Draft Analysis

What to Watch: The NFL Combine

The NFL Draft season officially begins this week. NFL coaches, GMs, and media alike will be in attendance at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to check out all of the top prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft. The NFL Combine allows teams and fans to get a good look at prospects through individual drills and workouts. Fans will have their eyes glued to the 40-yard dash times of all of the skill position players. While teams will be interested in the prospect’s metrics, the teams also get their first opportunity to hold interviews with the players. Here is a round-up of what you should be looking for during this week’s combine.

Non-Eagles Related

1. Quarterbacks – Will all of the top guy’s throw?

While Dwayne Haskins is seen as the top QB in this years draft class, the rest of the group is not far behind. Dual sport stand-out and Heisman winner Kyler Murray can bridge the gap between himself and Haskins with a strong combine. Drew Lock is seen as the third QB who may go in the first round, can he make a name for himself with strong on-field workouts? The issue here is that often the top QBs do not want to be exposed at the combine. The top guys may want to wait for their pro day to throw to familiar WRs while working with their coaches to showcase themselves on their own turf. This would be beneficial for the next tier of QBs such as Will Grier, Jarret Stidham and Tyree Jackson. (UPDATE: Murray announced he will not be taking part in on-field activities and will wait for his pro day).

2. Wide Receivers – Can the top guys separate themselves?

Every ranking you look at has a different order for the top 3 WRs. The Ole Miss guys, A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf will be battling each other for the top spot. The next tier consists of N’keal Harry, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, and Hakeem Butler. These three can solidify their first-round stock with strong showings in the wide receiver drills as well as the all-important 40 times. 

Who the Eagles will have eyes on?

Running backs:

1. Josh Jacobs (Alabama) – Seen as the top RB prospect in this years draft, Jacobs is projected to come off of the board in the late first round right around the Eagles 25th overall selection. Jacobs will not be participating in on-field activities, but he already has a meeting scheduled with Howie Roseman and the rest of the Eagles staff.

2. Darrell Henderson (Memphis) – Henderson is seen as a 2nd/3rd round pick. The Eagles have two 2nd round picks and could look to add an RB with one of those selections. Henderson is coming off of a phenomenal junior season at Memphis where he totaled 2,204 yards and 25 touchdowns. Henderson will look to prove he can hang with the RBs from the Power five schools. A strong showing in the agility drills could lead to Henderson going early second round.

3. Devin Singletary (FAU) – Like Henderson, Singletary will be looking to prove he belongs with the top group. A day two prospect, Devon needs to show that athleticism we saw at FAU was not a fluke. He was a touchdown machine after tallying 67 touchdowns in 3 seasons. NFL Network analyst, Daniel Jeremiah recently compared Singletary to former Eagle, Shady McCoy. “I have him as the second-best back, and actually for comparison, I wrote down he’s got a little Shady McCoy to him,” Jeremiah said.

Edge Defenders & Interior Defensive Lineman:

1. The Clemson Trio – Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, and Dexter Lawrence will look to carry the success they all had at Clemson to the NFL. The combine will be an opportunity for each of them to prove they can shine as individuals. Ferrell will likely be off of the board by the time the Eagles pick in the first round. Wilkins and Lawrence would be solid additions next to Flecther Cox on the interior of the Eagles’ defensive line.

2. Jeffrey Simmons (Miss. State) – Simmons is an interesting prospect. he was seen as a clear Top 15 player just a few weeks ago before suffering a torn ACL which should cause him to miss most if not all of the 2019 season. Eagles fans are familiar with this situation after the Eagles drafted Sidney Jones two years ago. The meetings and medical reviews will be crucial for Simmons this weekend.

3. Montez Sweat (Miss. State) – Sweat went into the Senior Bowl and went from fringe first rounder to Top 20 prospect. Sweat will look to continue building off of that strong Senior Bowl performance and show off his athleticism in front of everyone in Indy. The Eagles will be closely monitoring Sweat as he would be an ideal replacement for Brandon Graham on the outside.

 

Stay tuned for our video recap after the NFL Combine concludes on Sunday!

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