November 18, 2023
During the college football season each year, as long as you're watching the games, we point out five players each week to keep an eye on who make logical sense for the Philadelphia Eagles in the following year's draft.
Washington is second in the nation in receiving yards. On the season, he has 88 catches for 1199 yards (13.6 YPC) and 7 TDs. He has produced at least 100 yards receiving in 8 of 10 games so far this season for Virginia:
|North Carolina State||10||170||17.0||2|
|William and Mary||7||112||16.0||1|
Virginia stinks (they're 2-8), so Washington has been a rare bright spot but has also flown under the radar. He is built like a running back, and he gets yards after the catch. He is also capable of making plays down the field from the slot.
Quez Watkins, Olamide Zaccheaus, and Julio Jones are all under contract for a few more months, and then the Eagles will likely be looking to help at receiver. Washington would be a nice fit as an extension of the run game on the perimeter, and a guy who can take advantage of favorable matchups over the middle. He can probably be had on Day 3.
Kamara is a lesser-known but very productive prospect who had 6.5 sacks in 2021, 8.5 sacks in 2022, and already has 10.5 sacks in 2023.
One player who flashed a bunch Saturday against Michigan was Colorado State EDGE Mohamed Kamara (#42). He shows a good first step here with an excellent swim move to win. pic.twitter.com/IzzUz3Q9sS— Nick Price (checkmark) (@PriceCheck3) September 6, 2022
Kamara is a violent player who could probably tone it down a bit (see his targeting penalty against Colorado earlier this season), but who probably has a future in the NFL as situational pass rusher and special teams contributor. Day 3.
Watts is a converted wide receiver who entered 2023 with 0 career takeaways, but he leads the country in 2023 with 7 INTs. Here's his monster day against Caleb Williams and USC earlier this season:
The Eagles are averaging 1.2 takeaways per game this season, which is 20th in the NFL. They need more players who can take the ball away, and obviously some added help at safety.
Fuaga is a RT prospect from Oregon State with prototype size and plenty of athleticism who is beginning to get some first round love. In pass protection, Fuaga can retreat with quick feet and wait for rushers to come to him (Jeff Stoutland style), or attack at the snap near the line of scrimmage (Howard Mudd style). In the run game, he can move bodies against their will and reset the line of scrimmage. But it's his explosiveness when he pulls to the outside or when he bolts to the second level that is what has scouts excited. You can see all of those traits on display here in his game against Utah earlier this season:
Fuaga's fit in Philly is pretty easy. He can understudy under Lane Johnson for however long Johnson wants to continue to play while also potentially cross-training at RG in the short-term.
Brooks has had to sit behind Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson at Texas the last couple of seasons, but now that they have moved on to the NFL, he was having a breakout season before tearing his ACL last week.
Brooks also had 25 catches on the season, so he is a factor in the passing game. Here are all of Brooks' touches against Kansas earlier this season:
Brooks would probably be best served to go back to Texas for another season, but if he comes out he could be a bargain on Day 3.
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