The Eagles turned alot of heads when they drafted(or well, stole) Jeremy Maclin. Thanks to Oakland's insane pick of Heyward bey, and the Jaguars taking Eugene Monroe instead of Crabtree, Maclin fell all the way to 19. The Eagles then traded up from 21 to snatch him away from the division rival and receiver needy New York Giants, who were aggressively trying to trade up to 20th overall.
Some Eagles fans were upset about the pick of Maclin, simply because they wanted a trade for Anquan Boldin. Many Eagles fans had the perception that Maclin was an "outside speedster" and basically a Desean Jackson clone. But Maclin is not just a speedster. Maclin is listed at around 6-1 and 200 pounds, which is much bigger than Desean Jackson. In addition, all throughout his college career he played multiple receiver positions, and caught an abundance of balls in the middle of the field. In his two years at Missouri, he caught an incredible 182 passes for 2,315 yards and 22 touchdowns. By picking Maclin, the Eagles have added a receiver who could very well be a stud for the next 10-15 years.
There are concerns with Maclin. The main one being that he played in a spread offense and thus never had to run routes. That may not translate well when Maclin tries to pick up the Eagles complicated West Coast offense.
Hard study could make up for this though, and Maclin appears to have alot of class and is known as a hard worker. Even if he does get off to a slow start right out of the gate, he does not have to play alot right away. Kevin Curtis and Desean Jackson are the starters, and Avant is the slot receiver. Maclin will have to earn his way into the rotation, or he could replace Avant in the slot. It should be interesting to see how Reid decides to use Maclin.
Maclin was also a dynamic return man in college, and could very well return punts for the Eagles. Jackson may want to focus more on being a receiver, which would give the punt return job to Maclin.
What are the expectations of Maclin? In the long term, he should end up being a pro bowl threat to line up on the opposite side of Desean Jackson. But this year? It is to early to tell, but he will definately get playing time. He will have to first learn the playbook, and then work his way into the rotation. He is definately capable of having a season similar to what Desean Jackson had last year, but with all of the talent and depth the Eagles have on offense, it may be difficult to put up those kinds of numbers.