Saturday, December 20, 2014

Grocery shopping: 5 college players to watch today who could be Eagles draft targets

Clearly, the Eagles need more help on the defensive side of the ball than they do on offense, but they aren't devoid of needs on O. This week, we'll highlight some offensive players who could be of interest to the Eagles in the 2014 draft. Next week, we'll try to do an all-defense edition.

Grocery shopping: 5 college players to watch today who could be Eagles draft targets

Penn State´s Allen Robinson could be an interesting addition to the Eagles. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Penn State's Allen Robinson could be an interesting addition to the Eagles. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Clearly, the Eagles need more help on the defensive side of the ball than they do on offense, but they aren't devoid of needs on O. This week, we'll highlight some offensive players who could be of interest to the Eagles in the 2014 draft. Next week, we'll try to do an all-defense edition.

As long as you're checking out some college games today, here are some players to watch:

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Oregon at Washingon, 4:00pm

Washington has a defense that is allowing 14.8 points per game (10th in the country), and narrowly lost to #5 Stanford last week. Oregon’s smallest margin of victory this season is 39 points, so Mariota has yet to play a 4th quarter that mattered. Mariota is looking like he might be a Top 10 pick, and possibly Top 5, so for the Eagles to have a shot at him, they’ll need to do a lot more losing.

Mariota has a good arm, he completed 68.5% of his passes under Chip Kelly in 2012, and over his college career he has thrown for 46 TDs and 6 INTs. Oh, and he can run. In case you’re not familiar with Marcus’ work…

De’Anthony Thomas, TAZR, Oregon: Oregon at Washington, 4:00pm

What is a TAZR? Succinctly, it’s an athlete in Oregon’s offense who can play tailback, wide receiver, or in the slot. The position is designed to create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses, who often find themselves trying to cover a dynamic athlete with a safety or a linebacker. The TAZR can also draw some attention away from the main tailback (cough, LeSean McCoy) in the read option game.

“DAT” is as explosive as they come… and he returns kicks and punts, too.

Look at what he does to this poor bastard at the 3:17 mark:

DAT is returning from an ankle sprain today, so this could be a nice test to see how he plays with a little pain.

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 8:30pm

Here are Evans’ numbers this season.

Look at what he did to Alabama above. Here’s that game:

6’5, 225. Beast. He reminds me of a guy the Eagles will face this week in Vincent Jackson, and could be the big, physical WR the Eagles haven’t had in a long time. 

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: Michigan at Penn State, 5:00pm

Like Mike Evans above, Robinson is a big WR (6’3, 210) putting up big numbers:

Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU: Florida at LSU, 3:30pm

Mettenberger is a big guy (6’5, 230) with a big arm, but lacks the speed of a number of other highly rated 2014 QB prospects like Marcus Mariota, Tajh Boyd, Brett Hundley, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel. Do we really know what Chip Kelly values in a QB? The common belief would be that the slow-footed Mettenberger does not fit the mold.

Whether he’s a guy the Eagles would have interest in or not, he’s playing very well this season, and is 4th in the nation in QB rating. (You can click here for a larger view):

There’s a decent chance Mettenberger will be drafted highly by somebody, so whether or not he’s an Eagles target or not, you may as well get familiar with him now. Mettenberger will face a good Florida defense that is loaded with good CBs.

Previously highlighted players:

October 5, 2013:

  • Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
  • Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
  • Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
  • Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

September 28, 2013:

  • Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
  • Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
  • Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
  • Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
  • Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

September 21, 2013:

  • Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
  • Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee
  • Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
  • Craig Loston, S, LSU
  • Yawin Smallwood, ILB, UConn

September 14, 2013:

  • Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
  • Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
  • C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
  • Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
  • Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

September 7, 2013:

  • Stephen Morris, QB, Miami
  • Louchiez Purifoy, Marcus Roberson, and Jaylen Watkins, CBs, Florida
  • Tayler Lewan, OT, Michigan
  • Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
  • Stephon Tuitt, NT, Notre Dame
  • David Fales, QB, San Jose State
  • Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

August 31, 2013:

  • Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
  • Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
  • Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
  • Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
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