Saturday, February 6, 2016

Rutgers' Davis works out for Eagles

Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis worked out for the Eagles today, and according to his Twitter account, he "killed it."

Rutgers' Davis works out for Eagles

Rutgers´ Anthony Davis is considered one of the top tackles in this year´s NFL draft. (Ed Reinke/AP file photo)
Rutgers' Anthony Davis is considered one of the top tackles in this year's NFL draft. (Ed Reinke/AP file photo)

Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis worked out for the Eagles today, and according to his Twitter account, he "killed it."

The Eagles have worked out and will work out dozens and dozens of draft prospects, but not many of them are expected to be top twenty picks and not many hail from just up the New Jersey Turnpike.

"Just got done workin out for the Eagles," Davis wrote. "Killed it."

The 6-foot-5, 323-pound Davis is considered one of the top tackles in this year's draft. There are number of highly-rated tackles in this class, however, and Davis could slip in the first round. He should be gone by the time the Eagles pick at No. 24. But if Andy Reid likes him and he's getable, the Eagles coach could use one of his many other draft picks to move up.

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The Eagles have Jason Peters and Winston Justice slotted in at left and right tackle, but the Eagles don't always draft for need and they have taken a college tackle before and moved him to guard. In 2004, the Eagles traded up to draft Shawn Andrews, then an overweight tackle out of Arkansas.

Davis has battled weight issues before. He entered Rutgers at 366 pounds, but slimmed down to a playing weight of 315. He put on five pounds before his sophomore season and was dropped to the second team.

"You just don’t do that at Rutgers," Davis said at the Indianapolis scouting combine in February. "I just had to suffer the consequences. ... It hurt me to see someone else in my spot. It was just a lesson, it was a lesson to be learned."

Davis won back his spot, had a solid sophomore season and turned into one of the best left tackles in the country last season. He said that he allowed only two sacks last season. The Picastaway, N.J. native said that he preferred to play left tackle, but would not be immune to moving elsewhere.

The Eagles need to add some depth to their interior line with center Jamaal Jackson returning from an ACL tear and with right tackle Stacy Andrews still a bit of a question mark.

In most mock drafts, Davis is slotted behind Oklahoma State's Russell Okung, Oklahoma's Trent Williams, Maryland's Bruce Campbell and Iowa's Brian Bulaga. Some consider Davis a more polished prospect than Campbell. The Maryland product, though, was a combine stud and the Raiders -- who pick at No. 8 -- love those athletically-gifted prospects.


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