Updated: Jan 17
Eagles scouts have been zeroing in on Shrine Game participants this week down in St. Petersburg, Florida. On Monday, team representatives interviewed four defensive prospects after the practice. After Tuesday's practice, Eagles reps interviewed seven prospects. On Wednesday, the team interviewed two prospects (one on the East team and one on the West team).
Here is a look at who they interviewed on Wednesday, and why the Eagles might have had interest in them:
Kevin Dotson | OG | Louisiana | 6'4 324lbs
Dotson appeared in 53 collegiate games with the Ragin' Cajuns. He was primarily a right guard in college, and was a 2x All-Sun Belt First Team selection. There's not a lot of info or scouting reports out about him, which is why this week is a big one for him. He can put out good film and impress the scouts in attendance to get on some radars. The Eagles could use some more depth at guard, and bringing in a player like Dotson will make for a Training Camp battle between him and guys like Sua Opeta and Matt Pryor.
Current Projection: 7th Round/UDFA
Jon Runyan | OT | Michigan | 6'4 319lbs
Runyan Jr. appeared in 33 games at Michigan, with 25 career starts (24 at left tackle, one at right tackle), and also contributed on special teams in Ann Arbor. It'll be hard for him to find the same success his dad did in Philadelphia, but it would be a cool story if he did end up with the Eagles. His versatility with both tackle positions and his athletic abilities will certainly help him, but the Eagles aren't really in the market for a tackle. If he is available very late in the draft there's a slim possibility the team would take a flyer on a tackle like him.
Current Projection: 5th-6th Round
James Morgan | QB | FIU | 6'4 320lbs (report)
Morgan threw 40 touchdowns at FIU, which ranks as the second-most all-time in program history. He was also an All-Conference USA Honorable Mention. He also broke a few program record while at school, including: Most passing touchdowns in a season (26), highest pass efficiency in a season (157.6), most touchdowns responsible for in a season (27), total offense per play average in a season (7.67), most passing yards in a bowl game (312), most completions in a bowl game (22), and longest completion in a bowl game (48).
He is considered to have above-average arm strength, and will be a classic pocket-passing quarterback at the next level. He can also be mobile if need be, and can use his deceptive speed to his advantage. The Eagles are trying to find a developmental quarterback, and last year they were unsuccessful with Clayton Thorson. Depending on how negotiations go with Nate Sudfeld, the backup job might be up for grabs, too. It's very likely the Eagles spend another late-round pick on a quarterback, and Morgan could be a player of interest for Howie Roseman and his scouts.
Current Projection: 6th-7th Round