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Maclin’s the Man: Eagles Grab WR in Round One

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The Eagles made a move with everyone’s friend today, the Cleveland Browns, in order to move up to take wide out Jeremy Maclin to help out their passing game. The Missouri wide out can come in from day one and help out a wide out core that could use more help.

Here’s the lowdown on Maclin from Draft Countdown:

Strengths:

Outstanding athleticism…Is really smooth and fluid…Adequate height and bulk…Excellent speed…Great acceleration with a burst…Very quick and agile…Good hands and will make the difficult catch…Nice body control and ball skills…Good leaping ability…Elusive with great vision and instincts…A terror in space…Deep threat who will stretch the field vertically…Will work the middle of the field…Versatile and also an elite return man…Super productive…Still has a lot of potential.

Weaknesses:

Played in a spread offense…Not a polished route runner…Needs to get stronger…Will have some lapses in concentration…Won’t break many tackles…Is not overly tough or physical…Gives good effort but isn’t a great blocker…Durability is a concern…Only two years of experience.

Notes:

Entered the draft after his redshirt sophomore season…Did not play in 2006 after suffering a catastrophic right knee injury (Multiple Torn Ligaments and Partial Dislocation) in a 7-on-7 passing drill during the summer…Was a consensus 1st Team All-American as an all-purpose player in both 2007 and 2008…Led the nation in all-purpose yards in 2008, averaging 202.36 yards per game…Injured his ankle and left a game in 2008…Tweaked his knee at the Scouting Combine…Arguably top kick and punt returner in this draft…A dynamic playmaker who is a threat to take it the distance each and every time he touches the ball.

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  1. John Harris

    April 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

    The eagles have just thrown there season away! They needed a big target reciever who can win the jump ball, break tackles, play physical and get yards after the catch. They already have short speed recievers. They should have grabbed the Ructgers wide out. Their front office needs to be fired!

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