Everyone has an opinion on what the Eagles should do in April’s draft. Most of those start and end with the wide receiver position.
Philadelphia has to infuse their roster with youth at the most important skill position for a quarterback. Carson Wentz is in his prime and not getting any younger. Unfortunately, he severely lacks talent at wide receiver.
The Eagles are reportedly looking at drafting a playmaker in the first round and some names have finally surfaced. According to SportsRadio 94WIP, the team has met with five different college receivers at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis: K.J. Hamler, K.J. Hill, Justin Jefferson, Jauan Jennings, Henry Ruggs III.
Ruggs is the one name that has generated the most buzz around town. He’s been compared to a “Ferrari that operated in a Honda car lot” and has openly stated that he intends to break John Ross’ record. That means Ruggs expects to shatter 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
“My goal is to be the fastest ever. I feel pretty good about it. I’m confident. I’ve been working on my starts and I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Ruggs told reporters. “Overall, like I said, I’m a playmaker so if I’ve got the ball in my hands I want to do the best thing I can do to help my team out.”
Penn State WR Wants to Play for Philadelphia
K.J. Hamler is another name to watch at the NFL Combine. The Penn State speedster recently tweaked his hamstring so he won’t be able to run the 40-yard dash. He was expected to be the second-fastest receiver there, right behind Henry Ruggs III.
Hamler is good friends with fellow Penn State alum Miles Sanders and talks often to the Eagles running back. The 20-year-old is expected to officially meet with Philadelphia on Wednesday and has openly lobbied for playing alongside DeSean Jackson. Hamler considers Jackson a role model and has patterned his game after the Eagles burner.
“Most definitely DeSean Jackson,” Hamler told reporters when asked who he modeled his game after, as transcribed by PennLive. “He’s been [one of] the players I’ve been watching since I was younger. I watched him, I watched Steve Smith, who played with the Carolina Panthers back in the day, so those two people are the main guys I really watch.”
K.J. Hill Met with Eagles at Senior Bowl
The Eagles reportedly met with K.J. Hill in late January at the Senior Bowl in Alabama. The Ohio State product was the breakout star at Senior Bowl practices and drew favorable comparisons to Redskins receiver Terry McLaurin, his former teammate at Ohio State.
Hill tallied 57 receptions for 636 yards during his senior season and hauled in a career-high 10 touchdowns through 14 games. He was one of the highest-rated players at the Senior Bowl, according to Pro Football Focus, and “created separation with ease and made his competition look foolish in the process.” At 6-foot and 192 pounds, Hill has nice size on the outside and could slide right into the Eagles’ starting lineup.
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