1. Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech
Carlos Henderson is a 5’11” 199 pound receiver who took the Conference USA by storm with his tremendous 4.46 speed he showed at the combine. After Henderson had two mediocre years his Freshman and Sophomore seasons, Henderson exploded with 82 catches, 1535 yards and 19 TD’s. Henderson loves running double moves and has the ability to stretch the field with his quick burst and feet. Henderson opted to not try and repeat these numbers by going back to school and instead, now makes teams believe he could have been just a “one-hit wonder”. An interesting stat about Henderson worth noting is that he has the highest missed tackle percentage out of all the WR’s in the entire draft class. Henderson has a knack for gaining separation as a deep threat and is a weapon the Eagles could use on Sundays.
2. Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky
Taywan Taylor came into the combine at 5’11” feet tall and weighing 203 pounds. His 40 time of a 4.50 was a little underwhelming for a WR that thrived in the slot at WKU. Taylor was a force with the Hilltoppers in his Junior and Senior seasons with a combined 184 receptions, 3197 yards and 34 TD’s. The NFL comparison by NFL.com has Taylor as a similar receiver to Stefon Diggs who plays for the Vikings and has had success in both the slot and outside. Taylor is another one of those explosive receivers but in the NFL, most GM’s believe that Taylor is strictly a slot WR because of his lack of strength when up against man coverage. Taylor (unlike Henderson), did try to repeat his numbers his senior season by going back and he did just that. Taylor’s most impressive showing for me was in Week 2 he went off on Alabama totaling 9 catches for 121 yards against the talented Alabama secondary.
3. Josh Malone, Tennessee
Malone came out of high school as a top-5 recruit nationally and started out slow at Tennessee. Malone struggled to come alive until he did in his senior season where the 6’3″ 208 pound receiver hauled in 50 catches for 972 yards and 11 TD’s. Malone ran an outstanding 4.40 40 time at the combine which was highly unexpected after watching his film. Malone finished the season strong finishing with 80+ yards receiving over the last 5 games of the season including a 5 reception, 120 yard and 1 TD game against Nebraska in the Music City Bowl. Malone is projected to go somewhere around the 4th round which is where the Eagles should start looking for a WR if they have not grabbed one in rounds 1-3. Unlike the first two receivers on this list, Malone had the experience of playing against top CB’s every game while playing in the SEC.
4. Shelton Gibson, West Virginia
Gibson is another speedy deep threat the Eagles are desperate for. At the combine, Gibson ran a 4.50 40 yard dash which was a disappointment for the DeSean Jackson type receiver. The best way to describe Shelton Gibson is that he is a 4th round version of John Ross. Gibson is listed at 5’11” 191 pounds. Gibson finished out his three-year career as a Mountaineer with 43 catches, 951 yards and 8 TD’s. Gibson is probably the most raw and risky pick that has been name on this list, but he also might have the most potential. At WVU, Gibson displayed some insane moves at the line of scrimmage to set up a deep throw from his QB and showed outstanding breakaway speed after catching the football. That is why his 40 time is hard to believe after watching film on Gibson. Gibson is a phenomenal athlete who the Eagles may look to in the 4th-5th round.
5. Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois
Kenny Golladay may be the most underrated player in this entire WR draft class which is why I saved the best for last. Golladay is listed at 6’4″ 218 pounds and at the combine ran the same 40 yard dash as Shelton Gibson at a 4.50. Golladay originally played at North Dakota his Freshman and Sophomore years. After their coach was fired however, Golladay transferred to NIU where took the MAC by storm. Golladay finished at NIU with 160 catches, 2285 yards and 18 TD’s. Golladay had at least 4 catches in every single game that he played in his Senior season. The knock on Golladay is he needs to work on his route running but for me, he is an unbelievable athlete that the Eagles HAVE to take a look at. Golladay has tremendous hands and although he played against MAC competition, Golladay had some impressive performances including three games against Wyoming, Ball State and Toledo where he hauled in 10+ passes for at least 144 yards in each game.