Indianapolis is the focal point of the NFL this frigid weekend as the combine is underway. The upcoming draft’s most promising players are putting their physical prowess on display for all to see, and scouts are giving their undivided attention.
The Eagles are there (they’re not talking, but they’re there), of course, evaluating who should be targets for the team come late April.
Here’s a roundup of some stories of interest.
Eric Kendricks is the brother of defensive beast Mychal Kendricks. Eric is also a linebacker. And he’s good: “Eric led the NCAA with 93 solo tackles and is the all-time leading tackler in UCLA history.” Whaddya say: Family reunion in Philadelphia in May? – Inquirer
Ohio State WR Devin Smith has exquisite taste: He revealed that Jeremy Maclin is one of his favorite receivers. Should the Birds look to make Smith one of Maclin’s teammates? According to draft guru Mike Mayock, he’s certainly appealing: “He’s got kind of that centerfielder skill to track the ball in the air, and that’s rare, and when you combine it with his speed, that’s a big weapon.” – CSNPhilly
Florida State QB Jameis Winston talked and handled his media session well, owning up to his past but focusing on his future: “I want to let you all know I know made mistakes and I know I have a past but right now it’s about me moving forward and earning the trust of all these 32 teams out there.” – Birds 24/7
One to watch: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah, a stand out both on and off the field. According to an AFC North scout, “He has the highest overall character grade I’ve ever given to a prospect, and includes both football character and off-the-field. Aside from (Melvin) Gordon and (Todd) Gurley, I think he’s the third best running back in this draft.” – Philly Voice