Three Prospects to Watch this Weekend that Should Interest the Eagles in the Draft

With College Football already three weeks into the season it’s time to look at prospects around the country that should interest the Eagles. Reminder is that the Eagles don’t currently own a second or third round pick so this draft, like every year, is important.

Here’s the players I mentioned last week:

 

Mike Gesicki – Penn State Tight End, Plays Iowa @ 7:30 PM on ABC

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of the Big Ten Championship held at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 3, 2016. Joe Hermitt | jhermitt@pennlive.com

The Penn State offense is absolutely stacked and one of the main guys is tight end, Mike Gesicki. The Eagles will, in my eyes have a need at tight end with this being Celek’s last year and Burton being a free agent. The Eagles like using multiple tight end sets and Gesicki could be the next tight the Eagles bring in. I think personally Gesicki is a second round pick and the Eagles don’t currently own one in this years draft. With the lack of draft picks I think the Eagles could trade back and stack up the picks. Gesicki would be a guy I would try and target in the late second. He’s everything you want in a tight end. Having Zach Ertz and Gesicki in on the same plays would be almost impossible to cover. 

Here’s Gesicki’s highlights from last season.

Royce Freeman – Oregon Running Back, Plays Arizona State @ 10:00 on PacN

Oregon running back Royce Freeman runs through and around defenses. His work load figures to increase against the Washington State defense on Saturday. (Associated Press / AP)

Last year wasn’t the best year for Freeman as a running back who entered the year as possibly a late first round pick. Freeman dealt with injuries most of last year, but he still finished with 945 rushing yards on the season. Freeman’s sophomore season is where he really broke out finishing with 1,836 yards on the ground. Freeman has started the season off with a boom having three 150 yard games to go along with nine touchdowns. It will be interesting to see where Freeman gets drafted, but he’s a guy I’d consider trading up for in the late second/early third. Like I mentioned earlier, the Eagles would be best off trading back and acquiring as many draft picks as possible. Freeman would be an ideal fit as a three down back, something the Eagles haven’t had since the LeSean McCoy era. 

 

James Washington JR – Oklahoma State Wide Receiver – Plays TCU @ 3:30 on ESPN

Oklahoma State’s James Washington (28) makes a catch in front of Iowa State’s Nigel Tribune (34) during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State University at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

James Washington was a guy I thought made a case to be a first round pick last year. He obviously stayed in school and this year he is looked at an elite pass catcher for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State’s offense is one of the best in the country with Mason Rudolph calling the plays in the huddle. With the possibility of Alshon Jeffery leaving this offseason the Eagles might have to address the wide receiving position, once again. The way Washington uses his body to track the ball is something you don’t teach. Washington is type of player that you can throw the back shoulder fad to and he will get both feet in bounds. Targeting Washington in the first round if the Eagles stay there is definitely a possibility.

 

James Washington’s highlights last week against Pitt.

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