Eagles Targeting Surprise Wide Receiver in NFL Draft

Tristan Jung
Doug Pederson and the Eagles could be targeting a wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Doug Pederson and the Eagles could be targeting a wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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The Philadelphia Eagles need to make the most of Carson Wentz's prime, and the 2020 NFL Draft is a perfect place to make huge upgrades around him. On offense, the Eagles are relying veteran wideouts like Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson to carry the load, and a youth movement could go a long way.

The consensus among experts says that the Eagles are going to take a wide receiver with their first pick at No. 21, and according to recent NFL Draft odds, Justin Jefferson is the favorite. However, the Eagles have reportedly been in talks with a surprise candidate — Arizona State's Brandon Aiyuk.

Brandon Aiyuk Eagles 2020 NFL Draft

After two years playing JuCo ball at Sierra College, Brandon Aiyuk went to Arizona State and broke out as a potential top-50 pick after just one year. Aiyuk caught 65 passes for 1,192 yards and was named first team All-Pac 12 as a return specialist. At the combine, he impressed with a 40-inch vertical, a 128-inch broad jump, and a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.

Aiyuk has risen rapidly in draft projections. Initially slated in the second day, there are signs that he could be taken near the end of the first round, ahead of other highly touted prospects like Denzel Mims and Jalen Reagor.

To get to the next level, it's time for the Eagles to infuse some youth at wide receiver through the draft. The consensus among experts says that the Eagles are going to take a wide receiver with their first pick at No. 21. However, the Eagles have reportedly talked to a surprise candidate in Arizona State's Brandon Aiyuk.

While Aiyuk has not been mentioned much as a top-25 pick, the Eagles are clearly exploring their options. If the Eagles have their sights set on Aiyuk, it looks like they'll have to pull the trigger at No. 21, as he doesn't look likely to still be around when they're back up in the second round.


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