Potential Eagles first-round draft targets with huge boom-or-bust potential

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Why do people keep linking the Eagles to this USC receiver?

Okay, let’s be frank here. There is, absolutely and positively, no logical reason whatsoever for the Philadelphia Eagles to invest another first-round draft choice in a wide receiver. There’s also no reason, seeing as how the scenario has been thrown out in so many mock drafts (and USC Trojans star Drake London has often been the author’s choice for the Birds) that we can’t ignore the fact that this keeps happening for a reason.

With that being said, let’s look at both sides of the argument.

London, a six-foot-five, 210-pound freak of nature is one of those guys that, if you didn’t know who he was, you would assume he’s in the NFL already. He caught 160 passes for 2,153 yards and reached the end zone 15 times in 22 career games with the Trojans. He also earned a First-team All-Pac-12 nod and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year trophy after the 2021 season for his efforts. That’s the good news.

The bad news is this. There are quite a few scouts that have concerns about his speed and believe that he won’t be able to separate from defenders at the professional level, and thanks to a fractured ankle that ended his college career and has already prevented him from running at the scouting combine, more than likely, he won’t have too many chances to prove the doubters wrong as we approach USC’s Pro Day and the next NFL Draft.

This is a young man that can be the second coming of Alshon Jeffery or the next JJ Arcega-Whiteside. No one has any way of knowing for sure.