Eagles Showing Interest in LBs, DT, and KR/PR/WR

Written By Bob Cunningham On Wednesday, March 16, 2011
According to Aaron Wilson of NationalFootballPost.com, the Philadelphia Eagles were on hand Monday to watch the workouts of a couple Ohio State linebackers: Brian Rolle and Ross Homan.

Rolle (5'10, 229) ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine, which was third-best amongst linebackers. He was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection with 76 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions.

Even though he played middle linebacker at Ohio State, Rolle has been working out at defensive back for some teams and seems to be exactly what the Eagles look for in their WILL linebackers; see: Keenan Clayton and Ernie Sims.

Homan (6'1, 240), on the other hand, probably translates to MIKE or possibly SAM at the next level.

Homan put up 32 reps at 225 on the bench press at the combine, which was the best among linebackers. Homan, like his teammate, was a first-team All-Big Ten player with 73 tackles, one sack, one interception, and two forced fumbles.

Sticking with the linebackers, the Eagles attended a private workout Wednesday for Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue, according to the player's agent per Sheil Kapadia of Philly.com's Moving the Chains.

Hogue (6'3, 235) could probably fit anywhere in the linebacking corps, but would most likely play on the outside on 235 is just on the cusp of big enough to play in the middle.

After starting out as a running back, Hogue made the transition to linebacker in his junior year, so he's obviously very raw and would be a developmental project better suited for the later rounds.

The Eagles also reportedly are showing interest in Kendrick Ellis (6'5, 346), a defensive tackle who played at South Carolina before being kicked off the team for off-field issues.

The interest in Ellis was also reported by Wilson over at NationalFootballPost.com.

Ellis is, by all accounts, taking responsibility for his actions now, but getting kicked off your college team is going to send up a lot of red flags for potential NFL employers. The Eagles haven't been known for taking chances on guys like Ellis over the years.

Finally, according to Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com, the Eagles will work out wide receiver/kick returner/punt returner Jeremy Kerley from TCU.

Kerley (5'10, 189) is a smaller guy who would likely be a slot receiver in the NFL. Last season, Kerley caught 56 passes for 575 yards and 10 touchdowns.

However, the Eagles don't really need a receiver with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, and Riley Cooper taking the top four spots without much of a challenge. So the Eagles' interest in Kerley likely comes purely from his ability to return kicks and punts.

Kerley averaged 27.7 yards per kick return last season, and returned two punts for touchdowns during his career at TCU. The Eagles currently do not have a reliable kick returner on the roster and, outside of Jackson, don't have much in the way of punt returners, either.

If Kerley were to become an Eagle, it would likely come in one of the final rounds of the draft.


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