Eagles Should Keep An Eye On These Prospects
By Scott Daniels
With the 2013 NFL Draft right around the corner, teams are beginning to compile their wish lists in the hopes of finding the next superstar. Over the course of the last few months, big name players have seen their stock rise and fall quicker than a scud missile. One minute Geno Smith is a lock to be a top-5 selection, and the next minute, he’s a mediocre talent in a weak draft class.
To me, scouting reports are worthless. They are inherently subjective, can be influenced and are purely speculative. The NFL Draft is nothing short of a lottery. NFL teams can scrutinize a guy all they want, but their selection will only be validated by strong play on the field. So as we enter the final weeks before the Eagles select a new class of young talent, here are seven guys that should be on their radar:
Eric Fisher, OT
Fisher is the prototypical offensive tackle in the pro ranks, and he is the next best offensive tackle behind Luke Joekel. At 6-foot-7, 306 pounds, Fisher is a quick, versatile tackle that can play on the right or left side.
He led a stout unit at Central Michigan, giving up only 14 sacks, and he should fit Chip Kelly’s high-powered offense. His downside is that his opponents at Central Michigan were not five-star talents, creating a bit of uncertainty as to how he will adjust against much bigger and much faster NFL lineman.
Dion Jordan, OLB
A fellow Oregon Duck, Chip Kelly actually contemplated using him as a receiver. At 6-foot-6 and almost 250 pounds, Jordan poses a threat to any quarterback’s passing lanes. He’s a shifty pass rusher, and his familiarity with Chip Kelly makes him a trendy pick with the Eagles.
Chance Warmack, G
If the Eagles are able to trade down their fourth pick and get another first-rounder as well as an early second-rounder, they should stock up on offensive lineman. Not the biggest lineman in the field, Warmack makes up for this shortcoming with his light feet and pass-blocking ability.
Barkevious Mingo, DE
Mingo easily has the best name in this year’s draft class. He’s a stellar pass-rusher who can also get to the edge against the run. At only 241 pounds, he’ll need to bulk up a bit and retain his speed, but if he slips to the second round, the Eagles should take a shot on him.
Jarvis Jones, OLB
A heavily recruited talent out of high school, Jones was an All-American at Georgia. A neck injury has cast doubt on his long-term durability, but in the NFL, is there such a thing? Jones can play inside or outside, and he has the quickness to chase down running backs. Not a bad third- or fourth-rounder if he’s still available.
Justice Cunningham, TE
Cunningham is a solid tight end out of South Carolina. Cunningham’s strongest attribute is his blocking ability and, in Kelly’s run-first, up-tempo offense, his blocking ability would open up big holes for the Eagles backs.
Corey Lemonier, DE
Lemonier is a versatile lineman who can attack the quarterback and drop into zone coverage with ease. He played among the best in the SEC, and has the raw talent to succeed at the pro level.