NFL Draft 2020: Anonymous scouts weigh on Eagles’ picks and UDFA signatures

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One of my favorite activities after the draft is watching what the NFL Scouts think of players selected by the Philadelphia Eagles.

This article features quotes from various football staff, primarily through The Athletic’s Bob McGinn’s annual must-read draft series. There are also some quotes provided by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what league insiders had to say about the Eagles’ picks in the 2020 NFL draft.

JALEN REAGOR

Reagor was the fourth receiver selected in this year’s draft after Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. McGinn’s poll had Reagor ranked as the eighth best receiver.

“Damn shit, it’s exciting,” said a scout. “His speed and his run after … we are looking for explosive playmakers. His punt returns were like hell. … His skills are exceptional. ” [..] “He’s faster and faster than CeeDee or (Justin) Jefferson,” said a second scout. “He’s tough, he’s going to catch in the middle and he keeps the ball away from people. But, if the ball does not come towards him, he does not do much. It does not block. He barely leaves the line of scrimmage at times. He’s a talented and talented kid, but his body language and attitude, film only, is bad. Some kind of reluctant football player. When the ball comes to him, he is at full speed. ” […] “He may be the most explosive guy out of this draft,” said a third scout. “Fast and aggressive, play fast, fast hands. Can it also be a slot machine receiver? I think he can. ” […] Adding a fourth scout: “If I want some type of scan, I want Reagor. This (guy) is fast. ”

I think this screening report sums up Reagor well. Its advantage is very intriguing but it is not without drawbacks.

Reagor finished as best returning to the class this year.

“Cross a few arms,” ​​said a task force coordinator. “Big, strong. He is a professional turner. “

(Are you Dave Fipp?)

Reagor has returned 23 punches for 409 yards and two touchdowns in his last two seasons at TCU. His presence could give a boost to the special teams of the Eagles.

JALEN HURTS

Hurts was the fifth quarterback in this year’s draft. McGinn’s poll had Hurts ranked sixth at his post.

“What he did in this SEC championship game, when he got on the bench and got off the bench and won the game, could be one of the greatest moments in the sport,” said declared a scout. “He can run, he’s a big kid and he’s tough. He’s a winner. I just think he’s a packed quarterback. You have to put certain games to it. He’s a third teammate for me. ” […] “You like makeup and intelligence,” said another scout. “On tape, he’s just not a natural quarterback. It is mechanical, a reading. Can play with his legs. Precision was the question mark. At the combine, it was incredible for its precision, especially on post-turns and deep roads. But I just don’t see a starting talent when it comes to the fast process and making games with your arm in pocket or in motion that you need to be a consistent winning starter. But you want it on your team. “

A question about the potential use of Hurts as a gadget player is … will this interfere with his ability to develop as a smuggler? And regarding the lack of prompt treatment …

DAVION TAYLOR

Taylor was the linebacker in 12th place in the McGinn poll.

“He’s raw but, man, athletically, he’s probably as good as anyone in this group,” said a scout. “In the end, he could be as good a player as anyone other than [Isaiah] Simmons. You just have to be a little patient with him. It will not start right away. Maybe you can put it on the ground under [packages] the first year and it will be really good [special] team guys. Man, he’s fast. It’s not a quick study and he just didn’t play enough football. “You’re talking about a guy who’s going to be successful in special teams,” said another scout. “He can’t deal. He never played stack [LB]. It’s a JC [junior college] guys. But I guarantee one thing: it does not come out of the fourth round. ” […] “Better athlete than footballer,” said a third scout. “He is not very instinctive. It’s not his fault. ”

I’m on Taylor as a long-term play. His profile is intriguing and he seems to have a straight head. But I wonder how much Taylor can contribute in the short term, which is important since the Eagles are currently thin in linebacker.

K’VON WALLACE

Wallace was the 10th security draft, but he was ninth in the McGinn poll. No screening report was provided.

JACK DRISCOLL

According to the McGinn poll, Driscoll was the 12th attacking attacker. No screening report was provided.

JOHN HIGHTOWER

According to the McGinn poll, Hightower was the 24th ranked receiver. No screening report was provided.

SHAUN BRADLEY

According to McGinn’s poll, Bradley was the No. 15 linebacker.

“He’s a very good athlete,” said a scout. “Instinctive, play hard. Just this linebacker from modern space. It can cover a lot of ground. I loved him so much. ” […] “I have not seen a 4.5 year old guy on tape,” said a second scout. ” At all. Already. I thought he had played a real lack of conviction for a guy who had a single number (jersey number 5) at Temple. These guys are supposed to be bad asses. I haven’t seen a guy who deserves to have a single number. ”

Bradley may be able to have more instant impact than Taylor, but his advantage may be limited.

QUEZ WATKINS

McGinn’s poll made Watkins 15th among potential recipients. Here’s what Zierlein shared about it:

“I may be a little higher on him than some of the others you talk to because I have seen improvement and I see areas of his play that can improve over time and work. – Area scout for the NFC team

Was this area supervisor an employee of the Eagles?

PRINCE TEGA WANOGHO

According to McGinn’s polls, PTW was the ninth tackle. Good value for the Eagles for having it late in the sixth inning.

According to a scout, their business card is the ability to cancel the scramble for the top of the field, but is fighting powerfully against counter-movements inside. “It will be a second round pick,” said another scout. “He is close to the first. He is very fast. He has short arms (33 ½), which is worrying. Good agility, good movement, good effort. ” […] “He doesn’t know much about football,” said another scout. “He’s going to (need) representatives. He’s not ready to play yet. He won’t be an instant asset to you, but he will become a starter. I would try his luck in the second round. The teams expressed concern over the history of injuries, including a tibia and fibula fracture in 2015 and arthroscopic knee surgery in January. “Don’t play urgently,” said another scout. “Constantly behind from his position. Has problems at the second level. He has a little bit of work to do. ”

If Jeff Stoutland can coach him, PTW could prove to be a very good choice. It could be Philly’s new swing tackle behind Andre Dillard and Lane Johnson. Also gives assurance to the Eagles if Dillard does not succeed.

CASEY TOOHILL

McGinn’s poll made Toohill the 17th peak rusher. Stanford’s product has been named the “unsung hero” of its group of posts.

Toohill made money with a big combine: a 4.62 with a time of 40, a vertical jump of 39 inches and a position 30 on the Wonderlic. A late bloomer, he only started his third year (2018), and this season ended after seven games with an ankle injury. He had an eight-bag season in 2019 as an OLB in 3-4. “Great kid,” said a scout. “He may be on the edge of power, perhaps. “

Zierlein shared the following:

“I gave him a projection rating because he is athletic and long and should become even more in his frame. I think he’s much better in two years. – West Coast Scout for the NFC Team

Another Eagles scout, perhaps?

Toohill is clearly a development guy, which makes sense given that he was a late seventh round pick.


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MICHAEL WARREN

According to the McGinn poll, Warren was the 16th hope in second place. The Eagles could afford to keep running with his physical style, so maybe he can stay.

RAEQUAN WILLIAMS

McGinn’s poll had Williams as the 18th defensive tackle. Williams has been named its scout nightmare.

Played well at 315 and over as a junior, but was not as effective at 300 as a senior. He was 287 at the Senior Bowl, but a month later he was 308 at the combine. Great durable and conscientious man (6-4, 308) who makes great efforts. If Williams gets his weight squared, he could win a dilapidated rotation role.

DANTE OLSON

According to the McGinn poll, Olson was linebacker 28th.

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