Chip Kelly wants big guys. He also wants athletes. Let’s take a look at some guys who could be of interest to him. First up are some special athletes that we’ve already discussed quite a bit:
QB EJ Manuel
RB Knile Davis
RB Kerwynn Williams
WR Tavon Austin
WR Marquise Goodwin
WR Ryan Swope
OT Lane Johnson
OT Terron Armstead
LB Jamie Collins
LB/DE Ziggy Ansah
LB Dion Jordan
LB Barkevious Mingo
LB Corey Lemonier
LB Michael Buchanan
S Eric Reid
S TJ McDonald
Now for some others…
DE Margus Hunt – SMU – 6-8, 277 — Hunt might be the most Chip Kelly guy in the whole NFL draft. He is huge. His workout numbers are freakishly good:
4.60 in the 40… 38 reps… 34.5 VJ… 10-1 BJ… 7.07 in the 3-cone.
This is a guy that can run, jump, bend, turn, explode, and has upper body strength. Hunt would be our prime target at pick 35 except for one issue…he will turn 26 this summer. That means Hunt is at his physical peak. The Eagles still could take him, but that age will affect his draft value.
In the past, I’ve written that Hunt didn’t impress me. He was a workout warrior. I watched more tape and he grew on me. The coaches said he got much better as the season went on. That would match up with what I saw on tape. Hunt blocked 17 kicks in his career so he offers impact on STs as well as defense. Really intriguing player.
ATH Lawrence Okoye – 6-5, 304 — I have no idea what to make of Okoye. He is huge and athletic, which makes him of interest. However, he isn’t a football player. I would have no problem with the Eagles risking a 7th round pick on him. Okoye could become a good OL or DL with that size/speed. It is easier to learn DE, but having the aggressive personality for that role is a whole other story. Here’s the info from Gil Brandt:
“An Olympic discus thrower, Okoye reportedly turned down an offer to attend Oxford University to try out for the NFL. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.78 seconds. He performed the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds, had a 10-foot-5 broad jump and a 35-inch vertical jump. His arms were measured to be 35 inches long.”
TE Travis Kelce – Cincinnati – 6-5, 255 — Kelce is a former QB who became a very good TE in 2012. Kelly will love his size, skills, and athletic ability. Here’s the info from Gil Brandt:
“Kelce (6-foot-5 1/4, 250 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.47 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.12 seconds. Due to the sports hernia injury, I’m told that the scouts on hand didn’t think Kelce was in optimum condition for the workout. He got sick after running his 40s, and did not run any routes. He was able to catch passes while in a stationary position during the workout.”
RB Latavius Murray – UCF – 6-3, 223 — Big RB who stood out to me while watching him play in the Texas vs The Nation all star game. UCF tape is impressive as well. Here’s his workout info:
“Murray ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 and 4.38 seconds. He had a 10-foot-4 broad jump and a 36-inch vertical jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.81 seconds. He also performed 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Murray was not at the combine, but has had a lot of workouts with NFL teams. This is a hot prospect right now and will be a draftable guy later this month.”
S Cooper Taylor – Richmond – 6-5, 228 — Big time player at a small school. Transferred from Georgia Tech and had a good career for the Spiders. There were times when he looked like the best player on the field. Other times he was inconsistent. There is no doubt that he’s big and athletic. The scoop:
“Taylor ran 4.58 and 4.49, did 36½” in the vertical, 10-foot-7 in the broad jump, 4.29 in the short-shuttle, 6.96 in the three-cone and 23 reps on the bench press.”
RB George Winn -Cincinnati – 5-10, 218 — He lacks ideal agility, which you can see on tape and his 3-cone/SS workout times. Winn has good size and is a north-south runner. He can be effective when he’s able to attack the LOS. He runs hard, stays behind his pads, and doesn’t waste motion. Some RBs dance when they don’t need to. Winn runs straight until someone is in his way. Here is an argument for him, showing his explosiveness.
LB/DE Mike Catapano – Princeton – 6-4, 271 — Ivy League Def. POY. Talented pass rusher who has NFL ability. And athleticism.
“At his pro day, Catapano (6-foot-3 7/8, 271 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on each attempt. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. Catapano threw the bar up 33 times on the bench press (225 pounds).”
TE Josh Hill – Idaho State – 6-5, 246 — Productive I-AA player, but the numbers don’t match his workout. Only averaged 9 yards per reception, not enough for a guy with his athletic ability.
“He posted a time of 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a 4.19 short shuttle run. He had a 36 ½ vertical jump and a 10-foot-7 broad jump. He took part in positional workouts with Idaho State quarterback Kevin Yost throwing the ball to him.”
WR Brice Butler – 6-3, 214 – San Diego State — USC transfer. Failed to post huge numbers at SDSU (24-346-4), but absolutely showed NFL athleticism at his Pro Day:
“Butler ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 and 4.41 seconds, had a 39-inch vertical, a 10-foot-9 broad jump, and 4.40-second short shuttle and 6.70 three-cone drill. He’s a bit of a long strider but he caught the ball well.”
WR Marcus Davis – 6-4, 226 – Virginia Tech — Averaged more than 18 yards per catch for the Hokies. Big WR with excellent athleticism. Had a very good workout at his Pro Day:
” Davis ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 and 4.48 seconds. He had a 39-inch vertical jump and did the short shuttle in 4.20 seconds. Davis really worked out well.”
WR Terrell Sinkfield – Northern Iowa – 6-0, 199 — Dynamic athlete, but his production is mediocre. Has career numbers of 76-1092-10. His Pro Day numbers showed much more:
” Sinkfield ran the 40 in 4.33, 4.36 and 4.38 seconds (initially, 4.19 was his reported 40 time). The 13 teams present determined Sinkfield’s official 40 time, and that time goes out to all the teams. Sinkfield also had a 40 1/2-inch vertical and 11-foot-5 broad jump, a 4.18-second short shuttle and 6.94-second three-cone drill, and had 12 strength lifts of 225 pounds on the bench. Sinkfield looked good in the receiver drills.”
RB Kendial Lawrence – Missouri – 5-9, 194 — Chip Kelly does like small RBs. Lawrence was productive and would be a good fit in Kelly’s offense. His Pro Day numbers were very impressive:
“Lawrence — who was not invited to the combine — ran the 40 in 4.33 and 4.45 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.33 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds. He also performed 19 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Lawrence is a small running back, but looked good in the workout and displayed quickness. Because of his pro day performance, Lawrence could be selected as high as the seventh round or get a look as a rookie free-agent pickup.”
S Don Jones – Arkansas State – 5-11, 191 — Another smaller guy, but Kelly seems somewhat open to that. Jones was a very good player for ASU and had a good Pro Day:
“Jones ran a 4.42- and 4.40-second 40-yard dash, had a 42-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-7 broad jump. He ran the short-shuttle in 4.48 seconds, the three-cone drill in 7.19 seconds and had 17 reps of 225 pounds. He’s described as one of those fifth or sixth defensive backs due to his speed.’
QB Jeff Tuel – Washington State – 6-3, 218 — Up and down career at WSU, but has NFL talent. Very athletic QB.
“Tuel ran the 40 in 4.60 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 4.12-second short shuttle and a 6.90-second three-cone drill. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-3 broad jump. Tuel had a great pro day, and I suspect that he will have a strong showing when he has a workout with the New England Patriots on March 22.”
WR Charles Johnson – Grand Valley State – 6-2, 215 — Caught 31 TDs over the last 2 years. Dominated D2 competition. Had a great showing at his Pro Day, but does have some issues:
“Johnson (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 and 4.39 seconds. He had a 4.31-second short shuttle and 6.96-second three-cone drill. He had a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-1 broad jump. He performed 14 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. The receivers coaches from the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets were present in Allendale, Mich. for the workout.
Johnson’s pro-day efforts would have placed him among the top performers at the combine inthe 40, vertical jump and broad jump. Before his pro day, Johnson had guaranteed that he’d run a 4.39, reports MLive.com.
Johnson does have a red flag, having bounced around between different schools. He initially went to Eastern Kentucky, where he was suspended. He then attended Antelope Valley Community College (Calif.) in 2008, took a season off in 2009, and was at Grand Valley State starting in 2010.”
DE Glenn Foster – Illinois – 6-3, 286 — Played DT for the Illini, but would be a 5-tech DE for the Eagles. Only had 4 sacks in his career, but his Pro Day showed top athleticim:
“Foster ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 and 4.79 seconds, had a 4.45-second short shuttle and a 7.15-second three-cone drill. He recorded a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. He also had 29 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Foster was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Foster had a fantastic workout, and he would have been the top performer in his position group at the combine in thevertical jump and broad jump. Foster will have a lot of scouts scrambling back to the film room to see why he didn’t have a better draft grade and wasn’t invited to the combine.”
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I know some of you hate the Jordan pick. You have various reasons and that’s fine. There is risk involved. You can argue that the Eagles should go for X or Y or Z (Kelly’s favorite), but in the end…there are no truly safe picks in this Top 10.
Lance Zierlein wrote a piece trying to explain why guys with limited production are so highly coveted this year. He offers a pretty good explanation.