Eagles Sharpening Their Draft Focus

The NFL Draft is just 38 days away and with the Terrell Owens saga behind them, the Eagles are turning their attention to who they'll pick and when in the draft. Some of their targets are beginning to come into focus.

The Eagles figure to go defense with their first pick, but that's certainly not written in stone. They've been looking at a wide range of players that they could grab at various points in the upcoming draft.

Florida State's Kamerion Wimbley is a 6'4", 245 pound defensive end who was a first year starter as a senior, but picked up all-conference honors. He's got overwhelming pass rushing skills and could possibly be converted to a linebacker in the NFL. He's had some injury problems, but showed that he was healthy at the Senior Bowl and his stock has been rising ever since.

The Eagles have looked at a couple of Oklahoma Sooners.

Guard Davin Joseph has a 6'2.5", 311 pound frame and picked up all-conference and all-academic honors in each of the last three seasons. He's got a strong upper body and holds up well in various blocking schemes and it should certainly interest the Eagles to add a player like that to the roster.

His teammate, Chris Chester projects as a starting center in the NFL and has also drawn interest from the Eagles. Chester is 6'3.5", 303 pounds and played at tight end earlier in his college career. He played seven games on the offensive line last season at Oklahoma and has above average blocking skills.

Eagles offensive line coach Juan Castillo personally worked out Pitt offensive lineman Charles Spencer last week and came away impressed. Spencer is 6'5", 345 pounds and converted from the defensive line in his junior season. He played both guard and tackle at Pitt and has some work to do, but also has the skills to get better. The Eagles have had a definite eye on Spencer for some time.

Finally, Hofstra guard Willie Colon (6'3", 320) figures to meet face-to-face with the Eagles before the draft. He's already met with San Diego, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. Colon was a three-year starter and received all-conference and all-american honors after his senior season. Colon will need some patience and work, but could become a starting guard at the pro level before too long if he's drafted into the right situation. He figures to be a very late round pick.


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