NFL draft 2020: Fringe 1st-round WR Brandon Aiyuk thinks Eagles could be landing spot


Possible first-round receiver Brandon Aiyuk says the Eagles have shown interest in him during the 2020 pre-draft process and thinks there’s a chance he could end up in Philadelphia. 

In fact, he talked to someone from the organization as recently as Monday. 

“I think there’s an interest there,” Aiyuk said to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark on Monday. “Philly’s a great football city. Family ties to Philly and that area. That could be a possibility. It could be a nice landing spot. But definitely I feel like the interest is there.”

Aiyuk (6-0, 205) became a starter at Arizona State in 2019 and had a big season with 65 catches, 1,192 receiving yards (18.3) and 8 touchdowns as he replaced former first-round pick N’Keal Harry. 

A transfer from junior college in 2018, Aiyuk broke out in a big way in 2019. His biggest attribute is his ability to pick up yards after the catch. Whether it’s catching a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage or a quick slant, Aiyuk has game-breaking ability. 

“I have the ability to score from anywhere,” he said. 

While Aiyuk ran a somewhat disappointing 4.50 time at the combine, it was later revealed that he needed sports hernia surgery. That explained the time, because Aiyuk is much faster than that on tape. 

To be clear, Aiyuk is considered to be a fringe first-round pick. He’s not considered to be among the top group of receiver in this class with guys like CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and Justin Jefferson. But Aiyuk is one of the best players in the next group of guys. 

And he thinks there’s a chance he could be the Eagles’ pick at No. 21.  

“It’s a big possibility,” Aiyuk said. “Just talking to my agent, other people around me on my team, that’s in my range.”

The Eagles, of course, might not need to use their 21st pick on Aiyuk. If they have the opportunity to trade down, there’s a chance Aiyuk might still be available later in the first round or even into the second round. Heck, there’s a chance he could still be available when they pick in the second round at No. 53, but that’s certainly not guaranteed and might not be likely. 

Aiyuk said he’s also familiar with Carson Wentz. At ASU in 2019, Jamar Cain was the Sun Devils’ DL coach. Cain was on the defensive coaching staff at North Dakota State from 2014-16, when Wentz was becoming a first-round pick himself. 

“He can make all the throws from anywhere on the field,” Aiyuk said. “Just a big guy, just a great quarterback. Someone that would be great to have as a receiver to pass it to you.”

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