PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After releasing Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson in March, the Eagles will be looking to replace the star wide out in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Wide receiver is arguably the deepest position in this year’s draft and last week, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told the WIP Morning Show that in all likelihood the Eagles will “come out of this draft with at least one receiver.”
The Eagles posses the 22nd overall pick in the draft, and SI.com’s Peter King is reporting that he is hearing the Eagles “want in on the prime receiver action.”
King went on to say, specifically, the Eagles are interested in LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham Jr., 5’11”, 198 pounds, is shifty, fast, has excellent playmaking abilities and quick hands, plus he has experience as a returner. As a junior, Beckham Jr. had 59 catches for 1,152 yards and 8 touchdowns with LSU last season.
King says the Eagles might need to move up to get Beckham Jr., who very well may be gone by the time the Eagles pick at 22. According to King, Roseman is talking to “at least two teams in the mid-round neighborhood” to possibly trade up and get Beckham Jr.
King mentioned former USC wide receiver, Marqise Lee, as a potential backup plan for the Eagles if they cannot snag Beckham Jr.
The NFL draft begins on Thursday, May 8th.