Eagles draft news roundup: Terrace Marshall, K.J. Costello connected to Birds

Posted on April 8, 2021

Terrace Marshall has been talking to Eagles “a lot”

According to NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt, the Eagles have been talking quite a bit to LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr.

Even though Ja’Marr Chase is LSU’s premiere wide receiver in the draft, Marshall has been getting more and more attention as we creep closer to April 29th. Last season, Marshall caught 48 receptions for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Marshall, 20 years old and standing at a towering 6’3″, is fast. At his pro day, he clocked a 4.38 time for the 40-yard dash. That’s something the Eagles always value highly in wide receivers.

NFL.com listed some of Marshall’s strengths, which include a wide catch radius, running with “toughness” after a catch, and strong ball-tracking skills.

Right now, Marshall looks like he’ll be taken in the late first/early second. If he falls to the Eagles at 37th overall, he will probably be heavily considered by the team.

Or, perhaps they’ll will try to trade up in order to nab him. After not opting to trade up for CeeDee Lamb in the last draft and having to watch him dominate, hopefully the Eagles will be less hesitant about moving on up for a player they love.

Eagles one of four teams to meet with K.J. Costello

In quarterback news, the Eagles are one of four teams to meet with Mississippi State’s K.J. Costello.

At first glance, Costello is underwhelming. In 2020, he threw just six touchdowns while tossing 11 interceptions. His best year came in 2018, when Costello threw for 3,540 yards and 29 touchdowns.

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Of course, basic stats don’t determine a player’s worth. Costello’s style has some promise to it, as LSU Wire’s Crissy Floyd explains:

“The quarterback’s footwork is solid, he has a strong upper-body rotation with a good range of motion. Very poised in the pocket with a powerful presence.”

Floyd also mentioned Costello’s size, accuracy, and arm strength as positives.

Costello is a bit older than the typical NFL draftee- he’ll be 24 in June. Perhaps the Eagles will look at the age as a positive and assume he’ll be quicker to polish than younger players.

Right now, Costello looks to be a late-round pick or an UDFA. Of course, the argument could be made that there are other mid-to-late round quarterbacks, such as Feleipe Franks or Kelle Mond, who have much higher upsides and would thus be better long-term projects for the Eagles.

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