2017 NFL Draft: Eagles add two underrated weapons for Carson Wentz in fourth round
Philadelphia picked up Donnel Pumphrey and Mack Hollins in the fourth round
The Philadelphia Eagles continue to add really nice weapons for Carson Wentz this offseason. After adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith on , Howie Roseman and Co. took some low-risk, high-upside moves on the third day of the draft to help out Wentz even more.
After spending their first three picks on defense -- Philly loaded up with Derek Barnett in took a gamble with Sidney Jones in the second and added Rasul Douglas in the third -- the Eagles flew back to the other side of the ball.
Specifically, Philadelphia used the No. 118 pick on North Carolina wide receiver Mack Hollins, a deep threat who was a walk-on for the Tar Heels and produced minimal receptions for Larry Fedora's offense but a bunch of big plays.
Hollins finished his career with North Carolina compiling just 81 receptions in just three years of getting reps as a wide receiver, but he also finished with 20 touchdowns in those three years. That's a wild percentage and indicative of how dangerous he can be. When Hollins got hurt in 2016, Carolina's offense suffered noticeably.
Then the Eagles came back in the fourth and grabbed one of my favorite running backs in the draft, San Diego State's Donnell Pumphrey.
Pumphrey, who broke Marshall Faulk's rushing record with the Aztecs and ended up being the FBS all-time leading rusher with 6,405 yards, fell in the draft because of his size. He's just 5-foot-8 and 178 pounds but, man, he is an explosive and dangerous player.
He runs with power despite his size, and he's a much better pass catcher than people realize. The Darren Sproles comparison will be made, and it's fair, but it's not hard to imagine Pumphrey ripping off huge runs between the tackles more so than Sproles has done in his career.
That's not saying he'll be a workhorse at the next level. But he doesn't need to be. Just get him touches and let him do his thing.
Both Hollins and Pumphrey fit in the same sort of mold: explosive playmakers who can be excellent supplementary players for a roster that is clearly being designed around a future franchise quarterback who was the No. 2 overall pick in 2016.
The Eagles weren't done picking up potential offensive weapons either, grabbing West Virginia receiver Shelton Gibson in the fifth round. Gibson didn't tear up the combine with his 40-yard dash, but he's shown top-end speed on the field in game situations. This Eagles offense has added an incredible amount of speed on a Saturday in April.
Wentz should be thrilled with how the offseason is going, because as of now it features plenty of additions that will make him a better quarterback and make this offense more dangerous.
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