The Eagles have a problem when it comes to explosive plays from the wide receiver position, but the 2021 NFL draft class could help alleviate some of that pain.
In 2020 per PFF, Philadelphia ranked 30th in yards after the catch, 24th in missed tackles forced while getting open at the lowest rate in the league (54%).
A remedy for that pain would be drafting wideouts that flourish at producing yards after the catch.
Two guys Philadelphia passed on in previous drafts, the 49ers’ Deebo Samuel and Titans’ A.J. Brown are two of the league’s best at adding yards above expectation regardless of the target depth and they’ve become two of the top YAC monsters in the NFL.
Here are 5 2021 prospects that can help the Eagles solve the YAC problem.
The smallish frame shouldn’t sway the Eagles from targeting the former Louisville star.
Atwell can fly and during his time in the ACC, the wideout had the highest yards per route run, yards after the catch per reception, and total yards per reception averages in all of college football.
Nick Sirianni loves crossing routes and screens and the Eagles should put Jalen Hurts in a position to succeed by adding explosive weapons.
Moore is built similarly to Colts running back Nyheim Hines, and he’d provide the Eagles a weapon that can be explosive at all three levels.
Moore is one of the best entering the draft at yards after the catch and forced missed tackles.
Waddle is the obvious choice here and he’s hands down the most explosive of the Alabama duo entering the draft.
Waddle will also alleviate the Eagles’ struggles in the return game as well.
The 6-foot, 193-pound wideout can make plays at all three levels and is amongst the best at yards after the catch per reception (8.77) and forced missed tackles per reception (0.358).
With Chase opting out Marshall exploded in 2020 and he’s just as efficient in gaining yards after the catch and yards per reception.
One of the bigger slot-wideouts in the draft class, Marshall excels at yards after the catch just as well as Kadarius Toney and other explosive players.