PHILADELPHIA ( - While much of the NFL's focus was on a certain receiver from the Dallas area on Friday, it's another who has interested the Philadelphia Eagles: former SMU star Courtland Sutton.

The Dallas Cowboys finally moved on from former All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant and the jilted ex reportedly told Jerry Jones he would see him twice a year while exiting, intimating that he wants to stay in the NFC East in order to exact his revenge from an organization that made the only football decision it could by walking away from Bryant's scheduled $16.5 million cap hit.

Fans who always conflate big names with a never-ending stasis in production, immediately jumped to attention with the "what about Dez?" nonsense.

The Eagles no longer have a glaring need at the WR position after signing deep threat Mike Wallace to help complement Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. Meanwhile, ascending second-year player Mack Hollins offers the same big body Bryant would, far more speed and explosion and most importantly the ability to help on special teams, something very important for the fourth or fifth receiver on an NFL roster.

To summarize, if this was the 2014 Dez Bryant, the Eagles and every other team in the NFL would jump at the opportunity to add a player of that caliber.

The 2018 post-Jones fracture Bryant offers little more than that aforementioned big body and even if the Eagles had significant salary-cap space it's unlikely a player like him would be on Philadelphia's radar.

Sutton, on the other hand, is one of the talents the Eagles have honed in on as a potential option at No. 32 overall. In a weak WR draft, however, it remains unlikely that the 6-foot-4, 216-pound wideout will fall that far.

Ironically, Dallas' move away from Bryant puts them in play for Sutton at No. 19.

Philadelphia is busing wrapping up its due diligence and had Sutton in at the NovaCare Complex earlier this week for one of its "top 30" visits. Meeting with Doug Pederson and members of the offensive coaching staff ended with a dinner with new receivers coach Gunter Brewer, according to

"I think the Eagles like me a lot — I really like the coaching staff, I really like the culture there. I think they’ll only continue to rise,” Sutton said.

There are four potential receivers with potential first-round grades this year and the class as a whole is considered below average.

Alabama's Calvin Ridley rates as the best by most NFL scouts with Maryland's DJ Moore making a bit of a late run with NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock noting his versatility to play both inside and outside. The other options are Sutton, a long rangy receiver in the mold of Jeffery, and Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk.

Both sides in the Sutton-Eagles equation seem to be wishing upon a star.

“The {Eagles} offense is high-powered. It was one of the top-scoring offenses in the NFL last year, and coming from SMU, I know what it’s like to be in a high-scoring offense," Sutton said. "It would be great to move from one offense like that to another. They have so many weapons — they don’t depend on one guy. They need a lot of guys to make plays, and I think I can fit in there and be another piece of the puzzle."

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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