Philadelphia Eagles: A Look at the Players Scheduled for Workouts
NFL teams are allowed to schedule 30 player workouts during the draft process.
The Eagles have already scheduled 14 players to workout at the NovaCare Complex.
Here is a quick look at the players:
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (projected fifth to sixth round):
Van Dyke ran an astounding 4.28 at the combine and has all the physical tools you look for in a shutdown corner. He is very raw though, and struggles in open space with a receiver. Van Dyke played in the shadow of fellow teammate Brandon Harris, and on gameday, he was targeted more often than Harris. Van Dyke will have to improve his playmaking and ball skills.
LB Brian Rolle (projected fourth to sixth round):
Rolle is bit small for a linebacker at 5'11'' 228 pounds, but can fit in nicely as a weakside linebacker in the Eagles scheme. Rolle is not a liability in pass and run coverage and can make an open-field tackle, something that all the Eagles linebackers lacked. Rolle can translate to a three-down linebacker in the NFL.
LB Ross Homan (projected fourth to fifth round):
Homan is a very disciplined llinebacker, very similar to Keith Rivers of the Bengals. He is a sound tackler and takes solid angles at the ball carrier. Homan is also an explosive athlete, posting the the fastest 10-yard split of all the linebackers (1.56 seconds). He translates to a strongside linebacker.
QB Colin Kaepernick (projected second round):
I am really not sure why the Eagles would schedule a workout with a quarterback expected to go high in the draft. If the Eagles trade Kolb, will they want to draft Michael Vick's successor in this year's draft?
Anyway, I am high on Kapernick and believe he is the second best quarterback in this draft class. Kaepernick is coming off a strong Pro Day workout where he completed 36 of 38 passes with one dropped. He possesses the mobility and arm strength to fit Andy Reid's offense.
WR Jeremy Kerley (projected fifth to sixth round):
Though Kerley does not possess elite speed, he could be a solid answer to the Eagles returning woes. Kerley, though only 5'10'' 190 pounds, he is known to be an aggressive receiver, not afraid to take a big hit. He could be a nice slot receiver, complementing the speedy DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
S Chris Conte (projected fourth to sixth round):
With Quintin Mikell expected to leave in free agency, the Eagles could have a need for a strong safety. Conte could fill the role, as he had a productive college career at California. Had a very good senior season, recorded 72 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles as a starter. Though Conte is not a big hitter, he can tackle better than most defensive backs.
LB Lawrence Wilson (projected third to fifth round):
Arguably Connecticut's best defender, Lawrence Wilson is an underrated playmaker, and unlike Ernie Sims, has actual football instincts.Wilson this past season had 123 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception.
Wilson is an elite tackler at his position, but may need to improve dropping back in coverage. At 6'1'' 230 pounds, Wilson ran a 4.56 at his Pro Day. Wilson can digest a play having played middle linebacker, so he could show that versatility with the Eagles.
QB Tyrod Taylor (projected fifth to seventh round):
Many fans want to draft Taylor because they see Michael Vick in him. Taylor has the running skills, but will have to greatly improve his reads and passing to become a legitimate starting quarterback, something that could happen with a great quarterback coach. Taylor has very good arm strength, but will have to improve his short, intermediate and deep ball accuracy.
RB Kendall Hunter (projected third to fourth round):
The Eagles will likely need a backup running back and Hunter could fill the void. Hunter is one of my favorites at running back this year. Though he is only 5'7'', Hunter can do everything well at running back and is very similar to Ray Rice. He has solid hands and has good enough agility and speed to make the opponent pay if they take a wrong angle at him.
LB Doug Hogue (projected fifth to seventh round):
Hogue is a very solid pass defender and can stick with the tight end at the next level. He can sideline to sideline quickly at 237 pounds and is flexible to get leverage against a blocker. Hogue though sometimes struggles to get off of blocks and is not a lockdown tackler.
C Brandon Fusco (projected fifth to seventh round):
Fusco is a small-school prospect from Slippery Rock. He has some upside at center and plays with power in the run and pass game. Fusco is a better run blocker, and in protecting the quarterback, he can get pushed back easily by a powerful defender.
S Jaiquawn Jarrett (projected fifth to sixth round):
Jarrett is a local product from Temple University. He is fast enough to cover slot receivers and tight ends, but struggles in deep coverage. Jarrett is a big hitter, even though inconsistent, in the run game and could be a presence in the secondary.
LB Casey Matthews (projected third to fourth round):
Matthews will have to improve tremendously to be talked about in the same pedigree of his brother Clay. Matthews is more of an inside linebacker, though he could play the weakside. He is a hard worker and a sound tackler in the open field. Matthews has fluid hips and can excel in zone coverage, and also covering the tight end.
Who would you rather see in an Eagles uniform?
CB Jimmy Smith (projected first round):
Smith is the only on this list expected to be a first-round pick. Smith has all the physical tools you look for at corner. At 6'2'' 205 pounds, ran in the 4.4's and has huge upside. The only concern with Smith is his off the field issues. He reportedly lied to NFL teams at the combine regarding an issue. Smith has great coverage skills though and translates to a shutdown corner in the NFL, something the Eagles sorely need opposite of Asante Samuel.
So, here are the 14 players that have either already worked out with the Eagles or are going to do so in the coming days.
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