Philadelphia Eagles Guide to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles throws a pass against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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A wild offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles will only become more interesting next week in Indianapolis, where Chip Kelly and his staff will come together to try to determine what to do with the team's No. 4 overall draft pick. 

Here's an Eagles primer for the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. 


10 Must-Watch Prospects

Luke Joeckel (OT, Texas A&M)

With Jason Peters and Todd Herremans aging and coming off injuries, the Eagles might look to draft a left tackle of the future early on. Joeckel is expected to be a top-10 pick. The Eagles will want to get a look at his footwork and ability as a run-blocker before they consider using that No. 4 overall pick on him.

Potential pick: First round


Star Lotulelei (DT, Utah)

The Eagles might have a chance to package Fletcher Cox with a stud like Lotulelei, but before they can commit to drafting him they'll want to get a close look at that legendary explosiveness. How does he compare to Sharrif Floyd?

Potential pick: First round


Dee Milliner (CB, Alabama)

The big, physical, fundamentally sound Milliner has a chance to start from the get-go and have one hell of a career in Philadelphia. That 40-time will be interesting, though, because I wonder about his speed. 

Potential pick: First round


Johnthan Banks (CB, Mississippi State)

The Eagles will compare Milliner to Banks and Desmond Trufant, at least one of whom they can probably get in the second round. Banks has big-time playmaking ability, but he slipped up a bit late in his senior year. 

Potential pick: Second round


Desmond Trufant (CB, Washington)

Marcus's younger brother could be a great cover corner, but he'll have to blow the Eagles away in Indy to merit being drafted by them because I believe this coaching staff will want a guy who can make more plays. From my perspective, Banks enters the combine with a big edge over Trufant. 

Potential pick: Second round


Jonathan Cyprien (S, Florida International)

The Eagles might need two new safeties in 2013, and there might not be a ton of candidates on the free-agent market. With that in mind, I think they'll likely use one of their top two or three picks on that position. The aggressive, extremely physical Cyprien could help the Eagles make more plays on defense.

Potential pick: Second round


Eric Reid (S, LSU)

Reid is projected to be drafted in Cyprien's range, but I think Philly would prefer a free safety who displays more consistency in coverage. Reid will have to step up at the combine to earn a chance to be selected by Philly.

Potential pick: Second round


Matt Barkley (QB, USC)

Barkley has announced that he'll throw in Indy. Expect the Eagles to spend lots of time with him, both at the combine and at his pro day. Remember: Only one year ago he was considered to be a top-three pick in this draft.

Potential pick: Second round


Ryan Nassib (QB, Syracuse)

While Barkley lost a lot of momentum in 2012, Nassib's stock has been rising. He'll reportedly "do everything" in Indy. 

Potential pick: Second round


E.J. Manuel (QB, Florida State)

He picked up a ton of steam at the Senior Bowl and appears to be well-suited for a Chip Kelly-style offense. There's no questioning his measurables, but the Eagles will want to take a look at Manuel's accuracy.

Potential pick: Second round


Flying Under the Radar

Brandon Williams (NT, Missouri Southern State)

The massive, versatile Williams was dominant as a senior, earning MIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors. He could come out of nowhere (or at least Division II) to become the perfect candidate to take over as the Eagles' new nose tackle in their 3-4 defense.

Read more here from Bleacher Report's Scott Bischoff.

Potential pick: Second or third round


Other Sleeper Candidates Who Should Be on Philly's Radar

Robert Alford (CB, Southeastern Louisiana)
Jordan Mills (OT, Louisiana Tech)
David Bass (DE, Missouri Western State) 
J.C. Tretter (G, Cornell)
Leon McFadden (G, San Diego State)  



Geno Smith (QB, West Virginia)

Smith is the draft's highest-rated quarterback and probably the only signal-caller who will go in the top five. If Chip Kelly doesn't know who his next quarterback is, Smith will surely be considered. But is it worth taking him early when there are no sure things and guys like Barkley, Nassib, Manuel, Mike Glennon and maybe even Tyler Wilson will be available later? 

Potential pick: First round

Other First-Round Candidates Who Should be on Philly's Radar

Barkevious Mingo (DE/OLB, LSU)
Ezekiel Ansah (DE/OLB, BYU)
Eric Fisher (OT, Central Michigan) 
Lane Johnson (OT, Oklahoma) 


You'll Have to Wait to See...

Travis Howard (CB, Ohio State)

A big, scrappy corner from a reputable school who could contribute early on. I think Howard deserves way more love than he's getting. Finally a corner in Philly who could throw his body around and make some plays?

Potential pick: Seventh round