best options for the 2021 Eagles.

  1. Devonta Smith, Alabama
  2. Kadarius Toney, Florida
  3. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
  4. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  5. Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
  6. Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
  7. TuTu Atwell, Louisville
  8. Rondale Moore, Purdue
  9. Sage Surratt
  10. Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville
  11. Amari Rodgers, Clemson
  12. Terrace Marshall, LSU
  13. Cornell Powell, Clemson
  14. Nico Collins, Michigan
  15. Shi Smith, South Carolina
  16. Jaelon Darden, North Texas
  17. Elijah Moore, Ole’ Miss
  18. Austin Watkins, UAB
  19. Seth Williams, Auburn
  20. Amon-Ra St.Brown, USC
  21. Marlon Williams, UCF
  22. D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
  23. Dazz Newsome, North Carolina
  24. Jonathan Adams Jr., Arkansas State
  25. Antwan Davis, Ball State

Here are a few notes to look over if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan. 

#2 Kadarius Toney: We get it. The top two consensus wideouts are Devonta Smith and Ja’Marr Chase, but not on this list. Toney has the talent to eventually become the best wideout in the entire 2021 draft class. Go back and watch more film on him if you disagree. You might be surprised by what you see.

#20 Amon-Ra St. Brown has been considered one of the best wideouts in this draft class, and although he’s only 20 years of age, it’s hard to disagree with that. As ITI’s lead scout, I just felt that the 19 players ahead of him are legitimate difference-makers that deserved to be ranked a little higher.

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#23 Dazz Newsome is another one that a lot of fans see as a top-ten receiving prospect, and if he was taken that high in the draft, no one should be too terribly surprised. Once again however you have to consider the wideouts that are ahead of him. Many are can’t-miss prospects.

#25 Ball State wideout Antwan Davis is a true underdog that can run a complete route tree. He has the raw speed, and he finishes every run after the catch with some nastiness. He’s a wideout that deserves to be considered as one of the prospects that everyone should be talking about.