Whatever the Eagles decide to do in this year’s draft with their defensive backfield they’d better take note of the many big and physical receivers that are playing in the NFC East. ¬†The Birds can’t afford to draft guys who are too small to battle these big wideouts.
They need a safety who can cause some fear when receivers come across the middle and the corner they draft will need to be able to jam these big guys at the line.
Need I say that both of these guys must be good tacklers.
Do you remember how the Cowboys wideouts brushed the Birds defensive backs away like lint on their jackets in the final regular season game and the playoff contest?
Pro Bowl Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is listed at 6’3″ 214 pounds. ¬†He has tremendous power in his lower body with big strong legs and has shown the ability to catch short passes, then run through tackles and turn those short completions into long touchdown scores.
He punished Asante Samuel after catching some quick screens in the playoff blowout.
Despite being a disappointment so far in Dallas, Roy Williams hasn’t struggled because he lacks size. ¬†He is listed at 6’3″ 215. ¬†One of his best plays as a Cowboy were in that playoff game against the Eagles Sheldon Brown. ¬†It probably had something to do with why they traded Brown.
The Cowboys don’t have a wide receiver shorter than six foot. ¬†I don’t think that’s accident.
Nobody talks much about the New York Giants receivers but they’re good and capable of getting better.
Like DeSean Jackson, Steve Smith was a Pro Bowler a year ago. ¬†He’s not a big guy but he’s a tough and crafty receiver with great hands. ¬†He’s got decent size and is listed at 5’11” 195 pounds.
Hakeem Nicks is the big,talented Giants receiver who I expect to have a breakout year in 2010. He’s nearly as big as the Cowboys Austin and listed at 6’2″ and 215 pounds.
As the season went on in 2009, Nicks started making those physical plays that the Giants saw him make in college. ¬†Outjumping defensive backs for the ball, breaking a couple of tackles on the way to a touchdown or catching a ball with one hand.
Ramses Barden was a rookie a year ago and is a project. ¬†He didn’t play much a year ago but he ever gets on the field watch out because he’s 6’6″ 227 pounds.
The Washington Redskins have another big receiver in 6’2″ 215 pound Devin Thomas but he hasn’t done anything since he was drafted. Malcolm Kelly who was drafted in the same year is even bigger. ¬†He’s listed at 6’4″ 227 pounds.
Like Thomas, Kelly hasn’t accomplished anything yet in his NFL career, but lack of size won’t be his excuse if he doesn’t turn that around.
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