Eagles Pay A Visit To Grambling

The Eagles, along with at least six other NFL teams, visited Grambling to put their players through the paces. So, who are the Eagles looking at from the Grambling roster?

There is no doubt that the big name from Grambling is quarterback Bruce Eugene. While the Eagles will have to draft a potential replacement for Donovan McNabb at some point, there aren't any indications that they'll do it this year and Eugene isn't considered a lock to be an NFL quarterback.

No, the Eagles are looking elsewhere.

Wide receiver is a spot where the Eagles figure to be looking for help and many scouts have been impressed by Moses Harris. On a rain soaked field, Harris ran a 4.5 40 yard dash, turning in one of the day's best times. Harris also excelled in the broad jump and in the vertical drill. Harris caught 34 passes for 557 yards last season.

Another receiver, Cornelius "Chico" Mackey, who transferred to Grambling from Fresno State, was impressive on the bench, putting up 21 reps, which put him in the ranks of defensive end Matt Duhe (21) and fullback Ruben Mayes (22). While Mackey is listed as a receiver, he also served as a punt returner and contributed on defense, posting 11 solo tackles.

Two interesting players from Grambling are guys who have been off the football radar for some time. Lennard Patton and Moe Thompson missed all of last season because of eligibility problems and Patton also missed the 2004 season because of grade issues. Both could be interesting picks once the big names are off the board.

Patton pushed out 24 repetitions of 220 pounds on the bench press, but insists that's not a true indication of what he can do and he ran a 5.22 in the 40. Patton had verticals of 30 and 31 inches.

Thompson did 18 reps on the bench, but never seemed comfortable in the workout. Both Patton and Thompson performed well in the broad jump, but Thompson didn't take part in the vertical drills.

Offensive tackle Jonathan Banks was impressive in the 40, putting up a 5.56, which surprised a lot of scouts because of his size and wet conditions. Defensive end Jason Hatcher didn't take part in the 40 because of the wet conditions, choosing instead to rest on the 4.91 and 4.83 times that he posted at the NFL Combine.


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