The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be set at offensive tackle after signing Jason Peters and Winston Justice to long-term contracts last year. But just because things appear to be solidified, that doesn’t mean that Andy Reid is satisfied. Scout.com has learned that the Eagles will conduct a private workout with West Virginia offensive tackle Selvish Capers this week in Morgantown.
A three-year starter at West Virginia, Capers started his career with the Mountaineers as a tight end, but was converted into a tackle prior to his sophomore season. A tremendous athlete who has the versatility to play on both sides of the line, Capers primarily lined up on the right side during his collegiate career.
At 6-foot-5, 308 pounds, Capers has the size and athleticism to play left tackle at the next level, and while he flashes greatness, he tends to be an inconsistent performer. A lot of Capers’ troubles at West Virginia started with his footwork, which remained an issue at the Senior Bowl.
During Senior Bowl practices, Capers had problems moving laterally and was unable to contain strong, speedy pass rushers off the edge. In addition to his troubles with speed rushers in Mobile, Capers didn’t have much success against bigger defensive ends, as he generally played too high. But a month later at the Scouting Combine, Capers tested well in front of scouts during positional drills and individual drills, as he ran a 5.11 in the 40, benched 225 pounds 19 times and posted a 30.5-inch vertical.
At West Virginia’s Pro Day on March 18th, Capers went through another full workout and improved in every area; he ran a 5.08 in the 40, benched 225 pounds 22 times and recorded a 31-inch vertical. Capers also displayed quick feet and was fluid during drills.
It was just a few months ago when Capers was projected to be a second round draft pick, but with there being uncertainty about which position he will play in the NFL, he’s now viewed as a 3rd – 4th round pick. Capers is currently the 9th rated offensive tackle listed on Scout.com's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
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