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Eagles check out 'Bama QB, Kansas State RB

The Eagles are one of three NFC East teams to have scheduled a private workout with Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, a source tells Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Eagles check out 'Bama QB, Kansas State RB

Former University of Alabama QB Greg McElroy will have a private workout for the Eagles. (Dave Martin/AP Photo)
Former University of Alabama QB Greg McElroy will have a private workout for the Eagles. (Dave Martin/AP Photo)

The Eagles are one of three NFC East teams to have scheduled a private workout with Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, a source tells Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

The other two are the Giants and Cowboys.

McElroy (6-2, 220), a two-year starter, completed over 70 percent of his passes as a senior, throwing 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Most draft pundits have McElroy ranked among the top-10 quarterbacks in this year's class, which likely translates to a mid-to-late round pick.

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The Birds have reportedly showed some level of interest in a couple of other quarterbacks: Nevada's Colin Kaepernick, TCU's Andy Dalton and Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor.

As I've said multiple times, I don't expect the Birds to draft a quarterback that could back up Michael Vick next season in the event that they trade Kevin Kolb. They are just doing their homework, although it's not out of the realm of possibilities that they could find a QB prospect they like more than second-year signal-caller Mike Kafka.

Meanwhile, the Birds recently worked out Texas cornerback Curtis Brown, according to Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com.

Brown (6-0, 185) was a second-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior. He also played special teams, returning 15 punts for the Longhorns in 2010.

Brown's college teammate, Aaron Williams, is considered a top-five cornerback prospect, ahead of Brown.

Most draft projections have Brown going in the second or third round.

And finally, the Birds got a look at Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas yesterday, according to The Manhattan Mercury.

Thomas (6-0, 230) was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, rushing for 1,585 yards and 19 touchdowns. The previous year, he piled up 1,265 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. Thomas also caught 52 balls the past two seasons.

He missed the Senior Bowl because of an injury and had to sit out of the combine and his original Pro Day because of a hamstring injury. Thomas finally worked out for other NFL teams earlier this week.

"It's been tough — really frustrating trying to get out here on the field," he told The Mercury. Today I was a little bit anxious, I was ready to go, but I felt good."

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. has Thomas rated as his third-best running back. Projections have him going in the second or third round.


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