The Eagles have spoken with 6 pass rushers at the Senior Bowl practices

The Eagles, just like every other NFL team, are going to be speaking with hundreds of prospects between now and the draft in April.  However, so far here at the Senior Bowl practices, I’ve seen the Eagles speak with eight prospects after practices.  Six of them were pass rushers, and they all spoke with Player Personnel Executive, Phil Savage.  Here’s that list, with rankings from Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, CBS Sports, and the National Football Post, just for a basic reference of where some of the draftniks currently have them rated:

Player Height/weight Kiper McShay CBS NFP
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina 6’5″ 3/4 / 281 7 5 12 19
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina 6’1″ 7/8 / 276 14 17 19 23
Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama 6’1″ 1/2 / 273 16 16 20 35
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall 6’3″ / 265 N/A N/A 66 79
Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia 6’3 3/4″ / 267 N/A N/A 76 91
Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas 6’4″ 1/2 / 264 N/A N/A 160 143

The Eagles value the defensive line.  In the past five years, they’ve drafted Brandon Graham, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Ricky Sapp, Bryan Smith, and Victor Abiamiri. That’s a pretty bad list.  Still, the Eagles aren’t really hurting for good DE’s:

  • The signed Jason Babin to a 5 year, $27.7 million contract last offseason, and obviously, he came through in a big way with 18 sacks.
  • They have a Pro Bowl caliber player in Trent Cole.
  • They traded up from 24 to 12th overall and gave up a couple 3rd round picks in the process to select Brandon Graham.  Graham’s career path is very much in question after having microfracture surgery.  Still, Graham is pretty much a sure-fire bet to have a roster spot in 2012.
  • They acquired Darryl Tapp in a trade with Seattle, although his cap number for 2012 could be more than what he’s worth as a reserve.  He could be cut regardless of what the Eagles do this offseason.
  • Juqua Parker turns 34 in May and is a free agent.
  • And finally, they have CFL import Philip Hunt, who played well last season when he got his opportunities.

That’s 4 defensive ends (Babin, Cole, Graham, Hunt) that are likely to be on the roster in 2012.  It’s a good bet the Eagles will add at least one more, especially if they have the versatility to rush the passer from the interior on obvious passing downs.  Of the guys they’ve spoken to this week, guys like Ingram and Coples might fit the profile of guys that can move inside, a la Justin Tuck.

The Giants have a great QB, a few playmakers on offense, and an absolutely devastating defensive line.  There are all sorts of holes to be found elsewhere.  And yet, they won a Super Bowl in 2007, and they might win another one this season, largely on the strength of that D Line.

Don’t be surprised if they keep trying to add another impact DE in the draft until they get it right.

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  20. kyyyyle says:

    i would like the eagles to trade for Raiders OG Bruce Campbell. 6’6 315 pounds. probaly the fastest OL in the NFL. top 5 OL athlete. Great fit for Mudd’s scheme and can backup anybody on the OL besides Kelce. would love for him to be the top backup and start for anyone whos injuried besides Peters(dunlap backup)

  21. kevin says:

    i would like the eagles to trade for Raiders OG Bruce Campbell. 6’6 315 pounds. probaly the fastest OL in the NFL. top 5 OL athlete. Great fit for Mudd’s scheme and can backup anybody on the OL besides Kelce. would love for him to be the top backup and start for anyone whos injuried besides Peters(dunlap backup)

  22. kevin says:

    i like what your saying kyle, that would be awesome, DL usually don’t matter when it comes to chemistry, maybe instead of drafting Bacarri Rambo, they could sign S Tyvon Branch, but i would love to see Rambo.
    QB-vick,kafka,thomas RB-McCoy,Lewis,Rainey FB-Rodrigeuz
    WR-Maclin,Sanu,Jackson,Avant,Cooper TE- Celek, Harbor
    LT-Peters,Dunlap LG-Mathis,Campbell C-Kelce,Montgomery(FA from Redskins)
    RG-Watkins RT-Herremans
    DE-Cole,Williams,Quinn,Graham,Hunt DT-Jenkins,Dixon, Thompson/Crick,Landri,Laws
    LOLB-Robinson,Rolle,Clayton MLB-Hightower/Kuechly,Matthews ROLB-Chaney,Fokou
    CB-Asomugha,Rodgers-Cromartie,Boykin,Hughes,Marsh FS-Rambo,Allen
    SS-Branch, Jarrett,Anderson
    K-Henery P-Henry KR-Rainey,Lewis PR-Rainey,Jackson,Sanu

    not re-signed/ cut
    -QB Young
    -RB Brown
    -FB Schmitt(cut)
    -WR Smith
    -OT Justice (cut)
    -C Jackson(cut)
    -DE Tapp(cut)
    -DE Parker
    -DT Patterson(cut)
    -OLB Jordan(cut)
    -CB Hanson(cut)
    -SS Coleman(cut)
    DE Babin,CB Samuel,OT Justice,C Jackson,DE Tapp,DT Patterson would free alot of cap room. M.Williams would most likely be Babin money. Signing DRC, D.Jackson,McCoy,Maclin to long-term deals. DRC,Maclin dont cost too much in the cap. Jackson wants alot but won’t get it all. McCoy would be the biggest hit. they would still have enough money to sign all draft picks

  23. kyle says:

    if the eagles end up demoting Castillo, bringing in another D-coordinator, that does not want to work with washburn, i think they would have to get rid of Babin. Washburn could easily bring the wide-9 to the Rams where Jeff Fisher is. Babin is only a good player in the wide-9 and is terrible against the run. if they good back to a regular 4-3 babin must go. Trade Babin & Samuel to the Rams for DE Robert Quinn and a 2nd round pick or just for a 2nd round pick. Possibly if Washburn goes to the Raiders, give them Babin for 2nd and 4th in 2013 draft. Nobody would give a 1st rounder for Babin since he is 31 years old.
    Now that the DE’s would be Cole,Graham,Quinn,Hunt (Parker is a FA and Tapp won’t want to take a pay cut so he’s cut)
    FA OLB Mario Williams will not get the money he wants from the Texans because Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed are putting pressure on the QB and Williams wants Babin money which i don’t see the texans giving him since they have two young good pass rushing OLBs. Sign Williams to a 4-5 year 25-30mil deal. Williams is a great pass rusher and can stop the run. Mario can be effictive without the wide-9 which Babin cannot. Cole will be 30 in October and he’s not the pass rusher he used to, he is better in the run game. Quinn will turn 22 in may, Graham will be 24 in April and Williams will be 27 on the 31st. if graham can stay healthy he’s a good DE. in the games he played in 2011 season he had gotpressure on the QB. Eventually having Williams,Quinn,Graham will be a great pass rush just like the Gmen are this year. its not likely this will happen but anything is possible. if this happens i would like to see the Eagles draft
    1st-MLB Dont’a Hightower/ MLB Luke Kuechly 2nd-WR Mo Sanu 2nd-DT Jared Crick/DT Brandon Thompson 2nd-CB Brandon Boykin 3rd-OLB Keenan Robinson 4th-Bacarri Rambo 4th-OT Zebrie Sanders 5th-RB/KR/PR Chris Rainey 6th-QB Brock Osweiler/QB Darren Thomas 6th-FB Evan Rodriguez

    1. kyle says:

      i would like to see the Eagles make a trade for Raiders OG Bruce Cambell. this dude would be perfect in mudd’s scheme. 6’6 315 pounds, probally the fastest OL in the NFL and top 5 althlete at the poistion. Campbell can backup every starter on the OL besides Kelce. If he shines in Mudd scheme and Mathis or Watkins struggles, they could stick Campbell there or put him a RT and make herremans the G. either way i would love to see Campbell in a Eagles uniform as a backup.

  24. I’m surpised you don’t have 10 pages of comments by now.

  25. Jose says:

    With Andy still on vacation, ‘Mailroom’ Howie is on the loose for another great draft. “You know..were all learning thoroughly on this, and im learning on this job”. Howie learning on the job for a second consecutive year just like Andy and his sidekick Juan Castillo learning on the job and getting an 8-8 record. Bravo to Andy and the accountants. All is well and will continue to be well… i mean Pee Wee Roseman & Joey Nickels are still making decisions. Start planning the parade. After all, they are the gold standard in NFL management. All is well.

  26. […] They also spoke with 6 pass rushers, noted in much more depth here. […]

  27. BleesGreen says:

    Castilo gonna be our DC because if Reid fails this year he’s done but if he succeseds he gonna get crown king and with a full training camp we should be good to go and Castilo already knows not to play our corners in coverage but we news to draft an ILB maybe Kueckly from Boston and our best bet on a FA ILB Lofton from the falcons lil dude Role is doing good at WLB SLB we got covered well I would like to het Landry at safety in FA Hell we went all out last year let’s do it again

  28. jerome holloway says:

    i agree with mr. Hill but let’s get rid of Young and pay De shawn Jackson,
    and find a big body WR as third third threat asap
    because if our defense is going to give as much ass as they did at the being of thiis season, then offense is going to need to but up at least 35 point in the first half
    but who should we hire as our (DC)? this we need to think wisely

  29. Greg Hill says:

    I would love to see the Eagles focus on drafting talent to eliminate weaknesses (e.g., LB, S) rather than reinforcing strengths.

  30. jerome holloway says:

    max holloway for DE

  31. Tracer Bullet says:

    Except the Eagles have solid pass-rushing DTs in Jenkins and Landri(!), so I don’t understand why they’re so interested in defensive ends. We’ve gone from reinforcing a strength to indulging a fetish.

  32. tuna83 says:

    I can’t help but rather get a defensive end via free agency. Then draft a linebacker based off the rare success defensive ends experience first year versus linebackers. I dunno… Would like impact next year…

  33. brisulph says:

    they won a Super Bowl in 2007, and they might win another one this season, largely on the strength of that D Line… and Eli.

    Fixed that for you.

    1. deg0ey says:

      they won a Super Bowl in 2007, and they might win another one this season, largely on the strength of that D Line… and Eli… and Packers receivers forgetting how to catch.

      I think that’s probably a little fairer :p

      1. Immynimmy says:

        And Kyle Williams, and the refs in Arizona, and Mark Sanchez, etc.

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