The Fitzgerald speculation had many Birds’ fans frothing at the mouth like Mark Chumura at a Girl Scout convention. Now that Fitz is off the table, speculation has already moved toward the potential acquisition of Roy Williams, Chad Johnson, and Anquan Boldin. Realistically, the next wide receiver signed by the Birds will likely be one of their 2008 draft picks. Who could be available when the Eagles pick at #19?
Could be any damn one of them. See, 2008’s draft class is not top heavy in talent, there are no Larry Fitzgeralds or Calvin Johnsons, but hopefully, there may be a number of Marques Colstons. According to NFL Network draft maven Mike Mayock, none of the collegiate prospects are worthy of a true first round grade. NFLDraftScout.com (A site I subscribe to because I’m a raging draft loser) currently lists four guys with first round grades – they are:
First Round Grades
Devin Thomas – Michigan St. – 6’2″ 215
DeSean Jackson – California – 5’10” 169 (!)
Malcolm Kelly – Oklahoma – 6’4″ 224
Limas Sweed – Texas – 6’4″ 215
Second round grades include:
Second Round Grades
James Hardy – Indiana – 6’6″ 217
Early Doucet– LSU – 6’0″ 209
Andre Caldwell – Florida – 6’0″ 204
Mario Manningham – Michigan – 6’0″ 181
Personally with no break out WRs jumping out at the Birds, I’d rather have them go for value in the 2nd round through 4th round. I’d like to hear if anyone agrees or has a differing opinion.
I am not enthralled with Devin Thomas as he was a total one year wonder in 2007. DeSean Jackson is a playmaker, but is tiny at 169 pounds. Kelly, Sweed, and Hardy fit the big, west coast ready mold, but again, they’d be much more digestible to me in the 2nd round.
By the way – I’m in Florida playing golf until Sunday, so the page will be devoid of new material until at least Monday. Hopefully everyone will be able to survive.