NFL Draft 2017: Philadelphia Eagles among teams hosting Penn State’s Chris Godwin
The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t letting Chris Godwin slip too far out of mind as this month’s NFL Draft approaches.
Godwin, a star receiver at Penn State the past three years, will visit the Birds’ facilities next week, when the team hosts several local prospects, a source close to Godwin said. Kristian Dyer of The Sporting News was first to report the news.
Godwin, a Philadelphia native who spent most of his childhood in Delaware, will make the trip April 17 or 18.
And that won’t mark the first time Philly has met with the 6-foot-1 pass-catcher, either. The Birds talked with Godwin at the combine and held a private workout with him earlier this offseason, as they continue to consider padding their receiving corps with young depth.
The Eagles signed veteran receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency last month, but those moves were geared to a short-term fix. Jeffery is on a one-year deal, while Smith is a seven-year veteran whose numbers have declined each of the past three seasons.
Plus, slot receiver Jordan Matthews is in line enter free agency next offseason, and his departure would sap the team of its most productive young wideout.
That’s why Philadelphia might still be in the market for receivers when the draft begins April 27. And Godwin, whom many pundits expect to be drafted between the second and fourth rounds, could wind up as a fit.
In three seasons with the Nittany Lions, Godwin hauled in 154 catches for 2,421 yards and 18 touchdowns. He enjoyed perhaps the best game of his college career in the Rose Bowl, when he torched USC all-American cornerback Adoree Jackson for nine catches, 187 yards and two touchdowns.
Godwin’s ability to nab tough catches is one of his greatest strengths, NFL.com’s Matt Harmon wrote, and he attracted more attention by testing well at the combine.
The Eagles own the 43rd overall pick in the second round and the 99th selection in the third round. It seems unlikely Godwin will slip past the third round, but the Birds do have two fourth-round picks, as well.
As for Godwin, he’s in the midst of a busy month. He’s planning to attend local prospect days with the Ravens and Jets this week and visit the Titans.
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