Philadelphia Eagles: Players to watch in the Big 10 Championship game

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What players should the Philadelphia Eagles watch in the Big 10 Championship game?

Before we know it, the Philadelphia Eagles will be shifting their attention to the NFL Draft. This season hasn’t been what we expected it to be and barring an unforeseen playoff appearance, the Eagles will have a high draft pick.

There are needs all over the place on both sides of the ball, as previous draft selections have not panned out the way we hoped they will. With an aging, expensive roster, it is imperative that next year’s draft is hit out of the park.

To find the best prospects coming out, there’s no better place to look than the upcoming championship weekend in college football. On Saturday, we will see conference champions be crowned and elite talent on display. One of the must-see games will be played between Ohio State and Northwestern in crowning a Big 10 champion.

If the Philadelphia Eagles want to bring in young talent, they will tune in to this game. With that, here are three players from both Ohio State and Northwestern the Eagles should be watching on Saturday.

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Wide Receiver. 812. Pick Analysis. Buckeyes. Chris Olave. . player. Scouting Report

It seems like the Eagles have tried for so long to hit on wide receiver picks in the NFL Draft. It’s only right that we start this off with a wide receiver target.

Ohio State’s Chris Olave is going to be another example of the Buckeyes putting out great wide receiver talent to the NFL. After waiting his turn behind former Buckeye and current Washington receiver Terry McLaurin, Olave took off from his second season on. With a new quarterback in Justin Fields, Olave had a great sophomore year in 2019, going for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. Although a shortened season has dampened his stats for this season, the talent hasn’t disappeared at all.

Olave has the ability to get deep and behind an opposing defense on a regular basis and just always seems to be open. He’s very smooth in his routes and has great control when going up for a pass. He isn’t the biggest receiver and might need to put a little weight on to consistently take hits in the NFL, but he is going to make an immediate impact regardless of his size.

Ohio State has put out great wide receiver talent that have gone outside of the first round for the last few years. Michael Thomas was a second-round pick, and McLaurin went a round later at pick 76. There’s great confidence that Olave will follow the same path as them in the NFL.

It’s likely that Olave hears his name called in the second round of the NFL Draft, but don’t be surprised if he makes his way to the first round. Whether it’s a late first or early second selection, the Eagles should do their homework on the Buckeyes best receiver.