Philadelphia Eagles scouts made their rounds this past month to college campuses, as college football teams prep for their first games of the season. The Eagles have been doing their due diligence on smaller name schools, but like we've seen with Carson Wentz, there are solid football players on those teams in areas of need for the Birds. From guys like a strong safety in Clay Matthews body, to a potential future #1 WR for the Birds, we examine the teams that the Eagles have visited, and identify guys the Eagles should have their eyes on.
Wyoming Practice – August 29th
Carl Granderson | DE | 6’4, 255 lbs| Sr.
Carl Granderson has the potential to become a special type of player throughout the 2018 CFB season. Still growing into his size (came into school at 185lbs), this guy can get to the QB with multiple moves. Chris Trapasso from CBSSports thinks “Granderson can become the next Marcus Davenport”.
Andrew Wingard | SS/OLB | 5’11, 209 lbs| Sr.
A Clay Matthews look-alike, but at the safety position. Wingard plays fast and comes down into the box with a purpose. On film he consistently has his nose to the football, and that shows on the stat sheet. Wingard led the Cowboys with 111 total tackles in 2017.
Zach Wallace | LT | 6'7, 314 lbs | Sr.
Big, strong tackle that moves well. When bull rushed, he can get moved off his block. Wallace’s strength showed when he was able to throw an end to the ground in the NMST game last week. Has potential to play in the NFL.
Northern Arizona University Practice – August 25th
Kam’Ron Johnson | FS | 6’1, 225 lbs| Sr.
Good size for a safety, and would be a great replacement for either Malcolm Jenkins or Rodney McCleod. Johnson is a solid open field tackler and has solid range to get to the ball in the air. As a safety, Johnson was second on the Lumberjacks in tackles last season with 82 total.
Emmanuel Butler | WR | 6’4, 220 lbs| Sr.
Butler has excellent size, and would become yet another redzone target for Carson Wentz. The Eagles future at Wide Receiver is up in the air, which could mean taking a late-round flyer on a player like Butler.
Marshall Practice – August 3rd
Tyre Brady | WR| 6’3, 200 lbs| Sr.
Brady has some serious speed, especially for his size. Other than size and speed, he has strong hands and is a big body down in the red zone. At this point, Brady may be a sleeper for the 2019 draft, but he will most certainly raise his draft stock throughout the season.
Chase Hancock | OLB | 6’2, 218 lbs| Sr.
Hancock is the type of underdog that would fit perfectly in the Birds locker room. A smart kid who was told he would be nothing as a freshman walk-on at Marshall, Hancock went on to earn a scholarship and led the team in tackles in 2017 with 128 total. Pro Football Focus tracks pass-rush productivity and Hancock rated 15thin the nation.