Eagles 2015 Pre-Draft Prospect Tracker
It’s information-gathering season in the NFL.
From now until the start of the draft on April 30, the Eagles and the 31 other teams will be doing all they can to learn about this year’s group of prospects.
In this space, we will keep track of the pre-draft visits. The Eagles are allowed to host 30 official visits to the NovaCare Complex, but they are allowed to hold as many private workouts as they want away from the team’s facility. And prospects from the Philadelphia area who provide their own transportation to the NovaCare Complex don’t count against the 30.
Sometimes, these visits correlate with what the team does come draft time. Other times, they are just used for gathering information in case a player becomes available at some point in his NFL career.
With that in mind, here is a list of the prospects the Eagles have been linked to so far. Below the official visits are notes on private workouts and Pro Day attendance. If you see any that we’ve missed, please e-mail Tucker Bagley at [email protected]
PRE-DRAFT VISITS [Updated 4/25]
Alani Fua, LB, BYU — (Aaron Wilson) Fua (6-5, 238) is a pass rusher that could afford to add some bulk to his frame in order to become more than just a speed rusher. His older brother, Sione, currently plays for the Detroit Lions. Fua had 2 interceptions and 7.5 tackles for loss in his final season at BYU. He ran a 4.73 40 at the combine and notched 18 reps on the bench press. He could be a possibility on Day 3.
Shaq Thompson, LB/S, Washington — (Jeff McLane) Thompson (6-0, 228) doesn’t have a traditional position, and whichever team drafts him will have to get creative. There’s no doubt Chip Kelly will love his versatility, but Thompson did not test particularly well at the combine.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami — (Aaron Wilson) Dorsett (5-10, 185) was second-team All-ACC in 2014 after hauling in 10 touchdowns and averaging over 24 yards per catch. Sheil gave an in-depth look at Dorsett’s game here. He has elite speed, running a 4.33 40 at the combine. Or as Lance Zierlein puts it: “[He] takes the top off the defense and throws it in the trash.” He could be a late first-round or second-round pick. Jeremiah ranks him as the No. 48 overall prospect.
Travis Raciti, DL, San Jose State — (The Sacramento Bee) The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder played at 300 pounds last year, according to the report. He has the length to play defensive end in the Eagles’ system, but per NFL.com, some teams see him as an outside linebacker. Raciti projects as a late-round pick or undrafted free agent.
Randall Evans, CB, Kansas State — (Mike Kaye) Evans (6-0, 190) is a former walk on who was named first-team All-Big 12 in 2014. He started 31 games in his career and is projected to be a Day 3 pick.
Jimmie Hunt, WR, Missouri — (Mike Kaye) Hunt (6-0, 208) caught 40 balls for 698 yards and seven touchdowns during his senior season. He is projected to be an undrafted free agent.
Adrian Coxson, WR, Stony Brook — (Mike Kaye) Coxson (6-1, 217) started his college career at Florida, before moving to Maryland and finally settling at Stony Brook. He was a top recruit coming out of high school and is projected to be an undrafted free agent.
Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall — (Aaron Wilson) The 5-foot-11, 187-pound corner reportedly ran a 4.36 and 4.39 at his Pro Day. Roberts impressed scouts at his workout and is expected to be a Day 3 pick.
Adrian Amos, S, Penn State — (Baltimore Sun) Amos (6-0, 218) wrote about his visit. “I visited the Philadelphia Eagles this week. It went pretty good. They have a pretty nice facility. I got good feedback from them. They like my versatility at safety and being able to play cornerback. We went to the film room and went over a lot of things. They wanted to see how we pick up defenses and just get an overall understanding of my knowledge of the game.” Amos is expected to be a mid-round pick.
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State — (Aaron Wilson) Smith (6-6, 338) started 31 games at left tackle for PSU. He is expected to be a mid-round pick.
La’el Collins, OT, LSU — (Aaron Wilson) Collins (6-5, 308) is a projected first-round pick. He started his college career at guard before switching to left tackle as a junior.
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah – (Tony Pauline) Rowe (6-1, 205) was a three-year starter at safety before moving to corner in 2014. According to Pauline, the Eagles are very high on him, orchestrating a private workout and scheduling him for an official visit. Rowe ran 4.45 40 and notched 19 reps on the bench press at the combine. He is currently projected as a second round pick.
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU – (Geoff Mosher) Collins (6-1, 203) is a natural press corner and has the size to fit into Bill Davis’s scheme. The general knock on Collins is his lack of experience, only playing 13 games in Baton Rouge before declaring for the draft. In those 13 games, he broke up nine passes and had one interception. Mike Mayock lists him as the second-best cornerback and Daniel Jeremiah has him as the 29th-best overall prospect in the draft. He could be an option in the first round.
Byron Jones, CB, UConn – (Geoff Mosher) Jones (6-1, 199) is well-known for his record-breaking workout at the combine when he recorded a broad jump of 147 inches. He had two interceptions his final year at Connecticut, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Some scouts believe Jones could transition to safety in the NFL thanks to his athleticism. He is currently projected to be picked in the first or second round. Mayock lists him as the fifth-best corner available and Jeremiah ranks him 38th among all prospects.
Obum Gwacham, DE/OLB, Oregon State – (The Oregonian) In his draft diary, Gwacham (6-5, 246) writes that he met with the Eagles the night before his Pro Day on March 13 and was scheduled to come to Philadelphia on April 3. He was a WR before converting to DE in his final season at Oregon State. He ran a 4.72 40 at the combine, good for third-best among all defensive linemen. He is projected as a seventh round pick.
Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri – (kansascity.com) Ray (6-3, 245) played DE at Missouri and racked up 14.5 sacks in 2015. According to kansascity.com, Ray is getting looks from both 3-4 and 4-3 teams. Ray ran a 4.64 40, but didn’t test great in other categories. He is projected to be a first-round pick, and Mike Mayock lists him as the third-best edge rusher available. Note that Ray said he had a meeting with the Eagles, but it’s not clear if that was a team visit or a private workout.
Danielle Hunter, DE/OLB, LSU – (Sirius XM Radio) Hunter (6-5, 252) led LSU with 13 tackles for loss last season, although he picked up just 1.5 sacks. Hunter is long and explosive, running the best 40-time at the combine among all defensive ends at 4.57 seconds. He will most likely be a Day 2 pick.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida – (Pro Football Talk) Perriman (6-2, 212) has great measurables. He didn’t participate in the combine because of a hamstring injury, but reportedly clocked a 4.25 40 at his Pro Day. Perriman had 50 grabs for 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns last year, averaging 20.88 YPR. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock expects Perriman to be a top-20 pick. Note that Comcast SportsNet’s Derrick Gunn refuted the PFT report that Perriman visited.
Owa Odighizuwa, DE/OLB, UCLA – (Tim McManus) Odighizuwa (6-3, 267) was named second-team All-Pac 12 in 2014 after taking a medical redshirt in 2013 to recover from hip surgery. He had six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss last season. Odighizuwa is currently projected as a first- or second-round pick.
Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State – (Matt Baker) Greene (5-11, 182) caught caught 99 balls for 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns during his senior year at Florida State. He ran a 4.53 40 at the combine and notched a 36.5-inch vertical jump. According to Lance Zierlein, Greene’s slight frame makes him an inefficient blocker, and he often gets outmuscled by bigger corners. He will likely be a Day 2 pick.
Joe Cardona, LS, Navy – (Aaron Wilson) Cardona (6-2, 242) was the only long snapper invited to the combine. His ability to play by the NFL depends on his pending service in the Navy. He is slated to serve for the next five years, but he could be given special dispensation if he latches on with a team, per Wilson. Cardona projects as an undrafted free agent.
Terry Poole, OL, San Diego State – (Football Insiders) Poole (6-5, 307) played tackle at San Diego State, but he may be better suited on the inside, due to his lack of quickness. Poole was a JUCO transfer. He is currently projected as a Day 3 pick.
Chris Conley, WR, Georgia – (Alex Marvez) Conley (6-2, 213) did not put up gaudy numbers in college, but he impressed with his workout at the combine. He was tops among all wide receivers in the broad jump (139.0 inches) and vertical jump (45.0 inches), and he was in the top-five among wideouts in the 40 (4.35) and bench press (18 reps). Conley only had 36 receptions in 2014, but he averaged over 18 yards per catch and contributed eight touchdowns. He currently is projected as a Day 2 pick.
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest – (Matt Miller) Johnson (6-0, 188) is a long cornerback, but his light frame could be a problem when it comes to supporting the run. Johnson only had 1 interception during the 2014 campaign. Mayock has him listed as the fourth-best corner in the draft and Jeremiah places him as the 49th-best prospect. He is projected to be a first or second round pick.
Nelson Agholor, WR, USC – (Rand Getlin) Agholor (6-0, 198) was recruited by Chip Kelly to play at Oregon, per Getlin. He had 104 catches for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. He ran a 4.42 at the combine, and some analysts project him as a slot receiver in the NFL. Jeremiah has him ranked as the 37th-best prospect in the draft, and he is projected to be a second-round pick.
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State – (Tony Pauline) McKinney (6-4, 246) is an inside linebacker who possesses the length to move to the outside. He had 71 tackles last season for the Bulldogs, including three sacks and eight tackles for loss. His vertical jump at the combine of 40.5 inches was the fourth-best mark among linebackers. Jeremiah has him as the 38th-best prospect, and Mayock ranks him as the fourth-best linebacker. He projects to go off the board in the first couple rounds.
Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State – (Dane Brugler) Randall (5-11, 196) is a bit undersized for a safety, and some teams are projecting him as a cornerback. He racked up 106 tackles in his final season, along with three INTs, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He tested well at the combine, running a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash and a 6.83 in the three-cone drill. Mayock ranks him as the fourth-best safety. He is currently projected as a Day 2 pick.
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State – (Rotoworld) Strong (6-2, 217) possesses the size Kelly covets on the outside. He ran a 4.44 at the combine and totaled 82 catches for 1,165 yards and 10 TDs in 2014. He posted a 42-inch vertical jump, which was second among wide receivers. Jeremiah believes he is the 27th-best overall prospect, and Mayock has him ranked as his fourth-best receiver. He could be a first-round pick. Note that because Strong is from Philadelphia, as long as he provided his own transportation to the NovaCare Complex, this does not count as one of the team’s 30 visits.
Jesse James, TE, Penn State (Tony Pauline) – The 6-7, 261-pounder caught 38 balls for 396 yards and three touchdowns last year.
R.J. Harris, WR, New Hampshire (Geoff Mosher) – Kelly reportedly went back to his old stomping grounds to check out Harris (6-0, 201), who caught 100 passes for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.
Brian Blechen, S, Utah – (Dane Brugler) The Eagles are reportedly one of five teams that held a private workout with Blechen.
Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern (Aaron Wilson) The Eagles are said to have scheduled a private workout with Campbell.
Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada – (Tim McManus) Eagles QBs coach Ryan Day held a private workout with him.
Christian Green, WR, Florida State – (Aaron Wilson) Chip Kelly held a private workout in Florida for Green and his teammate Rashad Greene on April 2, per Wilson.
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA – (Rob Rang) The Eagles reportedly held a private workout and film-room session with him.
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest – (Aaron Wilson) Wilson reports that Eagles are one of a handful of teams that has already worked out Johnson.
Brian Parker, TE, Albany – (Aaron Wilson) The Eagles conducted a private workout with Parker on April 6, says Wilson.
Jeremiah Poutasi, OL, Utah – (Tony Pauline) On March 28, the Eagles reportedly held a private workout with Poutasi.
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah – (Tony Pauline) Chip Kelly was in attendance for the Utah Pro Day on March 26, and the Eagles apparently held a private workout with him.
Visesio Salt, OL, Utah – (Tony Pauline) The Eagles put him through a private workout.
Randall Telfer, TE, USC – (Penn Live) Telfer (6-4, 250) finished with 65 catches for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns over his four-year career at USC. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com believes he could be a decent blocking tight end in the NFL. Telfer attended the combine, but only participated in the bench press, notching 20 reps. He did not attend the USC pro day because he is currently recovering from surgery on his foot. He is projected to be an undrafted free agent.
Shaq Thompson, S/LB, Washington – (Rob Rang) The Eagles will hold a private workout with Thompson or have him at the team facility, per Rang.
Julian Wilson, CB, Oklahoma – (Aaron Wilson) The Eagles held a private workout with him.
Joe Okafor, DL, Lamar — (Aaron Wilson) The Eagles reportedly met with him in Houston. He wold be a defensive end in their scheme.
PRO DAY NOTES
Chaz Green, OL, Florida – (Tony Pauline) Eagles offensive line coaches attended his Pro Day and met with him privately the next day.
Eric Tomlinson, TE, UTEP – (Tony Pauline) The Eagles sent TE coach Justin Peele to UTEP’s Pro Day to observe Tomlinson.
Adrian Amos, S, Penn State – (The Baltimore Sun) Eagles secondary coaches attended Amos’s Pro Day on March 19 and reportedly watched film with him afterwards.
Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson – (The Independent Mail) Chip Kelly attended Clemson’s Pro Day on March 5.
Kennard Backman, TE, UAB – (Tony Pauline) Eagles coaches attended UAB’s Pro Day on March 10.
Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma – (Tony Pauline) Eagles coaches attended Bell’s Pro Day on March 12 and took him out to dinner, per Pauline.
Trenton Brown, OL, Florida (Bleeding Green Nation) Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland attended Florida’s Pro Day and apparently paid close attention to Brown.
T.J. Clemmings, OL, Pittsburgh – (NFL.com) The Eagles sent Stoutland to his Pro Day.
Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, ILB, Maryland – (Aaron Wilson) Eagles coaches attended his Pro Day on April 2 and worked with him on the chalkboard afterwords, says Wilson.
Devante Davis, WR, UNLV – (Las Vegas Review Journal) Eagles West Coast area scout Trey Brown attended Davis’s Pro Day on March 12 and reportedly met with him for a while after it was over.
Alvin (Bud) Dupree, OLB, Kentucky – (Tony Pauline) Eagles coaches met with Dupree at his Pro Day on March 12.
Kyle Emanuel, OLB, North Dakota State – (NFL.com) The Eagles sent a linebackers coach to his Pro Day.
D.J. Humpheries, OL, Florida – (Bleeding Green Nation) Stoutland was at Florida’s Pro Day to watch Humpheries along with his teammate Trenton Brown.
Byron Jones, CB, UConn – (Desmond Conner) Kelly attended the UConn Pro Day, along with Ed Marynowitz, Billy Davis and Tom Donahoe on March 31. They reportedly spent a lot of time with Jones.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon – Mariota said he met with QBs coach Ryan Day at his Pro Day.
Ali Marpet, OL, Hobart – (Democrat & Chronicle) Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland worked him out at his Pro Day.
B.J. McBryde, DT, UConn – (Desmond Conner) Eagles coaches spent time with McBryde at UConn’s Pro Day, and one team rep called his home and expressed interest to his father in the defensive lineman, according to a report.
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor – (Star-Telegram) QBs coach Ryan Day took him out to dinner and attended his Pro Day, per the Star-Telegram.
Ryan Russell, DE, Purdue – (Tony Pauline) The Eagles reportedly met with Russell after his Pro Day on March 4.
Junior Sylvestre, OLB, Toledo – (Tony Pauline) The Eagles sent a linebacker coach to Toledo’s Pro Day on March 16 to meet with Sylvestre.