The first day 2015 NFL Combine on-field drills has arrived. Who's excited? The following position groups are scheduled to work out: tight ends, offensive linemen, and special teams players. The action starts at 9 AM EST and will be aired on NFL Network. Click here for a full list of the workouts and combine participants. The Philadelphia Eagles could certainly show some interest in these positions, especially the offensive line.
The Eagles have one of the oldest offensive lines (if not the oldest) in the NFL. Jason Peters (33), Todd Herremans (32), and Evan Mathis (33) won't be around forever. The myriad of injuries suffered by Eagles offensive linemen highlighted how important depth is in the trenches. The Birds could certainly afford to to upgrade in this area. They don't necessarily need an instant starter, but they could draft a player who serves as depth before eventually taking over as a starter.
Mike Mayock's Top Interior Offensive Linemen
1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa
2. Cameron Erving, Florida State
3. Laken Tomlinson, Duke
4. A.J. Cann, South Carolina
5. Tre' Jackson, Florida State
Mike Mayock's Top Offensive Tackles
1. T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
2. Andrus Peat, Stanford
3. La'el Collins, LSU
4. Ereck Flowers, Miami (Fla.)
5t. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
5t. D.J. Humphries, Florida
Tight End - [Position Review]
The Eagles released James Casey on Thursday which means they now only have three tight ends on the roster. Chip Kelly loves Brent Celek's blocking ability despite his lack of production as a receiver so it's hard to see him going anywhere. Zach Ertz will be entering his third year and could look to have a bigger role in the offense. He's proven to be a more than capable pass catcher. 2014 rookie Trey Burton will look to replace Casey's role as a special teams contributor while making some cameos on offense.
The Eagles are hardly in desperate need of a tight end but with Celek is getting older (30) and the money on his guarantee is no longer guaranteed. He will be due nearly $5 million in 2016.
Mike Mayock's Top Tight Ends
1. Maxx Williams, Minnesota
2. Clive Walford, Miami (Fla.)
3. Nick O'Leary, Florida State
4. Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
5. Ben Koyack, Notre Dame
Special Teams - [Position Review]
The Eagles are set at kicker with Cody Parkey. Donnie Jones turns 35 in July so it wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on punters for the future. The same could be said about long snapper Jon Dorenbos, who also turns 35 in July. Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is a player that could make sense for the Eagles one day considering Kelly's strong appreciation of the U.S. military. Kelly was also seen talking to him at the Senior Bowl. Cardona is the only long snapper at the Combine. He might not play in the NFL right away, which you can read more about here.
Use this thread to discuss Friday's drills.