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Eagles work out QB Dalton

The Eagles recently worked out TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, a source tells Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com.

Eagles work out QB Dalton

The Eagles recently worked out TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, a source tells Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com.

Dalton (6-2, 215) had an impressive senior season for the Horned Frogs, completing over 66 percent of his passes for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He also ran for 435 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

ESPN's Mel Kiper has Dalton rated as his fourth-best quarterback prospect.

And NFL Network's Mike Mayock said during a recent chat that he likes what he's seen out of Dalton:

I have been really impressed with Andy Dalton ever since I saw him throw the ball last summer at the Manning passing academy. I believe he goes in the first half of the second round. And there are a number of teams with QB needs between 1 and 16. He's a West Coast QB with a good arm. Very good accuracy. And deceptive athletic skills. He reminds me a lot of Kevin Kolb when he came out of Houston.

Given Mayock's last sentence, it's no surprise that the Eagles are showing some interest in Dalton.

As for the Birds' QB situation, they have three signal-callers currently on the roster: Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb and Mike Kafka.

If Kolb is dealt, they'd need another quarterback, but I've made the argument before that they'd be more likely to add a veteran than go with Kafka as Vick's backup. So don't get too carried away with the reports that they've worked out a couple quarterbacks (including Nevada's Colin Kaepernick).

By all accounts, the Eagles really like Kafka, but it's not out of the question that they would prefer one of this year's prospects over him.

Tommy Lawlor, who's providing some excellent content at his new site Iggles Blitz, recently had a good post up on the Eagles' philosophy in regards to working out and drafting quarterbacks.

And in case you missed it, I rounded up some mock drafts earlier Monday morning.

My list of reported Eagles draft workouts and visits is updated with everyone except for Dalton (will get to that later today).


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