Senior Bowl practices wrapped up yesterday. Throughout them, teams spend time with players, ranging from informal chats before and after practices to formal sit downs. The Eagles have met with at least 17 players during the week in Mobile:
OT Zach Banner, USC (Jimmy Kempski)
DE Keionta Davis, Tennessee-Chattanooga (Kempski)
RB Matthew Dayes, NC State (Kempski)
WR Travin Dural, LSU (Davenport)
DT Ryan Glasgow, Michigan (Charlie Campbell)
CB Damontae Kazee, San Diego State (Turron Davenport)
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova (Kempski)
C Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia (Campbell)
LB Carroll Phillips, Illinois (Kempski)
C Ethan Pocic, LSU (Kempski)
RB Donnell Pumphrey, San Diego State (Davenport)
DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown State (Kempski)
WR Artavis Scott, Clemson (Davenport)
DE Dawuane Smoot, Illinois (Kempski)
WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky (Kempski)
DT David Tomlinson, Alabama (Kempski)
DE Jordan Willis, Kansas State (Kempski)
A few take aways from this.
Like their Shrine Game interviews, the Eagles have clearly targeted WR, DE and DT. All make sense: they have obvious need at WR, they need to add to their pass rush, and even if they are able to retain Bennie Logan, they need DT depth with Taylor Hart converting to OT.
The lack of CB interviews shouldn’t alarm anyone: most of the top prospects aren’t there: Marlon Humphrey, Adoree Jackson, Sidney Jones, Marshon Lattimore, Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson are underclassmen while Cordrea Tankersly declined an invite. And, as always, there is the caveat that this is only a list of players the Eagles were seen to have interviewed.
Meeting with Pocic and Orlosky is also obvious in the wake of them reportedly moving on from Jason Kelce this offseason. Along with Ohio State’s Pat Elflein, Pocic and Orlosky are the top tier of center prospects. Though the Eagles like Isaac Seumalo at center, with Allen Barbre also not safe and at the very least on the last year of his contract, doing full diligence on options at interior line in the draft makes sense.
Another thing to keep in mind is that with eight picks in the draft and the Senior Bowl having most of the top seniors in it, while you can be sure a couple of players from the game will be Eagles, they haven’t been as reliant on the Senior Bowl as they were under Andy Reid.
From 2010-2012, the Eagles took six players each year that were Senior Bowl participants. Since then, only nine combined: one in 2013, four in 2014, and two each in 2015 and 2016.
Current Eagles Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Jordan Hicks, Jordan Matthews, Jalen Mills, Marcus Smith, Jaylen Watkins, and Carson Wentz all played in the game. As did former Eagles draft picks/UDFAs Nate Allen, Brandon Boykin, Jamar Chaney, Kurt Coleman, Riley Cooper, Nick Foles, Alex Henery, Chas Henry, Josh Huff, Emil Igwenagu, Jaiquan Jarrett, Lane Johnson, Trevard Lindley, Curtis Marsh, Casey Matthews, Marvin McNutt, Eric Rowe, Chris Polk, and Danny Watkins.