Updated Draft Visits and Interest

Posted: March 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Updated Draft Visits and Interest

Only about a month left to go. Let’s see who the Eagles are looking at.

Visits to Philly

RB Derrius Guice – LSU
RB/KOR Rashaad Penny – San Diego State
WR Daurice Fountain – Northern Iowa
TE Chris Herndon – Miami
OT Chukwuma Okorafor- Western Michigan
OC James Daniels – Iowa

LB Leighton Vander Esch – BYU
LB Darius Leonard – South Carolina State
LB Jermaine Carter Jr. – Maryland
DB Justin Reid – Stanford
CB Donte Jackson – LSU

Pro Days

OT Orlando Brown – Oklahoma – OL coach worked him out at Pro Day
OT Chukwuma Okorafor – WMU – Jeff Stoutland worked him out at Pro Day
OT Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame – Asst OL coach Eugene Chung worked him out at his Pro Day
OT Jamil Demby – Maine – Asst OL coach T.J. Paganetti worked him out at his Pro Day
OT Matt Gono – Wesley – scout at his Pro Day

OG Austin Corbett – Nevada – OL coach at his Pro Day
OG Will Hernandez – UTEP – OL coach worked him out at his Pro Day
OG Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame – Asst OL coach Eugene Chung worked him out at his Pro Day

OC Tanner Stallings – UTEP – OL coach worked him out at his Pro Day

TE Tyler Conklin – Central Michigan – TE coach at his Pro Day
TE Hayden Hurst – South Carolina – TE coach at his Pro Day
TE Durham Smythe – Notre Dame – TE coach Justin Peelle worked him out at his Pro Day
TE David Wells – San Diego State – Eagles will work him out

WR J’Mon Moore – Missouri – Says he is “receiving interest from the Eagles”
WR Christian Kirk – Texas A&M – WRs coach Gunter Brewer worked him out at Pro Day
WR Courtland Sutton – SMU – Eagles to meet with him before Pro Day
WR D.J. Moore – Maryland – workout scheduled with him

RB Nyheim Hines – NC State – Duce Staley at his Pro Day
RB Jaylen Samuels – NC State – Duce Staley at his Pro Day
RB Kalen Ballage – Arizona State – Duce Staley at his Pro Day
RB Sony Michel – Georgia – Duce Staley worked him out at his Pro Day
RB Nick Chubb – Georgia – Duce Staley w0rked him out at his Pro Day
RB Trent Cannon – Virginia State – scout worked him out at Pro Day

QB Kyle Lauletta – Richmond – Press Taylor at his Pro Day

RS/WR Braxton Berrios – Miami – Eagles scout worked him out at Pro Day

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DE Kentavious Street – NC State – DL coach Phillip Daniels at his Pro Day
DE Rasheem Green – USC – DL coach Chris Wilson worked him out at his Pro Day
DE Josh Sweat – Florida State – DL coach Chris Wilson worked him out at his Pro Day
DE Harold Landry – Boston College – Jim Schwartz was at his Pro Day

DT Nathan Shepard – Fort Hays State – DL coach worked him out at Pro Day
DT Tim Settle – Virginia Tech – DL coach worked him out at Pro Day
DT Joshua Frazier – Alabama – met with him
DT B.J. Hill – NC State – DL coach Phillip Daniels at his Pro Day
DT Justin Jones – NC State – DL coach Phillip Daniels at his Pro Day
DT Josh Fatu – USC – DL coach Chris Wilson was at his Pro Day
DT John Atkins – Georgia – DL coach Phillip Daniels at his Pro Day
DT Trenton Thompson – Georgia – DL coach Phillip Daniels at his Pro Day
DT Derrick Nnadi – Florida State – DL coach Chris Wilson worked him out at his Pro Day
DT Tracy Sprinkle – Ohio State – talked to him at his Pro Day
DT P.J. Hall – Sam Houston State – campus workout
DT McKay Murphy – Weber State – son of Dale Murphy…Eagles met with him at Pro Day
DT Taven Bryan – Florida – DL coach Chris Wilson worked him out at Pro Day
DT Maurice Hurst – Michigan – asst DL coach Phillip Daniels worked him out at his Pro Day

LB Nate Cichy – Wisconsin – LB coach at his Pro Day
LB Jaylyin Minor – Cincinnati – interviewed by multiple Eagles scouts at all star game
LB Uchenna Nwosu – USC – extensive interview at his Pro Day…DL coach was there

CB Chandon Sullivan – Georgia State – coach at his Pro Day
CB Tremon Smith – Central Arkansas – met with him before his Pro Day
CB Trey Johnson – Villanova – met with him at his Pro Day
CB Josh Jackson – Iowa – Eagles showing lots of interest per Tony Pauline

SMALL SCHOOLS

James Madison – scout at Pro Day
Maine – scout at Pro Day
Missouri Western – scout at Pro Day

Best source for info … Tony Pauline’s Draft Analyst

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The thing that really stands out to me is the amount of work being done on DTs. Some of you will interpret this as the Eagles maybe having concerns with Tim Jernigan. I suppose that is possible, but I think this is really more about the Super Bowl. The Eagles didn’t get good enough pressure up the middle in that game. You can also see this in the Giants games when Eli was getting rid of the ball quickly. The best way to fight that is through getting pressure up the middle.

While the Eagles are looking at lots of DTs, the guys they have shown the most interest in are players that can pressure the passer.

Maurice Hurst
Taven Bryan
P.J. Hall

These guys are explosive 1-gap DTs. Hurst and Bryan would be 1st round targets. Hall is a mid-rounder. All of them would be excellent fits for the Eagles. This Bryan video is a fun watch.

Other DTs might not be as explosive, but can get to the QB using a combination of quickness, skill and power.

Nathan Shepard
Tim Settle
B.J. Hill
Justin Jones
Derrick Nnadi
Trenton Thompson

The Eagles already have Destiny Vaeao and Elijah Qualls in place, but neither has done enough to feel secure about his job. The team clearly wants the best DT play it can get from the backups. That could mean spending pick 32 one one, a mid-rounder or even a late rounder.

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The team is looking at the right kind of TEs. They aren’t looking at freak athletes or dynamic pass catchers. They are trying to find complete players, guys who can block and catch and contribute on STs.

Hayden Hurst is my favorite TE. He is 25-years old and that turns off some people (possibly named Bo or Noah). Durham Smythe would be ideal. He is a mid-round target who can block and catch. He impressed at the Senior Bowl and the Eagles seem very interested. He will turn 23 this summer. Wells is primarily a blocker. He would be a late round guy or priority free agent.

Herndon would be a mid-round target. He might remind you of Trey Burton, but he’s bigger and a better blocker. He’s not as athletic.

The team could still add a veteran. Clive Walford was cut by Oakland and would make some sense. There are still some other players on the market. The Eagles might wait to see how things go in the draft before pursuing a veteran. It all depends on cost and also what the team thinks of the available players. To this point, it doesn’t seem like they are overwhelmed by any of the options.

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