2014 NFL Draft Profile: LSU guard Trai Turner

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

The Eagles are getting older along the offensive line and could use some promising young talent to develop. LSU's Trai Turner is a talent that may fit with the Eagles.

The Eagles have locked up the likes of Jason Kelce and Jason Peters to long-term contracts, but the offensive line is still in need of some new blood. Peter, Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans are all over 30 and will eventually need to be replaced. The Eagles could use one of their picks in their upcoming draft to select some reinforcements on the line. LSU guard Trai Turner could be one of their targets.

College Career

A New Orleans native, the four-star recruit decided to stay local for college football and committed to LSU in 2011. He redshirted during his first season on campus but played in 12 games (seven starts) in 2012. He totaled 559 snaps at right guard. He started all 13 games in 2013 and earned second team All-SEC honors. He was a member of an offensive line that helped running back Jeremy Hill reach 1,400 rushing yards. The line assisted on 37 rushing touchdowns on the season.

Combine Numbers

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 310 lbs

Arm Length: 34"

Hands: 9 1/2"

40: 4.93 seconds (3rd among OL in 2014)

Bench Press: 25 reps

Vertical Jump: 27.5 inches

Strengths

Turner is a big guy that makes holes. He finishes blocks and pulls cleanly. He can clear an area with his combination of speed and strength, while using a good anchor. He can get to the second level and will occupy his assignment throughout a play with success. He has the ability to overpower smaller defensive tackles and blitzers.

Weaknesses

Turner has only started 20 games in college and is still learning how to block with technique. He is a bit on and off blocking down field and is not dominant at any one aspect of his game. He could use a lot of work as a pass blocker and needs to improve his balance. He can sometimes be taken off his feet. He probably should have stayed another year in school.

Eagles Outlook

Turner is probably a bit more of a project than the Eagles would likely want to spend a big pick on. He is still very young and can be molded, which could appeal to Chip Kelly and Jeff Stoutland. He would probably be a developmental backup interior lineman for the Eagles, with Dennis Kelly and Matt Tobin on the outside along with Allen Barbre serving as the top inside guy. He could possibly take over for Herremans in a season or two. Turner is likely to be taken in the third or fourth round of the draft.

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