As an appetizer for tomorrow’s main course of Birds and Bears the CFB Playoff Semi-Finals will do. Some of CFB best talent will be on display as Clemson takes on Notre Dame and Alabama faces of against the high-powered Oklahoma offense. Here are 7 players to keep an eye out for as we head into Eagles draft season.
Cody Ford OT Oklahoma
Ford is considered by many to be one of the top three OL drafted in April. Playing tackle at Oklahoma, Ford is projected to be a guard at the next level. That doesn’t mean that he must play inside, and if he falls to the Eagles you can bet that Howie will have Goodell sprinting up to the podium. Ford is massive at 6’4 and 338 pounds, a mammoth that has great feet and athleticism.
Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma
We have compared Brown to DeSean Jackson in the past, and that comparison is starting to become more vocal in the NFL media. “Hollywood” Brown has the speed to take a top off of the defense and isn’t as much of a one trick pony as some may believe – meaning that his routes are a bit more refined than just a go or posts. Rather than bringing a 32-year-old Jackson back at a hefty price tag, Brown would be a better fit for Wentz and the future of the offense.
Jerry Tillery DL Notre Dame
You’re probably thinking – “why draft another DL, when the Eagles have so much invested in the group?!” It’s because outside of Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat, the rest of the defensive line is aging or has injury problems. Tillery is a mammoth inside at 6’7 305 pounds, with great hands and a high motor.
Mack Wilson LB Alabama
An extremely fast and athletic LB, Wilson is sure to be a first round pick in April. With Bradham and possibly Grugier-Hill the only starting LBs guaranteed to be back next year, investing in the position early may be beneficial for the defense.
Tevon Coney LB Notre Dame
Coney doesn’t possess elite athleticism as the top LBs in the draft do (White, Wilson, Bush), but Coney is a tackling machine. The Eagles have seen too many missed tackles this season, so Coney would fit in and upgrade the LB corp in that area.
Damien Harris RB Alabama
It seems as though Harris has been playing college football for much longer than 4 years. Harris has been a quietly productive running back for the Tide and plays a similar style to Mark Ingram. I am not saying that he will be as good as Ingram, however Harris runs behind his pads as a bruiser, but can also catch the ball well out of the backfield.
Hunter Renfrow WR Clemson
If Nelson Agholar signs elsewhere this offseason, the Eagles will be in the market for a slot receiver. Enter – Hunter Renfrow. You may remember Renfrow from the 2016 CFB championship game as the guy who caught Deshawn Watson’s game winning pass. Renfrow has refined route running skills and is an above athlete. A player probably to go early day 3, keep an eye on this name.