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NFL draft rumors: Eagles 'enamored’ by traits of Jalen Reagor

NFL draft rumors: Eagles 'enamored’ by traits of Jalen Reagor

Earlier today, we published our last Eagles mock draft roundup but NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein published his mock draft with an interesting nugget a little later. 

Update, 10:50 p.m., April 23: The Eagles selected Reagor with their 21st pick. Head here for an updated post with full details and analysis of the selection

Zierlein has the Eagles taking TCU receiver Jalen Reagor at No. 21 and his explanation is noteworthy: 

This might be a surprising selection to some, but sources say the Eagles are enamored with Reagor's speed and explosive potential as a three-level target for Carson Wentz.

The Eagles are “enamored” with his speed and explosive potential, huh? I get that. Reagor is definitely an intriguing prospect. 

Reagor is 5-foot-11, 206 pounds with great speed, explosion and shiftiness. Reagor was listed at 195 at TCU but weighed in above 205 at the combine and thinks he can play at that weight. 

"Most fast guys are thin,” Reagor said in Indianapolis. “They have a lot of injuries, hamstring injuries. … (I am a) pretty healthy guy, pretty reliable and I have a good frame. So, I can take a lot of what's coming through the game."

Reagor is the kind of player that offensive coaches drool over trying to figure out how they’ll use him. But Reagor is far from a perfect prospect. He’s faster on tape, but he ran a disappointing 4.47 at the combine. And he was very inconsistent at TCU — he had four games with 15 or fewer receiving yards in 2019 — and struggled with drops. 

But the home run ability and upside are certainly there as you can see in the video above. And he can be used all over the field, as a receiver, occasional back and on jet sweeps, and he returned punts and kicks for the Horned Frogs. 

It’s worth pointing out that in Zierlein’s mock, there were no trades and the top four receivers — CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy and Justin Jefferson — were all off the board before 21. Jefferson was the last of the bunch to go at No. 20. 

I’d argue that if there’s a run like that, there might not be another receiver worthy of the 21st pick. Reagor at 21 and Brandon Aiyuk to the Packers at 30 are the only other receivers to go in the first round. So if the Eagles are married to the idea of taking a receiver, there’s probably value in trying to trade down, add a later pick, and still get their guy. 

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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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