Eagles Check Out USC WR, Tennessee QB

USC wide receiver Robert Woods had an official visit with the Eagles, according to Pro Football Talk.

Woods (6-0, 201) had 76 catches for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. He had 111 receptions for 1,292 yards and 15 scores the previous season and totaled 32 TDs in three years.

When asked to compare his game to a current NFL player, Woods said, “I would say Reggie Wayne. He’s smaller, one type of receiver. He’s not like a Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, but he’s making plays all around the field, and I can see myself similar to him.”

Woods ran a 4.51 40 at the Combine in Indy. He also has experience as a returner.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is of course familiar with Woods, having coached against him in the Pac-12. In three games against Oregon, Woods caught 20 balls for 183 yards and three touchdowns.

Wide receiver isn’t a pressing need for the Birds, but it’s an area where they could look to upgrade. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin figure to hold down the starting jobs, but Maclin is scheduled to be a free agent after the 2013 season.

The Eagles also have Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson and newly acquired Arrelious Benn, but none of the four is guaranteed a roster spot.

Woods is expected to be a second-round pick.

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is visiting the Eagles today, according to SI.com’s Don Banks.

Bray (6-6, 232) is a classic drop-back quarterback with a big arm. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season. Having run a 5.05 40 at the Combine, he doesn’t fit the mold of a typical “Chip Kelly quarterback” but apparently, the Eagles are doing their due diligence on this class of QBs.

Bray is expected to be a mid-round pick.

Hat tip to Tommy Lawlor, who is a doing a great job of keeping up with the visits and workouts.

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  • Woods is a special talent who catches in traffic and has good moves after the catch in space he is a very good route runner, however, it’s the sophomore Marqise Lee that is the athletic jewel of the USC Offense. Both have outstanding hands, but Woods; if there is a problem is the guy with a history of injuries.

    • Richard Colton

      He’s a first round pick according to a lot of draftniks. I can live with him at #35 as a value pick. I’d like him more with a second pick in the second round. Like, say #42.

  • pkatz

    I don’t understand why all of these small guys at receiver are getting looks. They already have a fast undersized receiver with DeSean. What they need is a bigger body that can actually play the position -someone with Riley Cooper’s size but that can actually produce.

    • CJ

      when is ~ 6′ 200 considered small for a WR? He’s not built like Calvin Johnson, but he’s bigger than half the receivers on the team. They picked up Benn and a 6’7″ guy aready this offseason. They’re getting bigger, relax.

      • pkatz

        You’re right, sorry. 6′ is a good size for a receiver…I think I was stuck on Tavon Austin.

    • These guys are similar height and weight as DeSean but are very different. DeSean is a pure home run receiver, but these guys are a lot more versatile. They can line up out wide, in the slot, in the back field, return punts, and return kicks. They can take big hits and aren’t afraid to get tackled over the middle.

      Chip could do a lot of things if he can get his hands on a guy like this. I know some people are sceptical, but imagine having that kind of threat.. a guy that can score in any situation at any spot on the field.. big KOR and PR return touchdowns.. ahhhh, would be nice.

    • Simply put: The larger guys have more weight on their frames, and will get winded faster in Kelly’s hurry-up offense. The slightly-smaller guys will have better endurance, which means the offense can run more plays with fewer substitutions — which is exactly what Kelly wants.

      • pkatz

        Interesting, I had not thought of things like that. I still think that they need more viable big targets though.

      • Richard Colton

        taller WRs weigh more than shorter WRs, and therefore have better endurance. can’t argue with that logic.

  • Wilbert M.

    Why bother with Bray? He sounds like Foles’ clone.

    • Atb124

      Sounds like a good reason to check him out.

      • BrickSquadMonopoly

        Ur delusional

    • JofreyRice

      Bray’s actual arm talent is world’s better than Foles.

  • Geagle

    Gladly pass on both players