Good morning. The Eagles will have their eyes on Mobile, Ala., on Saturday for the Senior Bowl, the top college all-star game. They’ll also pay attention Sunday to Orlando, where Lane Johnson and Malcolm Jenkins will play in the Pro Bowl.
— Zach Berman
Many of the top draft prospects are not at the Senior Bowl, but there’s still considerable talent in Mobile, including candidates for the Eagles' three picks in the first and second rounds. Here are five to watch:
Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State: In a class deep with edge rushers, Sweat created buzz in Mobile this week. He was listed at 6-foot-6 and 241 pounds last season with the Bulldogs when he had 11.5 sacks and 14 tackles for a loss, and he weighed in at 252 with 35 5/8-inch arms at the combine. Sweat had transferred from Michigan State after off-field trouble there, so as long as teams don’t discover an issue that will sway them from drafting him, Sweat could hear his name called early in April.
Nasir Adderley, DB, Delaware: The Philadelphia native and Great Valley High grad has appropriately earned attention leading up to the Senior Bowl, and he’s considered a potential first-round pick. Adderley has the versatility to play safety and cornerback, which NFL teams crave because of the use of sub packages —especially the Eagles. He had four interceptions and seven pass breakups for the Blue Hens last season.
Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech: If the Eagles place the same value on college production that they did in recent seasons, it’ll be hard to ignore Ferguson. He set a college football record with 45 career sacks, including 17.5 last season. Ferguson, who is listed at 6-5 and 269 pounds, will need to distinguish himself in the heralded defensive-line group loaded with prospects from major programs, but his production doesn’t take a backseat to anyone’s.
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State: Dillard was a three-year starter at left tackle in college, and he’s expected to play that spot in the NFL, too. At 6-5 and 306 pounds, Dillard is an athletic tackle who has continued to improve and might be among the top offensive linemen off the board. If the Eagles look for an offensive tackle early in the draft, Dillard should be one of the players on their radar.
Elgton Jenkins, OL, Mississippi State: The Eagles value versatile offensive linemen, and Jenkins fits that description. He started at tackle, guard, and center with the Bulldogs, but he distinguished himself most at center. Considering the Eagles’ long-term need on the interior offensive line, Jenkins fits the profile of a player who could help at a few positions. At 6-4 and 285 pounds, he allowed only one sack during his junior and senior seasons.
There’s no doubt this was a lost year for Mack Hollins, who was expected to be one of the top four receivers. He didn’t look right all summer, and then he was put on IR in September. Hollins was not available to reporters throughout the season, so I haven’t had the opportunity to speak with him.