Prospect Watch – DL, TE, LB

The Eagles were one of a handful of teams at New Hampshire’s Pro Day.  They were most likely there to check out DL Jared Smith.  He’s 6-4, 296.  He ran the 40 in 5.01.  He could play the 5-tech DE or 3-tech DT.  I’m not sure if he’d fit at NT.

Smith had 4 sacks, 2 FFs, and 3 blocked kicks this year for UNH.

The Eagles sent a TEs coach to the San Diego State Pro Day.  There is no doubt about why.  TE Gavin Escobar was the big star.  He could be a 2nd round pick.  Escobar isn’t a great athlete, but is good and also a skilled receiver.

Here’s the skinny from Gil Brandt:

Gavin Escobar, TE (6-6 1/8, 248) — Escobar ran a 4.78 and 4.81-second 40-time and did 12 reps of 225 pounds. He had a really good workout and caught the ball really well.”

Georgia LB Alec Ogletreee is another player of interest.

“He has a few things going for him. He’s really good — difference-maker kind of good. He also has Dye, long among the most credible of agents. Dye has a reputation for not taking on problem clients. (His current roster of 70 include the Falcons’ Julio Jones.) Before meeting with Ogletree, Dye spoke to some of his former Georgia teammates and coaches and felt comfortable in pursuing working with him.

“Teams have asked questions ranging from, ‘Does he have a problem’ to, ‘What was he thinking?’” Dye said. “But they have to ask. Does it keep him from being a top-10 pick? Maybe. Does it keep him from being a top-20 pick? I don’t think so.”

Put it this way: At least 10 teams already have private workouts or visits set up with Ogletree, including the Falcons. Others: New England, Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Buffalo.

Olgetree was arrested late Saturday, Feb. 9. He told Dye on Tuesday. The two spoke again the next day, and Dye stressed the need to get ahead of the story, come clean publicly and deal with the initial fallout before the combine the following week. “We didn’t want this news to be broken in a private interview with a team,” Dye said.”

Ogletree might remind you of Karlos Dansby, who was a star for Bill Davis in Arizona.  Teams have to figure out his value.  Ogletree isn’t physical enough and has  character issues, but is also very talented.  At what point is he good value?  Or do you take him off your board completely?

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