More Draft Talk

Posted: March 20th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

We got more Eagles draft news on Monday.

Let’s start things off at NC State, where Duce Staley was on hand to check out their RBs. Tony Pauline has more.

Nyheim Hines was another who looked explosive and displayed his sheer athleticism on pro-day.  Hines posted a 10-foot-2-inch broad jump, timed 4.21s short shuttle and 6.85s 3 cone- marks all better than the one’s he laid down at the combine.

Much of his position drills were run but Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur until the end when Duce Staley of the Philadelphia Eagles took over.

Hines is a small, but explosive RB. He is 5-8, 198 and has played WR as well as RB. He also has value as a KOR and PR. Doug Pederson made mention of wanting to upgrade STs so this could be a player that makes a lot of sense for the Eagles. He is more of a weapon than a true position player.

The other RB is Jaylen Samuels. He played TE and RB at NC State. He is a terrific pass catcher. Samuels is about 225 pounds so he won’t be explosive, but he is a good inside runner and can break his share of tackles.

Both players make sense for the Eagles.

Staley wasn’t alone in Raleigh. NC State has 4 stud DL prospects so assistant DL coach Phillip Daniels was on hand to see them work out.

DE Bradley Chubb
DT B.J. Hill
DT Justin Jones
DE/DT Kentavious Street

Chubb will be a Top 5 (or so) pick. The Eagles could have interest in Hill and Jones as young talent for the DL. Street is interesting. He goes 6-2, 280 and is incredibly powerful. He could play DE, but some teams think he might be better as an interior pass rusher.

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Most teams got a chance to study Lauletta in-depth at the Senior Bowl. Press Taylor was busy getting ready for some sporting event up in Minneapolis. Can’t remember what they call that. Should the QB market go sideways and the team end up trading Nick Foles, the Eagles might have interest in adding another QB. You can never have too many of them.

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Fountain had a strong showing at the Shrine Game. He is 6-2, 210 and is very good after the catch. Talented mid-round prospect.

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Tony Pauline recently mentioned he heard the Eagles loved Vander Esch. I can see why they would because he’s very talented.

At the same time, Vander Esch makes no sense for the Eagles. He could be a Top 20 prospect. Let’s say he does drop to 32, are you taking a LB when you just re-signed Nigel Bradham and you have young talent in Jordan Hicks and Corey Nelson?

I’m all for the Eagles adding talented depth in the middle of the draft. I just don’t know about spending pick 32 on a LB. I realize Bradham’s deal isn’t truly a 5-year pact and that Hicks has injury issues, I just don’t know about the value of taking a LB at 32 for this defense.

The Eagles are at least curious. And maybe they do love him. He just doesn’t seem like a likely pick.

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Reid makes a ton of sense for the Eagles. He played S and CB in college. He can play the slot and looks pretty good there. He has great hands and could be a terrific Safety if that’s where the coaches preferred him. Reid isn’t a great tackler, but gets the job done. He is a gifted athlete and smart player.

Of all the candidates we’ve talked about for pick 32, Reid might be the best combination of fit, value, potential and ability to contribute early on. I’ll write a long post on him sometime soon.

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Ballage is incredibly talented. He is a freak. But he wasn’t as productive as he should have been. Was that a case of the coaches not knowing how to use him or was Ballage to blame. He wouldn’t be the first talented underachiever in football history. Ballage looked great at the Senior Bowl. He could be a real interesting project for Duce Staley. If Duce could get Corey Clement to play like he did, Duce could do amazing things with a size/speed/skill guy like Ballage.

You can bet interviews will be critical for Ballage. Underachievers have a lot of explaining to do and they better do a good job of it. Duce doesn’t take a lot of B.S. so if he comes away liking Ballage, that does say something.

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The Eagles had a scout work out Virginia State RB Trent Cannon. The small, but speedy RB averageed 7 yards per carry and ran for 18 TDs this year. He also is a good KOR.

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Now for a bit of non-draft news. The Eagles introduced Michael Bennett and Daryl Worley to the media today.

Read Les Bowen’s story for all the exciting details.

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