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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: More weapons for Carson Wentz?

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2018 NFL draft prospect watch: More weapons for Carson Wentz?

College football came back in a big way over the weekend.

While a couple of the top quarterback prospects struggled, a bunch of skill players showed off their NFL potential. With the Eagles' running back situation a bit muddled and Alshon Jeffery being on a one-year deal, it's worth taking a look at a few weapons that could help Carson Wentz next season.

Here's a look at how some of the best running backs and receivers fared:

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State, junior (5-11/230)
Barkley got his Heisman campaign off to a booming start. The junior back ran the ball just 14 times but went for 172 yards and two touchdowns in No. 6 Penn State's 52-0 shellacking of Akron. Barkley displayed magnificent balance, tip toeing the sideline on multiple big gains. He also added two catches for 29 yards, including one ridiculous play after the catch. This kid is the real deal and will likely be the first running back off the board next April.

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU, junior (5-11/212)
Barkley's competition to be the first back taken is Guice. Waiting for his turn behind star back Leonard Fournette, Guice is now in the spotlight. The junior rushed for 1,387 yards in Fournette's absence last season with a ridiculous 7.6 yards a carry. In his 2017 debut, Guice ran for 122 yards and two scores in No. 13 LSU's 27-0 win over BYU. Guice doesn't have the insane size and speed combo of Fournette, but he's a more complete back.

Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia, senior (5-10/225)
Chubb's path to this point has been less than ideal. After a sensational freshman year (1,547 yards, 7.1 per carry), Chubb seemed destined to leave Athens early and be on his way to NFL stardom. But after a stellar start to his sophomore campaign, Chubb suffered a significant knee injury that cut his season short. Chubb had a decent junior year, but opted to come back for his senior season and raise his stock. So far so good: Chubb ran for 96 yards on just 15 carries and two scores in No. 15 Georgia's 31-10 win over Appalachian State. Chubb will face a stiff test this coming week against Notre Dame.

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State, senior (6-1/205)
Washington is another player that could've left school after two straight 1,000-yard seasons. Instead he teamed back up with quarterback Mason Rudolph, another NFL prospect, to lead No. 10 Oklahoma State in 2017. And the duo got off to a strong start, leading the Cowboys to a 59-24 win over Tulsa. Washington was up to his old tricks, hauling in six catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Washington is built more like a running back — don't let his "listed" size fool you — but outmuscles smaller corners and tracks the ball very well. The proof is in the 19.4 yards per catch he's averaged in his college career. 

Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana, redshirt junior (6-4/220)
Cobbs got a national audience last Thursday when the Hoosiers put a scare in No. 2 Ohio State. The Buckeyes had an extremely difficult time containing Cobbs who caught 11 balls for 149 yards and a score. What the redshirt junior receiver showed is that if he's got single coverage, he's open. Even against Ohio State's impressive secondary, Cobbs wasn't slowed down until the Buckeyes gave their corners help. Coming off a 1,000-yard season in 2015, Cobbs faced a one-game suspension in 2016 and then suffered a season-ending injury. He looks poised to be a big threat — literally and figuratively — in the Big Ten this season.

Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State, senior (6-1/200)
Gallup is a bit of sleeper. At least for now. A four-sport athlete in high school, Gallup struggled academically and was unable to sign with a major college despite having offers from several. He spent two years at a community college before joining the Rams. In his first season at the D-1 level, Gallup showed off his big play ability with 76 catches for 1,272 and 14 TDs. He picked up right where he left off in Colorado's opening win over Oregon State. Gallup hauled in 11 passes for 134 yards in the Rams' 58-27 win. Coming off a short week, Colorado stumbled in a 17-3 loss to Colorado. Gallup had five catches for 67 yards but also had a 33-yard catch called back for a questionable offensive pass interference.

2017 NFL draft prospect watch: Explosive WRs, RBs Eagles should eye

2017 NFL draft prospect watch: Explosive WRs, RBs Eagles should eye

If you watched the Eagles lose to the Lions on Sunday, one thing was abundantly clear: Carson Wentz needs weapons.

This week, we look at three receivers and three running backs who would help Wentz and the Eagles' offense right away:

WR Corey Davis — Western Michigan senior, (6-3/213)
If you've been following my prospect watch posts, you know I'm all in on Davis. He's one of the top receiving prospects in this draft. Much like Carson Wentz, he'll see his stock rise during the Senior Bowl and combine. He was up to his usual tricks on Saturday, hauling in six catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Northern Illinois. The first touchdown was the 40th of his career, passing former NFL receiver Greg Jennings' school record.

When is the last time you saw an Eagles receiver make a play like this?

WR John Ross — Washington junior, (5-11/190)
Head coach Chris Petersen has recruited a bevy of NFL talent to Washington. While much has been made about the Huskies' defense — more specifically their secondary — the offense is demanding attention. Ross had nine catches for 94 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Oregon. Ross hasn't topped the century mark this season, but he's been a touchdown machine, pulling in nine scores in six games.

WR Dede Westbrook — Oklahoma senior, (6-0/175)
Westbrook was pretty quiet through the first three weeks of the season while he battled an injury, but he's more than made up for it recently. Last week, he looked explosive, catching 10 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Texas. Over his last two games, Westbrook has hauled in an eye-popping 17 catches for 390 yards and five touchdowns.

RB Dalvin Cook — Florida State junior, (5-11/213)
Speaking of explosive, Cook has also really come on the last few weeks. Arguably the most complete back of this crazy deep running back class, Cook carried the ball 27 times for 150 yards in an upset win against Miami. He also caught a 59-yard touchdown. Over his last three contests, Cook has carried the ball 84 times for 557 yards. That's a gaudy 6.6 yards per carry, and he also has 11 catches for 227 yards over that span.

RB Samaje Perine — Oklahoma junior, (5-10/235)
This kid is a monster. He was limited in the first few games for Oklahoma while battling a lingering shoulder injury, but he was back in a big way in a win over Texas. After carrying the ball 50 times for 247 in his first four games combined, Perine toted the rock 35 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns against the Longhorns.

This dude runs angry.

RB Nick Chubb — Georgia junior, (5-10/228)
Chubb is a perfect example of how deep this running back class is. He was mentioned as a first-round lock among guys like Cook and LSU's Leonard Fournette before the season. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Oregon's Royce Freeman are now being mentioned ahead of Chubb. After a 32-carry, 222-yard performance in Week 1, Chubb has struggled. Health will always be a concern but he bounced back in a win over South Carolina last week with 16 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns. If he's not one of the top five running backs drafted, he could be a steal.