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Eagles: Top NFL Draft prospects, free agents at WR

Eliot Shorr-Parks
November 23, 2019 - 7:34 am

The Eagles need a major overhaul of the receiver position. They need new players, they need speed and they need youth. That is going to be the top priority of general manager Howie Roseman this offseason. 

When Roseman begins the task of remaking the receiver position, here are some of the top players that he should have on his list: 

Potential Free Agents:

Amari Cooper, Dallas: It isn’t often that a player of Cooper’s ability at such a young age hits free agency. If he does, Cooper will command a massive deal — but he has shown he will be worth every penny. The Cowboys found out just how big of an impact Cooper can have, as he has transformed that offense and quarterback Dak Prescott since arriving midway through last season. Not only would landing Cooper take him from the Cowboys, but it would also give Wentz something he hasn’t had so far in four years — a legitimate, No. 1 receiver to grow with. 

A.J. Green, Cincinnati: It is going to be interesting to see how much Green commands as a free agent. At 30-years old, Green will likely only end playing nine games this season, and has only played 16 games twice in the last five seasons. When healthy, however, Green has still shown he can dominate, as he put up 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns on 75 catches in 2017 despite playing on a bad Bengals team. After years of basically wasting away in Cincinnati, Green is going to want to go somewhere he feels he can win and have stability at the quarterback position. The question is, will he view the Eagles as that destination? 

Emmanuel Sanders, San Francisco: Sanders would be a perfect fit on this offense. A veteran player with a proven track record of production who can play all over the field. The Eagles made a mistake not trading for him at the trade deadline, and the 49ers are reaping the rewards of bringing him in. Sanders will be 33-years old by the time next season starts, which will impact how much he gets on the open market. 

DeVante Parker, Miami: The Eagles have been linked to Parker before, as they reportedly tried to trade for him prior to the deadline in 2018. Parker is having a surprisingly solid season for the woeful Dolphins, pulling in 40 catches for 604 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. Parker is still just 26-years old, and at 6-foot-3, would arguably be the best athlete among the potential free agent receivers.  

Robby Anderson, Jets: The Eagles interest in Anderson over the last two years is no secret, but their unwillingness to give up a legitimate draft pick — and not just a mid-round selection — could be a hint they won’t break the bank for him. On paper, Anderson is everything the team needs — an elite deep threat that is young and still developing. Anderson does come with a history of off-the-field issues, however, as he has been arrested twice for resisting arrest in Florida since 2017. 

Potential NFL Draft Targets: ** Note: It is very early on in the draft process, so needless to say, what rounds these players could go in will change and is tough to project right now **

Jalen Reagor, TCU: Among the wide receivers projected to go near the top of the draft, Reagor might be the best deep-threat available. Standing 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, Reagor is projected to run in the 4.35 40-yard dash range, and if he does, it will likely be the quickest of all the receivers. Reagor has totaled 108 catches for close to 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns in his last 23 games, averaging around 15-yards per reception. Reagor is also great on special teams and has a 73-yard punt return this season. He could make an instant impact on the Eagles’ offense. Projected round: 1st

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama: Alabama is loaded at receiver this year, and Ruggs might be the best deep threat among them. Standing 6-foot, 190 pounds, Ruggs is projected to run in the 4.45 40-yard dash range, and is averaging 19.4 yards-per-catch this season on 32 receptions. He also has a 75-yard rushing touchdown, a sign of just how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands, and just how creative coaches can get with him on offense. Projected round: 1st

DeVonta Smith, Alabama: Another elite receiver prospect from Alabama, Smith has been extremely productive this season, pulling in 56 catches for 1,026 yards and 11 touchdowns for an average of 18.3 yards-per-catch. Smith has great size at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, is projected to run in the 4.45 range and has great hands as well. It is possible that the loaded receiver class could push Smith further down than he would normally go. Projected Round: 2nd

K.J. Hamler, Penn State: Hamler has had an outstanding season for Penn State despite the fact he is playing in a bad offense with a head coach that hurts more than helps. There is no denying Hamler has game-changing speed and the ability to stretch the field, as he averaged 18.0 yards-per-catch last season and is averaging 17.2 yards-per-catch this year. The Eagles used a second-round pick on Miles Sanders last year, and if Hamler comes out, it wouldn’t be surprising if they used on once again on a Penn State prospect. 

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