Eagles Check Out Two Small-School Prospects

NFL: Combine

In this space, we’ve written plenty about some of the better-known names that could be on the Eagles’ radar come draft time.

But in a league where teams go to extraordinary lengths to find talent, it’s worth noting that the Birds are doing their due diligence on some small school prospects as well.




The first is an offensive lineman:

Duvernay-Tardif (6-5,  321) played his college ball in Canada and started off as a 253-pound defensive lineman during his freshman year. He was up to 280 pounds as a sophomore and played both ways. Duvernay-Tardif was up to 305 as a junior and has experience playing both left and right tackle. He weighed 321 in January, but was down to 298 for his Pro Day in March.

Asked what questions he's getting most from NFL teams, Duvernay-Tardif told SB Nation: "The question marks are about my game film. I think I was dominating on my game film, but the question mark is the competition I play against, so they don't really know what the competition level in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) is like. I think I have the attributes and the athleticism to play, but they're not able to compare me to other players because they don't know the level of my opponents. I understand that."

Duvernay-Tardif is 23-years-old. According to NFL.com, he's expected to be a third- or fourth-round pick.

The other prospect to keep an eye on played his college ball in-state:

Webster was an edge rusher at Bloomsburg, but is getting looks at tight end in the NFL. The 6-6, 252-pounder tore up the combine in February:

In addition to his height, Webster has 33 1/2-inch arms and 10 1/2-inch hands. He ran a 4.58 at the combine and has a 36.5-inch vertical leap. Webster started on Bloomsburg's basketball team for four seasons before deciding to return to football (which he played in high school). He set the school record with 175 blocked shots on the basketball court and had 26 sacks during his final two seasons on the football field.

Webster's Dad played defensive line in the NFL for 11 seasons.

Webster projects as a fourth- or fifth-round pick, per NFL.com.

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  • cliff henny

    But can LD-T save a kitten out of a tree?

    • GEAGLE

      Takes a lot of balls for Howie to be looking at Canadian Lineman…was hoping we wouldn’t go down this road again….

      • JReamer

        We may be ok as long as he has no interest in fighting fires.

        • GEAGLE

          5,000 OL in American universities! and we gotta go looking for guys beating up on high school level competition in Canadia? This kid is That much better than all the Americans we have film on playing against real competition? 4th round pick? Say what? He ain’t playing his rookie year on our line, so why wouldn’t we rather spend a 4th on OT/OG Brandon Thomas, a fringe round 1 talent who tore his ACL this week and will fall to round 4 who we can stick on IR? Hate it when we try and get too cute doing ish like this….if we have to take a foreigner, screw Canadia…go to New Zealand and bring back a barefoot monster samoan

          • Cmeans66

            Canadia…lol

          • GEAGLE

            Canadia and Murika….

          • eaglesfanqc

            I’m a Canadian Eagles fan (Quebec to be specific) and I saw Duvernay-Tardif played.. He is totally dominant in his position and like other people said, it’s not because we draft one bad canadian O-Linethat it mean they are all bad!

          • Ringo

            Fellow Canadian Eagles fan says hello, Montreal as well.

            And yes Tardif imo has the skills n size for the NFL but just needs to be coached up a bit.

          • China Eagle

            Down vote for ignorance, Hill Billy Jim…

          • Adam

            Straight up ignorant.

          • Tom w

            Relax you sound like a dope. Just due diligence.

          • GEAGLE

            The dope is the cocksucker bitching over a joke. Doubt u know a more well traveled person than me, now wipe your mouth

          • Maggie

            Oh Tom, it’s pointless trying to do a battle of wits with an unarmed boy. Especially a boy who is always right, no matter how many times he’s wrong. Remember he swore that Philly would trample all over New Orleans? Remember how he swore that there was NO WAY the Eagles would dump DeSean? People who say crude stuff about people of other races or gender or occupation or country usually say “It was just a joke”, no matter how much vicious garbage they display.

        • GEAGLE

          Grown ass man, playing with fire trucks smh..don’t know why but Danny Watkins always reminds me of Ellen Degenres/Roseanne Barrs love child….Danny just reminds me of a middle aged lesbian

          • James Skip Carl

            Is this site a politically correct site, Geagle has an opinion and it’s one I usually find very insightful. I’m sure their is a site on here for broads.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Thought we’d wait at least a decade. This reminds me of my wife’s explanation about Wal-Mart. She’ll shop online but status away from the actual store as much as possible.

      • Tom w

        Hope you are joking. One player has nothing to do w another. Nothing.

        • GEAGLE

          Really? U don’t say

  • NickS1

    Would love another Bloom U guy getting into the league.

    • GEAGLE

      Jahri Evans is a real cool dude..went to Bloomsburg with my lady! whenever he is in philly he always gets together with his old college buds to take them bowling or restaurants..what a BALLER that dude is….hate seeing local small school prospects go on to help other franchises,..why the hell wasn’t Andy all over Jhari?

      • NickS1

        Yeah, I’m pretty sure he still goes up and visits and takes over Good Ol’ Days…. and yeah, of course Andy sh*t the bed on getting him to Philly despite the fact that Jahri grew up right under his nose.

        • GEAGLE

          But we go after safeties from temple smh…what’s worse is Andy was a OL, how the hell did he not know this kid would be a beast? Dude friggin reminded me so much of Shawn Andrews coming out…baffling how he wasn’t drafted by eagles

          • NickS1

            Yeah, well he anchored the nation’s best D2 running attack, so, that meant nothing to Andy since the running game is a lost concept.

          • Jeff Asay

            30 upvotes

          • GEAGLE

            Touché,,,makes perfect sense if you put it like that…

            You know what ESPN said? “Jets will probably be interested in Chris Johnson because they have Marty Morningweigh who is used to having top RBs in Philly” hahahahahahahaha

          • NickS1

            What it should have said is, “….because they have Marty Morningwheg, who is used to having no clue what to do with top running backs…”

          • dollamakeuholla

            and we took a Guard a few picks ahead of him in the 4th round
            in Max Jean Gillies! So we wanted a guard so we took a way over weight one instead of the stud in our back yard!

  • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

    So Im catching up on Scott Crichton this morning and I come across a video titled “Scott Crichton-“everbody’s smokin weed”……in which Crichton is asked if he thinks a recent ESPNmag article saying that 40-60% of college football players smoke cheeba. His response, “I think that’s about right, everybody’s smokin weed”…… the next kid they interview is Jordan Poyer, who’s eyes are nearly closed. His response, ” I dont have no comment about that.”……pretty funny stuff.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jfDHEbqzHtU

    • cliff henny

      is Oregon, my guess is it’s closer to 99% that smoke.

      • GEAGLE

        Be more worried about who is eating mushrooms for breakfast in Oregon, than pot…

        • NickS1

          Is Braman hangin’ out in Oregon?

          • GEAGLE

            Hope not…heard when he met Lyerla for the first time he said “this will be the beginning of a beauuuuuuutiful friendship”

          • NickS1

            I don’t know man. I’m no expert, but I don’t know if I’d want to go shroomin’ after I took down a 50 bag of the ol’ nose candy.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            You would. Helps with the withdraw…..so I’m told.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            You would. It helps with the withdraw. …so I’m told. …by an expert.

          • GEAGLE

            Braman begs to differ

          • NickS1

            Lyerla (just blasted his name in cursive) “Did we just become best friends?!?!”

            Braman (staring at the wall) ” Yuuuuupp hehehe”

          • GEAGLE

            “Wanna go in the basement and do Karate?”,.,..”YUp!!!”

    • G_WallyHunter

      Poyer is 100% under the influence here, that’s jokes, thanks for that

  • GEAGLE

    Word is Teddy is stinking it up in private workouts

    • Joe L

      I think a lot of this is stuff teams are putting out to try and lower his draft stock. This kid was cold blooded in college, I can’t see him being rattled in private workouts.

      • GEAGLE

        Then why was he rattled at his pro day? Because he didn’t wear his glove?

        • Joe L

          Meh, joking aside the glove could’ve been part of it. I don’t know why people make such a big deal of him wearing a glove, Brady and Manning have both done it.
          I just think he had an average day at his pro day, simple as that.

    • Jeff Asay

      Word from…? Twitterverse? Your buddy, the Waterboy?

    • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

      Ted keeps on SLIPPIN, SLIPPIN, SLIPPIN….into the 2nd round

    • Tom w

      Well he bombed proday so I not suprised Could be perfect for a double trade back. Trade to w Houston for Derek Carr, then trade again w vikes or titans to move up in second round to take teddy

  • Jeff Asay

    Andy will draft these two fastballs a round early

  • Joe L

    Webster sounds great on paper. 7 reps at the combine though, he’s got some work in the weight room to do.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      17 reps, not 7, which is very admirable.

      • James Hathaway

        Admirable for a punter, yes.

    • Bert’s Bells

      His arms are an 1.5 inches longer than average. Not saying he can’t add some strength, but the bench press favors shorter arms.

      • Joe L

        7 is bad no matter how long your arms are.

        • James Hathaway

          This dude outweighs me by close to 50lbs and can only do a few more reps than me in bench? That’s silly. Definitely needs to add serious muscle to make it in the league.

          For reference, in 2009, Lesean McCoy did 17 reps in bench press.

        • Bert’s Bells

          It’s 7th percentile, not 7 reps. Again, not saying it’s good, but strength can be built. Wingspan can’t.

  • Engwrite

    Don’t know much about who or how to draft but a LB who is at the 10% of weight and strength doesn’t sound good.

    • Warhound

      Agree…. I didn’t see an age for him. I wonder how much muscle mass he can add.

  • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

    Small school sleeper 2018 draft…..Michael Class RB/CB West Chester University. Played his high school ball at Pennridge. Finalist for Mr.PA Football as a junior with 32 tds and 2,400yds.
    All State Junior and Senior seasons. Just missed the boat to State College. Google him. Beast mode.

  • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

    10.5 inch hands only gets you 65th percentile? YIKES

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Lol…Probably talking about fractions of an inch at that point.

  • Tom w

    If we sitting at 22 and no good offers to trade down and teddy or Carr is ther I hope the eagles take him and call the 6 teams in the top 11 without a qb and tell them they have 12 hrs to make best offer for the qb until day 2 of the draft starts. Freaking hijack the draft if teams get cheap w trade up offers

  • James Hathaway

    I’ve had a fun theory for a while that I enjoy watching play out after each draft. The crazier the name, the higher chance that the player will be a bust. Multiplied if the prospect has 3 names.

    Players that have proven me wrong: Jason Pierre Paul, Maurice Jones Drew.

    Anyone want to keep a tally with me and see? Last year, Ezekial Ansah and Barkevious Mingo are two that I’m closely watching. Expecting at least one to flame out quickly.

    • damrvrhunter

      So you are saying they should all be named John Adam?

      • James Hathaway

        No, I just like watching people with crazy names flame out in the nfl. I just think it’s funny. To the contrary, in madden I take mid to late round flyers almost exclusively by insanity of the name.

        • damrvrhunter

          Got you.

  • Will

    Here’s 2 American’s to check out Anthony Steen-Alabama and Russell Bodine-North Carolina…

  • Rahkem

    Funny that i mocked us Larry Webster a few days back :p but im glad we’re checking him out

  • John J. King

    Webster is a monster.