Three Wide Receivers Who Could Fit the Eagles at pick No. 53
The Philadelphia Eagles have eight picks heading into next week's NFL Draft. Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman and Vice President of Player Personnel Andy Weidl have a few holes to fill, and there are a lot of immediate that need to be addressed in this draft.
At wide receiver, the Eagles might have the best deep threat in the game with DeSean Jackson, when he is healthy, on the outside. The opposite side of Jackson, however, there are a ton of question marks, leading many to believe the Eagles will take a wide out with pick No. 21.
But what if they pass on a wide receiver in round one, trade down and add multiple round two picks and add multiple wide outs with those extra picks.
Philadelphia has major question marks, and even if healthy, Alshon Jeffery's play declined last year, leaving Greg Ward as the only other wide receiver on the current roster who could provide some production.
If the Eagles pass on a wide receiver at No. 21, there are many intriguing options that could be available when they are on the clock at 53rd overall in the second round.
- K.J. Hamler - WR - Penn State
If a team is looking for a play maker with a very high ceiling, Penn State's K.J. Hamler might be their guy. Hamler, is small, only 5-foot-9, 178 pounds, brings game-breaking speed to the field and can play in the slot or on the outside and also has the ability for jet sweep and gadget packages.
Paired with Jackson, the Eagles would have two explosive players who can make plays, but would also provide some insurance if Jackson's injuries continue to slow him down.
One of the more impressive games for Hamler came against possible Top 5 pick, Jeff Okudah of Ohio State. Hamler showed the ability to get off press coverage against Okudah.
During the 2019 campaign, the redshirt sophomore posted 56 receptions, 904 yards, 16.1 average, eight touchdowns in 13 games for the Nittany Lions.
Hamler is also an elite player in the return game, logging 513 yards on 25 kick returns in 2019.
- Devin Duvernay - WR - Texas
Duvernay isn't getting as much hype as many of the top wide receiver prospects, but he might be one of the most interesting.
While the physical tools aren't there, the speed and production is top-notch. He is also one of the fastest wide outs in the draft, running a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash making him a threat to take it to the house every time.
He had highly productive senior season at Texas, catching 106 passes for 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns and is labeled as sure-handed wide receiver.
He is still very raw as a route runner and could potentially develop into a star
Has potential to separate on deep balls, and could give the Eagles exactly what they are lacking at pick No. 53.
- Gabriel Davis - WR - UCF
Davis gets overlooked, at times, because of the depth in this draft class at wide out and because he played in a smaller, non power five conference. Don't let that fool you. He is has all the tools to be a great pro.
In 2019 he caught 72 passes for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Golden Knights, but his route-running and ability to separate from defensive backs are a concern.
One thing that stands out for Davis, he is deep threat, who has ball-tracking ability downfield, and his big play ability for his size.
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