The weeks leading up to the NFL Draft are full of noise and potential smoke screens from everywhere, so it’s important to take basically everything with a grain of salt.
And you’ll also hear “Team X talked to Player Y” all the time, because teams constantly do due diligence and talk to players. Is that how it works!
But what if someone says they are hearing that a team has been talking to a certain player a lot? All right, yes, I’ll listen to you.
And that’s exactly what Kyle Brandt reported Tuesday morning on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football about the Eagles and a very intriguing wide receiver prospect.
Here’s what Brandt reported on Terrace Marshall Jr.
“This kid is 6-3, catches 10 touchdowns in seven games before opting to go out for the rest of the season. You think they have all these guys, and they do. This is another one, a great explosive playmaker. They can go after … He’s been talking to the Eagles a lot, so we’ll see. “
By trading the No. 6 pick, the Eagles effectively pulled out of the race for fellow LSU wide receiver and likely top-6 pick Ja’Marr Chase. They also at least hurt his chances of picking one of Alabama’s wide receiver duos in Devonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle a bit.
But Marshall is an exciting prospect and it makes perfect sense as a possible target for the Eagles. In fact, he’s 6-3 and 205 pounds, and he put up very solid numbers with LSU: In 28 games with the Tigers he caught 106 passes for 1,594 yards and 23 TDs, averaging 15 yards per reception.
Marshall ran a 4.38 40-yard dash on his Pro Day, at the same time as Chase, and is expected to be selected in the first two rounds, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Eagles scout and current NFL Network contributor Daniel Jeremiah ranks Marshall Jr. as the fifth-best WR in the draft, and this is what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein sees in Marshall as a prospect:
“It looks a lot more comfortable outside than in the slot, and it’s a more reliable ball receiver when working on the second and third levels. It’s a natural ball tracker with a second gear and the pickup radius to fetch it.” and his size gives him a 50-50 ball advantage. “
Sounds like an ideal fit for an Eagles offense that needs a guy to come up and get 50-50 balls with Alshon Jeffery out, Jalen Reagor still figuring out his NFL game, and Travis Fulgham’s fit on offense unclear afterwards. that he was strangely ignored in the second half of the 2020 season.
Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia examined the idea of the Birds chasing a WR in the second round this week:
“Historically, the first round is where you get your cornerbacks and the second round is where you get your skills.
“And it would make a lot of sense if the Eagles did it later this month.”
If Marshall makes it through the first round, don’t be surprised if the Eagles try to jump into the second round with the No. 37 overall pick.
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