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The Eagles finally drafted a weapon for Carson Wentz.

And it's one Wentz happens to already know. 

With their first of two fourth-round picks (No. 118 overall), the Eagles on Saturday afternoon selected North Carolina wide receiver Mack Hollins.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Hollins (see bio) was actually one of the prospects Wentz worked out with while in California earlier this offseason. Hollins and Wentz share an agent, which is why they were together, but both seemed to enjoy their time. 

Hollins caught passes for one or two days from Wentz, who he called a "special" quarterback. 

"He's the type of quarterback where it's almost like you don't even need to catch the ball, he puts it where it needs to be," Hollins said on a conference call with Philly reporters after the pick. "Immediately, you can feel that connection with him."

During their brief time in California working together, Hollins said Wentz installed some of the Eagles' plays and began to teach him for their brief throwing sessions. When asked if he told Wentz to put in a good word for him, Hollins said he didn't and thought his play would speak for itself. 

Now, he's excited to get to work with Wentz again. 

"A lot of guys can throw the ball far, but he can throw it far and throw it accurately," Hollins said. "He's really special. I've thrown with a lot of quarterbacks but he's definitely at the top."

 

While Hollins and Wentz were put together because of their agency — Rep1 Sports — the Eagles said they would listen to any input their franchise quarterback had.  

"If he has insight because he worked out with a particular guy or knows a guy from college, then we want that information," Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman said to CSNPhilly last week.

It sounds like the Eagles liked what they heard from Wentz about Hollins. 

Hollins suffered a collarbone injury in October that needed surgery, but on Saturday said he's completely healed. He caught 16 passes for 309 yards in his abbreviated senior season. In 2014 and 2015, he caught 65 passes for 1,358 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

While Hollins is a big receiver, he still ran a 4.53 at the combine and proved to be a true deep threat in college. Hollins led the NCAA in yards per reception as a junior (24.8 average) and averaged 20.6 yards per catch during his career, which set an UNC record. 

"I don't think there's anybody who's a better deep threat than me," he said. 

He's raw as a receiver but is a very skilled special teams player. Last season, the Eagles had a lack of receivers who could play on special teams. In college, Hollins was a huge special teams contributor and was on all four teams units. 

When Hollins took his pre-draft visit to Philly, he got a chance to meet with Eagles special teams coordinator Dave Fipp and is looking forward to joining one of the better special teams units in the NFL. 

"I love special teams," Hollins said. "You have one opportunity, one play to make a difference and I take that play very seriously. I know a lot of college players let their pride get in the way, but I think special teams is either field position or it's points so I think it's as important as any offensive or defensive snap."