[Note by JasonB, 04/21/11 6:23 PM EDT ] MidwesternEaglesFan has some good stuff on a few unheralded prospects. Starting off with the guy I picked in the SBN writers mock draft.
Clint Boling OG/OT Georiga- Starting to get a lot of attention due from mocker and bloggers alike. Played both Tackle and Guard at Georgia where he was a 4 year starter. Pretty good technique, very strong upper body and surprisingly veyr light on his feet. Probably not athletic enough to start at tackle but with some good coaching, I wouldn't rule it out. Has the attitdue and intangibles that Andy Reid and co. looks for, was Georgia's offensive captain and 1st team ALL SEC. Looks like a mid-2nd round pick right now but with concerns that he isn't athletic enough to play tackle may drop him into the third round. Outstanding pulling Guard with a very high IQ who could excel in right system or with right coaching. With a little improvment, could compete for starting RG spot in Philly. His versatility will make Big Red want to draft him while his high football IQ will fit in well for Coach Mudd.
Taiwon Jones RB Eastern Washington- Think poor man's version of Chris Johnson. Ran somewhere between a high 4.2 to a low 4.3 at his pro day, depending on which scout's stopwatch you get your time from. Finished this season with 2,000+ total yards and 17 TD's in just 12 games. Biggest concerns are with his foot and abdominal injuries he is just getting over along with some serious ball control issues(17 fumbles past two seasons). Has great ability as a kick returner where he averaged over 36 yards a return in 2008 and over 20 yards a try his last two season as well. Taiwon Jones wasn't an inside runner or asked to pass block so will go into the NFL extremley raw in those areas. I know a lot of Eagles fans will be begging for a power back but I am hearing and reading a lot that that's not the route they want to go. They tried it with Charles Scott, Tony Hunt and Eldra Buckley and it hasn't worked. Owen Schmitt and LeSean McCoy will be our short yardage back, like it or love it. We will be going after a runningback to take some touches and pressure away from Shady and probably be our kick returner and Jones fits the bill perfectly. The thing Reid has to figure out is when to take him if he really wants him. Jones has the speed and return ability that will attract speed-happy front offices like Oakland and Tennessee. Jones may be a third round caliber player but will probably go to the team that reaches on him late in the 2nd round.
Mario Harvey MLB Marshall- A lot of scouts probably don't even know who Harvey is, let alone the fans. NFL Combine snub, but did have an opportunity to impress at the Marshall Pro Day. Impress he did, running a 4.46 40 and a 32 inch vertical jump, while putting up an impressive 27 bench press reps. In his final two seasons at Marshall he racked up 260 tackles and 13 sacks while earning ALL-Conference honors in both years. His biggest knock is his height, measuring at only 5'11. He has gone from being a combine snub to a fast rising player who can be a standout on special teams right away and could develop into a solid MLB down the road. Perfect situation in Philly for Harvey, Bobby April would love him on his special teams and he could be a solid backup to Jamar Chaney. Both are similar player who are very fast who don't measure or rate well by scouts but flat out deliver on the football field. His hard hitting earned him the nickname Thumper.
Chimdi Chekwa CB Ohio State- It is very possible that the Eagles will trade out of their first round pick and not even draft a corner in the first two rounds. I think they will either sign a big name free agency corner or just stick with the guys we have. We will draft someone at the postion, just not a big name. Chimdi Chekwa is a solid prospect who ran a 4.38 40 who has proven to be more than just fast corner. Scouts are down on him because he is coming off a nasty wrist injury and his poor tackling and press cover skills. His tackling and press skills can be improved, especially for a team with a Cornerbacks Coach. Good size at 6'0 190, and is already solid in zone coverage. Could be a solid third round pickup to add depth and competition at the corner position no matter who we sign.
Robert Sands S West Virginia- Built like a wideout, but hits like a safety. 6'4 215+, runs a 4.53 40. Biggest weaknesses are his ability to change direction quickly and his open field tackling. His biggest strengths are his big-hitter attitdue, hands and is surprisingly outstanding covering tight ends all over the field. Would be a huge asset in helping double team big wideouts like Dez Bryant down the road.