Versatile offensive weapon Deebo
The Eagles offense took a step back this season. With multiple injuries to an array of guys, it was difficult. Carson Wentz, Jay Ajayi and, Darren Sproles just to name a few. Add in the team lost Trey Burton in the offseason and that’s another weapon gone. For the Eagles to return to that high powered offense the likes of a versatile offensive weapon like Deebo Samuel will help.
Samuel does it all for South Carolina
The 5’11 receiver for the Gamecocks Samuel is a four-year senior. After having his junior year cut short by a leg injury ending his season just three games in, the Miami native returned with a vengeance last year posting 62 catches for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added a kickoff return for a touchdown.
His season was so good that he was named a First Team All-American and named First Team All-SEC.
Injuries a concern
Now while the South Carolina native is a great versatile offensive weapon it has come with a downside. His freshman year he only played five games battling hamstring injuries and in his Junior year, he only played three games. However, in the three games, he had a staggering 15 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns. He also added two kick return touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.
Now despite these concerns, he is definitely worth the pick and the upside that comes along with it. He could be just what the Eagles need.
Another weapon for Wentz
Now the Eagles offense averaged only 22.9 points per game down from the 28.6 they averaged in 2017. There are some question marks in the receiving corps. Jordan Matthews, Golden Tate and, Mike Wallace are all free agents. In addition to them Nelson Agholor is entering a contract year. With the addition of Samuel, he would provide the Eagles with another explosive downfield threat who can lineup anywehere and a man to solidify to kick return unit as he tied the SEC career kickoff record with four.
Samuel is a clean route runner with quick feet. Furthermore, he can play outside or in the slot as well. And hey if the Eagles pull out the Philly Special again Samuel has thrown two touchdowns in his career.
To further boost his draft stock Samuel is impressing at the Senior Bowl and has been the best receiver there so far. Check him out this Saturday
Furthermore, Samuel finished his South Carolina career with 148 catches for 2,076 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air and 23 from scrimmage.
featured image via Flickr Gamecock Central
all stats via Sports-Reference and ESPN.com
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