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NFL Combine Day 4: Save The Most Needed For Last

As we have highlighted in on our DB Watch series, defensive backs are at a premium for the Eagles this offseason. It is not a matter of if they have the need, but more, how much need to do they really have. Is Nate Allen a lost cause? Will DRC be resigned? Is Nnamdi Asomugha going to be let go?


The questions surrounding the defensive backs on the Eagles roster have not and probably will not go away for a few more weeks, but the one thing is for certain, the Birds need help in the defensive backfield (DB Watch 2013). With the final day of the Combine finally here, fans, scouts and coaches will get an opportunity to take a closer look at some of the best options at upgrading their secondaries.

The performances of FSU's Xavier Rhodes, Alabama's Dee Milliner, Florida's Matt Elam, and FIU's Jonathan Cyprien are likely to dictate whether the Eagles jump for a defensive back in the early rounds, so those prospects will be important to keep an eye on. Make sure to obviously pay attention to the prospects' 40-yard dash and shuttle times. Also, the position drills will be important to look at because a lot of these prospects have not been asked to back pedal all that much during their college careers.

Let's take a look at some cornerback options:

Name School Height Weight
Dee Milliner Alabama 6'0" 201
Xavier Rhodes FSU 6'1" 210
Desmond Trufant Washington 6'0" 190
Johnthan Banks Miss. St. 6'2" 185
Jordan Poyer Oregon St. 6'0" 191
Marc Anthony California 5'11 196
Logan Ryan Rutgers 5'11" 191
Robert Alford SE Louisiana 5'10" 188
Will Davis Utah St. 5'11" 186
B.W. Webb William & Mary 5'10" 184

Here is a look at some safety targets:

Name School Height Weight
Kenny Vaccaro Texas 6'0" 214
Eric Reid LSU 6'1" 213
Phillip Thomas Fresno State 6'0" 208
Baccari Rambo Georgia 6'0" 211
TJ McDonald USC 6'2" 219
DJ Swearinger South Carolina 5'10" 208
Matt Elam Florida 5'10" 208
Jonathan Cyprien FIU 6'0" 217
Shamarko Thomas Syracuse 5'9" 213

*Interesting note: Shamarko Thomas bench pressed 225 (12 more pounds than he weighs) 28 times on Monday.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter @mike_e_kaye. He will be running commentary throughout Tuesday's Combine drills.

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