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8 offensive players the Eagles met with at the Senior Bowl

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Including two running backs and a wideout.

NCAA Football: Western Kentucky at Miami (Ohio) Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles met with a good number of the players who came to play at last week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Al. They usually talk to more than we ever figure out, but thanks to folks who head down to Alabama in January to watch college football players practice for a week, we know at least a handful of these folks.

Here are eight offensive players the Eagles talked to:

RB Matthew Dayes, NC State
5-9, 203 pounds
CBS RB No. 16

TheDraftser.com: Quite possibly the best part of Dayes game is his vision and burst. Many college running backs are good, as long as they have a massive hole that is right in front of them. Dayes is excellent at seeing the hole, even if it isn’t where it is supposed to be. Vision is possibly the hardest part of the running back position to teach, because you cannot see through the backs eyes out on the field to see what they see. However, you can always tell when Dayes finds the hole, because he plants his foot and looks like he was shot out of a cannon.

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WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky
6-1, 195 pounds
CBS WR No. 15

CBS Sports: “Taylor deserves kudos, showing steady acceleration, body control and the vision to track passes over his shoulder. Western Kentucky junior quarterback Mike White delivered strikes on his Taylor's two scores, as well as a critical 33-yard gain on the clinching scoring drive so there was plenty of credit to share.”

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C Ethan Pocic, LSU
6-7, 309 pounds
CBS C No. 1

CBS Sports: “Pocic shows good initial quickness off the snap, including the agility to pull and block on the move, as well as the balance to mirror in pass protection. He is stout enough to absorb bull rushers but gives up a step or two to brace against them before collecting himself with core strength, proper hand placement and old-fashioned determination to ultimately drive opponents back. Pocic is a highly aggressive blocker who seeks out contact and fights until the echo of the whistle, finishing with power and tenacity.”

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T Zach Banner, USC
6-9, 360 pounds
CBS G No. 5

CBS Sports: “A mammoth human being, Banner has the naturally wide base and wingspan to slide and create a traffic jam in pass protection. He is a people mover in the run game, crashing down, latching on with his heavy hands and driving defenders away from the lane. While he carries a lot of weight, Banner is a fluid mover for his size, doing a nice job pulling and getting in space to take away linebackers at the second level.”

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T Antonio Garcia, Troy
6-6, 293 pounds
CBS T No. 7

GangGreenNation: “Garcia is a really interesting prospect because in terms of pass protection, he's extremely reliable and athletic. His balance and foot speed allows him to protect the blindside to a high degree. The problem is his leanness through the hips and into his lower body, this causes him to be pushed back and his run blocking takes a hit as a result.”

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RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State
5-9, 180 pounds
CBS RB No. 15

TheDraftster.com: “His patience, vision, low center-of-gravity and burst will allow him to succeed in a power/gap scheme that requires those up front to generate movement through pulls, traps, kick outs and down blocks. In turn, this allows Pumphrey to capitalize on said traits before accelerating downhill. That same vision, coupled with his ability to drop his hips and accelerate out of cuts, will also serve him well in a zone scheme, but he will need to shore up his indecisiveness to thrive in outside zone concepts.”

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QB Davis Webb, Cal
6-4, 229 pounds
CBS QB No. 7

RevengeOfTheBirds: “Webb has the size that NFL teams look for with a mature build due to his age. He is a prototypical pocket passer who will hang in the pocket as long as possible to throw the ball since he doesn’t have the most mobility. Webb is able to reach all parts of the field with his arm with sufficient velocity. He has a tendency to hang on his backside at times, or throw off-balance when on the move, which takes away from his accuracy and ball speed.”

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TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas
6-5, 256 pounds
CBS TE No. 9

NFL Draft Bible: “With such a large frame he still manages to be a playmaker when he gets the ball in space. If used properly he creates a matchup nightmare for defenses with his combination of athleticism and strength. He has already proven himself as a red zone threat and can only improve in that aspect of the game. His main challenge will be growing his route tree as he has the skill set to be a true vertical threat.”

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OT Conor McDermott, UCLA
6-8, 305 pounds
CBS T No. 8

CBS Sports: “Using the length and surprisingly light feet which no doubt helped him box out opponents on the basketball court, McDermott is a quality pass protector. He gains good depth in his initial kick slide, showing balance and agility to shuffle laterally to mirror opponents. He possesses long arms and good strength in his hands to latch on and control smaller defenders and anticipates counter moves well, reacting efficiently when he keeps his knees bent and feet active.”