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Eagles check out QB Locker, Temple's Jarrett

Two weeks from today, things in the NFL world will get back to normal (for a few days at least) when the draft gets under way in New York City.

Eagles check out QB Locker, Temple's Jarrett

The Eagles are showing interest in Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, according to reports. (Dave Martin/AP Photo)
The Eagles are showing interest in Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, according to reports. (Dave Martin/AP Photo)

Two weeks from today, things in the NFL world will get back to normal (for a few days at least) when the draft gets under way in New York City.

As the Eagles continue to work on their board and their strategy, here's the latest buzz surrounding visits and workouts.

The Birds are holding a private workout today in Seattle with Washington quarterback Jake Locker, a league source tells Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

NFL Network's Mike Mayock said he likes Locker's athleticism, leadership and intelligence, but questions his accuracy.

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Locker (6-3, 231) completed just 55.4 percent of his passes last season, throwing 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He completed 58.2 percent of his passes as a junior; 53.8 percent as a sophomore; and 47.3 percent as a freshman.

Locker ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at the combine. Mayock and ESPN's Mel Kiper both have him among their top-five quarterback prospects.

Locker's name has come up in connection with the Eagles previously. NFL Network's Jim Mora said the Birds would provide the best fit for Locker's development. And Doug Farrar of Yahoo's Shutdown Corner blog had the Eagles taking Locker with the 23rd pick in a mock draft last month.

While the Birds have been full of surprises in recent years, it seems unlikely that they would select a quarterback this year. As the roster currently stands, they already have three - Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb and Mike Kafka. Even if Kolb were to be traded, they'd be more likely to add a veteran to back up Vick. And by all accounts, the Eagles are pleased with Kafka's development.

Meanwhile, the Birds are showing quite a bit of interest in Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, a source tells Wilson.

Jarrett (6-0, 198) met with defensive coordinator Juan Castillo yesterday for a film session and a workout, per the report.

The Eagles are set at free safety with last year's second-round pick Nate Allen. The strong safety spot is very much up in the air though, with Quintin Mikell no longer under contract. If he doesn't return, the job could go to second-year player Kurt Coleman or someone who is not currently on the roster.


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