ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s 1st Mock Draft has Eagles Selecting Wide Receiver
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. agrees with most when it comes to the Eagles, they need help at wide receiver.
The Philadelphia Eagles should go with an wide receiver at pick No. 21 in the 2020 NFL Draft. Which one will be there and which one should they should choose is still up for debate.
In Kiper’s first version of his mock draft, Philadelphia selects Clemson Tigers wide receiver Tee Higgins.
Philadelphia has to upgrade at wide receiver -- its two top pass-catchers in 2019 were tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert -- and the depth and talent in this class could set up perfectly for the Eagles to have several options here. At 6-foot-4, Higgins is the biggest wideout of the first-round talents, a jump-ball specialist and touchdown machine (25 the past two seasons). He's not super explosive like Lamb, Jeudy or Ruggs, but he'll box out cornerbacks in the red zone and pick up first downs, not unlike Alshon Jeffery, who struggled to stay on the field this season. The Eagles would have liked more from second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in Year 1, and I still like his upside, but Higgins has No. 1 receiver talent. As is always the case for Philadelphia, this is another spot to watch for an edge rusher.
One thing is for sure when Philadelphia general manager Howie Roseman makes his selection, he will have options to add a ready-to-go impact player at the wide receiver position, which is very deep in this years draft.
Depending on what kind of receiver you like, Higgins is certainly one of the best, but doesn't possess the speed that some fans might be looking for at the position. As Kiper points out, guys like CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs III have more speed, Higgins is a more physical receiver.