Philadelphia Eagles: Post-Free Agency 7-Round Mock Draft
Oct 11, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Toledo Rockets linebacker Junior Sylvestre (33) warms up prior to the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State defeated Toledo 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Round 7: Junior Sylvestre, LB, Toledo
After being snubbed and not invited to the combine, Toledo linebacker Junior Sylvestre put on an absolute show at his pro day. Of course, the Philadelphia Eagles were one of the teams in attendance to watch his performance closely. The birds even sent their linebacker coach to keep an on Sylvestre as well, according to Tony Pauline via Walter Football. Sylvestre ran a 4.5 forty-yard dash, while some people hand timed him in the 4.4 range as well.
Linebacker Junior Sylvestre, who will be in a camp this summer, completed 26 reps on the bench and ran the forty in a time around 4.5 flat, with some stopwatches reading under 4.50. Sylvestre met with the Philadelphia Eagles, who sent their linebacker coach to the workout, and also had sit-downs with the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers.
At 6’0″, 222 lbs., he may not have the build to be a linebacker in the NFL. But Sylvestre is a heat seeking missile when he’s on the field and just finds the ball wherever it may be. He actually played four different positions in high school including running back, wide receiver, free safety and of course, linebacker. With his size, speed and athleticism, many teams might try to convert Sylvestre into a full-time safety at the next level.
That may be the case with the Eagles as well. But one role he could possibly step in and play for the birds immediately would be the “dime linebacker” role that Nolan Carroll was used in last year. If Carroll ends up starting at cornerback or seeing significant time somewhere else in the Eagles’ secondary, Sylvestre may be the perfect replacement in that role. Either way, the former Rocket has a ton of upside and is certainly the athlete the Eagles look for on defense.
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