With Amari Cooper signing back with Dallas on a hefty multi-year deal, an already weak receiver market has the Eagles at a stand still. They were rumored to have a good amount of interest in free agent receiver Robby Anderson, but Anderson’s desired 15 million annually has turned every team off at this point and Anderson will have no choice but to lower his asking price eventually. Once he comes down on his price he could very well sign with the Eagles, but either way I think it’s likely the Eagles come out of the draft with two receivers.
With the Eagles newly acquiring the former disgruntled Lions cornerback Darius Slay, which was a solid move for a corner hungry team, the Eagles will most likely draft a receiver with their first round pick. Whether it be Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, Tee Higgins, Denzel Mims or even trading up for Henry Ruggs, it’s seems like the Eagles will take a receiver at some point. A guy I really like in this draft that I think will ultimately go on day three is Minnesota wide out Tyler Johnson. Tyler Johnson is not the fastest, the best route runner or the most dangerous receiver in open field in this draft but he’s very solid in all areas and checks just about every box when evaluating a receiver.
Tyler Johnson has put up major production in the past two years. In 2018 Johnson hauled in 78 receptions for 1,169 yards, averaged 15 yards per catch and caught 12 touchdowns. In 2019 Johnson had 86 receptions for 1,318 yards, averaged 15.3 yards per catch and caught 13 touchdowns. Johnson has shown his reliability as a receiver in the past two seasons, eclipsing 75+ receptions and 1,000+ yards both years. While he showed a few concentration drops this past year, he still has very good hands overall and showed great concentration hauling in a handful of circus catches in which the ball had been deflected. Johnson is also good at attacking balls at the highest point and hauling in catches in traffic. Johnson is measured to be about 6’2, but with his limited speed and quickness he played almost every snap in the slot at Minnesota and I think that will be his natural position in the league as well.
I think with development in his route running and more physically Johnson could move outside down the road but his natural position to start should be the slot. I know Johnson doesn’t possess great short area quickness and elite playmaking ability in space but his production speaks for itself, he’s reliable and racks up a ton of catches, I view him as a bigger version of Jarvis Landry. Johnson’s shortcomings in flashy areas has caused him to be largely overlooked which is why he will most likely go day three but I personally love the guys reliability. Johnson is a pass catching machine that will ultimately go down as a steal for someone in the later rounds, if he’s there for the Eagles in the third or fourth round I think it would be a great value pick for them giving Wentz a reliable target who will catch 70+ balls a year. If they can nab a Justin Jefferson or Denzel Mims early and come get Johnson day three those would be two EXCELLENT additions for them and would set them up very nicely for the future.