Looking for ILB Depth

Rick Minter was recently in Toledo, checking out an ILB prospect. This player is late round or UDFA material so don’t get too excited.

The Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach was among the representatives from 30 NFL teams at Toledo’s pro day Monday. Twenty-three players, most of whom were from small schools in Ohio, worked out indoors on Field Turf.

Linebacker Johnior Sylvestre (5-foot-11 7/8, 233 pounds) from Toledo made a very good impression in his workout, showing his ability to turn and run really well. He ran a 4.57 and 4.59 in the 40. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-10 broad jump. He ran a 4.36 short shuttle and 7.10 3-cone drill. And he did 23 strength lifts. Sylvestre has a chance to be a sixth- or seventh-round pick, and could definitely be a priority free agent.

Never hurts to have good ILB depth.

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Eagles in State College

You never want to make too much of the Penn State Pro Day. Since it is within driving distance, it only makes sense that the Eagles would send plenty of people out to State College to check out prospects.

The Eagles had DB coach Cory Undlin there to check out DB Adrian Amos, who played both S and CB at PSU.

Defensive back coaches from the Eagles, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans were among those in attendance at Penn State’s Pro Day Thursday. Wilson reports that Amos watched film with the Eagles and Ravens after running a 4:39 40-yard dash.

The Eagles also had Jeff Stoutland there. He ran the OL workouts. He was checking out:

Offensive tackle Donovan Smith (6-5 7/8, 328) ran the 40 in 4.98 and 5.03 seconds. He was unable to continue with the workout because he strained his right hamstring during the second 40 run. Smith is a big guy, with 35 5/8-inch arms and 10 3/8-inch hands.

Offensive guard Miles Dieffenbach (6-4 1/8, 304) ran the 40 in 5.32 and 5.35 seconds. He had a 27-inch vertical jump, but did not do the broad jump due to an ankle injury from Penn State’s win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Nittany Lions don’t have any elite prospects, but there are plenty of players the Eagles could be interested in. Beyond the assistants, Chip Kelly was there taking in the day’s activities.

 

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Eagles Check Out San Jose St OL

This is kinda interesting.

Representatives from 20 NFL teams attended San Jose State’s pro day on March 18. The offensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles and the defensive line coach from the Oakland Raiders were among those on hand to watch 14 players run outdoors on FieldTurf.

Normally the OL coach being at a school wouldn’t be all that interesting, but SJSU doesn’t have a top OL prospect. They have: Keith Bendixen, a 1-year starter at OG. 6-3, 313. 5.44 in the 40. 26 reps. 8.10 in the 3-cone. David Peterson, who started almost 2 years at Center. 6-4, 295. 5.32. 23 reps. 7.78. Those are hardly great athletes. SJSU does have a really athletic DT. You wonder if the Eagles are interested in him as an OL prospect.

Defensive lineman Travis Raciti (6-foot-3 7/8, 288 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.06 and 5.18 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical and a 8-foot-10 broad jump. He recorded times of 4.66 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.52 seconds in the three-cone drill. He performed 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Raciti had a good workout. His good quickness makes up for his lack of speed and he will likely be a priority free agent this year.

Maybe the Eagles did want to check out the OL. But it wouldn’t shock me if they looked into Raciti as an OL prospect.

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Quentin Rollins a Target?

The Eagles sent DBs coach Cory Undlin to Miami OH’s Pro Day to work out Quentin Rollins. This shows a special level of interest. It doesn’t mean they love the guy, but it does mean they think he’s worth extra study at the very least.

Here’s an interesting twist.

The Eagles haven’t made any moves at Safety yet. Could Rollins be a target? He would be good value in the 2nd round.

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Eagles Look at a LB

The Eagles like athletic OLBs who have the right frame. Ryan Russell from Purdue is a big, athletic LB prospect. The Eagles checked him out.

Ryan Russell, the Boilermakers’ only combine attendee, decided to run the 40 again and timed slightly faster than in Indianapolis. Russell ran 4.70-second time, compared to a hand-held best of 4.71 seconds at the combine. He also ran through both outside linebacker and defensive end drills. Russell, a sleeper of sorts, could end up being selected earlier than people presently project as teams like his size, athleticism and versatility to line-up in different defensive packages. 

I’m told yesterday Purdue’s Ryan Russell met with the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles during the Boilermakers’ pro day. Interesting in that the Eagles will be looking to replace Trent Cole, whom they recently cut. 

More on Russell. Lists at 6-5, 273.

 

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Portlandia

The Eagles had a scout at Portland State’s Pro Day.

Among the Viking athletes participating will two-time consensus All-American punter Kyle Loomis, and Rimington Award winner (top FCS center in the nation) Cornelius Edison.

Professional teams planning to attend include the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimoes.

Stud TE Julius Thomas came from PSU. They put out some interesting athletes.

Since Donnie Jones isn’t getting any younger, would make sense for the Eagles to check out some young punters.

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Stoutland Checks Out Clemmings

If the Eagles don’t move up for Marcus Mariota, one player they could covet is OL T.J. Clemmings. The former DL has played RT for 2 years and has huge upside. The Eagles were at his Pro Day.

3. OL coaches flock to Pitt to see Clemmings: There isn’t an offensive lineman in the 2015 draft boasting more athletic upside than Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings, a former defensive end turned right tackle who some believe ultimately will be the first offensive lineman selected this year. Though Clemmings elected not to do any timed drills at his Tuesday Pro Day, that didn’t stop offensive line coaches from the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams from traveling to personally view the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder’s position workout. Scouts on hand tell me that Clemmings’ workout was outstanding.

And this.

Very interesting.

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Towson CB Met With Eagles

CB Tye Smith is 6-0 and 195. So of course the Eagles are interested in him.

Smith had formal meetings at the combine with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. He met with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.

“It was a good meeting,” said Smith, who had 85 tackles last season and eight pass deflections. “They had me going over plays. They drew stuff up on the board and showed me film and asked me how I would respond in their defense.”

The Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association seleciton also met Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

“Chip Kelly is definitely a great football mind,” Smith said. “He’s great person, too.

Smith would be a developmental type CB.

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Chip Kelly at Clemson’s Pro Day

Chip Kelly likes going to Pro Days. He was down at Clemson recently.

The prospect he was most likely checking out…ILB Stephone Anthony. Tony Pauline reported the Eagles had dinner with him the night before Pro Day. That’s more than casual interest.

Another article here.

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Eagles Check Out NW Safety

Anthony Patch is the senior scout for the Eagles. And he was at Northwestern’s Pro Day. One would assume he was there to check out Safety Ibrahim Campbell, but he had a bum hamstring and won’t run for another week or so.

One player did stand out.

Linebacker Jimmy Hall (6-foot-1, 228 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 and 4.45 seconds. He had a 4.19-second 20-yard short shuttle time and a 6.96-second three-cone drill. Hall had a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-10 broad jump. He performed 24 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Hall will get a look from an NFL team, mostly like as a priority free agent following the events of the2015 NFL Draft, because of his speed at the linebacker position.

Hall played Safety in the season finale for NW. You wonder if NFL teams might look at him there. Those are some really athletic numbers.

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