The Philadelphia Eagles parted company with DeSean Jackson today after an offseason of uncertainty for the wide receiver.
Despite having 82 receptions for over 1,000 yards last season and leading the team, Jackson watched as Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper were awarded new contracts. Jackson was caught on the outside looking in. Today he was finally released after reports that the Eagles were unhappy with his work ethic and off the field involvements.
The question for the Eagles now is who could replace the receiver in Philadelphia. Obviously Maclin and Cooper, who had good seasons, will take up a bigger role in Chip Kelly's offense. But will there be a new receiving star headed to the Eagles.
The 2014 NFL draft is of course stacked with receiving talent; Sammy Watkins, Marquise Lee and Mike Evans are expected to be first round picks.
The Eagles should consider each of these players but Evans is probably their best shot at a game changer. Watkins could quite easily be a top-five pick, way out of the Eagles range. Evans is more likely to go between the seventh and 20th pick in the first round where Philly could snap him up.
Although the Eagles would still need to trade up in order to secure Evans' services, he could be a productive rookie in Kelly's system and could be among the best receivers in the league in just a few years.
At 6'5" and 231 lbs, Evans is a beast of a man with great hands and terrific speed. One analyst has even said that the former Aggie has the best hands he has seen since Calvin Johnson.
If the Eagles were able to grab Evans, they could be on to a truly game changing player which could catapult this franchise to glory in seasons to come.