Add two big names to the list of players the Eagles are taking a look at in front of the 2013 NFL Draft.
According to sources, the team will be bringing in Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher for visits.
Both are potential top-5 picks, and could conceivably be selected by the Eagles at No. 4.
Sheil profiled Fisher on Tuesday. The 6-7, 306-pounder played both right and left tackle in college, and also saw some time at right guard. The Eagles have not been aggressive in their pursuit of offensive linemen in free agency, perhaps a sign that they feel comfortable they can address the front in the draft.
“Certainly you talk about a couple guys [tackles] at the top [of the draft] that are really impressive players and people, and those guys go quick in the draft,” said general manager Howie Roseman. “And as you go through it there are some interesting guys throughout.”
Fisher and Luke Joeckel are largely considered the top tackles in this class. Several mock drafts have Fisher landing with the Eagles.
Others project Floyd to be the pick. The 6-3, 297-pound Philadelphia native has proven a versatile player in his time with the Gators. From NFL.com:
A rough childhood did not prevent Floyd from earning national accolades for his play in high school, as he won the 2009 Maxwell Football Club’s National Player of the Year award. And by the end of his sophomore year at Florida (he racked up 1.5 sacks against Ohio State in the team’s Gator Bowl win), Floyd began showing scouts the athleticism, strength, and motor they require in a top tackle prospect. He has been an incredibly important and versatile defender up front for Florida, playing both one and two-gap techniques at defensive end, one and three-technique, and as a true zero-technique nose tackle. While Floyd is rough around the edges and will take time to develop as a two-gapper, the Gator’s quickness, athleticism, and scheme versatility will make him coveted by 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike in the first round.
More on that rough childhood here, courtesy of Jeff Darlington.
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