Today marks the third day of on-field drills at the 2017 NFL Combine. The following position groups are scheduled to work out: defensive linemen and linebackers. The action starts at 9:00 AM ET and will be aired on NFL Network and NFL.com. Click here for a full list of the workouts and Combine participants.
It’s true what they say: you can never have too many pass rushers.
Defensive end might not be as obvious/pressing of a need for the Eagles as receiver/cornerback, but it’s still a need. Connor Barwin is expected to be gone so the Eagles will have a new starter on the edge in 2017. The contract Vinny Curry signed indicates it should be him who takes over for Barwin, but the coaching staff only trusted him to play 40.5% of the team’s defensive snaps last season. Even if Curry plays more, there’s still going to be playing time for other pass rushers since Jim Schwartz likes to rotate his defensive linemen.
Mike Mayock’s top five edge rushers
1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
2. Tim Williams, Alabama
3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
4. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
5. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
The Eagles will likely need to address the defensive tackle position in the draft. It’s very possible Bennie Logan will leave in free agency. And even though the Eagles have interest in extending Beau Allen’s contract, it remains to be seen if he’s a long-term starting option. At the very least, Philadelphia needs more depth on the interior defensive line.
Mike Mayock’s top five interior defensive linemen
1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
2. Caleb Brantley, Florida
3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
4. Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
5. Chris Wormley, Michigan
The Eagles are set at linebacker in the short-term. Jordan Hicks is a young stud with a bright future. Nigel Bradham quietly had a good season as a starter last year. But Hicks is injury-prone and the troublesome Bradham is playing on the last year of his contract. In addition, the Eagles are expected to trade Mychal Kendricks. There’s a need for more depth at this position. Adding another starting stud at the position isn’t out of the question if the board shakes out the right way.
Note that Reuben Foster was sent away from the Combine due to getting in an argument with a hospital worker.
Mike Mayock’s top five linebackers
1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
2. Haason Reddick, Temple
3. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
4. Jarrad Davis, Florida
5. Alex Anzalone, Florida
Use this thread to discuss Sunday’s drills. Follow along with Twitter updates below.