NFL preseason preview for Wide Receiver, Jeremy Maclin who was taken as the #19 pick in the 2009 NFL draft class to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Number 19 Pick: Philadelphia Eagles – Jeremy Maclin (WR, Missouri)
The Eagles got the nineteenth selection and chose wide receiver Jeremy Maclin from Missouri. Maclin stands 6’0” and weighs 198 lbs. The Eagles are matching talent with their offensive system by picking Maclin. Maclin is a threat to make a play from any position on the field and will work in nicely with Andy Reid’s West Coast offense.
Maclin is the type of player that defenses need to be concerned about every time he is on the field. At Missouri he lined up all over the place: the slot, split end, flanker, and even in the backfield. He sees the entire football field and is dangerous in space. He is a reliable receiver who caught 22 first down balls on third down plays. He scored 32 touchdowns as a Tiger and averaged 202.36 all-purpose yards a game.
Andy Reid likes to open it up on offense and Maclin is made for that type of game. He knows how to control his body on the field, making great moves in coverage and adjustments leaping for passes. Maclin is also a fearless receiver, going over the middle with little problem. He knows his role in the offense and contributes whether it is with the ball in his hands or blocking downfield.
The main problem for Maclin is that he is too athletic for his own good. Sometimes he relies on that instead of precise route running. However, this is an easy fix for any NFL coach. He also has a tendency to see the touchdown before catching the ball, resulting in some drops. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Eagles.
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