Updated: Apr 24, 2019
Kentucky hasn't had a player drafted to the NFL since 2016 - that was 6th round pick Josh Forrest . This year, weeks before their bowl game, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops mentioned in a presser that he expects 10-12 Kentucky players to have their names called on draft day/night. Eagles scouts were found in attendance at the Kentucky pro day, for their due diligence. Let's take a look at some of the guys that seem realistic for the Eagles to be taking a look at.
Benny Snell | RB | 5'10 225lbs
Snell is a downhill decisive runner, that will wear down a defense through the course of a game. Snell doesn't have the elusiveness or second gear to unhitch the trailer. However, Snell knows what his strengths are as a running back and didn't try to do anything he couldn't. Snell's strengths as a runner are his strength, patience and vision; a great compliment back to Cory Clement. Over the course of his three-year career, Snell totaled 48 touchdowns. This is a guy that can run through a defense and make them pay for a yard or two.
Current Projection: 4th Round
Mike Edwards | S | 5'10 205lbs
Mike Edwards is not an elite safety prospect coming out of college. What can be expected out of Edwards is a versatile depth piece on the back-end of a defense. Edwards is a gritty player willing to do it all, two-high safety or down as a nickel corner. A downfall of Edwards is his speed. Can get beat, and does not have the make up speed to catch up.
Current Projection: 5th Round
Lonnie Johnson | CB | 6'2 213lbs
Johnson is a long corner with great size and shows traits as an aggressive run stopper. Johnson seems best fit for a bump and run scheme, but given his size, athleticism, and fluid transitions - he could end up a fit on the outside in Philly. Johnson however, does not have great ball skills, and fails to get his head around on a number of occasions. Johnson does play with swagger, and although he may get burnt by fleet-footed wide outs, he always comes back to play.
Current Projection: 4th-5th Round
Darius West | S | 5'11 208 lbs
West is a punch you in the mouth type of safety. While he does not show great coverage abilities, or elite ball skills, West excels near the line of scrimmage. Darrius West is best known for his leadership abilities and work ethic on and off the field. However, he is also known for the leg and knee injuries that have hampered him in the past. If healthy, West can become a starting "in-the-box" safety.
Current Projection: 6th-7th Round