A closer look at the positions the Philadelphia Eagles could target at the NFL combine in Indianapolis:
Positions of need: The Eagles likely need a pair of new starting cornerbacks (they released Leodis McKelvin; Nolan Carroll is a free agent) and could use an upgrade at both outside receiver positions as well. They’ll address some of that in free agency but will be seeking long-term answers in the draft, particularly at corner. Lack of pass rush was an issue for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz last season, so look for the Eagles to try to snatch a speed defensive end. And with Ryan Mathews expected to be released, they’ll need to add a running back to go along with Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles.
WR John Ross, Washington
The Eagles are hot after a receiver who can take the top off defenses, and Ross certainly fits that description. Ross, who apparently ran a laser-timed 4.30 40 last week, caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns this past season for Washington. Given the speed and body type (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), he has drawn comparisons to DeSean Jackson and actually has been mentored by the former Eagles receiver. Ross could end up being a first-round pick.
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
Carson Wentz already has some familiarity with Kupp. Repped by the same agency, the two worked out together recently in California. And Kupp was spotted at the Senior Bowl wearing one of Wentz’s “AO1” shirts. Kupp (6-2, 198 pounds) is the FCS record-holder in receptions (428), receiving yards (6,464) and receiving touchdowns (73). He had 117 catches for 1,700 yards and 17 TDs this past year. A strong showing in Indy could solidify his standing as a high-round pick.
CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
The Eagles are looking for long-term fixes at the cornerback spot and will be focused on a talented group of corners at the combine. Lewis had 37 passes defensed and six interceptions during his time at Michigan and also was an effective kick returner. Known for his competitiveness (a trait that Schwartz values as high as any), Lewis will have to convince teams that the success he had at the college level will translate to the pros despite the fact he lacks ideal size (5-10, 188 pounds). He could be a Day 2 pick.