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The Shrine Game is this afternoon, the first of the two post-season showcases for draft talent, with the Senior Bowl taking place next week. This year the NFL is supplying the coaches, and the Eagles are well represented.

Running backs coach Duce Staley is the East’s offensive coordinator, with assistant QB coach Press Taylor as their QB coach, and assistant defensive backs coach Dino Vasso as the secondary coach. Vice President of Player Personnel Joe Douglas was also there.

They met with the following players over the course of the week.

WR Billy Brown, Shepherd University (per Charlie Campbell)

Brown led Division II with 99 receptions and finished second receiving yards with 1580 and touchdowns with 22. At 6’4” 241 pounds he’s got a big frame, teams will have to figure out if he’s a WR or a TE at the NFL level.

LB Austin Calitro, Villanova (per Turron Davenport)

As a local product, the Eagles should be quite familiar with the Wildcats’s captain and FCS All-American. He’s a rangy, undersized (6’0”) tackler who can get into the backfield.

DT Jarrod “Chunky” Clements, Illinois (per Charlie Campbell)

A name to love, a background teams will want talk to him about. The 295 pound Clements (he’s Chunky, not Fat) was nearly suspended after an altercation in the spring. He’s a pass rushing DT rather than a run stopper.

DE Brian Cox Jr., Florida (per Turron Davenport)

Cox had a breakout junior season, then was hampered by injuries in 2016. His high motor might get him noticed.

CB Ashton Lampkin, Oklahoma State (per Turron Davenport)

In a deep class, the four year starter and fifth year senior (he got a medical redshirt after his junior year) has speed and aggression that could interest the Eagles.

CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA (per Turron Davenport)

Just like Lampkin, Moreau is a four year starter/fifth year senior who got a medical redshirt his junior year. He’s a bit of a Jalen Mills clone: 6’0”, lacking in long speed but has the aggression the Eagles like.

LB Calvin Munson, San Diego State (per Charlie Campbell)

Munson is no stranger to getting drafted—he was taken in the 31st round of the 2013 MLB draft as a hard throwing pitcher. On the football field, he’s a rangy but undersized (6’1” 215 pounds) tackling machine.

RB De’Veon Smith, Michigan (per Charlie Campbell)

The Eagles will get another look at Michigan’s leading rusher as Smith will also be at the Senior Bowl as a late addition. He’s a good pass protector, which could really help him out.

QB Alek Torgersen, Penn (per Turron Davenport)

Another local product, Torgerson has drawn some comparisons to Carson Wentz as a FCS star who is fairly mobile and has good arm strength. The Eagles should be quite familiar with the local product.

DT Josh Tupou, Colorado (per Charlie Campbell)

The 6’3” 325 pounder will interest teams looking to add a depth run stuffer. He missed his junior season after being suspended by the team for undisclosed reasons after being accused of starting a brawl and being arrested on six counts, three of them assaults.

WR Kermit Whitfield, Florida State (per Charlie Campbell)

His production dropped in 2016, but his speed will intrigue teams.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a list of every player that the Eagles met with, just ones that are publicly known, and these are side sessions in addition to formal, private interviews.

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