With the NFL Combine in full swing, let's take a look at the current Eagles players who had the best performances at the Combine when they were coming out of college. There's a site called mockdraftable.com that prepares spider charts of every player in the NFL who competed at the Combine since 1999. Warning: Do not visit their site if you have things to do today, because it is guaranteed to suck you in and waste an hour or two of your time.
Below are the Eagles' top 10 Combine performances. They do not lack athletes:
10) Allen Barbre, 2007
Backup offensive lineman Allen Barbre is just kind of a body, right? Nope. Barbre is a legitimate athlete and a nice fit for the Eagles offense. When Jason Peters went down during the season and Barbre had to fill in for spot duty, he played well, and looked natural running out in front of screens. And he should. Since 1999, only 6 OTs ran a faster 40 time than Barbre (4.84), although as you can see below, he is an undersized OT.
9) Fletcher Cox, 2012
Cox doesn't have outstanding numbers in every category across the board, but only one DT (Chris Hovan of BC) had a better 3-cone drill among DTs since 1999. Only 4 DTs ran a faster 40 time.
8) Jason Peters, 2004
How does a guy who runs a 4.93 (only 10 OTs since 1999 ran faster) who weighed 328 pounds go undrafted?Nobody wanted to take a 7th round flier on him? Really?!?
7) Mychal Kendricks, 2012
Only one ILB (Martez Wilson) ran a faster 40 than Kendricks since 1999, and only one ILB (Tyreo Harrison) had a better vertical leap.
6) Jason Kelce, 2011
Kelce lit up the Combine, performing well in every category. He had the best short shuttle of any center since 1999, the 8th best broad jump, and the 5th best 40 time.
However, only 3 centers showed up to the Combine lighter than Kelce, who weighed in at 280.
5) Brad Smith, 2006
Smith's numbers are skewed because he's being compared against QBs. He has since become a WR, and while his numbers would still compare well against WRs, he blows away the QB competition. Only 2 QBs since 1999 had a better 40 time, only one had a better vertical leap, and none had a better broad jump,
4) Earl Wolff, 2013
Wolff, like Jason Kelce, performed highly well in every category across the board. He has the best broad jump of any safety at the Combine since 1999.
3) Connor Barwin, 2009
Barwin's numbers, while not as impressive as some of the other players on this list, become more impressive when you factor in size. A few of the players listed above (Kelce, Wolff, and Kendricks) were undersized and should be expected to test well. However, Barwin put up great numbers while being in the 90+ percentile in height and weight among other OLBs.
2) Lane Johnson, 2013
Among 343 offensive tackles competing at the Combine since 1999, Johnson had the best broad jump and the second best 40 time, among other very impressive numbers. NFL Netwok's Mike Mayock called Johnson's performance "the freakiest Combine in the history of our coverage of the Combine."
1) Evan Mathis, 2005
Johnson may have had a freaky Combine, but it wasn't as impressive as Evan Mathis' performance, at least in terms of comparing them to their respective positional groups. Among 295 guards competing at the combine since 1999, Mathis finished 9th or better in every single event in which he participated, and was at least in the 95th percentile in each category.
Honorable mentions: DeMeco Ryans, Clifton Geathers