College football bowl season is upon us so there's no better time to get to know some NFL draft prospects.
The Eagles will have a late first-round pick and no second- or third-rounders. But Howie Roseman isn't one to sit on his hands come draft day.
Here are six prospects in action today that could help the Eagles next season.
Southern Mississippi-Florida State
Walk-On’s Independence Bowl (1:30 p.m./ESPN)
No. 91 - Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State, senior (6-1/312)
Nnadi is built more like a nose tackle, but he doesn't just take up blockers and space. He's been downright disruptive during his time with the Seminoles. He's racked up 9½ sacks and 19½ tackles for loss the last two seasons combined. He's also arguably the strongest man in college football. He may not be a perfect fit in Jim Schwartz's scheme (if Schwartz is even here next season), but he may be too talented to pass up.
No. 25 - Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi, senior (5-9/195)
Nnadi's primary job will be trying to stop the elusive Smith. Smith has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons. He's one of only five backs to top 3,000 yards in program history. He's also caught 136 passes for over 1,400 yards out of the backfield in his career. Smith is undersized but man, is he shifty. Fitting that he wears No. 25 like LeSean McCoy because his cutting ability and balance are ridiculous. This running back class may be even more stupid deep than last season's. Smith could be the type of back that sneaks into the later rounds. He'd be a steal there.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (5:15 p.m./ESPN)
No. 43 - Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa, senior (6-2/236)
Jewell is a heady player and a tackling machine. The 2017 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year has recorded three straight seasons of at least 120 tackles. This season he set a career high with 13½ for a loss. He also threw in 4½ sacks and two picks. And he's not just bringing guys down with arm tackles either. He plays with an edge. Jewell wasn't highly recruited but leaves Iowa as arguably the best 'backer in the program's history. How he tests at the combine — as a four-sport athlete in high school, he should do just fine — will likely determine his draft status. His matchup with Boston College's star freshman running back A.J. Dillon should be interesting.
No. 25 - Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa, senior (5-11/195)
With Boston College's stud edge rusher and likely first-round pick Harold Landry out for this game, we turn to another Hawkeye in Wadley. Wadley is another undersized back who's been productive, rushing for 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. He's also been productive catching the ball out of the backfield, hauling in almost 70 catches in his career. Like Smith, he lacks the size to be a lead back, but with his elusiveness and speed, there's a role for him in an NFL offense.
Iowa's stud corner Josh Jackson (No. 15) has been a popular pick for the Eagles in some mock drafts, but it's hard to imagine the Eagles using a first-round pick on a corner with all the resources they've put into the position recently.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (9 p.m./ESPN)
No. 46 - Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas, junior (6-3/240)
There's a strong chance Jefferson, a likely first-round pick, won't play in this game because of a toe injury. But if he does play, he'll be hard not to notice out there. Jefferson is an aggressive, fast, sideline-to-sideline linebacker. The Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year amassed 110 tackles (10 for a loss) and four sacks this season. He'd make a lot of sense for the Eagles with their late first-round pick. The Longhorns will be without three other possible first-round picks — OT Connor Williams, safety DeShon Elliot ad CB Holton Hill are all skipping the bowl game to prepare for the draft.
No. 16 - Marcell Frazier, DL, Missouri, senior (6-5/265)
On the other end of the spectrum is Frazier, who yesterday said the Tigers were treating this game "like the national championship." Frazier's play reflects this attitude. He's been hampered by a partially torn quad all season but has still managed to record seven sacks and 13½ tackles for a loss. He's not a tremendous athlete and lacks real pass rush moves. His sacks are the result of bull rushes and/or his crazy high motor. He should be a late-round pick with intriguing physical traits.
If you're into quarterback play, definitely check out the Tigers' Drew Lock (No. 3). He's thrown 43 TDs this season and should be able to pick apart the Longhorns' depleted defense. There's a chance Lock, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior, could declare for the NFL draft following the game. He could be a riser during the pre-draft process.