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USC Pro Day Will Affect Who Will Be There For Eagles At 23rd Pick

There are 42 college Pro Days set to take place in the next week and a half. Players from each college will workout for the various NFL coaches and scouts at particular college or university on the designated day.

There’s one particular Pro Day which I believe will have a great deal of affect upon the Eagles and their first round draft pick.

First of all, the history of Eagles draft under Andy Reid have shown us that the head coach leans towards addressing the offensive and defensive lines in the first round of the draft. The Birds need help on the right side of their offensive line and this 2011 draft class has quite a few first round quality offensive linemen.

There could be as many eight offensive linemen going in the first round with six tackles being selected as well as a guard and a center.
Most of the local media who cover the Birds, expect them Eagles to address need on the offensive line with the 23rd pick of the first round and I agree with them.

Picking at number 23 means having to wait until more than nearly three-quarters of the team have made their picks. Some of those teams have needs on the offensive line, so they’ll get the first chance to make their picks before the Birds. That’s brings us to Tyron Smith, who is potentially the top offensive tackle in the draft.

He played for the University of Southern California, but didn’t workout at the NFL Combine because he had undergone arthroscopic surgery just days prior to the workout in Indianapolis. He is going to workout at the Pro Day for the University of Southern California, which will take place on Wednesday March 31st.

Smith, who is regarded as the best athlete amongst this year’s offensive tackles weighed in at 308 at the combine which was up from his 290 pound weight at the end of the college season. He will weigh-in again, then do agility drills and he’ll run a 40-yard dash.

If his knee checks out okay, and his workout is as impressive as expected with his tremendous quickness, speed and athleticism, he could become the number one offensive tackle in this draft, which will mean he’ll be the first tackle taken off the board in the first round of the draft.

His selection will push Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi and Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey down to the Eagles at the 23rd position. I believe the Birds would be happy with either of these picks, so Smith’s workout will have an affect upon which players are available for the Eagles when they make their first round selection at number 23.

Here are all the remaining college Pro Days of 2011:

Monday, March 22 — Brigham Young, Iowa, North Carolina A&T

Tuesday, March 23 — Iowa State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Dakota State, Western Illinois

Wednesday, March 24 — Central Michigan, Connecticut, Jackson State, Nevada, North Carolina State, North Texas State

Thursday, March 25 — Akron, Catawba, Central Florida, East Carolina, Massachusetts, Murray State, Northern Arizona

Friday, March 26 — Arizona State, Boise State, Delta State, Miami (Fla.), Northern Illinois, Tennessee-Martin, Wake Forest, Wilfrid Laurier

Monday, March 29 — Newberry, Texas-Kingsville

Tuesday, March 30 — Coastal Carolina, Houston, Texas Southern (at Houston), Texas State, UCLA

Wednesday, March 31 — Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Southern California, Texas

Thursday, April 1 — Hawaii


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Ronnie Noel
Ronnie Noel
March 21, 2011 8:10 am

please no more OT’s from USC

March 21, 2011 11:11 am

If Tryon Smith Knee checks out ok, I think he will be the 1st OT taken
and could go as high # 13 to Detroit Lions, #14 to the Rams
or #18 Chargers or by the Gaints at #19 by the latest and very unlikley that he would last until #23 for the Eagles..
Other players the Eagles may be interested in checking out from the USC Trojans ..

Center Kris O’Dowd at 6-4 305lbs is rated as the #3 Center and has the athleticism to play Guard at the NFL level by most observors.. He’s a 3 Year
starter at USC and could be the type of leader of the OL for the next 6-8-10 years.. If Eagles can get trade Kolb and get some extra picks, this may be a player to target in the 3rd Round

TE Jordan Cameron at 6-5 255lbs who had a excellent Senior Week as well as a good week at the Indy Combines by all observors has moved up the Draft boards and probably falls into the 3rd Round Pick.. Has good hands, is deceptively quick and a very good route runner and with a Draft Class lacking in overall depth at the TE position,may be one of the top TE’s chosen and a player the Eagles keep an eye on

CB Shareece Wright – at 5-11 185 lbs, Wright has the speed and coverage ability to play at the NFL level.. He needs to get stronger and work on his tackling as all young Secondary players do.. He could also be utilized as a
Kick-off/Punt Returner. I don’t see him as Starter material at CB his first 2 years, but could be a solid Nickel/Slot CB and a Special Teamers.. I look for him to go in the 4th Round..

Other players to check out for the Eagles who could be late Round Selections

OLB – M Morgan 6-3 225lbs (very athletic)
RB – A Bradford 6-0 240 lbs (a tough short-yardage/red-zone RB)
FB – S Havilli 6-0 230lbs (decent blocker,pass receiver out of the backfield)
WR – D Ausberry 6-3 230 lbs (a big target who is raw and needs work)

March 21, 2011 6:46 pm

I think it might be possible that he could go 9th to the Cowboys.