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April 29, 2017

Scouting report, bio and highlights for Eagles fourth-round picks Mack Hollins, Donnel Pumphrey

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After going defense with each of their first three picks, the Eagles turned their focus to offense (and special teams) with their first two picks on Day 3. 

With their fourth-round selection (118th overall), the Eagles took UNC wideout Mack Hollins. They then traded back into the fourth round (132nd overall) to draft the all-time leading rusher in FBS history: San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey.

Here's a look at what you need to know about the newest members of the Eagles:



Born: September 16, 1993 | Rockville, Maryland
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 209 lbs.
High School: Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School (MD)
College: North Carolina


2015 Second Team All-ACC (ACSMA)
2015 Third Team All-ACC (Coaches)
2014 Honorable Mention All-ACC
UNC Special Teams Captain (2014, 2016)


2013 8 0 0 --- 0
2014 13 35 613 17.5 8
2015 13 30 745 24.8 8
2016 7 16 309 19.3 4
CAREER 41 81 1,667 20.6 20


Here's what's Mark Dulgerian had to say about the Eagles' pick: "Hollins is a big downfield receiver who should help open up the Eagles' offense in sub packages. In addition, he'll be an outstanding addition to their kick coverage units."

And here's the scouting report on Jones, according to Lance Zierlein of

STRENGTHS Will have a team drooling over his size and speed. Propels himself down the field with smooth, long strides. Chomps up cushion and glides past corners and safeties before they know what hit them. Legitimate vertical threat who finished with 20 touchdowns on just 71 catches. Dangerous run-after-catch ability in on deep crossing routes and slants. Former walk-on who still has a desire to do whatever it takes. Special teams captain all four years at school. Had 20 special teams tackles over his first three seasons and offers punt and kick cover value on special teams.

WEAKNESSES Played less than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in every season. Primarily used to stretch the field and doesn't have experience with a variety of routes. Still very raw. One speed route-runner who wins with just speed. Routes need more purpose. Not a natural hands catcher. Never produced more than 35 catches in a single season. Play strength through his patterns is below average and he can be re-routed. Leggy in underneath work and can be slow in and out of his breaks. Stalk-blocker who needs to give much better effort in run game.

SOURCES TELL US "What's strange is this kid is tall and fast so I don't know why he would have been so under recruited. I don't know if he will ever be more than a deep threat and cover guy but those kinds of players make teams." - AFC East scout

BOTTOM LINE Hollins has four things that teams will look for on Day 3 of the draft -- height, weight, speed and special teams ability. Taller receivers usually need a longer runway for their build-up speed, but Hollins appears to be able to access his top gear relatively early which makes him such a dangerous deep threat considering his above average height. Hollins' ability to cover both punts and kicks should give him early work as he continues to learn the receiver position. Hollins has WR3 potential.  []




Born: Dec. 6, 1994 | Las Vegas, NV
Height: 5'9" | Weight: 180 lbs.
High School: Canyon Springs HS (NV)
College: San Diego State


Holds FBS record for career rushing yards (6,290)
Led NCAA in carries (349), rushing yards (2,133), and yards from scrimmage (2,364) in 2016
2016 Heisman Trophy Top-10 Finish (T-10th)
2016 Doak Walker Award Finalist (Nation's Top RB)
2016 Maxwell Award Semifinalist (CFB Player of the Year)
2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year Semifinalist (CFB Player of the Year)
2016 First-Team All-American (Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated)
2016 Second-Team All-American (Associated Press, AFCA USA Today and The Sporting News)
Two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year (2015-16)
Three-time First-Team All-Mountain West (2014-16)
Three-time SDSU Most Valuable Player (2014-16)
Aztecs' team captain in 2016


2013 125 | 752 8 22 | 234 2
2014 276 | 1,867 20 23 | 160 0
2015 309 | 1,653 17 27 | 414 3
2016 349 | 2,133 17 27 | 231 0
CAREER 1,059 | 6,405 62 99 | 1,039 5


Here's what's Mark Dulgerian had to say about Pumphrey: "For an undersized, multi-purpose scatback/returner, is there a better veteran to learn from than Darren Sproles, who happens to be entering contract year? Eagles fans may be looking at his eventual replacement in Pumphrey."

And here's the scouting report on Jones, according to Lance Zierlein of

STRENGTHS Produced at high levels. Patient but decisive when he sees it. Accesses instant turbo burst. Rarely loses races to and around the edge. Plus vision creates ability to navigate shifting run creases like a seasoned veteran. Slaloms through traffic from side to side with seamless, tight jump cuts. Keeps tight track through the gaps, maintaining distance from defensive linemen. Able to string moves together. Razor-sharp cutbacks at challenging angles are his thing. Made a rare 90-degree cut out of a downhill run against South Alabama. Excels in outside zone but has courage to stick it between tackles. Extremely elusive in open field after catch. Used as matchup weapon out of backfield. Good route runner who creates necessary separation.

WEAKNESSES Undersized. Lacks the leg thickness and overall physical strength desired out of an NFL running back. Spirit is willing but flesh is weak. Arm tackles are able to end his journey. Willing to accelerate into defender, but doesn't have the pop to break tackles or fall forward after contact. Quicker than fast. Will get caught from behind. Body catcher with average hands that lead to double catches. Too small to protect against NFL blitzers as third-down back.

SOURCES TELL US "I don't care how big he is, he's a good player. Look, he's tiny so you can't take him too early because there's risk in putting a skinny runner out there. You have to have an offense that makes sense for him but everyone I talk to on the road likes the talent. The size is going to be the only concern." -- AFC West scout


BOTTOM LINE Pumphrey is an efficient, natural back who runs with outstanding tempo and vision. Has outstanding agility and ability to disappear and leave tacklers grasping at air in open field. While he has good burst and quickness, he does lack the home-run speed expected from such small running backs. He won't even be an option for teams married to physical minimums, but there is a place on the roster for his talent provided he can become a return man or viable receiving option as well.  []


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