Philadelphia Eagles add speed galore in 2020 NFL Draft

Fantasy Football, Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
Fantasy Football, Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Eagles left many fans angry in the 2020 NFL Draft but accomplished the goal of adding a ton of speed to the roster.

The Philadelphia Eagles were quite busy, as were the other 31 teams in the league, during the 2020 NFL Draft. At the end of three days worth of selection, the Eagles’ 2020 draft class is compiled of 10 incoming rookies.

In addition to the rookie, however, Philadelphia was also able to acquire veteran wide receiver Marquise Goodwin in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. It was clear the Eagles’ main goal of the 2020 NFL Draft was adding speed throughout the roster and the prospects they added accomplish that philosophy.

The Eagles’ first-round pick (No. 21) was TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor. While many fans expected the Eagles to trade up for CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs III or even stand pat for Justin Jefferson, they were in shock to see that Reagor was the selection.

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Despite the shock, Reagor is an explosive athlete and an absolute burner. As long as Reagor becomes an instant contributor for Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense, many fans will be happy that he was selected — and he has the physical traits to help as well.

Day 2 forced many fans to shake their heads dismay as the Eagles grabbed Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts as their second-round pick (No. 53). While Wentz is still solidified as the franchise quarterback, Hurts gives the offense a chance to have more versatility.

Hurts’ playing time won’t be immediate at the quarterback position but he most likely will be given the opportunity to perform in packages to give the Eagles a better chance to move the ball on offense. If any team knows how beneficial it is to have a talented backup quarterback, it’s the Eagles as they won Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots with Nick Foles.

Philadelphia closed out Day 2 by selecting Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor at the end of the third round (No. 103). Taylor brings a lot of speed to the linebacker corp but, more than likely, he’ll be contributing on special teams to start off his career.

The third and final day of the 2020 NFL Draft might have been the most satisfying for the Eagles as they were able to obtain much-needed depth at certain positions. Their fourth-round selections consisted of Clemson safety K’Von Wallace (No. 127) and Auburn offensive tackle Jack Driscoll (No. 145).

Boise State wide receiver John Hightower was selected in the fifth round (168) and the sixth round featured the selections of Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley (196), Souther Miss wide receiver Quez Watkins (200) and another Auburn offensive tackle in Prince Tega Wanogho (210).

The Eagles closed out the draft with their seventh-round selection of Stanford outside linebacker Casey Toohill (233), who will be expected to line up at defensive end.

For the 2020 NFL Draft, the Eagles were able to fill positions of need but the selection of Hurts remains conflicting. There were many other positions the Eagles could have assessed with their second round pick and choosing Hurts to be the backup quarterback this high in the draft seemed unnecessary.

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I still like the selection of Reagor and, the more tape I watch on him, the more I can see him blossoming in the Eagles offense.

Overall Grade for Eagles’ 2020 NFL Draft Class: C+