Wide Receiver Galore for the Eagles in 2020 Draft Class

Yes, draft season is upon us and it’s time for us to fully dive into the 2020 class. After falling to the Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard round, the Philadelphia Eagles secured themselves the #21 pick in the upcoming Draft which will take place in late April.

Now we don’t have to go into depth about the problems the Eagles had with their receiving core this past season. DeSean went down to injury after game 1, Alshon was inconsistent all year, Agholor returned to his rookie season ways and so on. By the time that the games counted the most, Greg Ward Jr. was the team’s #1 option at the position.

Luckily for the Eagles, this 2020 draft class provides a lot of promise. Draft analysts everywhere have been calling it a historic class for wide receivers, which presents Philadelphia with the ability to address arguably the biggest weakness on their roster.

Despite the Eagles likely being out of position to land Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, who are recognized as the elite prospects of the bunch, there’s still a lot to be had after their names are called early into the 1st.

Below are some notable prospects at the WR position that should be within reach of the Eagles at pick #21 as well as later into the draft.

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
2019 – 40rec, 746yds, 7tds
Probably the most common name linked to the Eagles in the early draft talk is Alabama speedster, Henry Ruggs III. The 20yr old reportedly ran a 4.25 40-yard dash at Alabama’s pro day last year and when you look at his tape, it should come as no surprise.

Ruggs is the burner the Eagles have been looking for to open things up in their offense. He may turn into a trade-up candidate after his stock will likely rise after the combine but his game changing speed may be worth the trade capital.
Draft projection: Mid – Late 1st round

Jalen Reagor, TCU
2019 – 43rec, 611yds, 5tds
Arguably one of my favorite draft prospects in this 2020 class, Reagor is a joy to watch on the field. His elite athleticism gives him big play ability both at the WR position and on special teams.

Much like Ruggs and some other prospects, Reagor’s speed would really help the Eagles in opening up their offense down the field. And despite being under 6ft, Reagor also possesses some great leaping ability that allows him to go up and poach the ball from the air.
Draft projection: Late 1st – Mid 2nd round

Tee Higgins, Clemson
2019 – 56rec, 1115yds, 13tds
At 6’4ft 215lbs, Higgins is a big bodied receiver that does damage in contested catch and red zone situations. His play style is everything that the Eagles expected out of JJAW this past season.

Despite being labeled as more of a redzone threat due to his size, Higgins still has the speed and quickness to beat corners off the line of scrimmage. He’ll be near the top of Philadelphia’s big board for pick #21. 
Draft projection:
Mid – Late 1st round

Justin Jefferson, LSU
2019 – 102rec, 1434yds, 18tds
Coming into LSU as a 2-star recruit just a few years ago, Jefferson has since made a name for himself as one of the best receivers in the country. His 18 receiving touchdowns this season is good for #1 in the nation (tied with teammate and Biletnkioff winner, Ja’Marr Chase).

Benefiting from a historic season at Quarterback from Joe Burrow, Jefferson’s elite route running and contested catch abilities have been on full display. With both his production and physical traits, Jefferson is a low risk – high reward prospect that the Eagles should have their eye on.
Draft projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd round

Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
2019 – 56rec, 764yds, 4tds
He may not be a well known name but Laviska Shenault Jr. was arguably the best WR prospect entering the season, receiving comparisons to Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones.

With an elite combination of both size and athleticism, Shenault is a mismatch all over the field. If the Eagles are looking for high upside in a WR, look no further than Shenault Jr. He has all the tools you could wish for in a star receiver.
Draft projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd round

Bryan Edwards, South Carolina 
2019 – 71rec, 816yds, 6tds
A 4yr contributor in the SEC, Edwards has been battle tested since walking onto campus his freshman year. With great size at 6’3ft 215lbs, he’s able to bully smaller defensive backs on the outside.

Although he doesn’t possess elite speed, Edwards has an explosive first step that allows him to break off some big plays.
Draft projection: 3rd – 5th round

Other Names to Watch:
K.J. Hamler, Penn State
Michael Pittman Jr., USC
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
Van Jefferson, Florida
K.J. Hill, Ohio State

Jeff Thomas, Miami

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