Last fall, scouts from across the NFL were in attendance at North Carolina football games. All eyes were on highly-touted quarterback prospect Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky was viewed by many as the number one quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft. Teams were focused on his every move. While overlooked by many, some scouts may have noticed Trubisky’s 6’4″ receiver on the outside.
Although he only played in 7 games his senior year, Mack Hollins showed enough to warrant an Eagles’ fourth round selection. And he has not disappointed. Not only has he become a mainstay on special teams, but Hollins has shown that he can be a reliable pass-catcher and playmaker on offense.
A walk-on at Chapel Hill, Hollins possesses a rare combination of size and speed that teams search for. His ability to be a steady contributor on special teams is what got him drafted, but his potential as a receiver has become intriguing to Philadelphia fans. With Torrey Smith struggling to contribute, Hollins’ ability has to be forcing the coaches to rethink their starting wide receivers.
Although he has not yet gotten his big opportunity, Hollins has made the most of his limited playing time. Admittedly a small sample size, Hollins has managed eight catches on just nine targets on the season. He has made some plays, including a 64-yard touchdown against Washington, and is finally beginning to see more snaps on offense.
With a game against a stingy Denver defensive backfield tomorrow, a fourth receiver could become significant. While Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith will draw the team’s top cover corners, a receiver like Hollins could see some looks. With the bye week coming after, the Eagles will have time to step back and evaluate everything. Maybe they will decide to shuffle the receivers a bit. Maybe we’ll see more Mack Hollins.