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April 25, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles select Southern Mississippi WR Quez Watkins with the 200th pick of 2020 NFL Draft

After fielding one of the slowest offenses in the NFL a season ago, the Philadelphia Eagles are now trying to assemble a track team at wide receiver. 

So far they have added speed demon Jalen Reagor in the first round, followed by a trade for Marquise Goodwin, one of the fastest players in the NFL, then deep threat John Hightower of Boise State, and now Southern Mississippi's Quez Watkins, who ran the second-fastest 40 among receivers at the 2020 Combine. They will all of course join DeSean Jackson.

Watkins had solid production at Southern Miss, particularly in 2019:

 Quez WatkinsRec Yards YPC TD 
 201723 337 14.7 
 201872 889 12.3 
 201964 1178 18.4 

In Goodwin, Hightower, and Watkins, it is fairly clear that the Eagles are just adding speed guys in bulk, and seeing if someone can emerge as a playmaker for them, a strategy that makes some sense. Here's Watkins in action:

Like we noted with the Hightower pick, the challenge for Watkins will be beating press coverage at the pro level, but he obviously has big league speed.

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