Eagles may have found two sleeper WRs via UDFA
With all the focus on shiny new receiver DeVonta Smith, it’s easy to overlook the other moves the Eagles have made. Among the several undrafted free agents the team added, two WRs in particular have incredible promise:
Trevon Grimes, Florida
I’m still trying to comprehend why Grimes went undrafted to begin with. Perhaps it was due to being behind Gators teammates Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney. Maybe there are some character issues we don’t know about, but when it comes to pure talent Grimes has tremendous upside. The guy already has tape of him beating top corners in this draft class:
Trevon Grimes over Patrick Surtain☠️— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) December 20, 2020
At 6’4″, 220 pounds, the former five-star recruit has remarkable size and length. His physical attributes allow him to extend over defenders and make contested catches, especially in the red zone. Grimes’ size doesn’t hinder his speed at all either, running a 4.49 40-time at Florida’s Pro Day. Projected to go as early as the 2nd-round, Grimes is a natural hands catcher but will have to clean up his routes if he hopes to separate from NFL corners. Eagles QB coach Brian Johnson also knows Grimes pretty well from his time spent as the Gators OC.
The Eagles needed another possession receiver after moving on from Alshon Jeffery and JJ Arcega-Whiteside not showing much since being drafted. You could do a lot worse than DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor & Trevon Grimes as your young WR trio to develop around Jalen Hurts. Grimes caught 38 passes for 589 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.
The more I watch Trevon Grimes, the more I ask myself how the hell did this dude go undrafted. pic.twitter.com/V3FCaqwXFq— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) May 4, 2021
Jhamon Ausbon, Texas A&M
Ausbon opted out of 2020 season following his breakout 2019 campaign:
- 66 catches
- 872 yards
- 5 TDs
- 13.2 yards/catch
Coming in at 6’2″, 217 pounds, Ausbon has an imposing physical frame that he uses to gain leverage on defenders. He has the ability to win at the highest catch-point, utilizing his body control through contact.
Ausbon lacks deep speed and struggles to create much separation against the press, but he knows how to use his build and is one of those guys that is always open even when covered. His combination of size, physicality, and hands will be a welcome addition to what’s shaping up to be a competitive Eagles WR room.
Anyone figure out how Jhamon Ausbon caught this? pic.twitter.com/jSdy3Cf4J1— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 21, 2019
If the Eagles do plan to bring in a veteran corner, there are some viable options remaining on the open market:https://t.co/pXQNR7Ga2I— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) May 3, 2021
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