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2016 NFL Combine: Day three drills features linebackers and defensive line

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

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It's time for the third day of 2016 NFL Combine on-field drills. The following position groups are scheduled to work out: defensive linemen and linebackers. 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 don't necessarily have pressing needs at these positions but they can afford to add depth.

Defensive Line

[Eagles Position Review: NT | DE | OLB]

Philadelphia's defensive line is the strength of the team. The Eagles have a lot of talent and youth there. The addition of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz might help the Birds' defensive linemen be even more dangerous than they have in the past. Instead of being required to be patience like they did in Chip Kelly's preferred 3-4 two-gap scheme, the Eagles will allow their defensive linemen to be more aggressive and attack. This should benefit the likes of Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, etc. The Eagles need some depth in the trenches. Teams can never have enough pass rushers. There's a lot of defensive line talent in this year's draft class.

Mike Mayock's Top Defensive Lineman

Interior DL

1. DeForest Buckner, Oregon
2. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
3. Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
4. Jarran Reed, Alabama
5. A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

Edge Rushers

1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
2. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
3. Shaq Lawson, Clemson
4. Leonard Floyd, Georgia
5. Kevin Dodd, Clemson


[Eagles Position Review: ILB]

Philadelphia's switch back to the 4-3 will also have an impact on the team's linebackers. It's not exactly clear who will start where yet. It's figured standout rookie Jordan Hicks will take over in the middle as the MIKE linebacker. Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks will likely be filling the other two spots at SAM and WILL. Both Alonso and Kendricks had their struggles during the 2015 season but they're still young talents who have showed good potential in the past. While the Eagles might not need to add a linebacker, many thought the same thing last year when they drafted Hicks. And just look how good of a pick that turned out to be.

Mike Mayock's Top Linebackers

1. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
2. Myles Jack, UCLA
3. Reggie Ragland, Alabama
4. Darron Lee, Ohio State
5. Deion Jones, LSU


Use this thread to discuss Saturday's drills.

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