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10 prospects Eagles could target in Rounds 4-7 of NFL draft

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10 prospects Eagles could target in Rounds 4-7 of NFL draft

After trading up to select TE Dallas Goedert in the second round, the Eagles have picks in the fourth round (125, 130), one in the sixth (206) and one in the seventh (250).

Here are 10 prospects — in no particular order — that could interest the Eagles in Rounds 4-7.

Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State (drafted by Colts*)
Hines is undersized but explosive. He was strong in the running game but also excelled as a pass catcher and returner. A Darren Sproles-like skill set.

Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
Scarbrough would be an ideal LeGarrette Blount replacement. He’s a power back but he’s also explosive at the second level. Injuries are a concern.

John Kelly, RB, Tennessee (drafted by Rams*)
Kelly is the back that bridges the gap. He’s a little undersized (216 pounds) but can run between the tackles and help in the passing game. He’s an ideal committee back.

Will Richardson, OT, NC State (drafted by Jaguars*)
Richardson has all the traits you like, including a nasty streak. His technique will fail him at times and there are character concerns.

Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
Aside from having the coolest name ever, St. Brown has a great size and speed combo. Was his lack of production (33 catches last season) because of poor QB play or a sign of something bigger?

Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia
Harrison dominated at his level, but struggled with technique and comes into the draft a little light (292 pounds) for a tackle. He’s a project for sure but one worth taking on in the sixth round.

Deon Cain, WR, Clemson (drafted by Colts*)
Cain has great size, speed and is a strong route runner. His issue is with his concentration level, which caused drops and false start penalties.

Shaquem Griffin, LB/DB, UCF (drafted by Seahawks*)
Griffin isn’t just a great story, this kid was a beast at UCF. He lacks a true position but is a tremendous athlete and plays with an edge.

Natrell Jamerson, DB, Wisconsin (drafted by Saints*)
Jamerson plays fast and physical. Converted from WR, he has experience as a slot CB and also at safety. He crushed the combine (4.40 40, 25 reps) and will contribute on special teams immediately.

Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State
James is small (5-foot-8) but he’s explosive and was incredibly productive at MTSU. He also ran the wildcat and showed ability as a runner. A broken collarbone suffered during his junior season is the only reason he slips to the later rounds.

Jeremy Reaves, DB, South Alabama
Reaves is extremely instinctual, physical and versatile. He falls because his workout numbers were just OK and his level of competition.

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.