Eagles nab receivers Huff, Matthews; Vikings take Crichton

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles got their wide receiver. And then another.

The Eagles traded up to select Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews with the 42nd overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday night. Then they took Oregon receiver Josh Huff at No. 86 in the third round.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Matthews and the 5-foot-11, 206-pound Huff help fill the void left by the release of three-time Pro Bowl wideout DeSean Jackson and veteran Jason Avant.

Huff played for Kelly at Oregon. He had 62 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Huff is considered a good blocker with an explosive burst. He also can bolster Philadelphia's special teams as a returner.

Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings drafted Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton with the 72nd overall pick in the third round on Friday night, bolstering their pass rush to compete in the pass-happy NFC North, then grabbed a much-needed backup to Adrian Peterson later in the round.

Crichton had 221/2; sacks in 38 career games for the Beavers. The Vikings selected Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon with the 96th overall pick, the final piece of the package they received from Seattle for Percy Harvin last year.

49ers

The Buffalo Bills traded Stevie Johnson to the 49ers on Friday in a deal made before the start of the second round of the NFL draft. In exchange, Buffalo acquired an undisclosed pick next year. ESPN reported it was a conditional fourth-round selection.

Johnson spent the past four seasons as a starter in Buffalo. He became the Bills first player to break 1,000 yards receiving in consecutive seasons in 2010-11, and extended the streak in 2012.


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