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2016 NFL Combine: Day one drills feature offensive line, running backs, and special teams

For more information on the 2016 NFL Combine, (read here).

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The first day of 2016 NFL Combine on-field drills is here. The following position groups are scheduled to work out: running backs, 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.

Offensive Line

[Eagles Position Review: Tackle | Guard | Center]

It's not hard to see why Eagles fans consider offensive line to be one of the team's biggest offseason needs. The Birds haven't drafted an offensive lineman since 2013. They have one of the oldest blocking units in the NFL. The team needs two new starting guards. They also need to find a right tackle that can take over for Lane Johnson when he eventually moves to left tackle to replace Jason Peters.

The Eagles already met with several top offensive linemen at this year's NFL Combine. They're clearly willing to upgrade the position.

Mike Mayock's Top Guards

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1. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
2. Vadal Alexander, LSU
3. Joshua Garnett, Stanford
4. Christian Westerman, Arizona State
5. Graham Glasgow, Michigan

Mike Mayock's Top Offensive Tackles

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1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
3. Jack Conklin, Michigan State
4. Taylor Decker, Ohio State
5. Willie Beavers, Western Michigan

Running Back

[Eagles Position Review]

Usually it's tight ends, and not running backs, who work out on the first day of the Combine but the NFL is changing things up. The Eagles have a sneaky need at running back. It's possible none of the team's key three rushers are on the team next season. DeMarco Murray mightily struggled in 2015 and looks cooked. Ryan Mathews flashed talent but he's injury prone. Darren Sproles will be a free agent after the season and he turns 33 this June. It's not out of the question that the Eagles draft a rusher.

Mike Mayock's Top Running Backs

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
2. Derrick Henry, Alabama
3. Devontae Booker, Utah
4. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
5. Jordan Howard, Indiana

Special Teams

[Eagles Position Review: Coverage | Return | Kicker | Punter]

The Eagles are already set at kicker with Cody Parkey and Caleb Sturgis set to square off. Darren Sproles is one of the best punt returners in the NFL because the Eagles could afford to improve at the kickoff return spot. Finding a undrafted free agent punter to compete with Donnie Jones this offseason is also an option.


Use this thread to discuss Friday's drills.

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