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Prospect Meeting Tracker

Louie DiBiase

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300 players are attending the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The Eagles get just 60 visits with prospects during the week. Considering the team can’t meet with 240 of the players, who they meet with matters.

Throughout the draft process, this tracker will keep you updated on all the prospects that meet with the Eagles until they go on the clock at 25th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Big names aplenty

The Eagles have been busy meeting with notable names that will likely go in the top two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Here are the latest prospect meetings not yet listed, official top 30 visits or not.

Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery

Baylor WR Jalen Hurd

Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill

Penn State RB Miles Sanders

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs 

Houston DT Ed Oliver

Ohio State WR Parris Campbell

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Clemson DT Christian Wilkins 

(Private workout) Florida S Chauncey Gardner Johnson

Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat 

Louisianna Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson 

 

These should all be very familiar names to Eagles fans as most mock drafts have some combination of these players going to Philadelphia in the first two rounds.

 

Another CB? 

If you were annoyed by the national media mocking a CB to the Eagles at 25th overall, the pre-draft visits won’t do anything but add more fuel to that fire as the Eagles met with another CB in Georgia’s DeAndre Baker.

Baker had 7 interceptions in his four years at Georgia and will likely be a first or early second round pick in the draft.

With Ronald Darby back for another season, Jalen Mills returning from injury, and four other young and promising corners on the roster, taking a seventh CB with a high pick is head-scratching to many.

 

Eagles meet with candidates for 2nd round picks

A lot of mock drafts around the NFL have the Eagles selecting Memphis RB Darrell Henderson and/or Virginia S Juan Thornhill with their two second-round picks.

That trend will continue as Philadelphia met with both Henderson and Thornhill this month.

Henderson is arguably the most explosive RB in the draft which is something the Eagles still need even after the addition of Jordan Howard to the backfield.

Thornhill would be the perfect third safety and eventual replacement for Malcolm Jenkins or Rodney McLeod. The last three seasons at Virginia, Thornhill had 13 interceptions including a career-high in 2018 with six.

The Eagles are deep in the secondary but outside of Rasul Douglas, the Eagles don’t have a signature “ball-hawk” like Thornhill.

 

Underdog of the 2019 RB class meets with the Eagles

Probably the most over-looked RB in the 2019 NFL Draft is Utah State’s Darwin Thompson. Thompson is just 5’8 and 200 pounds but growing up watching Marshawn Lynch, he brought that style of play to Utah.

He broke the 7th most tackles in the entire NCAA last year on top of 4.46 speed and strong receiving skills (especially in the screen game).

Thompson tells Locked on Eagles he met with Eagles scouts and got on the board with Assistant RB Coach T.J. Paganetti.

Thompson was a snub at the NFL Scouting Combine but he put on a show at his pro day with a 4.46-4.48 40-time, 28 reps on the bench, and a 39 inch vertical.

He is keeping his fingers crossed that he could be the Tarik Cohen of Philadelphia next to newly acquired Jordan Howard.

Philadelphia will host Houston CB on visit 

While fans grow tired of seeing the national media mock a CB to the Eagles at pick 25, Philadelphia did in fact set a visit with Houston CB Isaiah Johnson.

Don’t let this one rile you up. Johnson is more likely a candidate in the later rounds. The Eagles could look to add Johnson as more young depth if in fact they move one of their current six corners in a trade, or they plan to let Darby and/or Mills walk in 2020.

Eagles will meet with two top DT prospects

Even after signing Malik Jackson in free agency, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas are doing their research on the top interior defensive lineman in the upcoming draft.

The Eagles met with Mississippi DT Jeffery Simmons and are expected to meet with Houston DT Ed Oliver before the draft.

Both Simmons and Oliver would make for an unreal interior up front for the Eagles. Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Simmons/Oliver all have top-tier pass rush ability at DT.

While Simmons could likely be had at 25th overall as he recovers from a torn ACL, Oliver would likely be a candidate if Philadelphia traded up into the top-15.

The Houston-product is 291 pounds, with athleticism and technique that come off the charts.

Eagles meet with 11 of official top-30 visits 

The Eagles have begun their official visits with the 30 prospects they can meet with before the draft at the end of April, bringing in 11 prospects so far.

Maryland S Darnell Savage

Flordia S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

Old Dominion DE Oshane Ximines

TCU DE L.J. Collier

Alabama State OT Tytus Howard

Oklahoma OT Cody Ford

Boston College OL Chris Lindstrom

Arkansas G/C Hjalte Froholdt

Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown

Michigan RB Karan Higdon

 

4 of 11 meetings have been with offensive lineman so the Eagles are clearly doing their do-diligence on eventually getting younger in front of Carson Wentz.

A.J. Brown meeting with Philadelphia is also intriguing. Brown is a versatile receiver that has rare size and 4.49 speed. Whether it would be replacing Agholor in 2020 or eventually DeSean Jackson, Brown will probably get selected around when the Eagles pick in the 2nd round.

The Eagles also met with two of the top safeties in Gardner Johnson and Savage. Gardner Johnson falling to 25 isn’t expected but Savage would be an interesting option at 53 or 57 overall.

A second meeting for Howard

Alabama State OT Tytus Howard has caught the eye of the Philadelphia Eagles. An athletic prospect in the trenches, Howard had already met with Philadelphia at the NFL Combine. After Eagles OL Coach Jeff Stoutland put Howard through workouts at his pro day, the Eagles used a top-30 visit to meet with him again.

 

It is safe to say the front office could be eyeing Howard in day two or three of the draft.

 

The Eagles could be looking for speed at WR

The Eagles are deep with weapons for Carson Wentz. One thing they could use more of in the passing game is speed.

Missouri WR Emmanuel Hall could be an option in the middle rounds as that new deep threat on the outside. Hall ran sub-4.40 at the NFL Combine and consistently made plays down the field in his time with Missouri.

Clemson DT and potential selection at 25 meets with Eales

Wilkins has been a popular choice in mock drafts for the Eagles. Unlike his DT partner Dexter Lawrence, Wilkins has legitimate pass rushing ability up the middle.

Add another Nittany Lion to the list

Make that two Penn State standouts the Eagles have met with. First RB Miles Sanders, now DE Shareef Miller. Miller finished his final season at Penn State with 7.5 sacks on the edge.

Eagles meet with popular OT prospects

Howard could be an interesting option for the Eagles in the 2nd round as an option to eventually replace Jason Peters. Like Peters, Howard played tight end before moving to tackle. The Eagles really like their lineman to have the athletic ability that Howard possesses.

Risner is another attractive name early in the draft if the Eagles want to add an offensive tackle.

Early meetings favor the RB prospects

The Eagles need to add talent in the backfield. While Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas have preferred to address the position with low-round picks/undrafted free agents, or “buy low” free agents and trade targets, it looks like the organization is doing their homework on the RB prospects that will require at least an early day two pick to get.

Singletary has gotten a lot of comparisons to LeSean McCoy and could interest the Eagles with one of those two second round picks.

Montgomery has been the early favorite to be the next best RB behind Josh Jacobs. Like Singletary, Montgomery has the ability to cut on a dime and make defenders miss with ease in open space.

Jacobs is the big fish. The golden goose of the 2019 RB class. He can be the receiving threat that Alvin Kamara has been in New Orleans, and he can punish defenders like Derrick Henry. Landing Jacobs would likely require the 25th selection. While the Eagles haven’t invested a 1st or 2nd round pick on an RB since LeSean McCoy, it is encouraging for those who want Jacobs to see he has a meeting with Philadelphia.

The running backs projected to go in the middle rounds really seem to be drawing interest from the Eagles. It looks like the Eagles have met with at least twelve at the position.

Eagles meet with San Diego LT Ryan Pope 

The Eagles haven’t decided on the future of Jason Peters yet and while Jordan Mailata could be the next diamond in the rough found at LT, adding another option is the safe move.

Perhaps it can be San Diego State OT Ryan Pope.

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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  1. Lilly

    February 28, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Love this article Louie! You are always so organized and bring in the best information. My favorite outlet for Eagles new. Fly Eagles Fly!!!

    • Louie DiBiase

      Louie DiBiase

      February 28, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks for being a loyal listener and reader Lilly! Go Birds!

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