A breakdown of the Eagles’ picks in the 2020 NFL draft:
Jalen Reagor, WR (21st overall)
The scoop on Reagor: His production plummeted from 73 catches and nine touchdowns in 2018 to 43 and 5 last year. Had eight drops and one of the lowest catch rates in FBS, but most of the production drop was attributed to the fact that TCU went with a true freshman at quarterback. Only ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine, but has faster play speed than that. Gives the Eagles a guy who can be both a vertical and horizontal threat as a “gadget’’ player – end-arounds, jet sweeps, wildcat, bubble screens, et al.
Jalen Hurts, QB (53rd overall)
The scoop on Hurts: A dual-threat quarterback who ran and threw for a combined 5,100-plus yards and 52 touchdowns last year. He’s still very much a work-in-progress as a passer. Held on to the ball too long and had some bad interceptions (8 in 340 attempts). But his running ability brings an intriguing element to the offense. The Eagles could use him in a lot of different roles, in addition to being a backup to Carson Wentz.
Davion Taylor, LB (103rd overall)
The scoop on Taylor: Undersized ‘backer, but can really fly. Ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine and a 4.39 at Colorado’s Pro Day. Didn’t play high school ball and played just two years of Division I, so he’s still raw. More athlete than player at this point. Gives Jim Schwartz a versatile position-less player who can cover slots, tight ends and running backs. He’ll help the Eagles on special teams right away, but it could be a while before he makes a significant defensive contribution, particularly given the expected impact of the pandemic on spring and summer practice time.
K’Von Wallace, S/CB (126th overall)
The scoop on Wallace: Smart, downhill player with excellent diagnostic skills. Built like a corner, but plays like a safety. Can cover slots or drop back into deep coverage. Tied the school record at Clemson with 59 games played. Was a team captain last year. Was an effective blitzer in Brent Venables’ defense, which adds to his value. Biggest concern about him is his recovery speed and lack of an extra gear.
Jack Driscoll, G (145th overall)
The scoop on Driscoll: Began his career at UMass, then transferred to Auburn in 2018. Started 25 games the last two years for the Tigers. Driscoll earned two college degrees and had a 3.8 GPA. He has a high football IQ and an elite work ethic. He’s not a road-grader and can get tossed around if his technique isn’t exactly right.
John Hightower, WR (168th overall)
The scoop on Hightower: Juco transfer who was a two-year starter at Boise. Played the outside “X’’ receiver spot in the offense and averaged 18.5 yards per catch last year with eight TDs. Had 12 catches of 40-plus yards in his two seasons at Boise. He’s a speed demon who ran a 4.43 40 at the combine. Was used horizontally as well as vertically, on jet sweeps, end-arounds and other gadget stuff. Along with first-round pick Jalen Reagor and draft-day trade acquisition Marquise Goodwin, he gives the Eagles a needed dose of speed at receiver.
Shaun Bradley, LB (196th overall)
The scoop on Bradley: Was a three-year starter at Temple. Played the MIKE position. Has good pursuit speed. Led the team in tackles (87) and had eight tackles for losses. Was a first-team All-AAC selection. Lacks ideal arm length, which could be a problem at the next level as far as getting off blocks. He doesn’t have great tackling technique. Has a chance to be a back-end-of-the-roster guy who will make the team because of his special teams ability.
Quez Watkins, WR (200th overall)
The scoop on Watkins: Two-year starter at Southern Miss. Has elite top-end speed. Ran a 4.35 40 at the combine. Averaged 18.4 yards per catch last year and was one of just six FBS receivers to average 107-plus receiving yards per game. Has a thin-legged body and lacks strength. Eagles will have to find ways to keep him from being neutralized by press coverage. Was a disinterested blocker in college. Has good return skills. Averaged 9.2 yards per punt return last year.
Prince Tega Wanogho, OT (210th overall)
The scoop on Tega Wanogho: Was a three-year starter at LT at Auburn, but is relatively new to the sport. Grew up in Nigeria playing basketball and soccer. Didn’t take up football until 2014, and has played the o-line since only 2016. Loose-hipped and athletic with rare recovery ability. Injured his knee last season. Only missed one game but needed arthroscopic surgery. He’ll be another developmental project for offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.
Casey Toohill, ER (233rd overall)