We have 3 all star games today.
The East-West Shrine Game is the biggest of the trio…by far. There aren’t any top shelf players there, but there could be some guys who will go in the 3rd round. Mostly it is guys in the 5th-7th and UDFAs, but the Eagles have plucked some good players from the Shrine Game over the years. Brent Celek and Clay Harbor both helped their draft status with good showings.
Here are some possible Eagles targets:
LB Tank Carder – 6’2, 236 — Very good tackler. Can cover. At his best playing off the ball and then flying to it. Could be an interesting SAM or WLB in our system.
WR Greg Childs – 6’3, 215 — Got hurt in 2010 and wasn’t all the way recovered this year. Good combination of size and speed. Could be late rounder or even UDFA because of the injury.
LB Josh Kaddu – 6’3, 235 — Good athlete. If we want a mid-round athlete to add to the mix at SAM, Kaddu could be of interest.
DE Kentrell Lockett – 6’5, 243 — A sleek pass rusher, just like Jim Washburn likes. Tore his ACL in 2010 and struggled this year. Not all the way back. Played in 12 games, but didn’t have his speed/quickness. No sacks. In his Sophomore and Junior years, combined for 22 TFLs.
WR Jarius Wright – 5’10, 176 — Has DeSean’s build. Doesn’t have his speed. Wright was a very good player at Arkansas, but projects to being a #3 or #4 WR in the NFL.
OT Markus Zusevics – 6’5, 296 — Iowa’s RT. Could play OT or OG in our system.
DT Akiem Hicks – 6’5, 324 — Played up in Canada. Huge guy. Has an 84 inch wingspan (could actually wrap his arms around Andy Reid!). No idea what kind of player he is, but that build is absolutely intriguing.
CB Josh Norman – 6’0, 203 — Norman has been the talk of the week. He’s from Coastal Carolina, but has played lights out and moved from late round guy to maybe a Top 100 pick. The Eagles now like big CBs so he could be a target.
?? Evan Rodriguez – 6’2, 245 — He was a TE/H-back at Temple, but I think the Eagles would only be interested if they thought he could make the move to FB.
OL Quenton Saulsberry – 6’3, 303 — Played G and C at Mississippi State. Athletic type with good lateral agility. Could fit well in the Mudd System.
There are some small school and mid-major guys that I’m not real familiar with who could end up being targets. We have to watch the game and see which players stand out.
The game is today at 4pm on the NFL Network.
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The NFLPA’s game is really lacking in talent. This is more like a group of UDFA types. I’ll only list a couple of guys of interest.
S Johnny Fobbs – 6’0, 204 — Good tackler. Big hitter. Had 3 FFs this year. Could be good STer.
CB Jonte Green – 6’0, 184 — Had 14 pass break-ups and 50 solo tackles this year. Interesting guy.
OT Dan Hoch – 6’7, 321 — Played RT at Mizzou. Used to doing a lot of pass blocking. Might be worth a look.
DE Jerome Raymond – 6’4, 233 — Sleek pass rusher from Morehead State. Had 27 career sacks and 5 FFs.
ILB J.K. Schaffer – 6’2, 227 — I’m shocked he’s in this game. Deserves better. Very good college player.
LB Kadarron Anderson – 6’3, 235 — Highly productive small school guy. Good size, build.
OT Kelvin Beachum – 6’4, 307 — 4 year starter at LT for SMU. Could be G or T in Mudd’s system.
DE Marcus Robinson – 6’2, 247 — Had 14.5 career sacks at Miami. Small, so only a situational rusher, but could be developmental guy.
The game is at 6pm. On NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus Network)
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The final game is the Battle of Florida. This truly is the land of UDFAs. I don’t know how compelling any of these guys are.
This game is at 8pm. It is on FOXSports Florida (channel 654 on DirecTV).
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For my SB Nation Philly column, I wrote about the young players and the offseason. Critical for some guys.
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Paul Domowitch has a good piece up today in regard to the Wide-9 and blitzing.
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The Dolphins chose Joe Philbin to be their HC yesterday. Per Jason LaCanfora, DBs coach Todd Bowles was going to explore his options. He had an offer to stay in Miami, but is looking around. The Eagles wanted to interview him last year for DC, but the Dolphins denied us permission. He could be of interest as our CBs coach this year. I don’t think we’d fire Juan to hire him as DC.
Juan and the players spent 2011 figuring things out and played much better after the first month of the season. Moving to a new DC would wipe out that progress and put the team back to square one. That’d be okay if there was a veteran DC who was a master at teaching his system, but Bowles has never been a DC. 2012 isn’t the time for more learning on the job. I would love to add him as the CBs coach.