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2014 NFL Draft: Chip Kelly Attends Mizzou's Pro Day

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The Eagles were in attendance to watch Mizzou's top draft prospects at their pro day.

Another day of the week just means another pro day visit for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly was reportedly the only head coach in person at the University of Missouri's pro day. The following 15 players were on display: LB Donovan Bonner, OL Justin Britt, WR Jaleel Clark, OL/FB Max Copeland, DE Kony Ealy, QB James Franklin, CB E.J. Gaines, RB Henry Josey, WR Marcus Lucas, CB Randy Ponder, DE Michael Sam, WR L'Damian Washington, TE Eric Waters, S Matt White, and LB Andrew Wilson. Mizzou has a few players that could be of interest to the Eagles. Here are the two names that stand out the most:

DE Kony Ealy

Mike Mayock has gone on record saying he sees Ealy strictly as a 4-3 defensive end. If that were the case, Ealy wouldn't be very appealing to the Eagles, who are in need of a 3-4 edge rusher. Others have maintained he is athletic and intelligent enough to play as an outside linebacker. Ealy worked out at both positions during his pro day drills. The 22-year old has nice size at 6-4, 273 pounds. Here's how his measurables stack up compared to other defensive ends:

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According to SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn, an Eagles representative was taking a close look at Ealy during his linebacker drills.

DE Michael Sam

Playing opposite of Ealy, Sam had a pretty successful season for the Tigers last year. He earned the title of SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year as well as making first-team All-American honors. Sam made national headlines when he officially came out as gay because he will likely become the first openly gay player in NFL history. Sam struggled to impress at the 2014 NFL Combine but he improved upon those numbers at his pro day. Interestingly enough, Sam is a player that has been linked to as a good fit for the Eagles. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network has suggested that Sam is similar to current Eagles player Trent Cole. It seems Sam isn't polished enough to be considered a top prospect, but he could figure to be a good situational pass rusher off the bench.