Eagles Day 3 Potential Draft Targets

The Eagles are scheduled to make six picks today: No. 101 (fourth round), No. 136 (fifth round), No. 210 (seventh round), No. 212 (seventh round), No. 218 (seventh round) and No. 239 (seventh round).

The action gets started at noon.

Here’s a look at who’s still on the board:

Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse – Some thought he would be a first-round pick, but the Malvern Prep product is still on the board on Day 3. Doesn’t seem like a great fit for Chip Kelly’s offense, but perhaps the Eagles will see value in Nassib (6-2, 227) at some point.

Matt Scott, QB, Arizona – Was not a great player in college, but is one of the few QB prospects who has the skill set to run the read option. Kelly recruited him, and Scott (6-2, 213) was on the same team as Nick Foles in college.

Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio) – Another QB the Eagles did their pre-draft homework on. Dysert (6-3, 231) is not considered an option quarterback but is said to have good-enough mobility.

Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State – Through the first three rounds, the Eagles have stuck to their board, but that has meant no defensive backs. Thomas led the nation with eight interceptions last year and also showed the ability to play up near the line of scrimmage with 12 tackles for loss, third among all defensive backs. Thomas (6-0, 208) reportedly had a private workout with the Eagles. He could be the Eagles’ first pick of the day.

Baccari Rambo, S, Georgia – Another safety to keep an eye on. Rambo (6-0, 211) dealt with off-the-field issues with the Bulldogs, but flashed the talent to warrant an All-SEC nod as a junior.

Duke Williams, S, Nevada – Dealt with off-field issues, but is 6-0, 190 and ran a 4.52 at the Combine.

Earl Wolff, S, NC State – A three-year starter and All-ACC selection as a senior. Wolff (5-11, 209) ran a 4.44 at the Combine.

Don Jones, S, Arkansas State – The Eagles reportedly held a private workout with him. At 5-11, 191, Jones ran a 4.42 and a 4.40 at his Pro Day. Could be a late-round pick or undrafted free agent.

B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary – Some thought he could potentially be a second-round pick, but Webb (5-10, 184) is still on the board.

Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State – Pac-12 prospect ran a 4.54 at the Combine and intercepted seven passes last season. Poyer (6-0, 191) also has ability as a return man.

Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia – The Eagles held a private pre-draft workout with him. Commings (6-0, 216) ran a 4.41 at the Combine, but has dealt with some off-the-field issues.

Brandon McGee, CB, Miami – The Eagles held a private workout with him too. McGee (5-11, 193) ran a 4.40 at the Combine and could be a late-round target.

Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford – Look for the Eagles to add a couple linebackers today. Thomas (6-3, 244) was twice named a first-team All-Pac 12 selection.

Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State – Suffered a knee injury late last season. Perhaps Kelly gave his old pal Bill O’Brien a call and will take a flier on the Nittany Lion.

Mike Catapano, OLB, Princeton – The Eagles held a private workout with him. Catapano (6-3, 271) ran a 4.75 at his Pro Day.

Jesse Williams, DL, Alabama – Some thought he could be a late first-round pick. He dealt with a knee injury, which could explain the slip. Can play nose or the 5-technique.

Quanterus Smith, OLB, Western Kentucky – He had 12.5 sacks through 10 games last season before tearing his ACL. The Eagles had Smith (6-5, 250) in for an official visit.

Joe Kruger, DE/OLB,Utah – The Eagles had him in for a visit. The brother of Paul, Kruger (6-6, 269, 34 3/8-inch arms) has excellent length.

Kwame Geathers, DL, Georgia – The Eagles will continue to add bodies to the defensive line. They held a private workout with Geathers (6-5, 342) and recently acquired his brother, Clifton, from the Colts.

Quinton Dial, DL, Alabama – Another defensive line option. Dial (6-5, 318, 34 1/2-inch arms) was one of the Eagles’ 30 official visits.

Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M – Very productive college player with 233 catches and 23 touchdowns the past three seasons. Swope (6-0, 205) ran a 4.34 40 and would be a tough cover in the slot. A very serious issue though is his history of concussions. According to the Houston Chronicle, he’s suffered four.

Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan – Obviously a bit of a project, but someone’s going to take a shot on the former Michigan QB. Ran a 4.43 at the Combine and projects as a versatile slot receiver.

Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina – The Eagles did their homework on him pre-draft and hosted him at the NovaCare Complex. Lattimore might not play a snap in 2013, but could warrant a flier, depending on his medical.

Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon – Kelly hasn’t taken an Oregon player yet. Barner could add some depth behind LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown. He obviously knows Kelly’s system.

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah St. – Ran for 1,512 yards last season and also caught 45 balls. Williams (5-8, 195) ran a 4.48 at the Combine.

Brian Schwenke, G/C, California – Just because the Eagles added Lane Johnson doesn’t mean they’re done with offensive linemen. Schwenke (6-3, 314) played against Kelly in the Pac-12 and tested well at the Combine, showing good athleticism. He can play guard or center and has a “mean streak” according to Greg Cosell of NFL Films.

Khaled Holmes, G/C, USC – Another Pac-12 prospect who’s played multiple positions. The Eagles reportedly held a private workout with the 6-3, 302-pounder.

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  • JofreyRice

    Still a lot of talented guys. Of course, I’d love to see them address the DBs. If they came out of this with a pair of Georgia Bulldogs, Rambo & Commings, I’d be happy. Also would be OK with Duke Williams, Wolff, or even P. Thomas (though he reminds me a little of the bad Darren Sharper).

    If Jesse Williams or Q. Smith slips to the 5th, either might be a good guy just to draft and stash on IR. It sucks they weren’t able to manufacture more picks.

    • Richard Colton

      I like all of the above. What about Barrett Jones or Shamarko Thomas?

      • JofreyRice

        Shamarko’s so short. That was kind of my beef with Elam. I dunno. I guess.

        Barrett Jones is a little underrated, IMO. It seems like Intelligence goes a long way at the interior positions of the line. I’d take him, but wouldn’t pass up some DB help to do so.

        • Richard Colton

          Yeah – I wouldn’t put them at the top of my list for 101. just curious why Sheil doesn’t think they’re options.

          • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

            The Eagles seem to have a board that closely resembles that of Mike Mayock’s. The players Sheil listed are the next best in the draft and in their perspective positions.

            There are lot of articles scatter about the internet from the local media in Philly focused on the Eagles Next Man up draft theory.

            There probably are a few minor differences on the Eagles board but it looks pretty close with Moyock’s.

        • Mostel

          Jones has multiple injuries that are dragging him down. Great player otherwise.

        • Token

          Da’Rick Rogers scored against Oregon. So keep your eye out for him lol

        • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

          Barrett as is all the Alabama linemen are power, steam rolling blockers, the Eagles and Kelly prefer more athletic linemen. Barrett has slow feet.

      • Token

        Is Jones athletic enough for Chip?

        If he is, seems like it would be a good pick. Worse case he can backup each interior position. At best could start at center.

        Im just not sold Kelce. I know he is loved by fans because hes fat and has a big beard. But even pre injury he never struck me as anything great. I think he just looks better in comparison to the slop we have had at center.

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  • dlow

    I love Phillip Thomas, Chase Thomas and Brian Schwenke for what the Eagles are doing here. Could see any of these 3 selected with next pick.

  • wydok

    This is great information. Thanks, Sheil!

  • http://www.jhkayejr.com Joseph Kaye

    Denard Robinson in the fifth would be awesome.

  • ICDogg

    I think we will take a QB today, maybe as soon as this round.

    I could see taking Lattimore with one of our 7th round picks.

  • Mostel

    How many times must this be said; NO OPTION QBs PLEASE! Read/option = dead QB. It is a JV system and a pure gimmick that will be out of the NFL just as fast as wildcat was. Dysert, or any other QB with good movement skills, can run a Kelly system where one is asked to go no huddle, read Ds, and call a lot of runs to the RUNNINGBACKS from a variety of formations.

    • Capt. Undapants

      There’s this guy named Colin Kaepernick…

      • Mostel

        who will get injured and/or shut down once teams start hitting him, and every other read-option bum, every time they try that nonsense. NFL Ds ALWAYS adapt to shut down a gimmick.

      • southy

        I think Kaep is the real deal – he’s good at picking his spots to give you headaches, and not taking unnecessary contact.

        That said, teams are going to take a page from the Ravens in the SB and just go hit the qb on every read option until you decide that maybe it’s a bad idea. Of course that’s risky if you’re up against a shifty/fast RB because the O wins the numbers game and if your O-line can get out and block he’ll be taking it the distance more often than you’d like.

  • ICDogg

    Schwenke is probably as good as the guy the Cowboys took in the 1st round.

  • Mostel

    Poyer needs to be the CB pick and they need to get a strong safety due to Chung being the trash that allowed that lucky Eli throw to Manningham.

  • Randy

    Please grab denard robinson a very tough he had 723 touches last year over 1500 yds rushing please grab him hes a steal with our 4th rd pick, if jesse williams is there he should be first tho

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    I’m surprised at the discipline thus far the Eagles are employing in this draft. This is definitely a new strategy then what’s been used in prior drafts. The Eagles pick 101 today, 4 selection in rd 4, the List I have of available players: I would discount rb,

    1. Matt Barkley QB …………….9. Brian Schwenke C

    2.Jesse William DT…………….. 10. Cornelius Washington DE

    3. Ryan Nassib QB

    4. John Franklin RB

    5.Alex Okafor DE

    6. Quinton Patton WR

    7. Phillip Thomas FS
    8. Tyler Wilson QB


    • Richard Colton

      looks like they saw it the same way you did

  • southy

    If Stoutland can get a little bit more out of the fireman, things could get exciting. Imagine this red-zone package: Herremans shifts out to RT, Johnson in as a TE on the right side, Ertz split out wide right, Casey in the backfield with McCoy, Celek on the left side of the line… oh the head games you could play with defenses.