With the Shrine Game's week of practice coming to a close before Saturday's game, it is important to note who the Philadelphia Eagles interviewed and showed interest in throughout the week. Relationships made during the All-Star circuit can be imperative to ingratiating players to coaches and the Eagles have a history of drafting heavy on seniors. Here is a run down of the 2016 NFL Draft prospects that piqued the team's interest this week and why you should be interested too. (List sourced via Twitter reports and WalterFootball.com)
Colorado CB Ken Crawley: Crawley flew under the radar due to playing for the Pac-12's lowest profile program, but Crawley is a very solid player. He is lean, but has great length and showed during his career he can cover some of the best receivers in the Pac-12.
Cincinnati OG Parker Ehinger: At 6-7, 318, Ehinger is a massive presence along the offensive line. He was named all conference for his work during his senior year. The Eagles interviewing a large, mauling offensive linemen could signal a move to a more physical philosophy along the offensive line.
UMass WR Tajae Sharpe: Sharpe may be diminutive in stature, weighing under 190 pounds despite measuring at 6-1, but he is one hell of a player. The UMass offense has ran through Sharpe's excellent hands and route running the last few seasons. With the mercurial nature of the Eagles receiver group, it is no surprise the team was interested in such a reliable target.
Miami WR Rashawn Scott: Unsurprisingly, the Eagles kept their eye on a bevy of wide receivers throughout the week. Scott had some injury issues during his time at Miami, but the large target showed off some nice downfield skills when he saw the field. He has a lot of nice potential, so it is no surprise the team is interested.
Manitoba DL Ebuka D. Onyemata: Despite seeming relatively new to football, the 6-4, 300 pound defensive tackle has an enormous ceiling with all of the talent in the world. With Jim Schwartz coming in and the team switching to four man fronts, Onyemata's upside may be too much for the team to pass over.
Stanford WR Devon Cajuste: Devon Cajuste is very intriguing because of his size at 6-4, 230 pounds. He looks like an H-back/move tight end at the next level. His athletic ability is a bit underwhelming to be an outside wide receiver, but I could absolutely see him thriving as a receiving tight end or "big slot" type of player. Pederson has a preference for more athletic pass catchers at tight end, so it wouldn't surprise me if that is what the team has in mind for Cajuste.
Michigan State OL Donavon Clark: On a line with a few other stars, Clark's name went unmentioned for much of the season, but he definitely deserved it. At nearly 330 pounds, Clark is a mauler. He would be ideal in a gap blocking scheme and the team is indicating that they might be moving that way.
Cal RB Daniel Lasco: Lasco was on a loaded Cal offense, but he was able to stand out when he got the ball. He is a taller back, but has excellent quickness, burst> and vision. On top of that, he is an excellent receiver. Pederson has a propensity to like bigger, athletic backs who can catch the football, so Lasco is a logical player to be interested in.
Nebraska OT Alex Lewis: After transferring from Colorado, the 6-6, 290 pound Alex Lewis was able to hold down the left tackle spot for the Cornhuskers for two seasons. He has great length and moves well out on the perimeter. He has a large frame with plenty more room to add weight. He seems like a good developmental tackle.
Stanford DE Aziz Shittu: Shittu was a key player on a phenomenal Stanford defense. The 6-3, 280 pound all-conference defensive linemen moved all along the defensive line to help his team. He is incredibly physical, quick and smart. He looks like a possible sub package player at the next level who could disrupt on the edge or from an interior spot.
Florida State DT Nile Lawrence-Stample: Sample had an underwhelming career at Florida state due to injury, but every time he saw the field, the 325 pounder flashed potential. He has good quickness for his size and was often able to find his way into the backfield for a man his size. He would be an intriguing priority free agent pick up considering possible untapped potential.
Navy RB Keenan Reynolds: Keenan Reynolds had one of the most productive careers in NCAA history while playing quarterback at Navy. He broke the NCAA record for total career touchdowns and was a major asset to the Midshipmen, leading their offense with his deadly mobility. His size has made NFL teams view him as a running back, but personally I would like to see him at wide receiver as well. Regardless, Reynolds has a dynamic ability with the ball in his hands and any team would be stupid not to be interested.
Stony Brook DE Victor Ochi: Ochi may be a bit undersized at 6-2, 255, but the small school pass rusher is quick and tenacious. He has proved he can play with his hand in the ground and was producing his whole career at Stony Brook. The team may be looking at him to add depth to their defensive end group as they work to a new scheme.
The team interviewed five defensive players and eight offensive players, which could show where their priorities going ingot he offseason. Regardless, be sure to check these players out, because the team is definitely interested. Next week, keep an eye out for Senior Bowl coverage!