Draft Daily: On OLBs And Tight Ends

Marcel Jensen
The Eagles appear to be doing their homework on some late-round/undrafted free agent prospects this week.

According to Tony Pauline, they worked out Eastern Washington defensive end Anthony Larry (6-3, 250). Some background courtesy of Pauline:

Two-year starter who lined up at defensive end for Eastern Washington. Academically ineligible in 2012. Athletic, fast college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Fires off the snap with a quick first step, can bend off the edge, and plays with leverage and balance. Rarely knocked off his feet, shows ability in backside pursuit, and aggressively goes after the action. Remains disciplined with assignments and plays within himself. Nicely redirects to oncoming runners.

One hurdle personnel departments face when trying to identify quality outside linebackers is that a large chunk of the prospects have never played the position. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, who has helped in the shaping of the team’s roster since 2000, says the majority of the OLBs selected by Pittsburgh over the years were college defensive ends.

“You have to look at their raw athletic ability. The defensive ends, a lot of times they haven’t dropped, they haven’t caught balls. They do some of that [at the combine], we’ll build on that in their Pro Day and see what they can do not only athletically but mentally as well because it’s a different challenge. They have to become not only a player coming forward but a player that plays in reverse as well.”




Hence why these types of workouts are very important when you are considering drafting a potential convert. Larry is considered a Day 3/undrafted free agent prospect.

The Eagles also reportedly had some contact with BYU safety Daniel Sorensen and UMASS tight end Rob Branchflower. Tommy Lawlor has more on those players if you're interested.

I won't be shocked if the Eagles take a tight end in this draft. When you're going best player available, oftentimes that player is not at a position of need. And they've been checking some prospects out. Ted Williams, as an example, not only went to Fresno State's Pro Day to look at 6-6, 259-pound tight end Marcel Jensen (projected as a fifth or sixth-round pick) but also spent time with him for hours afterwards, we were told.

Chip Kelly values the position, as we've seen, and wouldn't shy away from adding a tight end to the fold if he's the top player on the board.

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  • Joe from Easton

    Demarcus Lawrence may be able to be had in the 3rd round in my opinion. DE in college, but looks to translate nicely into an NFL OLB at 6’3″, 245 lbs. He doesn’t have the size to play with his hand in the dirt, but is a very explosive and fluid athlete.

    • Tom W

      Serious character concerns I believe w multiple suspensions. If we going d end project, I think a 6 6 monster like will clarke in the fourth round is more likely. We worked him out a lot at his proday and spoke w him this offseason. Looked very althetic in olb drills.

      • Joe from Easton

        Yea, the character issues are why I can see a projected round 1 or 2 talent falling to the third round.

        He would be a project no doubt, but not in the sense of a steep learning curve in my opinion. He played some TE in JC so I think his coverage skills and ball tracking will already be better than what we have in Cole for example.

        The project will be keeping him in line off of the field, but a draft day fall tends to kick some of these guys in the rear from the jump (see Vontaze Burfict).

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Beat me to it. Clarke is a solid character, team leader and highly coachable player. Good instincts and plays the run well. Not a bad pass rusher but could use some solid coaching to add some moves to his tool box.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          To add, Clarke is probably more of a Barwin type at LB. But he’s been playing as a DE (has stood up though) so he can put his hand in the dirt and stay in on sub packages.

  • Tom W

    Wr/lbs early in draft, secondary/ol in the middle, and tes/dline late.

  • Tom W

    Think a trade back to 30 w the niners is most likely so they can secure a top corner or wr before they get gobbled up by 8 teams that could draft both. Then at 30 I could see a team like jax or the Vikings or Tampa or Tennessee looking to move up a few spots to grab their qb of choice realizing a bunch will go in the beginning of day 2 w needs by Houston, jax, raiders, vikes, browns, Tampa, tenn. If 3 go by 26, a team may covet teddy or jimmy g or savage or lsu cannon more than others. Get two thirds and maybe a fifth for both.

    • Javi Echie

      Lets hope the niners want to trade back, everything I read has the niners pegged to trade up high to possibly grab one of the top playmakers in the draft.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        It makes sense for the niners to trade up, especially if they want to capitalize on their current window and keep pace with Seattle. However, they may also want to sustain their current success for years to come and with having a bevy of picks this year to do so and still be able to make some moves.

        • Warhound

          Scary thought: they could trade a 2nd for a 1st next year and a 3rd for a 2nd next year and still have a bevy of picks.

      • Tom W

        In my example the niners would be trading up 8 spots. I don’t see them needing to trade up far to get a stud corner like fuller or roby. If they want Evans or Watkins they could try and trade w the raiders at 5, but they can’t use their compensatory picks. They would have to unload 30, 56, 61, 77, and 94 and 129 to get to 5 for watty or Evans. Or next years first, 30, and both seconds …. Seems like a lot yep they could do it. If niners don’t wanna move up, a team could also want to jump the browns to get Carr, so we still got options. And w impact players dropping, I could see someone wanting to trade up for fuller Gilbert Ebron Mosley Dennard roby shazer Moses nix Only takes one team.

        • Warhound

          By comparison, if the 9ers wanted to move up to 22 it would cost #30, #94 and #170. That’s actually about 12 points light; in theory the Eagles could demand the 9ers three 7th rounders as well.

          For ref the 9ers have:

          1. First round – No. 30 overall
          2. Second round – No. 56 overall (from the Kansas City Chiefs)
          3. Second round – No. 61 overall
          4. Third round – No. 77 overall (from the Tennessee Titans)
          5. Third round – No. 94 overall
          6. Third round – No. 100 overall (compensatory)
          7. Fourth round – No. 129 overall
          8. Fifth round – No. 170 overall
          9. Seventh round – No. 242 overall (from the New Orleans Saints)
          10. Seventh round – No. 243 overall (from the Carolina Panthers)
          11. Seventh round – No. 245 overall

          WOW!!!

          • Jerry Pomroy

            If take that. I’d then also try moving back another 6-8 spots into early 2nd and pick up another say 4th.

      • Maggie

        The 49ers will probably want to trade back higher than #22, from #30. They have been showing interest in WRs also, which probably means higher than #22 as well.

    • peteike

      Niners will trade up higher than 22 is my guess. I hope Im wrong, really want them to trade back. That being said, who knows, plenty of teams at top of 2nd may be willing if a QB is there, esp if Browns pass early.

  • Rick H

    Do not forget Niklas from ND. Big/ athletic & very good blocker. Probably mid 2nd round. Unrelated but a very interesting QB to watch Murray from Georgia. Not necessarily for the Eagles but just in general. No one is talking about this young man. However defensively I see Telvin Smith Olb & offensively Charles Sims Rb simply because I have read the Eagles have met with him twice. I see Wr in Rd 1 (Lee/ Beckham/ Cooks) then Bpa in round 2 or a trade back or up. I am in the minority but I can see a big trade up to 10 or in that area. Which puts Evans in play.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I actually like Murray a lot more than he gets credit for. I can see him developing into a solid pro starter with a team that can groom QBs. Think he may be a guy that NO may have interest in and he’s similar to Brees, so who better to learn from for 2-3yrs before Brees hangs it up.

      • Rick H

        Exactly how I feel. Yes New Orleans seems like a good place. No matter how much I like Foles and I do a lot!!! I would like it if he were there in the later rounds and the Eagles drafted him. I do not see him getting out of the 3rd or 4th, I think teams really like him.

    • peteike

      I think Carr may be best out of this class, I really liked what I saw in highlights. I think the brother factor may be hurting him, hes got a gun, decent size.

      • oreofestar

        he reminds me of Weeden

        • Jerry Pomroy

          BUT he’s not a 30yr old rookie!…lol. I think Carr is a solid player and better than his bro for sure.

          • oreofestar

            Not the age thing but when I watch him I see a lot of Weeden when I was looking at Weeden a couple years back

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I know but I still have to laugh that the Browns took him just a few years ago and he’s already like 30yo.

            Carr is much more a student of the game but I also think he’s the safest pick out of this QB class.

          • oreofestar

            I still think Teddy is the safest I think his floor is the highest Weeden was 28 which is still old and Carr I think could end up well but he justs reminds me of Weeden from a football standpoint

  • borntosuffer

    It appears to me that Chip and his staff put in a lot of “face time” meetings with prospects. I don’t remember it being reported that Reid and staff did this as often. Chip obviously feels it will give them a better handle on whether these guys will be a fit.

    • dnabrice

      Chip not having to worry about having a wife and family is HUGE!!! I love this whole concept of coach being married to his team.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Plus he walks away in the divorce with no alimony, child support and the wife gets all 53 kids.

        • Reasonableeaglefan

          Then you won’t be happy to hear Foles got married. Plus, he has all that family money to worry about. Pre-nup better be iron clad

  • EaglefaninAZ

    I think it’s interesting the way the game is changing from a positional standpoint. The safety position in the pro game has already changed, and the emergence of the 3-4 has altered what’s required from OLBs. I think it’s gonna be a few years yet before the guys coming out of college are already geared into what’s required from these positions in the pro game.
    It took a while when the tight end position changed years ago. Cool stuff.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Ok, anyone else interested in a uni change for our Birds? I’d say it’s about time for some kind of update. Been what…15yrs? Meanwhile you’ve got teams like Seattle that aren’t afraid of going a little bold and while I don’t want an Oregon 2.0, some of their unis are kinda cool updated looks that coincide with Eagle green.

    • Brandon Boykin, LOL

      I’d like a new age kelly green.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I can see that. The midnight green is a tad stale. The kelly green jumps a bit more. I just don’t want a retread of our old 60’s unis or something that looks like the Jets.

        • Tom W

          Takes like two years but word was last yr that Kelly was definitely interested. Wait for next year at the earliest

          • Jerry Pomroy

            It takes exactly 2yrs. Just looking for some other conversation leeeeeading uuuuuup tooooo draaaaaaft.

          • Brandon Boykin, LOL

            Lol mock draft of colors.

            Round 1 Pick 22: Kelly Green (A-)
            Round 2 Pick 54: Kelly Green and Black (B)
            Round 2 Pick 57: Kelly Green with Oregon-esque feathers on the helmet and shoulder pads (A+)
            Round 3 Pick 76: Lighter Midnight Green (D-)
            Round 4 Pick 98: Oregon Highliter Green (FFFFFFFFFFFFF)
            Round 5 Pick 114: Make the home unis White/Grey/Silver and Kelly Green (B-) like the Cowboys (FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF)
            Round 6 Pick 139: Black and Kelly Green with white Oregon-esque feathers on the shoulder pads and helmets (A+)

            I know some will debate that first round pick, but I thought I could get a solid playmaker for years to come with the pick. Got some good value with that six round pick. Had to package my 7th round pick and initial 3rd round pick for the extra 2nd round pick. I can’t believe Kelly Green with Oregon-esque feathers on the helmet and shoulder pads fell that far in the second round.

          • Maggie

            Amusing. However Kelly Green is not strong enough in the days of Neon Green or Tampa Orange. (Or what ever they call it.) Maybe if some part of the uniform or helmet could be outlined with “Highlighter Yellow”.

          • Brandon Boykin, LOL

            Some neon green alternatives would be pretty cool. But I hate neon green jerseys. So, because I said so, they could only wear them for a quarter.

        • Maggie

          Exactly. Always thought the Kelly green was a bit wishy-washy. At least the current color makes a statement.

      • Warhound

        Kelly Green – YES!!!
        But with classic style.

    • Reasonableeaglefan

      I’m all for a uni change if it involves a return to the traditional Kelly greenand at least some type of nod to the classic style.

      • Johnny Domino

        Like the Pete Liske white helmet?

        • Reasonableeaglefan

          After googling Pete Liske, yes I’d be on board with this style. My old man had a poster like this in the basement of the house I grew up in(along with a Dr J with a monster fro) so this style brings back fond memories.

          • Johnny Domino

            The guy who wore that uni best was probably Roman Gabriel, but Pete Liske was the guy who suffered the most indignity in it. He deserved better.

            I would love to see that white kit on the field again.

          • Reasonableeaglefan

            That’s funny, I’m almost positive it was Gabriel on that poster

          • Johnny Domino

            Pretty sure I had the same one.

          • Explorer51

            Roman Gabriel and the Fire High Gang!

          • Johnny Domino

            You’re dating yourself. And me.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      One thing I’d like to see is a chance to the helmet. We’ve had wings for years. I’d rather see the actual Eagles head logo than those stale bland wings that have been there forever.

      • peteike

        how dare you speak ill of dem wings. Ya Im not opposed to uni updates though.

      • Scott J

        You speak treason!

        • Jerry Pomroy

          At least make them look like actual wings or even more aggressive. Heck when I was a wee little kid I used to get the Eagles and Vikes confused thinking the Eagles changed their colors.

          I just want something aggressive looking. Put the wings on the shoulder or upper sleeve.

          • peteike

            I always thought the vikes looked wimpy all rounded off but Eagles looked good. Im fine with the helmet, love the idea of wings on the sleeves

          • Max Lightfoot

            Or little wings on their ankles, like Hermes/Mercury.

            I’m all for wings!

          • Richard Colton

            masculine

          • Max Lightfoot

            Well, maybe not that much, now that you brought that up

          • Maggie

            And if he carried the ball that way, he’s lose it every time! ;~)

    • myeaglescantwin

      one thing i catch flack for is liking the uniforms all one color. Like when we have green Jerseys, wear the green pants; white jerseys white pants.

      that’s not a drastic change, but

  • Bullwinkle

    How can they say this Anthony Larry guy “remains disciplined with assignments” when he was ruled academically ineligible? Just kidding, but I do think being disciplined enough to keep up with your academic studies directly translates to how much study time a player will put into becoming the best he can be in the NFL.
    Just a thought, what if Bridgewater is available at 22 and he is the BPA on the Eagle’s list? Would they take him?

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Nope they’d take calls for a trade to warrant his services from another team.

  • Eagles1018

    The more I read the more I like the idea of CJ Mosely at 22

    • Richard Colton

      yeah. I really think he’ll be there. in another year, he’s a top 12 talent. if you can get over the “Alabama players are run into the ground” narrative, he’s crazy value and a playmaker.

      • George

        Well if he’s truly in consideration, chip will definetely talk to stoutland about how true the “saban runs his players into the ground” narrative is, and talk with huls about how to get him to preform @ his best and remove some of the tread

      • Javi Echie

        Me personally I’d rather try and wait and possibly grab Van Noy in the 2nd.

        • Richard Colton

          agree. but I don’t see him lasting until #54, and #22 is too high

    • myeaglescantwin

      he’s got a lot of tread and injury concerns. i was all about him until i was ripped.. With his talent, he should have been 1st round pick after his junior year.

      i’d still like him rd 1. he can blitz and play that olb role , but he’s tiny to be the full time olb.

  • oreofestar

    Was just stopping by at BGN and they were talking about maybe trading for Larry Hughes

    • Javi Echie

      Read that same article and it actually does make sense from my point of view. I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to trading for Hughes and giving Buffalo the highest a 4th (maybe) or 5th,6th,7th

    • peteike

      didnt the sixers trade him years ago

      • Wilbert M.

        Lousy ballhandler. Couldn’t dribble.

  • Greg Richards

    They also worked out Indiana TE Ted Bolser.

  • Wilbert M.

    Round 1 – 22 – Calvin Pryor – S (alt – Jimmie Ward – S)

    Round 2 – 54 – Jeremiah Attaochu – OLB

    Round 3 – 86 – Daniel McCullers – NT

    Round 4 – 122 – Devin Street – WR

    Round 5 – 162 – Aaron Colvin – CB

    Round 7 – 237 – Kadeem Edwards – OG