NFL Combine: Eagles meet with top WR who models his game after Deebo Samuel
The NFL’s annual scouting combine is underway and teams have been able to get a closer look at players who could help their teams next season.
With three top-20 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Eagles will have a chance to build the roster around presumed starting quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Philadelphia has used their first-round selections on wide receivers in the last two drafts and could be eyeing up another.
There’s a case to be made that Arkansas WR Treylon Burks may be the best receiver in this draft class. At 6’2″ 225 pounds, he’d be the ideal big-bodied target that the Eagles’ offense is lacking.
Down at the combine, Burks confirmed that Philadelphia is one of the teams he’s met with so far. He also stated that he models his game after another dynamic receiver coming off his best year in the NFL: Deebo Samuel.
#Arkansas WR Treylon Burks:— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) March 2, 2022
“I’ve watched a lot of Deebo Samuel. Just by the way he plays running back, inside, outside… I try to mimic my game after him.” pic.twitter.com/Uj6radmvUP
Burks played virtually every position possible in college: outside receiver, slot receiver, runner out of the backfield, returner, and even as a passer. That sure sounds similar to what Deebo was doing for San Francisco this season. Burks says his versatility is what separates him from other receivers in this class:
“I would say just my physicality, able to be used at multiple positions,” he said. “I can play outside receiver, inside receiver and running back. It doesn’t matter. That sets me apart from everybody else.”
Burks as an outside deep threat:
Burks in the screen game:
Burks as a runner out of the backfield:
Draft analysts have Burks as a projected top-25 pick, so the Eagles should be in striking distance if they decide to pair the do-it-all receiver with rising star DeVonta Smith.
Treylon Burks caught 66 passes for 1104 yards and 11 TDs in his junior year at Arkansas and ran 4.55 40-time at the combine.
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