Remember last year how Chip Kelly visited nearly every pro day in the entire country? OK, so I'm exaggerating a little, but seriously, he loves attending pro days. This year is no different. The Eagles head coach was spotted in South Carolina on Thursday at Clemson University. The Tigers have a few players that could be of interest to the Eagles. Here are the two names that stand out the most:
Stephone Anthony, ILB
Anthony is a 6-3, 243 pound linebacker. In 52 games played for Clemson, Anthony finished his college career with 255 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, nine passes defensed, and six forced fumbles.
According to Tony Pauline, the Eagles expressed some extra interest in Anthony prior to Thursday's pro day. Pauline reports that the Eagles (along with the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers) met with Anthony for dinner on Wednesday evening. Pauline notes that Anthony, who had a strong pro day performance, could be drafted in the second round.
The Eagles inside linebacker picture is a little unclear right now. The team still has 2014 starters DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks under contract. Ryans is reportedly expected to return to the team, which raises eyebrows because Philadelphia just acquired Kiko Alonso in the LeSean McCoy trade.
Anthony displayed good athleticism at the 2015 NFL Combine:
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Vic Beasley, OLB
The 6-3, 246 Beasley is a redshirt senior. He finished his Clemson career with 72 tackles, 33 sacks, nine passes defensed, and seven forced fumbles. Beasley is expected to be a high first round pick.
The Eagles definitely have a need at outside linebacker with Trent Cole released and Brandon Graham expected to test the market.
Like Anthony, Beasley had a strong Combine.
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Here's the evidence of Kelly attending:
Rex Ryan and Chip Kelly chatting it up on the sideline. Wonder what they could be talking about. pic.twitter.com/bHQ2PXh8y9— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) March 5, 2015
Chipper and Bill Belichick: pic.twitter.com/2MeyE00S7P— Robert (@IgglesCoverage) March 5, 2015