2018 NFL draft

2018 NFL draft prospect watch: RB Bryce Love, DE Bradley Chubb dominate

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2018 NFL draft prospect watch: RB Bryce Love, DE Bradley Chubb dominate

The Eagles are sitting pretty atop the NFC East at 3-1, but it's not too early to take a peek at the 2018 NFL draft class. 

The team has shown decent depth at several positions so we'll just look at players that could fit the Eagles schematically.

Here are five players to keep your eye on this week.

No. 20 - Bryce Love, RB, Stanford, junior (5-10/196)
Love has been mentioned on this space more than once, but now he's on the national radar. The nation's leading rusher, Love has reached the 1,000-yard mark in five (5!) games. Coming off a 301-yard, three-TD performance against Arizona State, Love is averaging a ridiculous 11.1 yards per carry this season. He's not really featured in the passing game (two catches for five yards this season), but with his size, shiftiness and speed, he could be an extremely versatile weapon at the next level.

Stanford at No. 20 Utah, Saturday, 10:15 p.m. (FS1)

No. 8 - Dante Pettis, WR, Washington, senior (6-1/195)
Pettis had his breakout game of the season, hauling in 12 passes for 105 yards and three TDs in a win over Oregon State. But don't let that yards per catch fool you. Pettis is a big play receiver and punt returner. He already has three punt return scores this season. In fact, he's the first player in NCAA history to record a punt return TD in three straight games.

No. 6 Washington vs. Cal, Saturday, 10:45 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 9 - Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State, senior (6-4/275)
Simply put, Chubb is a beast. He recorded two sacks in a win over Syracuse a week after recording two sacks in a win over Florida State (he also didn't show much respect for the Seminoles' home turf). For the season Chubb has 5 1/2 sacks. Chubb is a disruptive force for the Wolfpack and should hear his name called in the first round come April.

No. 24 NC State vs. No. 17 Louisville, Thursday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 8 - Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana, senior (6-0/230)
The play that most will remember Scales being involved in Saturday is the ridiculous one-handed catch and run by Penn State RB Saquon Barkley. But in Scales' defense, I'm not sure Barkley is human. What you might not realize is that Scales recorded 11 tackles and three sacks in a losing effort. Scales is sort of reminiscent of Temple product Hasson Reddick. He's undersized for a pass rusher but has the instincts necessary to play a traditional linebacker at the next level that can cause problems blitzing.

Indiana vs. Charleston Southern, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (BTN)

No. 27 - Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia, senior (5-10/225)
Almost two years removed from a horrific knee injury, Chubb is starting to resemble the player that was brilliant in a 1,500-yard freshman season back in 2014. He carried the ball 16 times for 109 yards. He's had his load lessened with teammate Sony Michel — who's worth keeping an eye on as well — sharing some of the carries. The tandem have combined for 736 yards and nine touchdowns this season while both averaging over 5.4 yards per carry.

No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt, Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN)

2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Six seniors to keep an eye on

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2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Six seniors to keep an eye on

It wasn't the intention of the author to profile all seniors, but here we are.

On Saturday, there will be six seniors in action during three of college football's biggest games. All six are worthy of NFL draft consideration. And all of them could possibly help the Eagles in 2018 and beyond.

Let's take a look at a few players to keep your eye on Saturday.

No. 16 TCU at No. 6 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

►No. 28 James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State, senior (6-1/205)

Washington could've skipped his senior year after two extremely productive seasons for the Cowboys, but opted to return. And so far the results have been prolific. Through three games, Washington has 13 catches for 367 yards and three touchdowns. He's averaging 28.5 yards per catch, good for fifth in the country. Washington isn't a polished route runner, but his quick feet indicate he could become one. He has a second gear when the ball is in the air and is excellent at tracking it.

►No. 32 Travin Howard, LB, TCU, senior (6-1/213)
Howard is a tackling machine. The senior 'backer is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons. His disruptive plays were down a bit from his sophomore to junior year, but he's already notched 2½ tackles for a loss and a pick six in three games this season. He's undersized, though he looks bigger than his listed weight. Still, the NFL is trending toward small, quicker linebackers. With Nigel Bradham on the final year of his deal and Mychal Kendricks perpetually on the trade block, linebacker is a sneaky need for the Eagles.

No. 4 Penn State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (ABC)

►No. 2 Marcus Allen, S, Penn State, senior (6-2/207)

Hey, Eagles fans. Can we talk for a second? Cool. I know you all think Saquon Barkley would look fantastic in midnight green, but here's the thing: unless, the Eagles win four games or less, they likely have no shot at landing Barkley. 

Moving on, Allen is a safety prospect that would seem to fit Philly quite well. He's coming off a strong junior campaign where he recorded 110 tackles, including six for a loss. He's built more like a corner, but Allen is physical and plays with an edge. He recorded his first career interception last week against Georgia Southern, so you'd like to see more production there. With that said, the Eagles could use a developmental safety to learn under Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. While he's learning, Allen could be a special teams maven with his speed and physical nature.

►No. 25 Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa, senior (5-11/195)
Wadley isn't the biggest back, but boy is he fun to watch. He's coming off a 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season. He also snagged 36 passes in 2016. Wadley is an ankle breaker. Some of the cuts he makes are LeSean McCoy-esque. He's been slowed by an ankle injury but is expected to play today. And the Hawkeyes will need him against the Nittany Lions.

No. 7 Washington at Colorado, 10 p.m. (FS1)

►No. 36 Azeem Victor, LB, Washington, senior (6-3/231)

Even after losing a bunch of extremely talented players to the NFL (including two to the Eagles) the Huskies' defense is still a force. Part of that is Victor. Before suffering a broken leg late season, Victor recorded 68 tackles in nine games. Even with the injury, Victor was named All Pac-12 first team. You have to love what head coach Chris Petersen is doing up in Washington. His players play a fast and physical brand of football. It's worth mentioning that Victor was suspended for the team's opener for violating team rules, but hasn't had any off-the-field issues.

►No. 23 Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado, senior (5-8/190)
Another undersized back, Lindsay had a big junior season, rushing for 1,252 yards and 16 scores. He was also impressive as a receiver out of the backfield, with 53 receptions for 493 yards and a TD. He's off to another strong start, notching two games of 140-plus yards and finding pay dirt in all three games. He's more of a north-south runner for a smaller back, but if he finds daylight, he has the speed to run by defensive backs. Every once in a while, he'll break off one of those Darren Sproles-like-pinball runs as well.

2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Plenty of RBs, OTs that can help Eagles next season

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2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Plenty of RBs, OTs that can help Eagles next season

It's just Week 2, but the debate over the Eagles' running game is already in midseason form.

With two veterans in Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount and a lot of uncertainty behind them, it's worth taking a look at some of the running back prospects that could be available in 2018.

And while we're on the subject of the running game and aging veterans, it's never too early for the Eagles to start looking for their right tackle of the future. They'll be in luck with this year's class.

Let's take a look at how those prospects fared.

Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State, senior (5-11/220)
If this kid wasn't on the national radar already, he's clearly put himself on there now. Donnel Pumphrey's replacement shined once again, this time in the Aztecs' 20-17 upset over Stanford. Penny rushed for 175 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown. Amazingly, this game knocked his yards per carry below 10. Penny now has 588 yards total in the first three games of the season. And it's not just his numbers that are impressive. He has great size, speed and vision. He's a sleeper... for now.

Bryce Love, RB, Stanford, junior (5-10/196)
Stanford's loss can't be pinned on Love who ran the ball 13 times for 184 yards and both Cardinal touchdowns. Unlike Penny, Love's yards per carry is still over 10 at a ridiculous 12.2. He's undersized but he's crazy explosive. He hasn't done much from a production standpoint in the passing game but this guy is a nightmare to tackle in space.

Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama, junior (6-2/235)
Scarbrough is a bruising back with unbelievable size and surprising speed. He wasn't needed much in Alabama's 41-23 win over Colorado State, but the junior back ran for 66 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Scarbrough has just 33 carries in the Crimson Tide's first three games. I imagine that number goes up as Alabama's schedule gets tougher.

Damien Harris, RB, Alabama, junior (5-11/221)
Harris isn't as highly touted as Scarbrough but may be more intriguing. Harris carried the ball 11 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. He actually carried the load for most of the season last year, rushing for 1,040 yards and 7.2 yards a carry. Harris is more versatile and offers more in the passing game.

Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan, senior (6-6/330)
Okorafor is what you'd call a road grader. He's big, strong and nasty. He's spent the last two seasons as Western Michigan's left tackle. For now, Okorafor is kind of a sleeper but could sneak up draft boards as the season goes on. Especially now that Texas tackle Connor Williams, arguably the best OT in college football, appears to be out for the season.

Trey Adams, OT, Washington, junior (6-8/327)
Luckily for a team like the Eagles that may be looking for a young tackle, there will plenty of them in this draft. The initial thing that stands out about Adams is his size, but he's surprisingly nimble for such a large human. He does an excellent job getting to the second level and sealing off blocks. The only concern I'd have is the system Adams currently plays in. The Huskies' offense is not a pro style and focuses on screens and creative ways to get the ball in the hands of some of their explosive playmakers.