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December 05, 2015

Grocery shopping: Five college players to watch who could interest the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft

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Iowa's Desmond King leads the nation with 8 INTs.

As long as you're taking in some college football games today, here are some players who could make some sense for the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky (6'3, 220): Southern Mississippi at Western Kentucky, 12:00pm

For each quarterback we profile, we're going to do an extensive look worthy of its own post. That's what we did for Brandon Doughty here on Friday. In case you missed any of the other quarterbacks we've profiled, you can catch up on them all below:

• Michigan State's Connor Cook
• Ohio State's Cardale Jones
• USC's Cody Kessler
• Cal's Jared Goff
• Cincinnati's Gunner Kiel
• Mississippi State's Dak Prescott
• Memphis' Paxton Lynch
Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty

Spoiler on Doughty: Backup QB prospect. He's smart and accurate, but his lack of arm strength will always limit his ceiling at the next level.

Also, while we're at it, I'll quickly rank the quarterbacks I've watched so far: Lynch, Goff, Cook, Jones, Kiel, Prescott, Hackenberg, Kessler, Doughty.

Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford (6'4, 227): (20) USC vs (7) Stanford, 7:45pm

Cajuste came to Stanford as a tight end, but moved to wide receiver. His career numbers are rather unimpressive:

 YearRec Yards YPC TD 
 201328 642 22.9 
 201434 557 16.4 
 201525 357 14.3 

But, he can block! And therefore, he's a cheaper candidate to play the ever-important role in the Eagles offense of "receiver who doesn't actually receive" once the Eagles get rid of Riley Cooper and Miles Austin. 

Desmond King, CB, Iowa (5'11, 200): (5) Michigan State vs (4) Iowa, 8:00pm

As we've noted, the Eagles highly value defensive backs who rack up a big number of pass breakups. King has outstanding ball skills, as he has racked up 11 pass breakups and is tied for the NCAA lead with 8 INTs this season. He also has versatility that the Eagles emphasize, as he looks comfortable playing both on the outside and in the slot, and contributes as Iowa's primary kick and punt returner.

Here's King against Pitt earlier this season, when he bested one of the premier wide receiver talents in the nation, Tyler Boyd. Note that his two picks come on plays in which King made the play, as opposed to being the beneficiary of some kind of errant pass.

The one thing working against King in terms of his appeal to the Eagles is that he is listed at 5'11.

Quinshad Davis, WR, North Carolina (6'4, 220): (20) North Carolina vs (1) Clemson, 8:00pm

Davis isn't the fastest guy, but he uses his big body well and is a good weapon in the red zone. And... wait for it... He's a good blocker, too! 

Davis was far more productive early in his career at UNC:

 YearRec Yards YPC TD 
 201261 776 12.7 
 201348 730 15.2 10 
 201441 470 11.5 
 201546 505 11.0 

Davis reminds me a little of the Panthers' Devin Funchess, who wasn't extraordinarily productive in college at Michigan but is beginning to produce for the Panthers as a rookie. A highlight reel: 

Davis is a late-round prospect.

Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson (6'1, 195): (20) North Carolina vs (1) Clemson, 8:00pm

Tankersley is the lesser known of Clemson's outstanding corners, with Mackensie Alexander being thought of as the better player of the two. However, in terms of what the Eagles look for in a corner, Tankersley certainly fits the profile. He's 6'1, 195, and was originally brought to Clemson to play safety before being moved to corner, much like Eric Rowe.

Tankersley leads Clemson with four picks, but 2015 was his first season as a starter. He'd probably be better served to stay at Clemson next year for his senior season and build on 2015, but if he comes out, the Eagles could try to develop him to eventually take over for Byron Maxwell whenever the Eagles can get out of Maxwell's prohibitive contract.

Check out our grocery shopping page here, or any of the individual grocery shopping posts below.

September 5

  1. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
  2. A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
  3. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
  4. Dadi Nicolas, Edge rusher, Virginia Tech
  5. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

• September 12

  1. Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon
  2. DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
  3. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
  4. Shilique Calhoun, Edge rusher, Michigan State
  5. Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

• September 19

  1. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
  2. Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
  3. Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
  4. Jared Goff, QB, California
  5. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

• September 26

  1. Wayne Lyons, CB/S, Michigan
  2. Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
  3. Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
  4. Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State
  5. Cody Kessler, QB, USC

• October 3

  1. Jordan Jenkins, Edge rusher, Georgia
  2. Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
  3. Cody Whitehair, OT/OG, Kansas State
  4. Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge rusher, Oklahoma State
  5. KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame

• October 10

  1. Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
  2. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
  3. Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee
  4. John Theus, OT, Georgia
  5. Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern

• October 17

  1. Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
  2. Jalen Mills, CB/S, LSU
  3. Vadal Alexander, OT/OG, LSU
  4. Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
  5. Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

• October 24

  1. Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
  2. Le'Raven Clark, OT/OG, Texas Tech
  3. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
  4. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
  5. Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

• October 31

  1. Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
  2. Isaac Seumalo, C/OG/OT, Oregon State
  3. Nick Martin, OG/C, Notre Dame
  4. Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple
  5. Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

• November 7

  1. Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina
  2. Gunner Kiel, QB, Cincinnati
  3. William Jackson III, CB, Houston
  4. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
  5. Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

• November 14

  1. Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
  2. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
  3. Chris Jones, DE, Mississippi State
  4. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
  5. Shawn Oakman, DE Baylor

• November 21

  1. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
  2. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
  3. Braxton Miller, OW, Ohio State
  4. Spencer Drango, OT/OG, Baylor
  5. Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

November 28

  1. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
  2. Bryce Williams, TE, East Carolina
  3. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
  4. Max Tuerk, C, USC
  5. Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida

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