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Grocery shopping: Five college players to watch tonight who could be Eagles draft targets

Many of you liked this weekly article last year. Many of you did not want to read about college players nine months away from the next draft. We're doing it again for the people who liked it, and to purposely anger the ones who didn't.

Grocery shopping: Five college players to watch tonight who could be Eagles draft targets

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South Carolina running back Mike Davis. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images file photo)
South Carolina running back Mike Davis. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images file photo)

Many of you liked this weekly article last year. Many of you did not want to read about college players nine months away from the next draft. We're doing it again for the people who liked it, and to purposely anger the ones who didn't.

Basically, as long as you're relaxing on the sofa watching college football, we'll point out some players who could be of varying interest to the Eagles. This season, college football kicks off with a bunch of games on Thursday night, with the most intriguing matchup being Texas A&M at South Carolina at 6:00pm. Here are some players to watch before you flip over to the Eagles' final preseason game against the Jets:

Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina (5’9, 215): (21) Texas A&M at (9) South Carolina, 6:00pm

There are a number of really good junior running backs who could declare for the draft after this season: Georgia's Todd Gurley, Alabama's TJ Yeldon, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Miami's Duke Johnson, and Davis.

Here are Davis' stats in 2013:

Davis is a big play guy with good speed and toughness. Here's his burst:

Love the way he finishes runs:

Also, I just thought this was funny: "Get out of my way and go block that guy!"

Obviously, the Eagles don't have a big need for a running back as long as LeSean McCoy stays healthy, but with a potentially strong running back class, maybe one falls farther than expected that the Eagles can't pass up?

A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina (6'3, 314): (21) Texas A&M at (9) South Carolina, 6:00pm

Evan Mathis, Jason Peters, and Todd Herremans are all among the 12 oldest projected starting offensive linemen in the NFL. Here's a list of all the projected NFL OL starters over the age of 31.

The Eagles did not acquire any young OL talent in the 2014 draft, which was a scenario that Howie Roseman referred to as "a dagger in the heart." It appears that the Eagles were targeting OL help in the 3rd round, but when 7 offensive linemen were selected in the 19 picks before the Eagles were on the clock with the 83rd overall pick they acquired from the Browns, they traded out.

The Eagles will almost certainly be targeting OL depth in next year's draft, and Cann is considered to be one of the top guards in the nation.

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M (6’5, 300): (21) Texas A&M at (9) South Carolina, 6:00pm

Ogbuehi could be the third consecutive Texas A&M left tackle to be drafted in the top 10 overall, but obviously, players projected to be to high picks this time of year can fall by draft day. Ogbuehi played guard his first two years, moved to right tackle last season, and this year he'll kick over to left tackle. He's athletically gifted, and versatile. Ogbuehi would be a perfect fit along the Eagles' OL, but they're probably going to win too many games to be even remotely within striking distance of drafting him.

Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina (6'8, 345): (21) Texas A&M at (9) South Carolina, 6:00pm

Look at the height/weight. "Bigger people beat up little people." Unfortunately, Robinson is slower than dirt. Here's some pretty bad left tackle play last year vs Florida:

Still, when you're 6'8, 345, you're worth keeping an eye on. To be determined if Robinson will be an improved product in 2015.

Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss (6’2, 220): Boise State vs (18) Ole Miss, 8:00pm

Again, "bigger people beat up little people," and at 6'2, 220, Prewitt is a monster at safety. He's also a ball hawk. In 2012, Prewitt had two INTs and two forced fumbles. In 2013, he had six INTs and two forced fumbles. Nate Allen is playing well this preseason, but he will be a free agent at the end of the season, and Earl Wolff has had trouble staying healthy and playing to his impressive athleticism. Prewitt could be a well-rounded big safety to park next to Malcolm Jenkins on the back end.

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