The comment section of this weekly feature took a strange turn when a number of people didn't like that the focus had shifted to the draft after just one Eagles game had been played. Perhaps I didn't position the idea of this series properly. The NFL Draft has become enormously popular, and the bulk of NFL fans will at least occasionally tune in to the college games on Saturday. The idea here is to point out a few players to keep an eye on, in case you happen to be chilling on the sofa with a beer on Saturday. That's all this is - just a heads up on some good college players who might make sense for the Eagles in the draft next May, and why.
With that disclaimer out of the way, the college football schedule is brutal this week, with just one matchup between two ranked teams. Here are the players to watch:
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 12:00pm
Ebron is a player the Tarheels moved all over the field to try to exploit matchups. He lines up as an in-line TE, split wide, in the slot, etc. He can catch, run, and I really liked what I saw of him as a blocker. The Eagles have yet to deploy their multiple TE sets, but it’s coming, and they may look to add to and/or upgrade their stable of tight ends in the offseason. 40 for 625 and 4 TDs for Ebron in 2012.
Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee: Tennessee at (19) Florida, 3:30pm
McCullers is more often than not going to be the biggest player on the field, at 6’6, 351. I watched Tennessee’s game against Alabama last year, and was impressed with his ability to anchor against double teams. He also showed the ability to push the pocket on passing downs when facing one-on-one blocking. However, we’re not talking about a playmaker here. McCullers showed very little in the way of pass rush moves, although he does do a good job getting his hands up and in the way of passing lanes.