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Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Team Report

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Philadelphia Eagles - 4-12 -
Head Coach - Chip Kelly - 1st year
Key Team Needs: 1. OT 2. DL 3. WR 4. LB 5. RB

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Photo – OT Eric Fisher - Central Michigan

Eagles Team Report - Head Coach - Chip Kelly
1st Round Pick - 4th selection - 9 total picks

1. Offensive Line - The Eagles lost starting left tackle Jason Peters with an Achilles tendon injury that cost him the 2012 season. Their line struggled mightily all season and will be hard pressed to pass on one of the premier tackles in this rare class. They love LOT Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson and either could be their top pick. They could add an interior center/guard fairly early in the process with Barrett Jones highly coveted. They could draft into the center position with a prospect like Travis Frederick possibly available in the 2nd round. They also like OT Menelik Watson who could be available with their #2 pick.

2. Defensive Tackle - The Eagles have invested several high picks at this position with only Fletcher Cox and Mike Patterson playing up to their potential. Cox is a cornerstone defender here. Patterson signed with the Giants. They may address this position again in the early rounds and draft into the deepest position on defense. With their top selection, they have DT Sharrif Floyd high on their value board. They also like DT Sylvester Williams and Johnathan Hankins very much in the 2nd round.

3. Wide Receiver - The Eagles could address this area despite talent on this unit. They are disappointed in vet Jeremy Maclin. They may be tempted to select Robert Woods or Keenan Allen in the 2nd round. They also like Stedman Bailey and Aaron Dobson in the 3rd round. They could address this area later in the middle rounds and like Da’Rick Rogers and Chris Harper and they will get strong consideration. Expect a few high draft selections here with return skills considered with a prospect like Denard Robinson in the middle round area.

4. Linebacker - The Eagles signed veteran LB Connor Barwin to provide outside pass pressure. They like several of their young prospects especially #2 pick last April, Mychal Kendricks. He plays well in either pro scheme with versatility for a few positions. They have little depth behind starters and the addition of a quality early defender is critical. They may address this unit twice over the three-day draft.

5. Quarterback - The Eagles starting QB Michael Vick returns, but is on a year to year basis currently. Young Nick Foles is being hyped as the heir apparent, but is still a raw prospect. Eagles do a great job of promoting their backups with little production when given starting opportunities. They will probably invest in an early round addition like E.J. Manuel, Tyler Bray or Tyler Wilson good fits for the #3 jobs.

Insiders’ Insights
The Eagles win the Super Bowl every March and April. Unfortunately, it is played every February. They missed the playoffs the past two seasons despite being an aggressive club who moves up for certain players. This year, they have 9 picks to maneuver in the early rounds. They have clear needs along the defensive and offensive lines. They addressed their secondary in FA with a completely new veteran unit. They hope to parlay their top picks into early starters. They will focus on offensive and defensive linemen and like OT Eric Fisher, DT Sharrif Floyd and ‘Ziggy’ Ansah in the 1st round. They will probably be tempted with a top-flight receiver available with their #2 selection and like Robert Woods after he had an impressive pro day. They also like receivers Aaron Dobson and Da’Rick Rogers in the 3rd round. They may find a few highly regarded prospects like OT Menelik Watson, DE Datone Jones and DT Sylvester Williams on the board in the early 2nd round. They have done extensive work on OT Menelik Watson and will give him 2nd round consideration if they select DT Sharrif Floyd with their top pick.

1st Round Pick - OT Eric Fisher - Central Michigan - He could be the best of a great class of tackles.
Alternate Pick - DT Sharrif Floyd - Florida - Fine athlete has the skill set to be a top interior rusher.

NFL Draft 2013 - Underrated Pro Prospects

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NFL Draft 2013 - Underrated Pro Prospects
Over 300 NFL Draft Yearbook 2013 Scouting Reports – available now

Photo - FB Devon Ramsay - North Carolina

NFL Draft 2013 - Underrated Pro Prospects
Offensive Prospects

Zac Dysert - QB - Miami (Oh)
Matt Scott - QB - Arizona
Dennis Johnson - RB - Arkansas
Ronnie Wingo - RB - Arkansas
Devon Ramsay - FB/H-Back - North Carolina
Chris Harper - WR - Kansas St
Alec Lemon - WR - Syracuse
Russell Shepard - WR - LSU
Chris Gragg - TE - Arkansas
Luke Willson - TE - Rice
* Levine Toilolo - TE - Stanford
Kyle Reed - TE - Nebraska
Brian Winters - OG - Kent St
Hugh Thornton - OG - Illinois
* Chris Faulk - OT - LSU

Defensive Prospects

Cornellius Carradine - DE - Florida St
Malliciah Goodman - DE - Clemson
Devin Taylor - DE - South Carolina
A.J. Francis - DT - Maryland
Jared Smith - DT - New Hampshire
Jamie Collins - LB - Southern Miss
Sio Moore - LB - UConn
Sean Porter - LB - Texas A&M
Kiko Alonso - LB - Oregon
DeVonte Holloman - LB - South Carolina
D.J. Hayden - CB - Houston
Leon McFadden - CB - San Diego St
Brandon McGee - CB - Miami
Kayvon Webster - CB - South Florida
Steve Williams - CB - Cal

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Draft 2013 Rising Prospect – Tavon Austin

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Photo - WR Tavon Austin – West Virginia

Tavon Austin is a hot rising prospect entering the weeks before the NFL Draft 2013. His outstanding 2012 season and 2013 postseason has elevated him to a mid first round selection. His rare speed and quickness and natural running skills are ideal for the NFL game. He is earmarked to the Rams who hold two #1 picks, the 16th and 22nd overall selections. He would be an ideal fit for their young offense working with emerging QB Sam Bradford.

Tavon Austin #1- West Virginia -
5’9” 175 - Sp. 4.35 - Hindu Theory: Randall Cobb

Fast sure handed senior receiver/ returner completed an excellent career for WV, earning conference honors several time over his career. Tavon has been a consistently productive big play performer whether as a receiver, runner or return specialist. He combines explosive quickness and speed that allows him to make plays after the catch or returning kicks. He has shown consistent big play ability in those roles with the ability to make defenders miss or run away from them. Over his career, he has been a featured big play weapon for the wide open Mountaineer passing game and return units. He is a smallish all-purpose performer who has natural hands and running skills to fill a few key roles as a pro. He was a consistent playmaker in all roles and could earn the #3 job as a slot receiver early, in addition to both return duties. He is a reliable pass catcher who runs precise routes and displays sure hands that has allowed him to compensate for his lack of size. He is both quick and fast with the short area suddenness to create running room and hit an opening. He has top speed with the initial quickness to get into his routes nicely and the ability to make fast cuts at the break point and create consistent separation. He displays good AA and has a fine understanding of the passing game with the ability to adjust his routes and make the tough catch. He has the speed to get deep or take the short screen pass and make a big play using his natural running skills. Despite his marginal size, he displays the toughness and body control to make the difficult catch, take the big hit and hold on to the ball. He releases from the line quickly and fights thru the jam to get into his routes, though rarely tested as a collegian. After the catch, his top running ability makes things happen with his rare elusiveness to make defenders miss and speed to run away from tacklers. He is similar to the Packers’ Randall Cobb in speed, quickness, style and AA, though slightly smaller.
The Numbers: As a senior, he had 114 catches for 1289 yards for an 11.3 average and 12 TDs. He carried the ball 72 times for 680 yards and 3 TDs in addition to an 11 yard average as a punter returner with 1 TD and a 25.4 average as a KOR with 1 TD. It was a dynamic overall performance. As a junior, he had 101 catches for 1186 yards and 8 TDs for first team Big East. Over his career, he played in every game and had 288 catches for 3413 yards and 29 TDs and added 1070 yards rushing with 6 TDs and big plays as a returner. Over his career, he averaged 25 yards on kickoffs with 4 TDs with a 12 yard average as a punt returner including 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he ran 4.34 and 4.36 times and did 14 reps. He had a 32” VL and a 10’ BJ with a 4.01 short shuttle. He performed very well in the receiving drills.
The Skinny: Very quick athlete with the ability to become an impact role player and probable starter. He is a good athlete with the talent to become an early RS with impact and game changing talent. He can be a slot receiver with the skill set to become a solid contributor. His top open field running skills gives his club a dangerous weapon in a number of roles. Highly-developed returner that must prove he can hold up to the physicality of the pro game, though he was rarely nicked up in college. He has the skill set to be a very good role player and he probably does not fall beyond the top 25 selections. Impact weapon in a few roles but must be used properly.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

NFL Draft 2013 Yearbook Scouting Report - Quinton Patton

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Photo - WR Quinton Patton - Louisiana Tech

Quinton Patton #4 - 6’ 200 lbs. - Louisiana Tech - Speed 4.50 - Hindu Theory: Marvin Harrison
Fast athletic senior has been one of the premier receivers in the nation in the wide open Tech offense. Quinton had an unheralded playing career that includes a two time WAC first team performer after an acclaimed JC career at Coffeyville CC. As a receiver, he is highly developed and graded out well vs top cover men including a few SEC defenders. He is a fine athlete with the burst of speed to be a difference maker especially in the intermediate zones. With further refinement in key areas especially his overall strength, he has a chance to challenge for an early starting job in his pro career. He has shown a fine skill set with good AA, instincts for the position with excellent route running and defense recognition development. He separates very well in coverage to get open consistently with the ability to run crisp disciplined routes. He has very reliable hands to be a dependable target with a big receiving radius and able to make the difficult catch. His ability to get deep and run after the catch ability has earned him high grades showing the overall talent to be a #1 NFL receiver. He is very developed in key areas like route running and adjusting on the move while reading coverage. He comes back to the ball very well that helps his QB when under duress. He has good size and the leaping ability to work the sidelines and underneath routes with the savvy to find openings and sit in holes. He shows the potential to be a pro playmaker with developed skills of hands, route running and reading coverage. He must improve his overall strength to take the pounding as a pro when going over the middle. He has a lean frame that needs to fill out, though he has proven he can stay on his routes and take a hit and make the tough catch.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started all 12 games and caught 104 passes for 1392 yards for a 13.4 yard average and 13 TDs earning WAC first team honors. As a junior, he caught 74 passes for 1135 yards for a 15.3 yard average and 10 TDs and WAC honors. Over his earlier two year JC career, he had 73 catches for 996 yards and 7 TDs in 19 games, in addition to punting for a 39 yard average. At the NFL Combine, he ran two 4.53 times with a 1.58 ten yard split time and added 8 reps in the lifting. He added a 33” VL and 9’10” BJ with very good agility drills. He had a 4.01 short shuttle and a 6.91 three-cone times with good positional drills.
The Skinny: This highly developed receiver is one of the unheralded players in this draft class. He has big play talent with the natural skills. He displays playmaking ability to catch the deep ball with the vertical speed to stretch a defense. He is dangerous in the open field and has definite upside potential in the mold of Marvin Harrison in body type, size, speed, AA and LOD. Over his career, he made fine improvement and showed intriguing upside potential as an NFL receiver. His playmaking ability will warrant a high draft selection and probably a top 60 pick. He can win a role in three and four WR sets immediately if not a rookie starting job. Fast receiver with definite upside and the potential to be an NFL star with natural abilities. He has the talent to be an impact player with speed and refined receiving skills. Clubs like the Texans, Redskins and Dolphins interested.

Draft Projection: 2nd Round

DT Star Lotlelei Works out at Utah Pro Day

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DT Star Lotlelei Works out at Utah Pro Day

Photo – DT Star Lotlelei - Utah

One of the premier defenders in the NFL Draft 2013, DT Star Lotlelei worked out this week at the Utah Pro Day. Lotlelei was unable to workout at the NFL Combine, when heart problems were discovered during the physical in the first days of the event.

He was considered a top ten prospect and possibly the #1 defensive tackle on the board after a strong 2012 season. This week he got the medical clearance to workout and had a good performance in front of 31 NFL teams including head coaches and General Managers.

Star Lotlelei is one of 350 Scouting Reports in Draft Insiders’ Yearbook out late March

Lotlelei measured in at under 6’3” and 314 lbs. with 33 5/8” arm length and did 38 reps @ 225 lbs. He ran a 5.25 and 5.30 times with average agility drills of 4.65 short shuttle and 7.65 three cone drill times.

They were among the leaders at the position from the NFL Combine event. His 38 reps in the lifting tied him with DT Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern for the most among defensive linemen at the NFL Combine.

Lotulelei will have a final medical exam and testing in Indianapolis on April 5-6 when players with health issues at the NFL Combine are reevaluated and their health issues are updated. This final exam will determine his health related to NFL mini and training camps and have a huge bearing on his draft status. He is one of the pending player issues in the early rounds that could have a strong bearing on the overall first round selections.

DT Star Lotulelei - 6'3" 315 lbs. - Utah
As a senior, he started all 12 games and recorded 42 tackles with 10 TFL, 3 FF, 4 FR and 5 sacks, earning Pac 12 first team honors. In 2011, he started 12 of 13 games and had 44 tackles, 9 TFL and 2 sacks. He is similar to Pro Bowler B.J Raji in body type, AA and positional fits.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

NFL Draft Prospects 2013 - Pro Day Schedule

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NFL Draft Prospects - Pro Day 2013 Schedule

The NFL postseason provides the final on-field opportunity for draft prospects to work out for scouts. Draft Insiders’ Digest scouts will attend a number of Pro Days through March and April. Results will be included in our NFL Draft Yearbook and Update Report this spring.
Keep track of schedules and results here.

Photo - DE Damontre Moore - Texas A&M

Date, School
March 1

Purdue
Texas-El Paso

3/4
Alcorn State
Minnesota
North Dakota State
Troy
UAB

3/5
Auburn
Buffalo
Tenn- Chattanooga
Jackson State
Northwestern
Southern Miss
Tulsa
Tuskegee
Youngstown State

3/6
Alabama AM
Duquesne
Eastern Washington
Kent State
Mississippi State
North Alabama
Northern Arizona
Pittsburgh
South Florida
Texas Tech
Wisconsin

3/7
Alabama State
Arizona
Arkansas-Monticello
Clemson
Furman
Idaho
Illinois
Miami
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Mexico
Syracuse
Utah State
Washington State

3/8
Arizona State
Cornell
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Kent State
Missouri State
Montana
Ohio State
TCU
Texas A&M
Wofford

3/11
California (PA)
Central Michigan
Penn State

3/12
Florida
Jacksonville State
Lehigh
Portland State
Toledo
Towson
UCLA

3/13
Alabama
Central Oklahoma
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Louisiana-Monroe
Marshall
Maryland
Michigan State
Nevada
Oklahoma
Rutgers
Washington

3/14
Arkansas State
Fort Valley State
Georgia Tech
Kansas State
Michigan
Tulsa
UNLV
West Alabama
West Virginia

3/15
California
Florida A&M
Georgia State
Kansas

3/18
Air Force
Albany State (Ga)
Delaware State
Houston
Howard
Idaho State
Memphis
Montana State
Valdosta State
Wake Forest

3/19
Florida State
Louisville
Richmond
Sam Houston State
San Diego State
Virginia

3/20
Ball State
Baylor
Central Florida
Fresno State
Incarnate Word
Ohio
Sacramento State
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia Tech

3/21
Boise State
Eastern Kentucky
Georgia
Kentucky
Princeton
Stanford
Texas-San Antonio
William & Mary

3/22
Missouri Western
Tennessee State
Vanderbilt

3/25
Iowa
Middle Tennessee St
Stephen F Austin

3/26
Louisiana Tech
McNeese State
North Carolina
North Carolina Central
Southeast Louisiana
Texas

3/27
UConn
LSU
North Carolina State
Southern Cal
Southern Methodist

3/28
BYU
Central Arkansas
Coastal Carolina
East Carolina
Louisiana-Lafayette
Yale

3/29
Southeast Missouri St

April 2
Columbia

NFL Combine 2013 - ‘Workout Warriors’ Results

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NFL Combine 2013 - ‘Workout Warriors’

Photo – RB Knile Davis - Arkansas

NFL Combine – Workout Drills

40-yard dash
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press
The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.

Vertical jump
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad jump
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

NFL Combine – Workout Positional Drill Results
Offensive Players

Speed / Vertical Leap / Broad Jump / Bench Press Reps
Quarterbacks
EJ Manual, Florida St - 4.65 - 34” - 118 / DNP
Geno Smith, West Virginia - 4.59 - 33.5” - 124 / DNP

Running Backs
Knile Davis, Arkansas - 4.37 - 33.5” - 121 / 31
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA - 4.49 - 31.5” - 115 / 18

Fullbacks
Zach Line, Southern Methodist - 4.77 - 30.5” - 111 / 26
Lonnie Pryor, Florida St - 4.70 - 30” - 114 / 17

Wideouts
Tavon Austin, West Virginia - 4.34 - 32” - 120 / 14
*Josh Boyce, Texas Christian - 4.38 - 34” - 131 / 22
Marquise Goodwin, Texas - 4.27 - DNP - 132 / 13

Tight Ends
*Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame - 4.68 - 35.5” - 119 / 22
Chris Gragg, Arkansas - 4.50 - 37.5” - 125 / 18

Linemen
Terron Armstead, Arkansas-PB - 4.71 - 34.5” - 112 / 31
Eric Fisher, Central Michigan - 5.05 - 28.5” - 116 / 27
Lane Johnson, Oklahoma - 4.72 - 34” - 118 / 28

Defensive Players
Ends:

Ziggy Ansah, BYU - 4.63 - 34.5” - 118 /21
Margus Hunt, SMU - 4.60 - 34.5” - 121 /38

Tackles
Sharrif Floyd, Florida - 4.92 - 30” - 106 /DNP
*Sheldon Richardson, Missouri - 5.02 - 32” - 116 /30

Linebackers
Outside

Xaviar Gooden, Missouri - 4.47 - 34” - 131 /27
Cornelius Washington, Georgia - 4.55 - 39” - 128 / 36

Inside
Jon Bostic, Florida - 4.61 - 32.5” - 118 /22
Jamie Collins, Southern Miss - 4.64 - 41.5” - 139 /19

Cornerbacks
Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana - 4.39 - 40” - 132 / 17
Darius Slay, Mississippi State - 4.36 - 35.5” - 124 / 14

Safeties
Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse - 4.42 - 40.5” - 133 /28
Shawn Williams, Georgia - 4.46 - 36” - 120 /25

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

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