A year ago, Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin was battling a mystery illness, feared at times to be Lymphoma, that sapped him of his energy, his weight and his ability to hold down food. Maclin was in such rough condition that, combined with the odd uncertainty of what ailed him, his career, and life, was at stake.
Fast forward 12 months and Maclin is rid of the (still undiagnosed) mystery disease completely, with another productive season in the rearview mirror.
Maclin has high expectations of himself and his teammates in 2012. Unburdened by everything that befell him last year, Maclin has been able to spend his entire offseason in Philadelphia, working diligently on improving his body and doing his part to improve the Eagles offense with his teammates.
When Maclin arrived at Lehigh for training camp last summer, he was noticeably skinny, his weight as low as 180 pounds at times, he said. Now, he's up to a strong 205, seven pounds more than his playing weight last season. In reality, that Maclin was able to have such a productive season without having much of an offseason at all, let alone preseason action, was startling.
Maclin ranked #28 in fantasy points per game (standard) and is currently the #28 WR off the board in fantasy drafts, going in the 6th round. Considering he's far more healthy at this point than he was last year, he looks like a great value pick in the 5th or 6th round. He's a better all around WR than DeSean Jackson, who is going almost a round earlier.