Everyone knows the Eagles are going to Draft a receiver; most mock-drafts (and fans) have them taking one in the first round, but they shouldn’t. It’s well known around the NFL-sphere that the Eagles need an infusion of youth all over the field and although the Eagles are in dire need of young receivers, this draft class gives them the perfect opportunity to ignore that on Day 1.
The 2020 edition of the NFL Draft features a hefty number of wide receivers that project to be very good and numerous more that are athletic wild-cards. Teams will be able to find a guy that has the ability to be a day-one contributor as far down as the 5th round. The same can not be said for the talent on the defensive side of the ball.
On defense there is a bit of a drop off, in terms of overall projection and athleticism, after the first five-or-so players at each defensive position. Something that absolutely needs to be considered by the leadership making the draft decisions for the Eagles. It’s known around the league that the Eagles are looking to get younger on the line and address the safety position and there are options at the top to do so.
If the Eagles do in fact go the defensive route, some names to keep an eye on would be Neville Gallimore (DL, Oklahoma), AJ Epenesa (DE, Iowa), Marlon Davidson (DL, Auburn) and a name to really take interest in is Grant Delpit (DB, LSU). The Eagles are in a position this offseason where they could lose either one of their safeties, and even both. Delpit is a player who is athletic enough to fill the void of both Jenkins and McLeod, and should excite Eagles fans if they get him.
If I were drafting for the Eagles, a defensive player would be my first pick. Guys that should be available on Day 2 and beyond; KJ Hamler (Penn State), Devin Duvernay (Texas), Jalen Reagor (TCU), Laviska Shenault (Colorado), KJ Hill (Ohio State), Quintez Cephus (Wisconsin) and there are so many more that will be able to one in and contribute.
YES the Eagles need a receiver, but they need to address other glaring problems first. This draft gives them the opportunity to do that.