UNC in the NFL: Mack Hollins is Finding Openings with Philadelphia Eagles

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Mack Hollins
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Mack Hollins /

Mack Hollins is beginning to stand out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mack Hollins was only a fourth-round draft pick but many considered Philadelphia’s decision to select him a bit of a reach.

The receiver out of UNC had the size and speed but not the production compared to other big wide receivers in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Hollins never recorded a 1,000 yard receiving season in his days with the Tar Heels. He went for over 600 and 700 yards his redshirt sophomore and junior years.  He was poised to breakout his senior year, but a season-ending collarbone injury knocked him out after seven games.

The Eagles trusted their decision because Hollins possessed a unique size and speed combination and a knack for getting deep. Through six games this season, Mack Hollins has shown some flashes of what he can do.

Hollins has 5 receptions for 70 yards on the season, all receptions going for first downs. This is made more impressive by the fact he has only been targeted 5 times and has only been on the field for 15 percent of the Eagle’s  offensive snaps.

In his most recent game, Hollins caught 2 balls for a season-high 38 yards. Both grabs came in crucial times for the Eagles.

Hollins had an injury scare late in the game but he assured us everything was all right shortly after the contest.

Head coach Doug Pederson has taken notice and is raving about his young receivers. Coach Pederson had some kind things to say about Hollins and fellow receiver Marcus Johnson in a recent interview with 247 Sports.

"“It’s good to see our young receivers step up in big contests, big games and make plays. Both of them did a nice job in this game and could see their roles increase.”"

Mack Hollins is no stranger to waiting his turn as he redshirted his Freshman year after coming to UNC as a walk-on.

He will have to wait his turn again, but Hollins’ time is coming soon. The Eagles found a steal in the fourth round, and they’re just starting to receive a return on their investment.

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Hollins could also find himself playing in the postseason this year as the Eagles are off to a 5-1 start.