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October 22, 2022

Five college prospects who could interest the Eagles in the 2023 NFL Draft

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Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs

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 on who make logical sense for the Eagles in the following year's draft.

Riley Moss, CB, Iowa (6'1, 193): Iowa at (2) Ohio State, 12:00 p.m.

Gee, I wonder if Moss will get compared to Jason Sehorn a time or two throughout his college and professional career.

In 36 career games, Moss has 10 INTs and 17 pass breakups. He also has three career pick-sixes, including two in one game last season. He likely would have been a Day 2 pick if he had entered the 2022 NFL Draft, but he stayed one last season at Iowa. Moss came in at No. 19 on Bruce Feldman's "freaks" list this year.

A first-team All-Big Ten pick, Moss (39 tackles, four interceptions) is one of the big reasons why Iowa’s defense is so stingy. The 6-1, 193-pounder was an excellent hurdler in high school, and that high-level athleticism has only been enhanced from four years in Iowa City. Moss has vertical-jumped 42 inches and broad-jumped 10-8. We’re told he has clocked the fastest short shuttle time for DBs in Kirk Ferentz’s two decades-plus at Iowa, blazing through it in 3.85 seconds. That would’ve been almost a full tenth of a second faster than anyone at this year’s combine, with Sam Houston State’s Zyon McCollum going 3.94. In fact, no one in Indy has even cracked 3.90 since Washington’s Kevin King did 3.89 in 2017.

Moss is still likely a Day 2 pick.

Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State (6'8, 359): Iowa at (2) Ohio State, 12:00 p.m.

Jones is OSU's starting RT, and he is a massive human being at 6'8, 359 pounds. He has moments where he'll simply overpower and dominate guys in the run game, aaaand other moments where he'll completely whiff on blocks, as shown here:

If you read enough scouting reports on Jones, you'll come across the phrase "grip strength," which is an attribute that Jeff Stoutland has consistently said he looks for in his linemen. For years, if you asked him anything about Matt Pryor, he'd go right to Pryor's "grip strength." He likes grip strength like former defensive line coach Chris Wilson liked "ankle flexion." Anyway, I do think Stoutland will like some of Jones' attributes.

Jones is being projected by some as a second-round pick. No way. Too much inconsistency. But as a developmental Day 3 guy? Sure.

Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech (6'6, 275): West Virginia at Texas Tech, 3:00 p.m.

After collecting 38 tackles, 7 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in 2021, Wilson is off to a fast start in 2022, with 37 tackles, 6 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble in 6 games in 2022. Here's his game against NC State this season, when he had 11 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss:

Wilson has inside-outside versatility, and would be a good fit in the Brandon Graham role in the Eagles' defense. 

Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama (5'11, 200): (24) Mississippi State at (6) Alabama, 7:00 p.m.

For those of you who have been asking me to profile Gibbs all season, I give in, here you go. But before we even get started here, let's first acknowledge that Howie Roseman isn't going to use a first-round pick on a running back. We're all on the same page there? Yes? Good. So in order for the Eagles to select Gibbs, he would probably have to suffer some kind of injury or something.

As a prospect, Gibbs is indeed a very talented back. He can run inside, he can run outside, he can get tough yards for first downs, he's a home run threat, he's a weapon in the passing game who can line up all over the formation, and he even returns kicks. Here's a look at some highlights from his time at Georgia Tech, before he transferred to Bama: 

For Alabama this season, Gibbs has rushed 88 times for 638 yards (7.2 YPC) and 5 TDs. He has also chipped in 27 receptions for 268 yards (9.9 YPC) and 3 TDs, and is averaging 129 yards from scrimmage per game.

If he's somehow available in the second round, then the Eagles should absolutely have interest.

JL Skinner, S, Boise State (6'4, 220): Boise State at Air Force, 7:00 p.m.

As you can see from his size (6'4, 220), Skinner is a huge safety, and yes, he's a thumper.

But beyond his highlight reel hits, Skinner also has the range and athleticism to play on the back end in the NFL.

Skinner is the type of player that the Eagles have typically tried to convert to linebacker. Whether they view him as a linebacker or a safety, both of their starting safeties and both of their starting linebackers are scheduled to become free agents next offseason, so he'll no doubt be of interest.

Previous profiled players

August 27

  1. Ochaun Mathis, EDGE, Nebraska
  2. Sydney Brown, S, Illinois
  3. Robert Scott, OT, FSU
  4. Isaiah Land, SAM, Florida A&M
  5. Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

September 3

  1. Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas
  2. Kelee Ringo, CB, Florida
  3. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
  4. Isaiah Foskey, Edge, Notre Dame
  5. Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State

September 10

  1. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
  2. DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas
  3. Will McDonald IV, SAM, Iowa State
  4. Chris Rodriguez, RB, Kentucky
  5. Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford

September 17

  1. Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
  2. Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
  3. Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami
  4. Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
  5. Lou Hedley, P, Miami

September 24

  1. Trenton Simpson, SAM, Clemson
  2. A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest
  3. Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
  4. Tony Grimes, CB, North Carolina
  5. Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE, Kansas State

October 1

  1. Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
  2. Nolan Smith, SAM, Georgia
  3. Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson
  4. Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
  5. Bryce Baringer, P, Michigan State

October 8

  1. Ali Gaye, DE, LSU
  2. Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama
  3. Demani Richardson, S, Texas A&M
  4. Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
  5. Brant Kuithe, TE, Utah

October 15

  1. Ji'Ayir Brown, S, Penn State
  2. Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota
  3. Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
  4. Jacoby Windmon, EDGE, Michigan State
  5. Tuli Tuipulotu, DE, USC

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