Perhaps it was an expected need a while back, when there was a chance Jeremy Maclin wouldn’t return. Or Riley Cooper wouldn’t come back. There’s also an energetic, offensive-minded head coach in place.
So, naturally, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. figured the Eagles would be in the market for a receiver when it came time for the draft.
That, of course, bypassed other more pressing needs (most of which still exist). The Eagles solved part of their problem at safety (they hope) by signing Malcolm Jenkins. But they still need Earl Wolff to develop. They also still need more pass-rushing help and a cornerback. Their pressing needs all involve defense.
But Kiper’s 1.0 mock draft made some sense because it would have given the Eagles another weapon in 6-foot-4 receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the raw but talented receiver from Florida State. He would have been a perfect red-zone target, assuming he had polished up his route running.
Then, in his 2.0 mock, Kiper stayed away from Benjamin but stuck at receiver. This time, he projected Louisiana State’s Odell Beckham, writing about him, “Beckham could be a good fit in Philly not just because he's a good receiver for a team that could use help in that department, but because he's versatile, and can work in the slot or on the edge.”
However, with Cooper and Maclin back in Philadelphia, taking a receiver just might have to wait until after the first round. The Eagles still need depth here, so anything’s possible when Kiper releases his Mock 3.0.