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January 01, 2022

Five college prospects who could interest the Eagles in the 2022 NFL Draft

During the college football season each year, as long as you're watching the games, we point out five players each week to keep an eye who make logical sense for the Eagles in the following year's draft.

Arnold Ebiketie (17), DE, Penn State (6'3, 256): Outback Bowl, Penn State vs. (21) Arkansas, 12:00 p.m.

Ebiketie is an import from Cameroon who originally enrolled at Temple, where he didn't play much in his first two seasons, but had 42 tackles, 4 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. He transferred to Penn State in 2021, and had 62 tackles (18 for loss), 9.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 blocked kicks in his lone season with the Nittany Lions.

He has a nice assortment of pass rush moves and great bend for a player thought to be early in his development. There are no cheapies in the highlight reel below:

In the pros, he's going to have to improve his run defense to stay on the field for all three downs, but for now, he possesses the more important ability, which is creating disruption and getting to the quarterback.

In a loaded pass rusher draft, Ebeketie is likely to be a Day 2 guy.

(To note, Ebuketie opted out of this game to prepare for the draft.)

Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame (5'9, 199): PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, (9) Oklahoma State vs. (5) Notre Dame, 1:00 p.m.

Williams is pound for pound one of the best tackle-breaking running backs in the nation. Whether he's breaking defenders' ankles with combination jukes, or simply staying on his feet through contact because of his outstanding balance, Williams is almost cat-like in his running style, and very fun to watch.

Williams is also thought of a tough, willing participant in pass protection, and he has receiving chops, with 77 receptions over the last two seasons.

On the downside, Williams isn't likely to run a fast 40, and you can see defenders catch him when he gets into the clear. Williams has rushed for a lot of yards over his career at Notre Dame, but his yards per carry aren't super impressive (for a top college prospect).

 Kyren WilliamsRush Yards YPC TD 
2019 26 6.5 
2020 211 1125 5.3 13 
2021 204 1002 4.9 14 

If he had better speed, Would be a lock top 50 pick. As is, he's probably more like a a late Day 2, early Day 3 guy.

Each year, the Eagles tend to have to dig deep into their running back depth, and Williams could be a more complete replacement for a guy like Boston Scott, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Tre Sterling (3), S, Oklahoma State (5'11, 205): PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, (9) Oklahoma State vs. (5) Notre Dame, 1:00 p.m.

Back in September, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said that Sterling was done for the season with a hand injury. But, nope. After missing eight games, Sterling returned to action in November and played in OK State's final two games.

In the two previous seasons, Sterling had a combined 144 tackles, (19 for loss), 2 sacks, 3 INTs, and 12 pass breakups. He is an instinctive, intelligent safety, who clearly loves to play: 

Sterling is a late round guy who is perhaps being slept on a bit.

Jalen Pitre (8), S, Baylor (6'0, 197): Allstate Sugar Bowl, (7) Baylor vs. (8) Ole Miss, 8:45 p.m.

Pitre is a versatile defender who can play safety and slot corner, and who was all over Baylor's stat sheet in 2021. He had 17.5 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles, which would both be impressive for a defensive lineman, to go along with 7 pass breakups and 2 INTs. Here he is against Oklahoma this season:

Pitre is the type of defender who makes it easier on defensive coordinators to disguise coverages and show an assortment of defensive looks. He could be what K'Von Wallace has yet to show so far in his two years with the team.

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Derek Stingley, Jr. (7), CB, LSU (6'1, 195): TaxAct Texas Bowl, LSU vs. Kansas State, Tuesday, Jan, 4, 9:00 p.m.

By popular request, we'll finally cover Stingley, who was a freshman during LSU's dominant national title march in 2019. He racked up 6 INTs and 15 pass breakups that season, both of which led the SEC. In 2020, he didn't get as many hands on passes, because he has battled some injuries, and opposing offenses stopped throwing his way. In 2021, Stingley only played in three games, and his season ended in early October when he had a medical procedure on his foot.

As a prospect, Stingley has everything you want in a CB1 — size, speed, ball skills, technique, and confidence. His freshman season was so impressive that it has kept his draft stock high despite being out of the spotlight for a couple of years.

Stingley could be the next corner taken top 5 in the NFL Draft. A look at the corners drafted top five over the last 25 years:

 YearPlayer Team Pick Pro Bowls 
 2020Jeff Okudah Lions 
 2018Denzel Ward Browns 
 2016Jalen Ramsey Jaguars 
 2011Patrick Peterson Cardinals 
 2003Terence Newman Cowboys 
 2002Quentin Jammer Chargers 
 1998Charles Woodson Raiders 
 1997Shawn Springs Seahawks 
 1997Bryant Westbrook Lions 

The hit rates on those players are high. Woodson is in the Hall of Fame. Ramsey is the probably best cornerback in the NFL right now, and Ward is easily within the top 10. Peterson has racked up 8 Pro Bowls, and 3 All-Pro nods, and is in his 11th year in the league. Newman, Jammer, and Springs all played at least a decade in the NFL. The only questionable players on the list above are Okudah and Westbrook (poor Lions), who had serious injuries early in their careers.

When the Dolphins were 1-7 earlier this season, Stingley looked like a possibility for the Eagles. Now? Probably not, but it will be interesting to see if / how much his stock falls, given that he hasn't been a playmaker since 2019, and now has an injury history that has to be evaluated. If Stingley were to fall far enough, maybe he's a trade-up candidate?

(Again, Stingley won't actually play in this game.)

Previously profiled players

August 28

  1. Jake Hansen, LB, Illinois
  2. Jeffrey Gunter, SAM, Coastal Carolina
  3. Zach Harrison, EDGE, OSU
  4. Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
  5. Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota

September 4

  1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  2. Bubba Bolden, S, Miami
  3. Adam Anderson, SAM, Georgia
  4. Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia
  5. Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

September 11

  1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
  2. Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State
  3. Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
  4. Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
  5. Drake London, WR, USC

September 18

  1. Myjai Sanders, DE, Cincinnati
  2. Marcelino McCrary-Ball, DB, Indiana
  3. Nik Bonitto, SAM, Oklahoma
  4. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
  5. Kingsley Enagbare, DE, South Carolina

September 25

  1. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
  2. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
  3. DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M
  4. Zonovan "Bam" Knight, RB, NC State
  5. Merlin Robertson, SAM, Arizona State

October 2

  1. Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas
  2. Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
  3. Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame
  4. Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky
  5. Ali Gaye, DE, LSU

October 9

  1. Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
  2. Avery Young, CB/S, Rutgers
  3. Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
  4. Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
  5. Kenyon Green, OG/OT, Texas A&M

October 16

  1. Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern
  2. George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
  3. Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
  4. Ikem Ekwonu, OG/OT, NC State
  5. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

October 23

  1. Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
  2. David Bell, WR, Purdue
  3. Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
  4. Sam Williams, DE, Ole Miss
  5. Drake Jackson, DE, USC

October 30

  1. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
  2. Daxton Hill, S, Michigan
  3. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
  4. Chris Rodriguez, Jr., RB, Kentucky
  5. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State

November 6

  1. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
  2. Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
  3. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
  4. Jaxson Kirkland, OT/OG, Washington
  5. Cameron Thomas, DE, San Diego State

November 13

  1. Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
  2. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
  3. Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
  4. Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
  5. Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State

November 20

  1. Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State
  2. Will McDonald IV, DE, Iowa State
  3. DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas
  4. Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
  5. Abram Smith, RB, Baylor

November 27

  1. Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
  2. Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
  3. David Ojabo, DE, Michigan
  4. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
  5. Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

December 4

  1. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
  2. Travon Walker, DL, Georgia
  3. Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
  4. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
  5. Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

December 11

  1. Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
  2. Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
  3. Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah
  4. Isaiah Chambers, DE, McNeese State
  5. Travis Jones, DT, UConn

December 18

  1. Reed Blankenship, S, Middle Tennessee State
  2. Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
  3. D'Marco Jackson, LB, Appalachian State
  4. Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky
  5. DeAngelo Malone, SAM, Western Kentucky

December 23

  1. Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
  2. Dominique Robinson, Egde, Miami Ohio
  3. Zachary Carter, DE/DT, Florida
  4. Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis
  5. Zion Johnson, iOL, Boston College

December 28

  1. Logan Hall, DE, Houston
  2. Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota
  3. Jeremiah Hall, FB, Oklahoma
  4. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
  5. Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee

December 31

  1. Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
  2. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
  3. Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati
  4. George Pickens, WR, Georgia
  5. Quay Walker, LB, Georgia

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