About Those Pre-draft Visits

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading and hearing about a list of players who the Eagles have shown interest in. Whether it was scheduling a private workout or visit or attending an individual’s pro day, the Birds have put in their time like every other NFL team.

What should we make of this information? First of all, these lists may not be entirely accurate. After all, they are based on hearsay and conjecture from a combination of beat reporters, bloggers and websites like PFT and NFL.com. On top of that, just because a guy is visited or worked-out doesn’t mean the Eagles will draft him if they have the opportunity. There are also names not linked to the Birds who will of course be drafted.

It’s not the names I pay attention to, but the positions. If a particular position has drawn more interest than others, it usually means Reid and Co. are sure to pick from that pool. So, what positions have they been targeting over the last month? Using the list compiled by Moving the Chains and a few others I’ve noted, let’s take a look.

Position # of Players
OL 7
CB 6
TE 4
WR 4
RB 3
S 3
DE/LB 3
DT 1
FB 1
QB 1
P 1

Using this as a guide, it seems apparent that offensive line, cornerback, tight end and wide receiver are the focus. Again, this doesn’t mean they won’t draft a fullback or defensive tackle. After all, they own 12 picks, so it’s clear they’ll go in different directions.

The positions with a lower number may indicate they know exactly who they want. For example, the three running backs on the list are LeSean McCoy, Donald Brown and Rashad Jennings. All should be available in the first round, if not later. No Moreno or Chris Wells. Not working out Moreno isn’t shocking. His game tape and Combine results should be enough. I have a feeling Reid thinks he’ll be gone by 21. Then again, he may not think he fits the Eagles. Either way, I’m not getting my hopes up about Knowshon. I’ve been burned too many times.

Some other big names absent are Brandon Pettigrew, Kenny Britt and Alex Mack. I still don’t believe Reid will draft a tight end in the first round. Cook, Coffman, Ingram and Nalbone are second and third round prospects.

The lone quarterback is Pat White, who they see as a potential return specialist. Wide receiver Derrick Williams is also a return man.

All the cornerbacks are between 5’11” and 6’3″. Looks like a bigger DB is on the way.

What about that Cincinnati connection? Both P Kevin Huber and CB Mike Mickens are Bearcats. Could they join fellow alumni Trent Cole and Brent Celek?

This positional breakdown isn’t all that surprising. Offensive lineman and defensive backs have always been a top priority during the Reid era. Eleven days away. Tick… tick… tick.

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