Eagles 2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Only WR Edition

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 26, 2020 - 7:46 am
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What if the Eagles used every single one of their picks in the 2020 NFL Draft on receivers?

That (likely) won’t be happening. But maybe it is a strategy they are considering with a massive need at wide receiver and no help coming in free agency. At the very least, it would be a fun one.

Here is a full Eagles seven-round mock draft — with only receivers coming off the board: 

Round 1, Pick 21: Justin Jefferson, LSU

Jefferson has a good chance of being the Eagles’ first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He bring a great combination of size (6-foot-1), speed (4.43 40 at NFL Combine) and production (111 catches, 1,540 yards, 13.9 ypc, 18 touchdowns last season). He has some of the best hands in the draft, dropping only 11 balls in three years at LSU. Jefferson had his best year in the slot, where he spent the majority of his time last season, but has played on the outside as well, giving him the versatility the Eagles like from their receivers. There is a good chance Jefferson is on the board when the Eagles go on the clock with the 21st overall pick, meaning they won’t need to spend extra picks trading up for him like they might for players like CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs. Add everything up and Jefferson should be considered a very realistic target for the Eagles in the first round. 

Round 2, Pick 53: KJ Hamler, Penn State 

Whether Hamler will be on the board with the 53rd pick is up for debate. In almost any other year he wouldn’t be, but a very deep class could cause him to slide. In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper has seven receivers going in the first round. A run on receivers early could cause some to fall, and Hamler could end up being that player. Hamler looked the part of an elite deep threat in 2019, as he caught 56 passes for 904 yards and eight touchdowns, an average of 16.1 yards-per-catch. Hamler, one of the best players in the draft after the catch, averaged 16.9 yards-per-catch in his two-year career at Penn State on 98 total catches. Kamler would be a steal at No. 53. 

Round 3, Pick 103: Devin Duvernay, Texas

Duvernay projects as the perfect player to step in right away next season and start in the slot in place of Nelson Agholor. Duvernay was a big-play threat out of the slot for Texas, totaling nine touchdowns and 721 yards of YAC last season. Duvernay has great hands, dropping just four of his 250 targets during his time in college and is a polished route runner. Duvernay would fit in perfectly as the starting slot receiver next season opposite DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Beyond 2020, Hamler, Arcega-Whiteside and Duvernay can be the Eagles’ starting receivers of the future.

Round 4, Pick 127: Gabriel Davis, UCF

Connecting on deep passes was an issue for the Eagles last season. Their receivers struggled at times to track them and their quarterback struggled at times to throw them. Davis can help with that first problem. Considered one of the best deep-ball trackers in the draft, Davis averaged 17.2 yards-per-catch last season, and 16.1 yards-per-catch overall in three seasons at UCF. His hands can be an issue at times but projects as a player that could stretch opposing defenses, which is exactly what the Eagles need. 

Round 4, Pick 145: James Proche, SMU

Proche is another home-run hitter that could provide great value in the later rounds and end up making an instant impact with the Eagles. Proche lined up all over the field at SMU, making big plays out of both the slot and on the outside. Although he doesn’t have elite-level speed, Proche is great after the catch, and would be a player Doug Pederson could get creative with by moving all around the offense. 

Round 4, Pick 146: Quez Watkins, Southern Miss

Watkins is going to rise after his performance at the Combine. His blazing-quick 40 is especially noteworthy considering he stands 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and his college stats back up the fact he can be a big-play threat. Watkins averaged 18.4 yards-per-catch last season for Southern Miss on 64 receptions. Watkins was consistently produced after becoming a full-time starter, as he had at least 64 catches, 800 yards and six-plus touchdowns in each of his last two seasons. 

Round 5, Pick 168: Isaiah Coulter, Rhode Island

The question with Coulter isn’t whether he is a great athlete. He is, and his 40-time — 4.45 seconds — proved that considering he stands 6-foot-2, 198 pounds. The question is whether he had such an impressive showing at Rhode Island because of the fact he was such a better athlete than the lower-level talent he faced. Coulter is a bit of a project, but he is certainly an elite athlete that could blossom into a steal if the Eagles can develop him. 

Round 6, Pick 190: Darnell Mooney, Tulane

Mooney is undersized at 5-foot-11 and is coming off a slightly disappointing final season at Tulane. His junior season, however, showed what he can be as a deep threat. Mooney’s junior season saw him finish with 993 yards on just 48 catches, an average of a whopping 20.7 yards-per-reception. Mooney’s average dropped to 14.9 yards-per-catch last season, but as a late-round pick, Mooney does have high upside if he lands with the right team. 

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