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DeSean Jackson’s rise to stardom in his rookie season was huge for the ’08 offense.
It also performed a lobotomy on Eagles fans who were overcome with optimism by Philadelphia’s selection of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in the first round of this year’s draft.
Maclin became the 10th wide receiver selected by the Eagles in the Andy Reid era and second to be selected in the first round. Prior to Jackson’s rookie splash, only 2004 second round selection Reggie Brown (43 receptions, 571 yards, 4 touchdowns) was able to average more than two receptions per game.
That includes 2001 first round selection Freddie Mitchell who started just once in 15 games and grabbed 21 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown.
The scouting reports on Maclin show huge potential. He’s a playmaker who can make defenders miss. Maclin is fast (he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine), has great leaping ability and is not afraid to go over the middle.
He’s still a rookie though and could run better routes and sometimes thinks ahead which leads to dropped passes. Anyone who watched last year’s Eagles play cringes at that thought.
Maclin is a long-shot to beat out Kevin Curtis or Jackson for one of the top two spots but where he falls in the rotation with Jason Avant, Reggie Brown and Hank Baskett is still uncertain.
One thing that will help Maclin is his return skills.Is that as the third receiver, fourth or fifth receiver and which one of Avant, Brown or Baskett is the odd man out?