The Senior Bowl will kickoff on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The annual event features dozens and dozens of future NFL players in their final college game. The coaching staffs of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans will lead the youngsters as they look to impress scouts and fans.
The Philadelphia Eagles have met with several of these players and will likely be keeping an eye on them during the game. While the week's practices were the biggest part of the yearly audition process, making big plays in the game can give players an added boost in the public eye.
Below are the players that the Eagles have reportedly spoken with during the week, several of which were spotlighted in BGN's Senior Bowl preview (noted with summaries):
Michigan State safety Kurtis Drummond
- The safety weighed in at 6-foot and 205 pounds at the Senior Bowl. A first team All-American, Drummond collected 233 tackles in 52 career games. He started 34-straight games at free safety for Michigan State. He also secured 12 interceptions in his college career.
Miami inside linebacker Denzel Perryman
- A former three-star recruit, Denzel Perryman has come a long way in his four years at Miami. A talented linebacker with special acceleration and an impressive tackling ability, Perryman could be an interesting successor for DeMeco Ryans. Perryman appeared in 47 games (37 starts) in four years at Miami and collected 351 total tackles (9.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions. He is coming off an impressive senior year, as he produced 110 tackles (9.5 for loss), two sacks, three forced fumbles, five pass breakups and an interception. (5-foot-10, 242 pounds at weigh in)
Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt
- As the Eagles continue to look for size in the secondary, fans should keep an eye on Cody Prewitt. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound safety is a former All-American and has appeared in 51 games at Ole Miss. While starting several games over his career, the big guy collected 247 total tackles (14 for loss), five forced fumbles and 12 interceptions. In his final season with the Rebels, Prewitt played in 13 games and produced 64 tackles (four for loss), a forced fumble and three interceptions. (6-foot-2, 212 pounds at weigh in)
Navy long snapper Joe Cardona
- A four-year long snapper for Navy. He graduated from high school in 2010.
Louisville defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin
- Mauldin weighed in 6-foot-3 and 256 pounds. A former teammate of Eagles 2014 first round pick Marcus Smith, Mauldin was his partner-in-crime with the pass rush for three seasons. He secured 6.5 sacks in his final season at Louisville and finished his career with 21.5 sacks.
USC cornerback Josh Shaw
- The 6-foot-1 USC cornerback was invited to the Senior Bowl after a quality performance during the week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game. Josh Shaw had an interception in the game and stood out as a special teams player as well. Shaw started his career at the University of Florida where he played in 11 games over two seasons for the Gators but was allowed to redshirt as a true freshman after injuring his knee after one game. Shaw transferred to USC in 2012 and collected 30 tackles (two for loss), six pass breakups and two interceptions. He played cornerback and safety in 2013 and started all 14 games. During his second season at USC, Shaw produced 67 tackles (5.5 for loss), four interceptions and seven pass breakups. Shaw was suspended for most of this past season for lying about an ankle injury. He appeared in the final three games of the season and collected 12 tackles. The off-the-field issues may be a problem for the Eagles, but it will be interesting to see if he can increase his stock with a stellar performance in his second all-star game in as many weeks. (6-foot-2, 203 pounds at Shrine Bowl)
Miami (OH) cornerback Quinten Rollins
- BGN Radio's Matt Dering swears by the first year cornerback and his raw skills are definitely something to admire. A former college basketball player, Quinten Rollins converted to football in his final year on campus. At 6-foot-1 and 203 pounds, Rollins played very well in his first year on the RedHawks football squad. He collected 73 tackles, seven interceptions and nine pass breakups. Rollins is a very sound athlete with great hips that flip seamlessly and is a pretty impressive tackler given his inexperience. (5-foot-11, 193 pounds at weigh in)
Alabama quarterback Blake Sims
- The starting quarterback of the Crimson Tide led the team to the college playoffs this season. Blake Sims made the most of his only shot at being a full-time starter and shined against the rest of the SEC. The Gainesville, Ga. native completed 252-of-391 passes (64.5 %) for 3487 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interception in his first and final year as the starting quarterback. He added another 350 yards on the ground with 83 rushing attempts. A former running back, Sims offers the speed and athleticism that some Eagles fans have craved at quarterback since the team hired Chip Kelly. Also, he is a favorite of BGN writer, Dan Klausner. (5-foot-11, 223 pounds at weigh in)
Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith
- The 6-foot, 190-pound receiver was a member of the National Championship team. He is coming off a season with 33 receptions for 931 receiving yards (28.2 YPC! WOW!!!) and 12 touchdowns. He collected 231 receptions for 2,503 receptions and 30 touchdowns in four years at Ohio State.
Washington outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha
- [Danny] Shelton's running mate at Washington, Hau'oli Kikaha is a versatile pass rusher with plenty of experience. A potential second round pick, Kikaha owns career totals of 36 sacks and 51.5 tackles for loss. A five-year player at Washington, Kikaha had a ridiculous senior season with 53 tackles (25 for loss, team record), a school record 19 sacks and three forced fumbles. A thin-framed pass rusher with incredible quickness and a relentless motor, Kikaha could be a nice fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker on the Eagles defense. (6-foot-2, 246 pounds at weigh in)
Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett
- Daniel Jeremiah noted the other day that Dorsett may be the fastest player in the draft class. He weighed in at 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds, so you may be looking at DeSean Jackson 2.0. He would be a nice field stretcher for the Eagles. During his college career, Dorsett averaged 17.6 yards per catch. He caught 121 passes for 2,132 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns.
Penn State linebacker Mike Hull
- At 6-foot and 230 pounds, the Penn State alum is a bit undersized. He would likely be a candidate for special teams work in the NFL. The guy was a tackling machine in college.
Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes
- The Philadelphia native weighed in at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds at the Senior Bowl. Barnes had six sacks as a senior at defensive end. He collected 14 sacks during his Penn State career.
Utah defensive back Eric Rowe
- At 6-foot and 204 pounds, Rowe is a big safety. Rowe was a four-year starter at Utah and collected 261 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 34 pass breakups and three interceptions during his college career. He has experience at cornerback as well as free and strong safety.
Utah pass rusher Nate Orchard
- A first team All-American, Orchard collected 18.5 sacks as a senior. He produced 186 tackles (38.5 for loss), 25 sacks and eight forced fumbles in four seasons with the Utes. Orchard was measured at 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds at the Senior Bowl.
Note: The Eagles very well may have talked to more players. These are just the ones that are known.