College football players across the nation came to the Scouting Combine looking to showcase their skills in a variety of athletic events for both speed and strength. But for the Philadelphia Eagles, you must know that one of the top traits to catch the eye of head coach Chip Kelly was speed.
Just look at some of the current players on the team's roster, particularly on the offensive side of the ball: LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson. Each ranks among the best in the NFL at his position in speed.
That's an area Chip Kelly would likely seek to improve via the draft. With that in mind, here are the (updated) top 25 players the Eagles will be looking to draft with their first-round selection.
1. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
One of a number of defensive backs on Philadelphia's radar, Pryor was a top performer at his position in the bench press and ran a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. If selected, he would become the Eagles' best safety before playing a down.
2. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The Eagles could still look to draft a big, physical wide receiver with their first pick. After all, if Riley Cooper doesn't return the Eagles will need another red-zone target. But Benjamin's 40-yard dash certainly won't jump out at Kelly.
3. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
A solid showing in the 40 (4.58) and impressive showings in the acceleration drills likely impressed the Eagles, who have to be seriously considering the Alabama safety with their top pick.
4. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mike Evans didn't blow anybody away with his time in the 40-yard dash, but his size, impressive hands and physicality would make any team want to draft him, especially one in danger of losing two of its top three receivers to free agency.
5. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Justin Gilbert likely established himself as the top cornerback in the draft with a spectacular showing at the combine. He ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash and showed his explosiveness in the broad jump.
6. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
A 4.43 in the 40-yard dash and a top performer in both shuttles? You know Chip Kelly is already thinking about the mismatches he could create with a versatile player like Odell Beckham on his offense.
7. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Dennard had some inconsistency in his 40-yard dashes, running a 4.42 before his official time showed 4.51. But he's been mocked by many, including NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, to the Eagles, and a solid showing at the combine could have opened the eyes of defensive coordinator Billy Davis.
8. Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
Anthony Barr may not have run the 40-yard dash quite as fast as some hoped, but he's still a rare blend of size, speed and explosiveness. If he's around for the 22nd pick, the Eagles should snatch him up.
9. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Bradley Roby might have clinched a first-round spot with a terrific performance at the combine, particularly a 4.39 40-yard dash that ranked second among all the cornerbacks.
10. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Aaron Donald emerged as one of the winners in the NFL Scouting Combine, posting impressive displays in both the 40-yard dash and the bench press. His rare combination of strength and speed could make the Eagles look to add him in the middle of their defensive line.
11. Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
A bad back forced Dee Ford to sit out during the Scouting Combine, but is that enough to drop him on Philly's big board? After all, he had his entire college career to show what he could do on the football field.
12. Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford
There's a lot to like about Trent Murphy. He's a massive player who collected 15 sacks as a senior and followed it up with a terrific performance at the combine, most notably with a 6.78 in the three-cone drill.
13. Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri
The Eagles already know that Ealy is a dominant pass-rusher with impressive size. The combine gave him the opportunity to show off his quickness, as he finished first in the three-cone drill among defensive linemen.
14. Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU
Kyle Van Noy ran a 4.71 in the 40-yard dash and recorded 21 reps on the bench press. A solid combine will likely go a long way to proving his worth as a first-round draft pick.
15. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Lewan established himself as the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft. He was easily the fastest offensive lineman, also turning in 29 reps on the bench press. He could be a replacement for Jason Peters in a few years.
16. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Brandin Cooks was one of the overall winners of the NFL Scouting Combine. He posted the fastest time for any wide receiver in the 40-yard dash and also earned top marks in the shuttles. Imagine his speed on one side of the field and DeSean Jackson's on the other.
17. Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
It may have taken Louis Nix five tries on the broad jump before he was able to stand without falling backward. But he's still a legitimate first-round talent—an athletic player who has lost 23 pounds since January.
18. Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
The versatile Notre Dame lineman displayed impressive agility in the 20-yard shuttle and added 29 reps in the bench press. His quickness and strength, coupled with his ability to play multiple positions, could make him a surprise first-round pick by the Eagles.
19. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
The Eagles need a big body in the middle of their defensive line. Hageman weighs just 302 pounds, but he ran an impressive 5.02 in the 40-yard dash and recorded the third-most reps in the bench press of all defensive linemen.
20. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Eagles were likely a little disappointed with Lee's 40-yard dash time; however, his impressive jumping ability and overall explosiveness could still result in him being taken in the first round.
21. C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Mosley didn't dominate in any particular drill, but he posted solid markings and solidified himself as a likely first-round pick. He could be a replacement for DeMeco Ryans in a year or two.
22. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Even with his relatively small size, Verrett likely turned a number of heads in Philadelphia's front office with a dominant showing in the 40-yard dash (4.38). His explosiveness and big-play ability would enable him to compete for a starting job in 2014.
23. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Timmy Jernigan called himself the most complete draft prospect among defensive linemen at the combine. Hall of Famer and NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp agreed after watching Jernigan's performance (via Natalie Pierre of NoleSports.com on Tallahassee.com).
24. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
One of a number of talented wide receivers projected to go in the first round, Robinson ran just a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, but his dominant jumping ability and impressive size could make him a viable red-zone option.
25. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
A foot injury prevented Tuitt from competing during drills at the combine. It's up to the Eagles how they view the Notre Dame defensive end just two-and-a-half months before the draft.
Honorable Mention: Jerick McKinnon, OW, Georgia Southern
Jerick McKinnon isn't a running back, quarterback or wide receiver. He's an offensive weapon capable of dominating anywhere on the field. He's not going to be drafted in the first round, but, after the incredible show he put on during the combine, you have to think Chip Kelly is drooling over the idea of having this versatile playmaker on the field. His combination of strength and speed is almost unprecedented.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker.