Philadelphia Eagles draft: Top 3 WR prospects in final three rounds
By Smit Bajaj
Might the Philadelphia Eagles add a wide receiver in Round 6 or later?
As mentioned earlier, championship contenders are built when they can find talent in those late rounds. Here are the three best wide receivers that can probably be found in Round 6.
Jaelon Darden, North Texas
Darden stands at only five-foot-nine and a 4.46 40 yard dash at his pro day won’t blow scouts away, but it’s his game speed and quickness that have teams interesting in him. In the 2020 season, Darden averaged over 130 yards per game and put up 19 touchdowns in just 9 games.
The caveat with this insane production is the fact that the North Texas product played weak competition in the Conference USA. Still, he’s a dangerous runner with the ball in his hands and offers kick and punt return upside.
Shi Smith, South Carolina
If the wide receiver class in the 2021 NFL Draft wasn’t so deep, players like Shi Smith would be getting a lot more attention. Smith combines an excellent release from the slot with exceptional speed and quick hands.
The SEC product may be slightly undersized at five-foot-five, but he’s a scrappy young prospect. He’ll lay it on the line for his team each and every week, and for a team like the Eagles who are currently undergoing a minor culture change, Smith has likely already captured the attention of the Birds.
Simi Fehoko, Stanford
Given their history in Philadelphia, Eagles fans may be tired of landing Pac-12 receivers in the draft, but Simi Fehoko offers a late-round upside that is too appealing to ignore. He has a tremendous frame at six-foot-four and runs an impressive 4.4 40 yard dash.
He’s an excellent red-zone target, but his straight-line speed adds an intriguing vertical dimension to his game. Fehoko has the intangibles that all NFL teams crave, and if he is able to put it together at the next level, he could be a valuable third or fourth receiver.