Updated Visits List

Posted: April 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 88 Comments »

We just found out this morning that Odell Beckham, the star WR from LSU, will be making a trip to Philly. I’ve also been doing some digging to find out where some Eagles assistant coaches have been spending their time for the past 4 to 6 weeks. So I now present to you the updated lists of visits and workouts info.

PLAYERS THAT HAVE VISITED PHILLY

* WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M – 6-5, 231

* WR Maqise Lee – USC – 6-0, 199

* WR Kelvin Benjamin – FSU – 6-5, 240

* WR Cody Latimer – Indiana – 6-2, 215

* WR Odell Beckham – LSU -

* OG Trey Hopkins – Texas – 6-3, 305

* OG Spencer Long – Nebraska – 6-5, 320

* OC/OG Marcus Martin – USC – 6-3, 310

* DE Taylor Hart – Oregon – 6-6, 284

* LB Jeremiah Attaochu – Georgia Tech – 6-3, 252

* LB Anthony Barr – UCLA – 6-5, 255

* LB Marcus Smith – Louisiville – 6-3, 251

* LB Larry Webster – Bloomsburg – 6-6, 252

* ILB Jordan Tripp – Montana – 6-3, 234

* CB Aaron Colvin – Oklahoma – 6-0, 186

* CB Jaylen Watkins – Florida – 6-0, 194

* S Deone Bucannon – Washington State – 6-1, 216

PRO DAYS / WORKOUTS

QB Brett Smith – Wyoming … Bill Musgrave was at his Pro Day
QB Garrett Gilbert – SMU … Bill Musgrave was at his Pro Day

RB Jerick McKinnon – Georgia Southern
RB Tre Mason – Auburn … worked out by Duce Staley
RB Andrew Pierce – Delaware
RB Charles Sims – West Virginia … “had meetings with the Eagles”…not sure if at Combine or private workout

WR Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss … worked out by Bob Bicknell
WR Robert Herron – Wyoming
WR Brandon Coleman – Rutgers … worked out by Bob Bicknell
WR Quron Pratt – Rutgers … worked out by Bob Bicknell
WR L’Damian Washington – Missouri

TE Asante Cleveland – Miami
TE Richard Rodgers – Cal … Ted Williams worked him out
TE Blake Annen – Cincinnati … worked out by Justin Peelle (Asst TE coach)
TE Marcel Jensen – Fresno State … at his Pro Day, had dinner with him the night before

OT Ja’Waun James – Tennessee … worked out by Jeff Stoutland
OT Tiny Richardson – Tennessee … worked out by Jeff Stoutland
OC James Stone – Tennessee … worked out by Jeff Stoutland
OG Zach Fulton – Tennessee … worked out by Jeff Stoutland
OG Trai Turner – LSU … met with him at the Combine
OT Laurent Durvernay-Tardiff – McGill

NT Zach Kerr – Delaware … worked out by Jerry Azzinaro

DE Khyri Thornton – Southern Miss
DE Kareem Martin – UNC … worked out by Jerry Azzinaro
DE Shamar Stephen – UConn … Jerry Azzinaro was at his Pro Day
DE Ed Stinson – Alabama … Jerry Azzinaro was at his Pro Day

LB Jeremiah Attaochu – Georgia Tech
LB Will Clarke – West Virginia … worked out by Bill McGovern
LB Scott Crichton – Oregon State … worked out by Bill McGovern
LB Anthony Barr – UCLA … worked out by Bill McGovern
LB Jesse Joseph – UConn … worked out by Jerry Azzinaro, then got additional meeting
LB Keenan Graham – UCLA … worked out by Bill McGovern
LB Chris Smith – Arkansas …. worked out by LBs coach at Pro Day (most likely McGovern)

ILB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State … Rick Minter at his Pro Day
ILB Preston Brown – Louisville … Rick Minter at his Pro Day
ILB Jordan Zumwalt – UCLA … worked out by Bill McGovern

Safety —  The Eagles haven’t had a lot of individual workouts with Safeties, but they aren’t ignoring the position. Chip Kelly attended the Pro Day for many of the top S prospects (Pryor, Dix, Joyner, Brooks and Loston). Coach Lovett was at Isaiah Lewis’s Pro Day, but I don’t know for a fact that he worked him out.

CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State … worked out by John Lovett
CB Joe Rankin – Morgan State
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste – Nebraska … worked out by John Lovett
CB Mohammad Seisay – Nebraska … worked out by John Lovett

PK Cody Parkey – Auburn

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Chip Kelly at these Pro Days:

Alabama
Florida State
Louisville
LSU
Missouri
Ohio State
Penn State
Pitt
Temple
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt
Virginia Tech

Pat Shurmur at these Pro Days:

Alabama
Florida State
Missouri

Bill Davis at these Pro Days:

Alabama
Florida
Florida State
Virginia Tech

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SHOWING INTEREST

OLB Ronald Powell – per Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com

RB Storm Johnson – per Elliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com

Let me know if you have questions on that info.

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John Lovett went to Nebraska to work out CB prospect Stanley Jean-Baptiste. He also got a chance to see a couple of other guys show great athletic ability.

Taylor Martinez was a QB for the Huskers, but doesn’t look like an NFL passer. He is a gifted athlete. Check out his Pro Day numbers, per Gil Brandt.

Martinez (6-foot 1/4, 201 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 and 4.6 seconds. He had a 39-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-9 broad jump. He had a 20-yard short shuttle time of 4.03 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 6.85 seconds. All of those numbers with the exception of the three-cone would have either been the best among quarterbacks or matched the best among quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Martinez worked out as a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back at Nebraska’s pro day. Some NFL team will have to take a look at Martinez and decide what to do with him because he’s such a gifted athlete.

That’s a big guy that can run, jump and cut. He could be an interesting late round or UDFA target.

Baptiste had a good showing himself.

Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB (6-2 7/8, 213) — Jean-Baptiste ran the 40 in 4.48 and 4.45 seconds, had a short shuttle time of 4.27 seconds and a three-cone time of 6.72 seconds. He did not participate in the jumps (he was a top performer in both the vertical jump and the broad jumpamong cornerbacks at the combine). He has very long arms, is smooth in coverage and displays good ball skills (he originally came to Nebraska as a wide receiver). Jean-Baptiste should be a second-day draft pick.

I’m not his biggest fan, but SJB has the size and skills the Eagles want.

Gil Brandt didn’t provide the workout numbers for Mohammad Seisay so I don’t fully trust these, but if they are close, they are sure impressive. And if you watch Seisay on the move, you see this kind of athleticism.

Vertical Jump: 39” 
Broad Jump: 11’0 
10 Yard Dash: 1.52 seconds 
40 Yard Dash: 4.36 seconds-4.44 seconds 
20 Yard Shuffle: 4.14 seconds 
3-Cone Drill: 6.50 seconds 
60 Yard Dash: 10.95 seconds 
Bench Reps (225 lbs): 13

NFLDraftScout has him at 6-1, 202 and running a 4.52. Still, the overall workout is really impressive. Seisay was a backup at Nebraska so he’s another late round / UDFA target.

You can actually watch his Pro Day here. Lovett and a coach from another team run the position drills.

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  • xlGmanlx

    The draft can’t get here soon enough, in Howie + Chip we trust.

  • Randy

    I am a big fan of SJB. For those who aren’t, what turns you off the most?

    • GEAGLE

      That he needs to be added in round two….we have 3 CB we are comfortable playing, plus a stud in Boykin and 3 safeties we are comfortabl playing….that’s a solid stop gap that provides an opportunity to build a fearce front 7 who will make who is playing behind the, even better… Use this draft to build front 7 and get Chip his own offensive toys so he can stop playing with just Andy’s and use next years draft to build the secondary, and get younger on OL…

      As much as I like our front 7, it needs more work than just the ROLB of the future that fans fixate on. We need more than Meco’s eventual replacement, who not only needs to be a quality LB, but also be an intelligent leader who can QB our front 7 which is why I adore KVN..
      ..
      As much as I’m happy with Thornton,Logan and Cox, too many fans fail to realize that we probably still need to add ATleast one interior pass rusher up rotate with Curry and Cox when we go to our 4man line in pass rushing situations. Thornton admits he isn’t there yet as a pass rusher and Logan is a NT useless on 3rd and 10….curry gives us two interior pass rushers, which aren’t enough…kind of funny that people talk about trading Curry at this point…

      On offense our OL is a strength, which is why we can afford to get weapons….but until you have your front 7 in place, I feel like worryng about the secondary is a mistake…just my opinion, understand if you view it different, but I do really like SJB

      • Insomniac

        Draft Daquan Jones in the 3rd and stick him in at NT.Rotate Bennie with Thornton on passing downs. Pass rush from the DL would be noticeably better.

        • GEAGLE

          I just can’t wait for another years worth of intel, so we can ATleast try and identify trends and not be so completely in the dark again this time next year…so many great players, so little intel to figure out how this regime will operate that I’m just dying to see what we do, even if I suspect we will do some ish that pisses me off like draft RB Tre Mason if he is on the top of our board

          • Insomniac

            I see that happening. Howie just doesn’t give a damn about the fans.

          • GEAGLE

            Dude if they do something like that, they better know they can get a decent pick for Bryce or I’m going to be fuming, even if Mason is probably perfect for our spread attack….but come on? All these running backs sound great, but you know that on game day it’s so hard to pull shady, now Sproles is in the mix for a few years…Bryce and Polk may not be as amazing as Tre, but they do the damn trick for your 3rd and 4th back

          • Maggie

            How could Howie possibly listen to the fans opinions? There are so many, all different!

    • Baloophi

      What turns me off is his disdain for contact. Here’s what I wrote a couple weeks ago when we were discussing SJB vs. McGill (SJB tape attached at bottom):

      “Jean-Baptiste looks a little “contact averse.” Like, he’s happy to be around the pile in case the ball squirts out, but doesn’t have much interest in run support or engaging the ball carrier. He had one corner blitz in the video (1:43) and was very tentative going in there, ultimately trying to Marlon Favorite the RB. He’d be an awesome two-hand touch player.”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHx1KkfH97E

      • Insomniac

        Desir > both of them.

        • Baloophi

          Are you comfortable with the level of competition at Lindenwood? Just asking… not a charged question.

          • Insomniac

            Nope. That’s the biggest issue with Desir but the talent is undeniably there. I’m not too sure on his performance at the Senior Bowl but he held his own there.

          • Baloophi

            Cool. In what round would you be comfortable taking him?

          • Insomniac

            3rd or 4th. Ideally in the 4th round but he’ll probably go in the 3rd.

      • GvilleEagleFan

        The whole time I was watching this, I was thinking, “No freaking way Brandon the Boy-king would wuss out on a tackle like that,” which made me think of this question: Does having a hard-hitting, 200% effort guy like Boykin on the team make it more of a locker room problem to have somebody that doesn’t give great effort in run support? Or does the coaches’ ability to point to Boykin on film and say, “THAT. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING, AND THAT GUY IS FIVE INCHES SHORTER THAN YOU!” make it more likely that we could “fix” the lack of effort in the run game SJB has?

        • Baloophi

          I think having a nose for contact is one of those things that are hard if not impossible to coach up. Some people just don’t like to mix it up and likely can’t be taught to be more physical… SEE Asomugha, Nnamdi.

          • GvilleEagleFan

            I generally tend to agree, and I certainly don’t think that Nnamdi was any more inclined to listen when he already had the huge signing bonus. One of the risks of paying flawed superstars in free agency, they’re probably not going to get rid of their flaws if they’ve gotten this far with them.

            I’m talking about a rookie coming in, where there’s a new coaching staff already in place, and Boykin is now the rising star of the team at that position. Does that rep in the locker room, along with Cary’s general insistence on contact (even to the point of personal fouls), make it easier for a coach to “break” a player’s bad habits? I would think that Boykin, Williams, and now Jenkins I guess, would do a much better job of policing a single rookie with bad tackling/effort habits than Nnamdi, DRC, and Coleman did of one another.

          • Baloophi

            I’m sure those guys would help create the best atmosphere for encouraging SJB to play with more physicality, but I really think, more than anything, it’s a mentality you’re either born with or not.

            You can work on the fundamentals of tackling, but the willingness to throw yourself in front of a runningback or tight end screaming through the secondary is not an acquired skill.

            If I’m not mistaken, Nebraska – as a program – takes great pride in its defense, which begs the question of why didn’t SJB “catch on” there? I don’t think Boykin or Sconces or an NFL coach or the pressure to make a roster and earn minutes can turn SJB into a willing tackler.

            Now – depending on the defense you’re attempting to build – willingness to tackle may not be the most important thing in the world – especially for a tall CB… but that sort of aversion to contact is not the kind of “team first” attitude I’d like to see on my team.

            SIDE QUESTION for our resident draftniks: Can you recall anyone who played soft in college turning it around at the next level?

          • OregonDucker

            Great post. To quote Chip loosely, and after a few drinks, ” We are from Philly and we fight!” Chip loves players who fight, not finesse, girly tacklers.

          • OregonDucker

            Yes, as a player, I loved to hit people. Some of my teammates were afraid of injury or looking bad if they missed the tackle. Some of us wanted to kill the runner or receiver, others wanted to look good.

  • Randy

    Hey Tommy, didn’t the coaches meet with FSU LB Christian Jones at the Sr Bowl?

    • TommyLawlor

      I didn’t focus on the Sr Bowl since teams now meet with every player there. It used to be important, but Phil Savage has now got meetings arranged so everyone meets with everyone.

    • Insomniac

      They were at his pro day too. There was a tweet that said Chip had his eyes mostly on Jones. He’s the best ILB after Mosley to let play behind Demeco for a year.

      • GEAGLE

        I would argue Van Noy is the best ILB to play behind Meco and eventually take over as the QB of your front 7….but I do really like jones. He is the better athlete, but I think van Noy is the better player. Tough, smart, versatile, playmaking SOB that you don’t have to draft as high as you would Have to draft CJ to secure him….I do get y people like CJ… Think people who are down on KVN are focusing too much on combine and not remembering what a maniac he looked like playng the role he played when Ziggy Ansah was there

        • Insomniac

          Van Noy’s draft stock just doesn’t match his value at the next level. There will probably be a lot more better players in positions that we need depth in than Van Noy at 54. Why reach for him if Jones will be available next round? Jones might have a lower floor than Van Noy but his ceiling is so much higher than Van Noy. Let him be a roleplayer for a year and get up to speed.

          • GEAGLE

            Then why draft CJ Mosley in round 1? I wouldn’t cry if we added CJones a round later than KVN…problem is, that a lot of teams get to pick before we would have a shot at Jones again from 54, and with the direction the NFL game is headed, LBs who can really cover will be more and more valuable and those giant LBs will be less valuable and relegated to two down players…personally, if I can’t have KVN, I’d prefer Christian Kirksey over Jones…Kirksey was an OLB but having Meco for another year or two gives us time to turn him into a ILB…then again, I’d be happy with that kid if he were just a career backup because he I an be such a valuable subpackage weapon in coverage…

            Btw, totally disagree about KVN not matching his draft value…go back and try watching Ziggy Ansah..you won’t be able to miss KVN if you tried :)

          • Insomniac

            Van Noy was overhyped. He’s a hair above average at everything. I just don’t see him being elite at anything at the next level. Sort of like Connor Barwin if he played ILB. Personally, I don’t feel that’s worth a second round pick. I’d jump on it in the 3rd if it was BPA.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if Jones gets drafted before Van Noy. He’s just way more versatile and athletic but needs time to develop mentally. Not saying that Jones has terrible instincts but that’s the few things Van Noy has over him.

          • Tom W

            His junior year was amazing and he was asked to drop alot more his senior yr. he is very smart leader who makes plays all over the field. good athlete not superb. but smart and instinctive which gives him a half step on every play. C Jones is more athletic but his floor is much much lower and could be a bust. Van Noy is a good starter as a rookie and a team captain in a couple yrs. he has belicheck written all over him. he will be gone way before 54 … chargers may take him in the first or seattle. he won’t make it to 54.

            At this point I am praying we trade down, and get out of the second with at least one of marcus smith, jeremiah attouchi or kvn …. if we go wr early, there is a risk those three don’t last to 54.

          • Insomniac

            What? Van Noy can easily be exposed at the next level since he’s just not as good as people want to believe he is. Overrated coverage and pass rush skills. People want to sell that he made Ziggy and he dropped back more in his last year. Watch the 2013 tape, he rushed more often than he covered. He had one great year and there’s the cold hard fact that his production dropped off a cliff with less talent. Sure maybe this guy can be like Barwin and have great stats for a year but he can’t do it himself. There’s at least 6 other players I would rather have than Van Noy in the second.

          • Tom W

            While I guess all the draft guys and scouts are idiots and you are a genius bc it seems a lot of teams are very high on him and may take him in the first rd. He won’t make it to 54 so you won’t have to worry but to say he will get exposed at the next level in coverage is just silly. He isn’t an olb in a 3 4 but will be a very good ilb on some team for a long time. Some guys just get it and have great instincts and that is KVn. You are seriously in the minority if you don’t think he is worth a second rd pick. I like a lot of guys better than him in the second rd but he has talent and will be a good nfl starter

  • Malcolm Jones

    Tommy, what potential guys might drop into UDFA and who should we be going after?…. I know we have not even drafted yet but im interested in looking at some tape and trying to see who I should keep an eye on.

    • GEAGLE

      Obvious answer is Oregon players like the safety Avery, OLB Biseko Lokmbo…Taylor Harts injury and lack of elite athleticism could see him fall out of the draft…TE lyerla’s “problems” could go Undrafted…

      The NT Kerr from Deleware..
      ..
      Jonathon Dowling, safety out of western Kentucky..

      Even some of the guys TOmmy listed above could go Undrafted like Tre Tomkins

      • Randy

        Kerr will not go undrafted. He should go on day two, but probably goes early in day 3.

        • GEAGLE

          Lots of players in his category..a few will fall out of the draft.. I group Kerr with guys like:
          Justin Ellis
          Deandre Coleman
          Shemar Stephans
          jay Bromly

          I feel like I could say all those names will be drafted, but in a deep draft like this, I think some will surprisingly go Undrafted …if you are a round 6-7 candidate, I don’t think you can just assume you will be drafted

          • Randy

            Fair point. There will be 1st rounder available in the 2nd, 2nd rounder in the 3rd etc etc etc.

          • GEAGLE

            Oh most definitely…with over 100 Underclassmen you can bet to find way more quality seniors who go Undrafted than a typical year…teams will be killing each other racing to sign some of the kids who go Undrafted this year…Kerr could easily get drafted, he has the talent…..but I could say that about sooooo many more guys this year than i can in normal draft….Azzinaro checked him out so the kid is in play one way Or another

      • A Roy

        Wow. And I didn’t even see Tommy’s lips move.

  • makarov123

    Just adding you missed Penn State in the list of Chip Kelly’s pro day visits. He was there to see Allen Robinson jump 42″ vertical and run a bit faster than at the combine. I think he ran a 4.5 or 4.55 at the pro day, compared to the 4.6 at the combine. Robinson was also 8-10 pounds lighter.

    • GEAGLE

      I’d bet Devante Adams joins that list soon

    • TommyLawlor

      Thanks. Fixed the list.

  • ryan pertl

    Awesome update. I would like to point out that all five of the WR’s that we’ve brought in for a visit are considered first rounders. Maybe I’m oversimplifying, but I see this as a clear indication of the team’s intentions.

    • Randy

      Or a smokescreen. Let everyone think that and swoop in and take Kyle Fuller.

      • ryan pertl

        I like Fuller but I don’t think he would be the BPA at 22 nor do I think CB is a major need (relative to other needs). We have three competent CB’s. I’ll do some digging but I read an article a while back that talked about first round CB’s and how their “bust rate” (subjective, I know) is one of the highest of all the positions.

        I’d rather go LB (ILB or OLB), WR, OL (aging there), or S before CB. I just don’t see it as a major need. I understand some other Iggles fans do, though.

        • Randy

          It’s not about needs, it’s about getting a great player. Check out Kyle Fuller on film.

          • Tom W

            watched him in 6 games. saw him get beat deep twice for tds and was horrible in press coverage. otherwise looked really good. id rather draft a corner in the mid rounds like antone exum or aaron colvin or terence mitchell and develop them next year to play the following yr. rookie corners are typically horrible and we have three good corners who will be helped w jenkins playing qb of the secondary and adding a coverage lb and edge rusher in the draft to help on third down.

    • Maggie

      I was more impressed by the number of defensive players worked out by the position coaches or coordinators. A few had extra meetings as well.

      • GEAGLE

        Out of curiosity what’s impressive about it?

        • Maggie

          The person I was answering seemed to be impressed with 5 WRs. As I was reading through Tommy’s list, I noticed the large number of players on the defensive side who had been worked out, etc. It refutes the opinion. expressed by many, that Chip doesn’t care about Defense.

          • GEAGLE

            How is it possible that any coach make Millions doesn’t care about any of the three phases of the game? Don’t get that line of thinking, but ok….
            ..
            Think it’s a safe assumption that if your coach is a freak about special teams, he probably cares a tiny bit about defense too.

          • Maggie

            “It refutes the opinion. expressed by many, that Chip doesn’t care about Defense”. I do not recall stating that this was MY opinion.

  • GEAGLE

    Think we take the “safe” prospects off of “big balls Chip aka Juevos mas grande” big board….if you aren’t ever going to sign high priced elite Free agents, than your stars have to come from the draft….
    ..throw the prospects with the really high ceilings on your board, bet we covet the ones who are smartest, coachable, and most Committed, giving Chip the best chance possible to coach them into stud NFL players

  • GEAGLE

    Any word connecting us to Antone Exum? Love that kid

  • ACViking

    T-Law:

    “OT Tiny Richardson – Tennessee … worked out by Jeff Stoutland”

    TINY richardson — jeff STOUTland.

    Nice wordplay.

  • ACViking

    Re: Ark DE/OLB Chris Smith’s Pro Day.

    According to Rotoworld, “[a]n Eagles LB coach put [Smith] through positional workouts.”
    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/cfb/131816/chris-smith

    That’d be McGovern or Minter, presumably.

    • TommyLawlor

      Great find. I’m sure it is McGovern. I’ll do some digging.

  • GEAGLE

    Wow…2nd round prospect Louchez Puorifoy was “reportedly caught with drugs and got out of it by becoming an informant” -A gem from Florio,,.
    ..
    Probably easier to get a locker room to accept Micheal Sam in today’s society than getting your team to accept a “snitch”…can’t imagine Desean Jaccson playing nice nice with informants…not a good look for his gold mine rap label :)

    • Tumtum

      Jaccson LoL

  • GEAGLE

    Terrell prior is getting cut on Monday if no one trades for him. Think Chip scoops him? Seems like a Hoarder…after 3 immobile QBs, maybe Chip feels like it’s time to screw with the media and give them the fast athlete they been talking about for two Yeats lol

    • ACViking

      G:

      From what you’ve seen of Pryor as a Raider, has he shown the kind of instinctive decision-making that Kelly’s offense — according to CK — requires at the NFL level?

      And do you see Pryor as coachable on the decision-making element?

      • Tumtum

        I think the answer to both questions is yes. I have only seen probably 2 games of him as the starter for the Raiders, but I thought he looked pretty good. Didn’t he lose his job to injury?

        I haven’t heard much about him in the way of complaints about football IQ or decision making.

      • Rambler

        As a big Buckeye fan, I just really am not a big believer in him. He was not really a “work at my craft” type of guy at Ohio State. I have too many painful memories of him missing wide open receivers, and him just scrambling around looking to make an individual play. Having said that… he is crazy athletic, and if he was pushed in the proper manner, I think he could be a solid starter. And in Chip’s system, who knows? It is fun to think of the potential.

      • GEAGLE

        HELL to the NO!!!… Was just screwing around..

    • UWotM8

      Pryor wants a chance to start, that’s why he’s leaving Oakland. There’s no way that he signs with the Eagles.

    • George

      If johnny football is @ 22, then I will rejoyce at the number of teams lining up to hop clevland (and i think there will be quite a few)

    • Scott J

      Theres a reason a lousy team like the Raiders don’t want him. Why would we?

  • GermanEagle

    Looks like a helluva lot of smokescreen to me. That’s when the Eagles be drafting a P at #22 OVR…

    • GEAGLE

      Damn dude, can we ATleast get a kicker instead?

    • Tumtum

      Would the friggin draft just get here already!!!!

  • Allen Rodriguez

    Hi Tommy,
    This is an awesome list you put together! Had been thinking about trying to create a list like this myself, so I had already done a little digging. Your list ended up being far more comprehensive (great work!), but here are 3 additional players that the Eagles may have demonstrated special interest in:

    1.) DE/OLB Chris Smith (Arkansas)
    Per Gil Brandt: “Chris Smith, a defensive end, was also at the combine
    and only did the three-cone drill at Arkansas’ pro day (7.37 seconds).
    He was worked out by a linebackers coach from the Philadelphia Eagles,
    and worked out exclusively as a linebacker.”
    Source: http://blogs.nfl.com/2014/03/10/travis-swanson-impressive-robert-thomas-will-work-out-april-1/

    2.) K Cody Parkey (Auburn)
    “He already has workouts scheduled with the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.”
    Source: http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2014/03/former_auburn_kicker_cody_park.html

    3.) WR L’Damian Washington (Missouri)
    “He said he’d already set up three or four meetings with teams during Pro
    Day. He didn’t disclose which ones, but he did say he had a meeting
    upcoming with the Philadelphia Eagles.”
    Source: http://www.columbiatribune.com/blogs/behind_the_stripes/missouri-practice-notes-washington-s-toe-still-healing-josey-talks/article_d0e637d2-b0a3-11e3-9fc9-0017a43b2370.html

    Washington and Parkey seem like interesting players for the Eagles to look at.

    Washington is a fast and tall (but skinny) at 6’4″ 195 lb, 4.46 40-yard dash. Aside from speed, he also reminds of DeSean Jackson in that “he had a documentary film crew from New York following him around. He said they’re doing a short film on where he came from,” again per the link above.

    And Parkey led the nation in touchbacks (69) last year. Rate stats are often more useful, and I’m not sure if he’s also first by percentage, but 70% of his kickoffs were touchbacks. For comparison, Alex Henery produced touchbacks on just 43% of his kickoffs last year. (Then again, I’m not sure how fair a comparison this is, as college players have more incentive to take a knee since touchbacks take the ball to the 25 yard line in college.) Bottom line: we knew the Eagles would be looking for someone to at least compete with Henery, and now we finally have a name and evidence that they are taking action in this regard.

    PS: If you read the comments at igglesblitz, you’re probably a big enough Eagles fan to enjoy my blog at birdbreakdown.com. Check it out!

    • Maggie

      Touchbacks are great, but from watching many years of football, coaches seem to really like kickers/punters who can put the ball out on the 2-yard line even better.

      • Allen Rodriguez

        That’s just punters.

        • Maggie

          I believe I mentioned punters. Occasionally there are individuals who can do both, also.

    • TommyLawlor

      Allen, great info. I’ll never catch every tidbit on my own. Thanks for sharing.

      • Allen Rodriguez

        Of course. I’m blown away at how many tidbits you compiled. And thanks for incorporating the new info into the list already.

    • Allen Rodriguez

      Another imperfect Parkey-Henery comparison, for those who like more evidence of how lame Henery is:

      Upon further research, in 2011, the last season before kickoffs were moved to the 35 (from the 30) and
      touchbacks were brought out to the 25 (instead of the 20), Parkey produced touchbacks on 58% of kickoffs. So Parkey in 2011, *kicking from 5 yards further back than Henery did last year,* still had a higher touchback percentage by 15 percentage points.

      Henery did not handle kickoffs in college.

      And FG% generally has little predictive power, but FWIW Parkey made 71% of his FGAs last year. Tough to know how much to read into that without knowing distances. though.

  • truehaynes

    odell beckham or brandon cooks?

    • Baloophi

      Both!

    • Mitchell

      I vote Beckham but I have noticed several others picking Cooks. I love the way Beckham moves and he did play against SEC talent.

      • Tom W

        Beckham. Not really close for me. I don’t think we pick cooks personally when there is good midgets later on

        • Mitchell

          Huge hands, fast, makes contested catches, solid body size, played against SEC talent….. Beckham all the way. We can get a giant wide out later on as well.

    • James Adair

      Beckham, only because he is a bit bigger. Like both more than Lee.

  • WEUer

    Did Chip go to Georgia’s pro day?

  • Scott J

    You just don’t get this kind of info on any other site! Thanks Tommy!

  • RC5000
  • LehighGrad

    I wonder if John Lovett was only Acting!!!! Or if he was merely serving as a Critic.

  • Tom W

    great freaking article. they met w Dakota Dozier .. crazy athletic guard/tackle from Furman at ew game and at the combine.

    met w wesley johnson at vandy … play t/g/c four yr starter. chip spent alot of time speaking w jordan matthews at his pro day.

    Azz ran dline drills at Arkansas pro day and ate dinner w the dtackle who was hurt most of his senior yr.

    chip spent time speaking w marcus smith at his proday too.

  • eagleyankfan

    T-Law – just wondering – when looking at the length of this list – how does it compare to a list by AR? Obviously Chips doing his homework as all coaches should be doing. Just wondering. Great article btw!

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