• Brian L. Barefield

Vikings WR Happy That The Eagles Passed On Him in 2020

The Philadelphia Eagles seem to find themselves trending a lot on social media these days. Many would think it would be from some great off-season moves that would help improve their chances of making it back to another Super Bowl, but unfortunately, they have found ways to make themselves targets on a consistent basis.

On last week, first year head coach Nick Sirianni turned heads and set the Philly fans on fire when he announced that he would not name a starter a quarterback for the upcoming 2021 NFL season as he said he wants competition at the position. Only Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco are on the Eagles depth chart.

On that same day, Sirianni set the sports world on fire when he revealed that he plays, “Rock-Paper-Scissors” with draft prospects to judge how competitive they are and see if they would talk trash to him. Most would find that very odd, but it goes right in line to what the Eagles have done over the past year when it comes to the draft.

In an interview with GQ, Minnesota Vikings second-year wide receiver Justin Jefferson shared his feelings on being passed up by the Eagles in the 2020 NFL Draft. Jefferson, who was a star wide receiver at LSU was taken 22nd by the Vikings after the Eagles decided to go with Jalen Reagor out of Texas Christian University one pick before.

“Leading up to the draft, you know, they had all of those mock drafts and people sharing their opinions on who is going to go where,” Jefferson said. “A lot of people had me going to Philly. I thought I was going to Philly. Honestly. The funny part is Philly was on the board and then Minnesota called me.

“At first, I thought it was Philly. But I answered the phone, and it was Minnesota. It’s crazy how all of that happened and everything. But I’m definitely, definitely, definitely excited that I’m on the Vikings rather than Philly.”

Jefferson finished the season with 88 catches for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl and made Second-Team All-Pro in 2020. Reagor was not as successful as Jefferson having 31 catches for 396 yards and one touchdown.

Philadelphia has the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Let’s hope they don’t let talent slip through their fingers again.

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