Little known at the time, Todd Pinkston was selected by the Eagles with the 36th pick in the 2000 draft. Out of the university of Southern Mississippi, Pinkston showed a playmaking ability that drew the Eagles to select him in the second round of the draft. In his first full season as a starter, he proved he could be a star in this league.
Only standing at 6’2, 174 pounds, he is one of the skinniest receivers in the NFL. The thing is Pinkston uses his size as an advantage to make sleek catches along the sidelines and to step away from opposing tacklers. Pinkston is becoming Donovan McNabb’s favorite target from the WR spot. Even after McNabb’s injury last season, Pinkston helped make the job easier for backup quarterbacks Koy Detmer and A.J. Feeley, but managing to get open down field and take some heat off of them by making some great touchdown receptions.
Ever since the beginning of his NFL career, Pinkston has continued to develop and mature into a very solid wide receiver. In 2001 he tallied 42 receptions for 586 yards, and in 2002 he steadily improved by notching 60 receptions and 798 yards. Pinkston continues to inch ever closer to recording 1,000 receiving yards. If he continues to play as well as last season, and can get down field even more then he already has, Pinkston could even eclipse his seven touchdowns from 2002, his career best.
Last season the team added receiver Antonio Freeman to the team in order to help mentor receivers like Freddie Mitchell, Freddy Milons and Pinkston. This year, it is still unknown if Freeman will return, but last year’s investment has paid off in Pinkston’s case. It would be nice if the Eagles would somehow find a legitimate number one receiver on the open market, but since they are committed to the corps they have in camp now, Todd Pinkston is the most eligible to occupy that role.