Before the 2017 NFL draft, Howie Roseman called that class of running backs “historic” and he was right. That draft produced Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Joe Mixon, Marlon Mack, Chris Carson and plenty others. 

The Eagles ended up with Donnel Pumphrey. 

So you’ll probably understand that while many draft pundits and folks around the NFL have been lavishing praise on the 2020 class of wide receivers, the Eagles’ general manager has been more than reluctant. 

Well, you know, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,” Roseman said Thursday. “Is that how the saying goes? We've been in this situation a couple times with strong classes and I think it's come back to bite me to talk about it.

Fair enough. But Roseman’s hesitance to say just how good this receiver class is doesn’t make it any less true. 

And it certainly doesn’t make the Eagles any less susceptible to drafting another Pumphrey. 

Let’s be clear about this: Despite Roseman’s refusal to acknowledge how good this current class of receivers is, there are plenty of other well-respected folks who are on record about the greatness of this crop of receivers. There could be as many as eight receivers taken in the first round and it’s not even a particularly top heavy class. 

Back in January, respected NFL draft analyst and former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah said this is the best receiver class he’s ever seen and he has 27 prospects with 1st-3rd round grades. 


Roseman is just playing coy. 

“I would just say what we are doing is we are trying to stack the board based on the quality of the player,” Roseman said. “Obviously, there’s some positions that have more depth than others. I know a lot of other people have had the opportunity to talk about that specific position in that class, but we don't want to get ahead of ourselves and say just because there's a perceived position of strength that that's where we're going to choose from.”

This is the same general manager who earlier this offseason said that the Eagles’ cupboard at receiver isn’t as empty as many think. But their top four receivers are Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. Maybe it isn’t a complete disaster, but there’s not a lot to rely on there either. 

So it’s an incredibly deep class at a position where the Eagles have immense need. That’s the recipe for mounting pressure on a general manager. 

Roseman needs to nail this and he knows it. 

He’s taken measures to make sure his words won’t come back to bite him. But it wouldn’t make missing out on this — let’s face it — historic wide receiver class hurt any less. 

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