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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: 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.

2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Now real matchups begin in college football

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2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Now real matchups begin in college football

Now that we're past a bunch of the cupcake games, a few interesting matchups will take place today in college football.

And inside those games, we'll get to see some interesting matchups featuring several 2018 NFL draft prospects.

Before watching any of the big games tonight, familiarize yourself with the names below. One of them could help the Eagles in 2018 and beyond.

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Oklahoma (7:30 p.m., ABC)

Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State, junior (6-1/225)
Simply put, Baker is a stud. As a sophomore, Baker recorded 86 tackles (9 1/2 for a loss), 3 1/2 sacks and two interceptions. Baker's biggest strength is his athleticism. He's all over the field and excels in coverage. He's the ideal 'backer for today's pass-friendly game. Today should be a fun test against Baker Mayfield and the Sooners' explosive offense. 

Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma, junior (6-5/254)
Andrews' numbers from 2016 won't blow you away, but he showed in Oklahoma's blowout win over UTEP why he's getting serious draft buzz. Andrews hauled in seven catches for 134 yards for a ridiculous 19.1 yards per catch. Andrews has flashed seriously ability to create after the catch and should be one of the first tight ends off the board come April.

No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 13 Auburn (7 p.m., ESPN)

Deon Cain, WR, Clemson, junior (6-1/190)
Cain is arguably the best receiving prospect in the 2018 draft class. Playing second fiddle to first-round pick Mike Williams last season, Cain posted 38 catches for 724 yards and nine touchdowns. Cain lacks the size of his former teammate Williams, but he is much more explosive. He only made two catches in the Tigers' lopsided win over Kent State, but one of them was a 61-yard touchdown. Clemson lost some serious weapons to the NFL in 2017 and Cain appears to be well on his way.

Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn, junior (6-1/203)
After being selected to the All-SEC freshman team, Davis struggled in his sophomore season. It's also been revealed that he was dealing with a series of nagging injuries all season. Davis seems to fit the NFL prototype with his tall frame and long arms. He's shown an ability to be physical and jam receivers at the line. Now that he's healthy, it'll be interesting to see what happens when Cain forces him to turn and run.

No. 14 Stanford vs. No. 6 USC (8:30 p.m., FOX)

Bryce Love Jr., RB, Stanford, junior (5-10/196)
(OK, so I'm cheating a little bit with this "matchup," but it should be a lot of fun to watch these two try to match each other with big plays.)

With Love in the fold, the Cardinal won't feel the loss of first-round pick Christian McCaffrey quite as much. Love is similar in stature and explosiveness to the now Carolina Panther. Splitting time last season, Love ran for 779 yards on just 112 carries (seven yards a carry). He looked unstoppable in Stanford's 62-7 win over Rice. Love carried the ball 13 times for 180 yards and a touchdown (I'll save you the math: that's an absurd 13.8 yards a carry). 

Ronald Jones Jr., RB, USC, junior (6-0/200)
Speaking of explosive, Jones might be the most explosive back in the class. Jones has rushed for 900 yards in each of his two seasons for the Trojans. He seems well on his way to topping that mark once again after rushing for 159 yards and three touchdowns in USC's opening win against Western Michigan. Like Love, Jones is a bit undersized but he's a dangerous player in space. I'd like to see both players do a little more damage in the passing game. They're both capable, the numbers just aren't there as of yet.