Draft Daily: Ranking the Eagles’ Top 10 WR Prospects

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With the draft just 10 days away, Howie Roseman, Chip Kelly and the Eagles likely have their wide receiver wish list in order.

Personnel people and analysts have been saying for months now that this is potentially the deepest group of pass-catchers of all-time. With DeSean Jackson gone and Jeremy Maclin on a one-year deal, it seems likely that the Eagles will add a wide receiver or two come draft time.




Keeping that in mind, below is my guess at how the team has its top-10 receivers ranked. Most, if not all, of these players are expected to go in the first three rounds. I know many of you might be interested in some of the Day 3 prospects, and we'll get to them in a later post.

But for now, here are the top-10, along with notes on each.

1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Measurables: 6-1, 211, 4.43

I'm buying the hype on Watkins. Of all the receivers in this year's class, he's easily the most electrifying with the ball in his hands. According to Rotoworld, 57.4 percent of his catches came on screens last year, and Watkins averaged 8.48 yards after the catch. He can accelerate past defenders, is elusive and has the versatility to line up inside or outside. Watkins has excellent hands and can get over the top on vertical routes. He's a physical player and has tremendous ball skills.

The Eagles, of course, have no shot at Watkins as he's expected to be a top-five selection. But I'd be curious to see just how high he is on their overall board. Watkins is good enough to be productive in many offenses, but he'd be a lot of fun with Kelly.

2. Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Measurables: 6-5, 231, 4.53

Full video breakdown

One of the most physically imposing receivers in this year's class, Evans was a big-play machine last year, averaging 20.2 yards per catch. He does a great job of out-muscling defenders on 50/50 balls, has excellent hands and is a master at improvising and coming back to the ball when his QB's in trouble.

Some have suggested that the Eagles could look to trade up for Evans. I don't see it. I'm not sure he has the versatility that Kelly values, as most of Evans' catches seemed to come outside the numbers. He's not particularly elusive, and his athleticism doesn't jump off the page. Evans' game is using his size to his advantage, and he does that extremely well. He seems like a lock at this point to be the second receiver off the board.

3. Marqise Lee, USC
Measurables: 6-0, 192, 4.52
Full video breakdown

Many of you will disagree, but Lee is one of my favorites. He's not a burner, but Lee has the "I know exactly what I'm doing out here" trait and is able to consistently make plays after the catch. Lee is physical, polished, can play inside or outside and has shown big-play ability.

It's tough to overlook the fact that Kelly values guys who did damage against his teams. And that certainly applies to Lee, who caught 12 balls for 157 yards and two touchdowns against Oregon in 2012. At the time, Kelly said Lee might have been the best receiver he'd ever coached against.

Lee had some issues with drops last year, and because his measurables don't jump off the page, he could slip a little in the first round. But the guess here is that the Eagles rate him higher than other teams, and if he's there at No. 22, they'll be ecstatic.

4. Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU
Measurables: 5-11, 198, 4.43
Full video breakdown

Beckham won an award last year for being college football's most versatile player. We all know Kelly loves the v-word. In addition to averaging 19.5 yards per catch, Beckham excelled as a return man on kickoffs for the Tigers. He's got big hands, ran an excellent 40 time and showed he has short-area quickness.

Beckham might be most valuable in the slot, but his skill set suggests he can get it done on the outside as well. He's one of the top vertical threats in the draft.

Beckham has generated quite a bit of pre-draft buzz, and chances are he'll likely be gone by the time the Eagles are on the clock at No. 22.

5. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Measurables: 5-10, 189, 4.33
Full video breakdown

Of all the receivers on this list, Cooks best fits the "toy for Chip Kelly" description. His 40 time was the third-fastest of any wide receiver in the last five years. And Cooks' production was off the charts (128 catches for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013). Cooks was fantastic on screens, and despite being only 5-10, he was plenty productive in the red zone (22 catches, 10 TDs in 13 games).

The name of the game with Cooks is: get the ball in his hands and let him go to work. And with his speed, he's obviously a threat to get behind the defense on every snap. There's nothing soft about his game either. Cooks can make plays inside the numbers, and he does a nice job on 50/50 balls as well.

There's a chance that Cooks goes off the board before the Eagles pick. But as of right now, if the Birds go wide receiver at No. 22, I'd say Cooks and Lee are the most likely options.

6. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Measurables: 6-5, 240, 4.61

He was probably the most difficult receiver to rank on this list. Kelly could love him, or the Eagles could have him buried on their board. There are reasonable arguments for either.

Let's start with the first. Benjamin's size presents a potential matchup problem on a weekly basis. Defensive coordinators will have to determine how to prepare for a guy with his physical dimensions. In addition to the height and weight, Benjamin has long arms and huge hands. And most importantly, he knows how to take advantage of that size, consistently overwhelming opponents physically at the college level. He's fantastic when the ball's in the air and can be a punishing blocker.

So, what's not to like? He's well below-average athletically in just about every category. In the last three drafts, only one receiver who ran 4.6 or worse got taken in the first two rounds. Benjamin is a 23-year-old prospect. Maybe his size advantages will translate to the NFL. Maybe they won't. But he's going to have a tough time beating NFL cornerbacks with speed.

Whichever team drafts Benjamin needs to have a plan for how to use him. I'm guessing the Eagles view him as a draftable player, but are not as high on him as some of the other prospects in this class.

7. Cody Latimer, Indiana
Measurables: 6-2, 215, 4.44 (Pro Day)

Full video breakdown

If the Eagles are drafting on potential and upside, Latimer could be even higher. The sculpted wide receiver has a good size/speed combination and may be the best blocker at his position in this year's class.

Latimer was productive last year with 72 grabs for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. His biggest strength is probably making plays on the ball when it's in the air. Latimer is a physical player who possesses good body control.

But there is a projection involved with taking Latimer. He has a lot of good traits, but few would describe him as a special player at the college level. I think drafting him at No. 22 would be a stretch, but others may disagree.

8. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Measurables: 6-3, 212, 4.46
Full video breakdown

I seem to like Matthews more than others. He has size, speed and finished his career as the SEC's all-time leading receiver (in both catches and  yards). Matthews has long arms, huge hands and was a captain last year for Vanderbilt.

In my in-depth breakdown, I likened him to a rich man's Riley Cooper. Matthews can track the ball downfield, make plays on screens and block on the perimeter. The reason Matthews is not rated higher is because some of his numbers are tied to scheme. Per Rotoworld, nearly 46 percent of his catches were on screens. And Matthews is not especially shifty or elusive.

He's a consideration at No. 54. And if somehow Matthews slips to the third round, he could present tremendous value.

9. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
Measurables: 6-2, 221, 4.40
Full video breakdown

He's another guy with impressive measurables. In addition to the size and speed, Moncrief has a 39.5-inch vertical. At Ole Miss, he played in a spread no-huddle and had 59 grabs for 938 yards and six touchdowns last season. His 2012 production was more impressive - 66 catches for 979 yards and 10 TDs.

Moncrief shows flashes of great play-making ability, but he doesn't consistently use his size and speed to his advantage. And he has inconsistent hands.

So there is a bit of a projection with Moncrief. Unlike some others in this class, he may have a hard time stepping in right away and being productive. But Moncrief doesn't turn 21 until August. If a team sees that upside, he could go off the board in the second round.

10. Allen Robinson, Penn State
Measurables: 6-2, 220, 4.60

Full video breakdown

Let's start with Robinson's 40 time. The 4.60 number is from the combine. He re-ran it (12 pounds lighter) at his Pro Day and reportedly was sub 4.5. Teams will have to do their homework and figure out why that discrepancy existed. As I mentioned above. wide receivers who run 4.6 or slower rarely go in the first two rounds.

On the field, Robinson averaged 119.3 receiving yards per game last season, third in the nation. In addition to his height, he has a 39-inch vertical and does a great job of using that leaping ability on downfield throws.

Robinson was fantastic in the screen game for Bill O'Brien, averaging 14.3 YAC on those plays, according to Rotoworld. There's a lot to like here: Robinson can make plays with the ball in his hands; he can win 50/50 balls; and he can be used in the middle of the field.

If the Eagles are convinced his speed checks out, he could be higher on this list.

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  • oreofestar

    1.Mike Evans

    2.Mike Evans

    3.Mike Evans

    4.Mike Evans

    5.Mike Evans

    6.Mike Evans

    7.Mike Evans

    8.Mike Evans

    9.Mike Evans

    10.Mike Evans

    • NCBiRDMann22

      If I could give you ten down votes I sure as hell would…

      • oreofestar

        mmmmmk…

        • cliff henny

          so would I, even though I agree with you…it’s crappy Monday and 10 DVs might make me feel better

    • Richard Colton

      OK. But you have to think they have a back-up plan, right? Evans may be only slightly less obtainable then Watkins at this point. Can see him going 5th, 7th, 9th – no further. I doubt we have the ammo to move up to get him. Even if a team was willing to trade, there are a lot of rumors that have the 49ers in love with the guy, and they have 2x the ammo (and half the needs) as us.

      So Evans is the 2nd hottest girl at the bar. She just left with Baltimore Rob. I took Watkins home hours ago. The lights just came on, last call was 15 minutes ago. Its ODB, Lee, and Cooks. Who you got?

      • Ark87

        looks like the back-up plan is Evans

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        Lee

      • oreofestar

        I was half joking I think we end up going wr in 2nd round Devante Adams, Cody Latimer, Donte Moncrief, Allen Robinson and Jordan Matthews are some possibilities in round 2

        • Richard Colton

          So it’s Evans or nobody at WR for you in round one? You’d be disappointed with all three that I named?

          • anon

            yes.

          • oreofestar

            I would not be disappointed in fact I really like ODB I just expect us to go a different direction because the difference between Lee, ODB and Cooks and the guys I mentioned is not great

      • JM Earwood

        I’m not sure what it is about Lee that scares me, could be the injury history, the pac12 overvalue from CK, the down year he had. And ODB was my #1 choice a month ago, but now I’m not so sure.

        Cooks at least has athletic ability that is off the charts and can be coached to develop the technique.

        I’d go Cooks first, and then Lee/ODB. But I want a WR in Round 1 if one of those guys is still there.

        • anon

          hear you on lee/odb don’t love cooks, he’s so small. but lee could be a good value if he’s no longer injured — think drops were a product of his injury

          • knighn

            Cooks is 1/4″ shorter than DeSean Jackson and 20 pounds heavier. He takes that combination and doesn’t sacrifice any speed or quickness. Doubt that he’s there at 22 but wouldn’t mind if the Eagles took him!
            More details:
            http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/red_zone/Oregon-State-WR-Brandin-Cooks-thinks-he-can-do-it-like-DeSean-Jackson-and-do-it-better.html

          • anon

            desean’s not on the team anymore…i’m sure cooks is on the board i just don’t know if he’s as high on a lot of other people who are 6ft+

            personally i don’t see why you’d take cooks in rd 1. How much better can he get than he is now? Rather take a guy w/ size in the first. Take landry in 3rd.

          • knighn

            I was just using DeSean as a point of reference. The kid has the same speed and quickness as DeSean but has at least another 20 pounds on him. I think you would take Cooks not as another DeSean… but as a potentially better all-around version of DeSean. What he would have over the 6′ tall guys is more speed and quickness – the big plays without the slight frame of the the guy who is now in Washington. And if a WR even tinier than Cooks could be successful in Kelly’s offense…
            I actually believe that the Eagles will end up going with a taller / larger receiver than Cooks…. but wouldn’t mind at all if the Eagles went with him.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        damn, I lucked out! although he’d pry get mad if I made him little spoon

  • myeaglescantwin

    defense wins championships.

    • JosephR2225

      In the last 10 years, the 19th ranked defense has won the SB twice. Also 13th, 17th and 25th ranked defenses have won. Might be more to it than the old adage.

      • myeaglescantwin

        with that, only the regular season stats are added up. It’s not really indicative of how that D performs in the pre-playoff run and into the post season. Do we really want to rely on the likes of Nate Allen or Carry Williams to make a game changing play against Brees Manning or Marshawn?
        (& i’m certainly not saying the Seahawks / Ravens way is the only way from now on.)

        but i hearya

        • knighn

          Two things to address in your post:
          1) A 16-game sample is generally considered more indicative of a team’s level of play than a 3 to 4 game sample. Teams can get strangely hot in the playoffs (as the Colts’ defense did when Peyton Manning won his only Super Bowl) but the regular season defensive ranking is the one everyone uses.
          2) The 2012 Ravens (that won the Super Bowl in 2013) were not even a top 10 defense. Coincidentally, the Ravens also had the 4th worst T.O.P. in 2012.

          • myeaglescantwin

            yes, i wasn’t aiming to discount the rankings, or sample size.

            & i was naming the Ravens of the earlier 2000’s that had nothing but run game and D. Kind of similar to what Seattle threw out there. But this past Ravens team fits the mold of “defenses getting hot”.
            but even those D’s were middle of the road & then came on strong. The eagles are sitting near the bottom of the rung in that department currently.

            I’m still hoping for defensive playmakers being added early and often. WR’s will slip, especially in a draft class so deep.

            In the year DeSean was drafted, all the pundits dubbed that a strong WR draft and no one was selected in rd.1

          • knighn

            There will be at least 3 WRs taken in round 1 this year. If I end up wrong, please come back and let me know. I remember hearing that the DeSean draft was strong in WR depth but NOT strong in players at the top.

            The Eagles don’t need to add pro-bowlers to the Defense (although that would be nice). They just need guys that can be at least average. The safety play was generally below average and too much of the depth last year was below average. That forced starters to play too many snaps and for there to be a considerable drop in skill-level when the starters were out.

            As Joseph pointed out: the Eagles can win with an average defense that can come up with a few more stops and continues to create turnovers.

          • southy

            Also coincidentally, Carey Williams was on that 2012 Ravens defense. I seem to remember his play stepped up big in the playoffs.

  • Ryan

    Allen Robinson x10

  • anon

    Can’t believe Jarvis isn’t on this list.

    • Richard Colton

      He’ll probably be there in the 5th, don’t you think?

      • Sb2bowl

        3rd round– turn on the tape and he’s a player. Some players just don’t measure well when being timed, poked and prodded. He can play

        • Richard Colton

          You’re right – Landry will be a 3rd rounder. I was thinking you meant Jeff Janis for some reason. I’m not on a 1st name basis with these guys…yet.

          • Sb2bowl

            Gotcha– I’m not familiar with him. Position/school?

          • Richard Colton

            He’s a WR. Small school – Saginaw Valley. Obviously he never went up against premium competition, but if you just look at the measurables and production, he looks really good.

          • Sb2bowl

            I’m a fan of Saginaw Valley– crappy Michigan weather, blue collar type workers that grind and come out on top. I don’t expect a whole lot from 5th rounders, but sometimes they work out (see: The ToddFather)

  • Stuart Philp

    I would be happy with any one of these 10 guys.

  • NCBiRDMann22

    I don’t care what it cost give Foles Sammy Watkins and watch what he can do. Having Evans play along side Cooper would be like watch two dudes run in quick sand.

    • Jarrod

      The Falcons tried the ‘do whatever it takes to get him’ theory with Julio Jones. Now they are lacking depth everywhere. Read somewhere when you put there picks together they literally gave up an entire draft.

      • NCBiRDMann22

        I understand that the price is significant…however, were they not a step away from the superbowl as they lost to the 49ers? Wouldn’t you say that panned out pretty good for them? Plus give them a TE and an OL man and guess what…they are back in contention.

        • NCBiRDMann22

          And let me just add this to the pot. If we actually had a WR that could have gotten off the line against the NO SAINTS we would have won that game. (refer to Jackson’s performance after Keenan Lewis went out of the game). Give me a real game changer.

    • peteike

      its bad enough I have to read about Evans every day, now Watkins….when this team already has so few picks. Neither are happening. Most bigger WR dont have blazing speed so I think they are harder to project next level, more bust factor imo but also bigger upside when they hit.

  • DoctorRick

    This is a nice breakdown of who’s who in the WR world. While I like Evans and ODB, Lee and Cooks make sense. It will be interesting to see if we go WR/offense with the first pick or if we go where we really need it – Defense.

    • mtn_green

      I think if top three OLB go, and top two db/safety, eagles go wr in first.

  • jkidd49

    i’d have Cook’s on this list wayyy before I had Benjamin… do not want Benjamin, at least not in round 1. Cooper, Ertz and Benn are plenty of size

  • mtn_green

    Watkins, Evans, Lee, ODB, cooks, and Arob look best from video. In that order.

    Montcrief and Matthews have amazing measurables like TO measurables, but they just don’t have ‘wiggle’ to avoid tacklers or ‘aggression’ to get the ball in the air.

    • Sb2bowl

      Watkins and Evans are out of our reach; I don’t think ODB gets past the Steelers, and Robinson from PSU isn’t a first round pick (my view). I’d be happy with Lee, as I see him as a stronger version of Maclin (regardless what you think of Mac, he had a world of potential coming out of Mizzou) and I think he would excel in this offense in the future. Its terribly hard for a WR to come into the NFL and dominate, rather, we should look as anything he gives us this year as a bonus, and plan for the 2015 season.

      Regardless, Philly fans don’t have the patience to let a player sit and learn the ropes, especially one drafted in rounds 1 or 2

  • Eagles1018

    1. in a fantasy world we get Watkins
    2. in an almost fantasy world we trade up and get Evans. which is also potentially a nightmare because what are we giving up for the trade?
    3. I don’t mind/I’d like Cooks or ODB at 22. I’m not a fan of Lee. I think he becomes an “ok” WR in the league.
    4. Anyone else on that list I don’t believe is a 1st rounder except MAYBE Latimer for hid overall report. I could see the Chiefs, Niners going after him in the 1st. Especially the niners who pick 30.
    4. I still say we trade back if BPA defense on the Eagles board isn’t there. We can use more picks, SF has 11…we can ask for their 1st rounder let them get a WR and get more picks to build depth on defense and there will still be at least 5 of these WRs on the board in the 2nd rd and beyond. Anyone you get in the 2nd will be effective.

    • WorldPh_ingChamps

      I agree, any of the WR that would go 2nd round and are 6’2″ are good for me. I totally agree about Lee, he reminds me of the “other” Steve Smith formerly of the NYGinas and Eagles’ Dream Team lure. There is nothing special about the guy, he just “knows how” to play WR. We need a special, versatile receiver, to go with this WR corp.

      • Dominik

        Is it me or do some people think about Lee like about Maclin. Polished, solid in many aspects, complete receiver, but nothing special.

        True or not so true? I’m no draftnik, I’m interested in your opinions.

        • JM Earwood

          I’ve been trying to pin my hesitation with Lee on something, and that may be it.

          He just doesn’t jump off the page as a difference maker where I’m comfortable with projecting him at the next level. Maybe he’s a “safer” play with a higher floor.

          • WorldPh_ingChamps

            He may have a high floor, but to me, his ceiling isn’t that high. I can’t see letting DeSean go AND letting Avant go to draft Avant’s replacement, if you see what I mean. I think any of the other receivers would be better than Lee. To me, there is an issue of coming out of USC as one of these “high ranked” guys (mainly QB’s and WR’s) since about 2000. They are all thought to be great, but they all end up really being complimentary players. I think even any of these “late round” guys like Allen Robinson, etc really have the same floor, but you don’t know about the ceiling, which I would be more than willing to take a chance with a later (2nd, 3rd or 4th) round pick. It’s about time the Eagles start using these late round picks and finding a TRUE diamond in the rough like so many other teams seem to do.

        • southy

          Maclin was dominant for a Mizzou offense that put up lots of numbers, and he was seen as a burner and downfield threat. His official 40 time was 4.45 after a knee tweak, but had habitually been able to run in the 4.3s.

        • WorldPh_ingChamps

          I agree. Marqise Lee, like I said, is more like the other Steve Smith, or Jason Avant even. A solid guy, whose measurables aren’t great. I would put Maclin above him. I think a lot of Lee’s #’s are bloated from playing in the Pac10 and being the primary target on a team that had to throw the ball a bit to stay in games or in shoot outs.

      • Eagles1018

        Btw love the name. All it’s missing is the CK. Love it

    • All In Eagles

      Agree, we need to go D with 22 and let all the WR’s go by, unless of course one of the top 2 fall to us. Take whichever WR you like best at 54.

  • Richaud Jeaffreson

    I think Kelvin Benjamin would be in last place. If the Eagles took hi before the 3rd round, I would be pissed. The dude is big, that is it.

    • myeaglescantwin

      what i worry about is how he seems to disappear in some big games.
      he has multiple stat lines that are like 1-3 catches, 30-40 yds.

      he gets his TD’s,, but is a player that looks to be strictly a redzone threat worth a teams #1 overall? Especially with the needs in other critical positions??

      they can chout BPA all day, but is this draft class so deep that the #4 or 5 rated WR is still better than the #1 or two at other positions??

    • Sb2bowl

      Agreed, I don’t like him. I’m not worried about his 40 time, I’m worried about how he plays. He is big, but he doesn’t strike me as the type of person that will work extremely hard to become a game changer in the NFL. To me, he could have a successful NFL career, but I’d rather not take that chance.

      • NCBiRDMann22

        comes off as a thug punk. Evans is Just another clown that you would have troubles dealing with. Thought we just witnessed what happens with a person of that characteristics. Give me a class act that wants to be the best…not some thug trash.

        • Ark87

          You look at Evans and Johnny Manziel, it seems to be common in that locker room. Are these guys the cause or product of the environment. Who would they be in *our* locker room. Probably something they have looked into. It’s not the worst flaw you can find in receivers anyway. If there is one thing we’ve seen, divas can be annoying, but we’ve seen over and over, they can still be some one the hardest workers around.

        • peteike

          how do you know? as fans, its near impossible to judge character and dont forget these are kids. We all had issues at that age to a degree and I cant imagine having your head filled that you are the greatest through 2 levels of school. Sometimes they grow out of it, sometimes it doesnt matter and they produce anyway. Sometimes its a detriment and you can only really know or guess through the interview process. Minus complete knucklehead moments, Im not sure fans know much. Havent heard of any for Evans at all or KB for that matter. The ones for Manziel are just ego nonsense so pick your poison. Oh and I thought we went over this “thug” stuff already, labels indeed.

        • JofreyRice

          c’mon man, based on what? It seems you’re a huge Watkins fan, that’s fine, but don’t assault this kid’s character by calling him “thug trash” without some actual evidence.

  • Mike J

    Best laid plans are always thrown out the window depending on how the draft falls. One oddball pick by another team and everything changes…
    With that being said, would not be unhappy at all to get an impact defensive player in the 1st and then Jordan Matthews in the 2nd.

  • andy

    i’m in sheil’s camp, as i love lee. i think he knows how to find seams in the defense and that’s what this chip kelly offense is really all about. i hate benjamin though and would prefer robinson, matthews, latimer

  • Chris Jones

    Honestly any one of these guys would be fine in our offense but I really want to see cooks in an eagles uniform playing the slot where he would be devestating.

  • JofreyRice

    1) Watkins
    2) Evans
    3) ODB
    4) Lee
    5) Robinson (in 2nd, with a LB in the first)
    6)Cooks
    T7)Latimer (2nd)
    T7)Moncrief (2nd)
    8)Benjamomah
    9)Matthews

    • Richard Colton

      You’re tepid on Cooks – if you wouldn’t take him or Latimer before the 2nd round, I’m guessing he’d be out of your plans completely (barring a trade down). I see him and Latimer going in the 22-35 range. No lower.

      • JofreyRice

        yeah, tepid’s a good word. I think people see the diminutive frame and (college) open field running and immediately think Desean, but I’m not sure he’s quite that. I’d be a little wary of taking him at #22, but ultimately, if Chip chose to go that direction, I’d have faith,

    • JM Earwood

      I like Latimer > Robinson, and I think we’d be getting a steal if we got him in the 2nd round.

      • JAMIN67

        I’m high on Latimer as well. I don’t see him getting out of the 1st round, and something tells me he may go 15-20. Hope not.

    • oreofestar

      1) Evans
      2) Watkins
      3) ODB
      4) Cooks
      5) Robinson
      6)Latimer
      7)Lee
      8)Adams
      9)Matthews
      10)Benjamomah

  • dnabrice

    Numerous Slot WR are extremely effective these days. Cooks is a special player, can play all over, and great athletically. He’s my #3.

  • JAMIN67

    Hey all…long time lurker, first time poster…and another excellent article as usual by Sheil. My hope for WR – since Evans will be long gone – is to get Latimer after a trade down. The more I watch of this kid, the more I think he’s the real deal…versatile, great blocker, professional work ethic. Would fit right in with Kelly and company. Also hope in the later rounds we can land Michael Campanaro out of Wake Forest. Smaller dude, but tough as nails and fast as hell. I just want the draft to be tomorrow.

    • Dominik

      Latimer played in one of the fastest offenses in college football. Something Chip could see value in.

  • Scott J

    We’ve been reading so much about the top receivers the Eagles will probably draft one nobody has heard of in the 5th round.

  • Jeff Asay

    Who is the most likely to get the McNabb treatment if chosen in the first round? That’s right, my friends. It’s Benjamomah. Ha.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    My personal favs in order would be Mathews, Latimer, A-Rob, Lee. No shot at Watkins. I don’t like Evans as much as most to trade up for him. Too many other of the “bigger” receivers in this draft and Evans isn’t so special that he’s ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest of the pack, just bigger. I like Beckham, but not as much as the 4 I named. Cooks is a tad small for my preference. Point blank, I don’t like Benjamin even a little bit. Moncrief doesn’t really do much for me and was very inconsistent. I wouldn’t pass over consistency with one of the others I named because he’s a year or two younger. There is a good chance he just never puts it together.

    Truth be told, I want the biggest, baddest receiver corps in the league. Throw in a little speed and it’s all good here. However, I’m not gonna just go after the biggest receiver because he’s the biggest. That’s why Mathews is my top preference. Good balance of size/speed/hands. Reminds me of TO without the ‘tude issues.