19. Philadelphia Eagles Select: Treylon Burks WR Arkansas
Drafting another wide receiver might make a few Eagles fans cringe but the birds are desperate to make something happen on offense. Philadelphia has spent their consecutive first-round picks on building depth at the wide receiver position.
As Jalen Reagor and DeVonta Smith develop more in Philadelphia’s offense, Nick Sirianni must find ways to help Jalen Hurts spread the ball downfield. The lack of weapons on offense has cost the team multiple chances of becoming a threat in the NFC Conference.
Rumors of the Eagles acquiring a veteran quarterback like Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers have been the talk of the off-season. Unfortunately, the work required to land one Pro-Bowl free agent quarterback outstretches Philadelphia’s resources. Building around Hurts will be a better option for the Eagles in the long run.
Treylon Burks is a perfect pick for franchises with a developing quarterback. His six-foot-two frame provides quarterbacks an advantage when completing passes over smaller defenders.
When the ball is in the air, Burks has the physical and athletic ability to come down with the catch every time. During his Junior year at the University of Arkansas, Burks accumulated 1104 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
At the end of the season, Burks’ 16.7 yards per catch average was ranked third in the SEC. Acquiring Treylon Burks will force opposing defenses to cover DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor less aggressively. The more weapons that the Eagles put on the field, the more offensive production they will have.
Making the right decisions will be important for the Eagles during the 2022 NFL Draft. Participating in the post-season last year has given the fans in Philadelphia something to look forward to for the upcoming year. If the Eagles use their first-round picks wisely, they will be in a better position to have a successful 2022 season.