Once again, potential targets will either fit a team need, or they will be players the Eagles were known to show interest in via pre-draft workouts, pro days, visits, etc.
Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
Watkins tested as one of the speediest and strongest cornerbacks in the draft. He didn’t have an overly productive career at Florida, but he has the versatility Kelly loves. Watkins can play outside the numbers or in the slot, safety and contribute on special teams.
Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State
Jones possesses a rare blend of size and speed for any linebacker, which is accentuated by this year’s class. He projects as Ryans’ eventual replacement, though he could tumble further due to a failed drug test at the scouting combine.
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Doesn’t fill a need, but can Kelly pass up on one of his favorite players? Learning from a tremendous all-purpose weapon like Darren Sproles could make Thomas all the more dangerous by the time he is ready to take over the veteran’s role two years down the line.
Donate Johnson, CB, North Carolina State
Like Watkins, Johnson didn’t have an especially productive college career. However, he boasts the same type of versatility as an inside/outside corner and safety. He’s not as fast or strong as Watkins, but, at 6'2", Johnson is bigger.
Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
Hart has the size, motor and mentality to be a 5-technique end in the NFL. He’s already worked with the Eagles' defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro at Oregon, so he should fit right into the program.
Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU
Barrow cleaned up behind Bennie Logan at LSU, and he could be doing it in the pros next. Logan can vouch for his former teammate. Barrow can learn behind a two-time Pro Bowler in Ryans.
Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
There’s a good chance Colvin will be long gone by this time. He was headed for a first- or second-round selection before tearing his ACL at the Senior Bowl. He’d have a redshirt with the Eagles, then compete for a starting job in ’15.
Shamar Stephen, DL, Connecticut
Stephen had a bit of an underwhelming career at UCONN, but he has the size and athleticism to make it at the next level. Perhaps he can flourish in a situation where there’s more talent around him.
Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State
A huge-framed tight end with a basketball background, Jensen will be a project at the next level. Still learning the position after converting from the defensive line, he has the athleticism to be a threat in the passing game and the strength to be a people mover in the running game.
Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama
The Eagles' offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland held the same post at Alabama prior to his current role. He coached Steen, so he should fit the system, with the staff already knowing that they can work with him.
Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
A big, smart safety out of the Pac-12. Kelly should be familiar with his body of work.
Chris Boswell, K, Rice
The Eagles desperately need to find a new kicker. Boswell is listed as the best available on most rankings, so this would be a match made in heaven.