Eagles Eyeball Multiple Positions in the Draft
It's no secret that the Eagles are interested in finding a No. 1 wide receiver, and someone who can be a reliable target and grow with Carson Wentz.
National NFL reporter Sal Paolantino of ESPN explained on Friday's edition of The Sports Bash that the Eagles have been linked to up to 15 wide receivers in the weeks preceding the draft.
"No shock, the position they have looked at and met with players more than any other is wide receiver," Paolantonio told me on the show. "They have looked at 15 wide receivers and met with 10 at the combine - more than double any other position group."
Some of the names Paolantonio mentioned the Eagles met with in Indianapolis were:
- Gabriel Davis of Central Florida
- John Hightower of Boise State
- K.J Hill of Ohio State
- Jauan Jennings of Tennessee
- Denzel Mims of Baylor
They also met with Justin Jefferson of LSU and he is the guy that is projected to land with the Eagles in many NFL mock drafts. Another name that he mentioned was Alabama's Henry Ruggs III, who he noted they have no chance at getting at No. 21.
"They had a heavy focus obviously on wide receiver," Paolantino said.
Paolantonio also adds that the Eagles looked at four quarterbacks at the combine, but said he doesn't see them drafting one, but adding one as a undrafted free agent is more likely.
So would Paolantonio move up the draft board from No. 21 to go get one of the top wide receivers in this year's highly touted class?
"Its not the right move," Paolantonio said. "I don't like going up to get wide receivers unless the guy is a sure-fire hit - can't miss guy. I don't see any of those in this draft."
The team also met with three centers at the combine per Paolantonio, Lloyd Cushenberry of LSU, Nick Harris of Washington and Matt Hennessey of Temple.
"When you look at the Eagles offensive line last year, they had some success with that line, but had the oldest offensive line in the NFL."
They also looked at five offensive tackles notes Paolantonio, and he says he is not sold yet on last year's first-round pick Andre Dillard.
"I'm not sold on Dillard being the heir-apparent to Jason Peters at left tackle," he added.
They also met with three running backs at the combine, per Paolantonio, Raymond Calais of Laouisiana-Lafayette, Rico Dowdle of South Carolina and Lamica Perine of Florida.
"I love Perine," said Paolantonio. "That's a young man they can get in the fourth or fifth round, I think he can be a real NFL player."
The NFL Draft is April 23-25 and can be heard on 97.3 ESPN.
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