5 possible replacements for DeSean Jackson
Brandin Cooks - Orgeon State - 5-10, 189lbs
Cooks seems like the perfect fit for the Eagles and not because of his "I am better than DeSean Jackson" comments. Chip Kelly's offensive game plan utilizes the "y" position (slot) throughout the game in the form of screens and even some running plays. Cooks may have more experience than anyone running such schemes. His 4.33 speed is a plus and certifies him as a “home-run hitter” at the position. He is more physically built than DeSean, which would allow the Eagles to use him on more under routes, similar to how the Patriots and Broncos use Wes Welker. If you need to plug him in on special teams he can do that too.
Marqise Lee - USC - 6-0, 162lbs
Marqise Lee may or may not be there at 22. If he is, it will be because of a disappointing combine performance (4.52 40-yard dash). Bottom line, he will be drafted. When he is selected, will he be added to the list of recent under performing USC receivers? When you watch him play, his slow 40 time goes out the window. His off the line speed rivals DeSean Jackson’s. Lee has vision, is extremely shifty and has similar acceleration to Jackson. However he has some of the same drawbacks as Jackson had, such as relying too much on his natural skills. His sophomore year while paired up with Bills WR Robert Woods, Lee pulled in 118 receptions and 1,721 yards. Lee and Jeremy Maclin could be a nice duo in the birds future.
Odell Beckham, Jr. - LSU - 5-11, 198lbs
May be the best receiver at his size getting off the line. His moves and route work are similar to DeSean Jackson. Like Lee and Cook, Beckham has special teams experience. As far as him being a “home-run hitter” at wide out, I don’t see it despite his 19.5 yards per catch average last season. A great route runner but he has to overcome being overpowered by cornerbacks at the top of his routes.
Mike Evans - Texas A&M - 6-5, 231lbs
Personally, I believe Evans is the most overrated receiver, and possibly player, in the draft. The crutch to a lot of Johnny Manziel’s desperation heaves, I don't believe Evans has the route running ability to live up to his draft placement. As far as natural ability, he is talented. That being said, I don't think he will be there when the Eagles pick. The Giants pick at 12 and are said to be looking for that big receiving target for Eli Manning similar to his days with Plaxico Burress.
Martavis Bryant - Clemson - 6-4, 211lbs
Bryant may be the best value of all the receivers if he’s drafted late first or second round. As teams aim for taller cornerbacks, offenses are going to adjust with bigger, faster wide outs. At 6-4 with a 4.42 40 and a 39 inch vertical jump, he is a physical freak. Bryant was opposite Sammy Watkins this season but still managed to post career-best numbers for the Tigers (19.7 yards per catch). What he lacks is a NFL body, which can be built through a training program.