Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Eagles check out DB, DE prospects

The Eagles were one of six teams to send a defensive backs coach to Boise State's Pro Day to check out cornerback Kyle Wilson, according to a report.

Eagles check out DB, DE prospects

The Eagles reportedly sent a DB coach to check out Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson. (AP photo / Matt Cilley)
The Eagles reportedly sent a DB coach to check out Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson. (AP photo / Matt Cilley)

A short break from Donovan McNabb mania to bring you some draft visit/draft workout updates.

The Eagles were one of six teams to send a defensive backs coach to Boise State's Pro Day to check out cornerback Kyle Wilson, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

All 32 teams had representatives at the Pro Day. As I've mentioned in all of these draft-related posts, teams check out pretty much everyone this time of year. It's just how the process works.

Mike Mayock has Wilson ranked as his second-best cornerback, behind Florida's Joe Haden. Wilson is 5-10, 194 pounds and is expected to be able to contribute as a return man as well as on defense. He had 11 interceptions in four seasons, including three last season (and two of those were returned for touchdowns).

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While the Eagles will rely on their board and rankings rather than need at No. 24 (if that's where they stay), cornerback will be an intriguing option come draft time. Even if their personnel stays the same, drafting a CB makes sense. But with the Raiders rumors that have surfaced, and Andy Reid's admission last week that the team has received calls about Sheldon Brown, their roster in the secondary could look dramatically different by the time the draft rolls around.

And a couple other ones we never got to earlier this week.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Buffalo safety Mike Newton is expected to work out for the Eagles this week. Newton is not considered a top-level prospect. Wes Bunting of the NFP has him ranked as his 11th-best free safety. He's listed at 5-10, 197 pounds.

And finally, Kansas State defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald will visit the Eagles, according to Chris Steuber of Scout.com. Like Newton, Fitzgerald is not considered to be a top prospect. Bunting has him ranked as his 14th-best DE prospect.

At 6-4, 270 pounds, Fitzgerald had seven sacks last season with Kansas State. He started his career with Virginia (12 sacks in two seasons there) before transferring and did not receive an invite to last month's scouting combine.

In case you missed it, as Eagletarian pointed out, the Birds will reportedly bring in Tennessee safety Eric Berry for a visit, according to NFP.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I'll put together a list of all the reported workouts and visits so that you can find everything in one place. I'll update that list as we continue to move towards the draft.

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