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Former NFL GM identifies under-the-radar Draft prospect as next Julian Edelman

The New England Patriots might look to switch Julian Edelman within the draft, and a former NFL GM has recognized a prospect he thinks suits.

Final week, New England Patriots large receiver Julian Edelman announced his retirement after 12 NFL seasons. Even after signing Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in free company, in addition to tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, the Patriots shouldn’t flip down a possibility to draft one other cross catcher.

Throughout a Friday look on “SportsCenter”, ESPN analyst and former Jets’ GM Mike Tannenbaum recognized a large receiver prospect who could be a super substitute for Edelman.

By way of 247 Sports:

They added Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor, two guys who had over 450 snaps that performed within the slot. So I’d need to add someone explosive like D’Wayne Eskridge from Western Michigan. He performed in (the) Senior Bowl this 12 months. He’s a bit bit undersized, however boy, he can get down the sphere, over 18 yards a catch.

And I believe he’d be an important complement to the fellows like Bourne and Agholor — and, hopefully, for New England somebody like N’Keal Harry, a former first-round decide, continues to develop.

D’Wayne Eskridge is an underrated draft prospect

As a senior at Western Michigan in 2020, Eskridge had 33 catches for 768 yards (23.3 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns in six video games. An harm shortened his 2019 marketing campaign, and he additionally made a place change to cornerback. As a full-time large receiver in 2017 and 2018, he totaled 68 receptions for 1,282 yards (18.9 yards per catch) and 6 touchdowns.

Eskridge is small (5-foot-9, 190 kilos) and quick (4.38 40 at Western Michigan’s Professional Day). Lance Zierlein of NFL.com outlined the nice and the dangerous on him.

He’s not an important route-runner, will battle with contested catches and lacks desired measurement, however he can actually fly and has house run potential from wherever on the sphere,” “Eskridge is a linear route-runner with good tempo when working down the sphere however will want a extra restricted route tree that includes crossing routes, slants, posts and over routes so he can depend on his velocity reasonably than route-running. He can stand up and get the tall throws however catching by way of contact is the place he’s prone to battle. He has gadget potential within the fast sport and is a probably harmful kick returner, however his greatest promoting level could be as a subject stretcher from the slot.

Edelman made his hay as a dependable slot goal for Tom Brady. However he additionally by no means averaged greater than 11.5 yards per catch in a season at his peak, and he was, to make use of scouting jargon, “extra fast than quick.” Used the suitable manner, Eskridge could possibly be an Edelman-type with sub-4.4 velocity proper out of the gate.

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