After trading the 83rd overall pick, which was acquired when they traded back in the first round, the Eagles drafted Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff 86th overall. By trading the 83rd pick, the Eagles received Houston’s 101st overall pick (4th round) and 141st overall (5th round). This means that the Eagles own the first pick on day three, just like last year. However, last year they traded up for that pick at the beginning of day three.
There were a lot of comments when the Eagles drafted Jordan Matthews that they still didn’t have a deep threat. Huff could be a guy that gives them more of a deep threat.
At this year’s NFL Combine, Huff measured in at 5-11 and 206 pounds and clocked a 4.51 40-yard dash. His size is somewhat similar to DeSean Jackson’s, but he doesn’t quite have the same breakaway speed. A lot of people seem to what a replacement for Jackson who has the exact same skillset. However, it doesn’t seem that people understand that he has a pretty unique skillset that really isn’t matched by any others in the NFL.
By adding Huff, the Eagles have a receiver that they can move all around the offense. Huff can line up in the backfield like Jason did and also stretch the field. He has the ability to catch short passes and make big plays and is very shifty.
This is clearly a pick influenced by Chip Kelly. Eagles fans are very judgmental, but everyone has trust in Chip. You have to believe that this is a player that Chip was very high on and really wanted to be able to add in different sets within his offense.
I think they probably could have gotten Huff a bit later given some of the things he has faced off the field, but no one in this league knows Huff better than Chip does. I’m sure he’s already envisioning all the packages he can install in the offense by having Huff there.