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Who should the Eagles draft on Day 3? Potential targets in Rounds 4-7

The third day of the draft are often reserved for the most devoted NFL and college football fans. But all winning NFL teams have good depth, and that depth is found in the third day.

Who should the Eagles draft on Day 3? Potential targets in Rounds 4-7

"If you´re not in shape, you´re not going to last in that offense," Kenjon Barner said. "That´s the bottom line." (Rick Bowmer/AP file)
"If you're not in shape, you're not going to last in that offense," Kenjon Barner said. "That's the bottom line." (Rick Bowmer/AP file)

The third day of the draft (Rounds 4-7) are often reserved for the most devoted NFL and college football fans. But all winning NFL teams have good depth, and that depth is found in the third day. Look for the Eagles to add to their defensive backfield and linebackers. Here are some potential targets, as well as a few other players to watch in this round:

SAFETIES 

Phillip Thomas, Fresno State: Thomas was once a highly touted draft prospect who suffered a bad injury in 2011, although he appeared recovered in 2012. He's 6-foot, 208 pounds and ran a 4.65 40-yard dash. A good blitzer who had four sacks and four forced fumbles last season.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia: A great name for a safety, and comes from one of the best defenses in the country. Rambo was more productive in 2011 than 2012. In 2011, he was a first-team all-American, consensus first-team all-SEC, and recorded eight interceptions. Suspended for part of 2012 with a failed drug test, but still earned second-team all-SEC. He's 6-foot, 211 pounds and didn't run the 40 at the combine.

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Others to watch: Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse (5-9, 213, 4.42); Earl Wolff, NC State (5-11, 209, 4.44); Zeke Motta, Notre Dame (6-2, 213, 4.83)

CORNERBACKS

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State: This is a player Chip Kelly knows well. Poyer, who is 6-foot and 191 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.54 seconds and was a first-team all-American with seven interceptions in 2012. Poyer is a good athlete and can return, but is not considered an especially good tackler.

Tharold SImon, LSU: If the Eagles like long cornerbacks, Simon is a player to watch. He's 6-foot-2, 212 pounds with 32 3/4-inch arms. He also ran a 4.51 40. Comes from a great program and was highly productive. Simon was reportedly arrested Thursday and charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise violation.

Others to watch: B.W. Webb, William & Mary (5-10, 184, 4.51); Terry Hawthrone, Illinois (6-0, 195, 4.44); Sanders Commings (6-0, 216, 4.41) 

LINEBACKERS

Chase Thomas, Stanford: Thomas does not have the best combination of size and speed (6-3, 244, 4.91), but he was extremely productive as an edge rusher. He had at least 7.5 sacks in each of the last three seasons. Chip Kelly knows him well. Had one sack as a freshman against Oregon, and one interception as a sophomore. Would be a rush linebacker in the 3-4.

Kevin Reddick, North Carolina: If the Eagles are looking for inside linebackers in the 3-4, Reddick (6-1, 243, 4.72) is a strong fit. He was first-team all-ACC last year, with 85 tackles (18.5 for loss) and 6.5 sacks. Has played since he was a true freshman.

Others to watch: Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (6-1, 241, 4.71); Michael Mauti, Penn State (6-2, 243, n/a); Jelani Jenkins, Florida (6-0, 243, n/a)

OTHER PROSPECTS

Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: One of the finest players in the country before suffering a devestating knee injury. Team might need to stash him for a year, but if he returns healthy, could be the steal of the draft.

Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Played for Kelly, and was extremely productive. Is on the smaller side (5-9, 196), but can be a good change-of-pace and can return.

Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: The Malvern Prep product thought he would go in the first round. He's still on the board and ran a fast-paced offense, but is not an especially mobile threat. Jon Gruden liked him the most of any quarterback.

Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: Scott fits Kelly's style, and Kelly saw him in the Pac-12. Replaced Nick Foles at Arizona.

Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan: An electrifying quarterback at Michigan, Robinson is switching positions in the NFL. But he's the type of athlete that Kelly can find creative ways to use.

Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama: Jones played for Jeff Stoutland and can play nearly position on the line. He defines of offensive line versatility.

Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB, Western Kentucky: Smith tore his ACL late last season, so he's another player who might not be able to play in 2013. But when healthy, he can rush the passer.

William Gholston, DE, Michigan State: He was once a heralded recruit and is 6-foot-6, 281 pounds, and might be a better pro than college player. Would fit in the five-technique spot.

Kwame Gaethers, NT, Georgia: Gaethers is a big man (6-5, 342) who can play over the center. His brother, Clifton, is already on the Eagles.

Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer
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