Sunday, March 23, 2014

Eagles Draft Report: March 23rd

Free agency has settled down and it's time to take a break from the DeSean Jackson drama. Chip Kelly has been everywhere recently attending pro day after pro day. 

Eagles fans have to be excited about the upcoming draft, nobody knows these players as well as Chip. He scouted a good chunk of them coming out of high school, coached a select few at Oregon, and is earning some frequent flyer miles watching their pro days.

Here's the Eagles draft buzz I've accumulated from a variety of outlets:
  • Chip Kelly and LB Coach Rick Minter were photographed chatting it up with Louisville OLB Marcus Smith. Smith seems like a great fit for the Eagles on day two. At 6-3 251 lbs, he has good size and had a productive college career.
  • The next finding was a tweet conversation between Tony Pauline and Blake Smith. They are referring to Marcel Jensen, the TE from Fresno State. Jensen is a late round prospect, but has intriguing measurables, at 6-6 259 lbs and has a 35 inch vertical.
  • West Virginia's Will Clarke also fits that "big people" mold Kelly looks for, at 6-6 271 lbs. Interesting note from Tony Pauline, saying Eagles coaches put Clarke through LB drills. Clarke is seen as a defensive lineman, but he's an athletic guy who the Eagles could view as having upside as an OLB.
  • Adrian Hubbard from Alabama is another pass-rushing option for the Eagles in the middle rounds. He also has tremendous size, although his 2013 season was disappointing. The book on Hubbard is that he's pretty good at a lot of things, but not great at one thing. He seems more like a Jack OLB (Barwin's role) rather than an explosive pass-rusher.
  • Chip Kelly likes his Pac-12 guys, Scott Crichton is a good pass-rusher with a relentless motor. Philadelphia was reportedly putting Crichton through LB drills to gauge his comfort in coverage. He seems much more like a 4-3 DE to me, doesn't have great athleticism.
  • Billy Davis was "all over" Va Tech CB Kyle Fuller according to Pauline. Fuller is a guy who some scouts have rated higher than OK State's Justin Gilbert. He's 6-0 190 lbs, and is projected to come off the board late-first round or early-second round.
  • The Eagles showed a lot of interest in Florida State ILB Christian Jones (6-3 240) at the senior bowl, and apparently that interest carried over into his pro day. Jones is a very versatile LB with great size. Seems to be a great fit for the Eagles in the third or fourth round.
  • Lastly, the Eagles have two private workouts scheduled that I'm aware of: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans and Washington State S Deone Bucannon. Evans will likely be gone by 22, but the hard-hitting Bucannon might be an option in round two.

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