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2020 Eagles draft recap: Jalen Reagor, Jalen Hurts and 8 other Birds join the nest

2020 Eagles draft recap: Jalen Reagor, Jalen Hurts and 8 other Birds join the nest

In the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday, the Eagles selected TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor. On Friday night in Round 2, the Eagles selected Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts in a head-scratcher. They then took linerbacker Davion Taylor from Colorado with their third round pick.

If you were one of the fans that wasn’t thrilled with the first two nights, the good news is that there's a lot of be excited about after Day 3 of the draft. Particularly if you like speed. See below for a full recap of the Eagles' picks. 

For more on the Reagor selection, see the stories below:

For more on the Hurts pick, see these stories: 

For more on the Taylor pick, see these stories:

Here’s a breakdown of their Saturday moves:

Round 4

In Round 4, the Eagles first selected Clemson safety K'Von Wallace with the 127th selection. For more on that pick and how he could be a solution for the Eagles at safety, check our our draft grade.

The Eagles originally held the final two picks of the 4th round, 145th and 146th. They selected Auburn tackle Jack Driscoll with the 145th pick ... and then traded the 146th to grab the 164th pick in this year's draft and a 2021 fifth rounder. 

That's not the weird part. It's that they traded with, um, the Dallas Cowboys, that makes it weird. Dallas took Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz with the pick.

Round 5

In Round 5, the Eagles traded the 164th pick to Miami in exchange for the 173rd pick and the 227th pick. 

With the 168th pick, the Eagles selected wide receiver John Hightower from Boise State

They then traded the 173rd and 227th picks to Chicago in exchange for the 196th, 200th and 233rd picks. 

Round 6

The big move of the day came during the fifth round, when the Eagles acquired WR Marquise Goodwin from the 49ers while also flipping 6th round picks. That means the Eagles sent the 190th overall selection to San Francisco in exchange for the 210th selection.

With the 196th pick, the Eagles selected Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley.

With the 200th pick, the Eagles selected Southern Mississippi wide receiver Quez Watkins

With the 210th pick, the Eagles selected Prince Tega Wanogho, a tackle from Auburn.  He has quite the interesting backstory

Round 7

With the 233rd pick, their final selection, the Eagles selected Casey Toohill, a linebacker from Stanford.

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Eagles' new coach thinks team's WR corps is underrated, can be among NFL's best

Eagles' new coach thinks team's WR corps is underrated, can be among NFL's best

They're tired of being known as the worst group of wide receivers in the league.

And they may finally have a coach who can help them get rid of that tag.

"We have an expectation to be one of the top groups in the league," new Eagles receivers coach Aaron Moorehead said Thursday. "That's what we expect. This group is coming out with a little bit of a chip on its shoulder I think because of last year, and that's a good thing."

Eagles receivers last year combined for just 137 passes for 1,488 yards and nine touchdowns, the worst WR numbers in the league.

It was the fewest yards by an Eagles receiving corps since 2000, when Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Friends had 1,481.

For the first time since 1966 no Eagles wide receiver even had 500 yards.

Out with Carson Walch, in with Moorehead, the Eagles' fifth receivers coach in five years under Doug Pederson.

It doesn't take much time with Moorehead – even on a Zoom call – to sense his confidence, passion, dedication and communication skills.

And he's already instilled a hunger in this wide receiving group to go from one of the worst in the league to one of the best.

"At the end of the day, a little added extra motivation (doesn't hurt)," he said. "In this day and age (with) social media, you can try to ignore it, but people hear what (critics) say, and I think guys understand that we do have something to prove, and that's OK. There's nothing wrong with that, and I enjoy a good challenge and I enjoy coaching a group that has something to prove."

DeSean Jackson is 33 and managed one healthy game last year. Alshon Jeffery struggled then got hurt and has been largely disappointing since he signed here. Second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a miserable rookie year. And rookie Jalen Reagor keeps hearing how the Eagles should have taken Justin Jefferson instead.

You can understand why this group feels disrespected.

"I think that's good," Moorehead said. "I've coached groups that people believed were the best [...] and I've coached groups that people disrespected and felt like they weren't very good, so it's not anything new to me. I think we have a really good group. I know we have a really good group. It's just up to us to stay healthy and prove it week in and week out."

The Eagles haven't had a wide receiver with back-to-back 100-yard games since Jordan Matthews in 2015.

They haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.

On paper they should be better. How can they not be?

Their goal isn't just to be better. It’s to be among the best.

"So far they've taken the approach that [they're] ready to go out there and prove every day why we should be one of the top groups in the NFL," Moorehead said.

You have to love Moorehead's approach and his personality.

If his receivers can match his confidence and swagger, the Eagles just might finally have a receiving corps to get excited about.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is Zach Ertz next in line for a contract extension?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is Zach Ertz next in line for a contract extension?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at Zach Ertz’s contract situation after George Kittle and Travis Kelce got huge extensions. 

The guys pick some things they would have watched in the preseason opener, talk about Doug Pederson’s structure for practice and give their first impressions on a couple of new Eagles coaches. 

Plus, remembering the great Howard Mudd, who died at 78 this week. 

  • (1:02) — What Travis Kelce and George Kittle's contract mean for Zach Ertz.
  • (16:45) — Things we would have watched tonight in preseason opener.
  • (23:08) — Doug Pederson details Eagles’ 2020 training camp structure
  • (28:45) — Aaron Moorehead and Matt Burke speak on their roles. 
  • (36:54) — Remembering Howard Mudd
     

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