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October 05, 2019

Grocery shopping: Five college players to watch who could interest the Eagles in the 2020 NFL Draft

As long as you're taking in some college football action this Saturday, here are some players who could make sense for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU (6'0, 183): TCU at Iowa State, 12:00 p.m.

Gladney appears at No. 13 on Bruce Feldman's freaks list:

The top cover man in the Big 12, Gladney had the lowest passer rating allowed (46.9), according to PFF and had a team-high 13 pass breakups, which placed second in the Big 12. The 185-pound Gladney isn’t just extremely fast — he ran a 4.34 in the 40 this offseason — but he’s insanely strong for his size. According to the Horned Frogs staff, he squats 620 pounds, benches 400 and cleans 400.

In 2018, Gladney had 41 tackles and 2 picks to go along with the aforementioned 13 pass breakups. A highlight reel:

Not only is Gladney perhaps a corner who can run down the field with big-league receivers, but his work in the weight room will give him a better chance of staying healthy than most of the corners already on the Eagles' roster.

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Ben Bredeson, OG, Michigan (6'5, 320): (14) Iowa at (19) Michigan, 12:00 p.m.

Bredeson is approaching 40 starts over his college career, all at LG, which is a negative from the Eagles' perspective in terms of versatility, unless they're open to finding a starter replacement for Isaac Seumalo.

He's not the most athletic guard you'll find in this class, but he's a powerful blocker who plays with good balance both in the run game and in pass protection (he was a widely recruited offensive tackle coming out of high school), and he has some nastiness in his game. Here he is in Michigan's bowl game last year against Florida:

If the Eagles feel like Bredeson's extensive college experience puts him in a position to start quickly, Seumalo could serve as a 
backup who is able to play all five spots along the offensive line.

Oluwole Betiku Jr., DE, Illinois (6'3, 250): Illinois at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.

Betiku is a former five-star recruit from Nigeria who enrolled at USC, played sparingly in 2016 and 2017, got hurt in 2018 (hip surgery), and transferred to Illinois. In his first real full-time action at the college football level in 2019, he is second in nation in sacks after just 4 games, with 7. Here are his 3.5 sacks against UConn earlier this season:

Obviously, the Eagles can use more pass rush production from the edges.

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K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State (6'0, 195): (25) Michigan State at (4) Ohio State, 7:30 p.m.

While not a blazer, which you would prefer from a sub-200-pound receiver, Hill is a shifty, smooth slot receiver prospect, with a natural feel for the game. A highlight reel:

Here he is calling his shot twice this year on TDs, in which he pointed out man coverage.

With Nelson Agholor likely to move on next offseason, the Eagles should be in the market for a slot receiver.

Jake Hanson, C, Oregon (6'5, 295): California at (13) Oregon, 8:00 p.m.

Hanson is considered by some to be the top senior center prospect in the nation, and could be as high as a Day 2 pick. Here he is against Stanford:

Jason Kelce has acknowledged that he has considered retirement in recent years, and the birth of his first child this week probably gives him even more reason to step away from the game. Whether Kelce leaves the NFL this upcoming offseason or after one more year, the Eagles would be smart to prepare for his departure.

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Previously profiled players

• August 24

  1. Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
  2. Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida
  3. C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
  4. Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami
  5. Jeff Thomas, WR, Miami

• August 31

  1. Scottie Phillips, RB, Ole Miss
  2. Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
  3. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
  4. Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
  5. Jeremiah Dinson, S, Auburn

• September 7

  1. Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
  2. Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
  3. J.D. Spielman, WR, Nebraska
  4. Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State
  5. Ashtyn Davis, S, California

• September 14

  1. Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
  2. Cohl Cabral, C, Arizona State
  3. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
  4. Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
  5. Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

• September 21

  1. Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
  2. Shyheim Carter, S, Alabama
  3. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
  4. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
  5. Solomon Kindley, OG, Georgia

September 28

  1. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
  2. Alex Leatherwood, OG/OT, Alabama
  3. Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
  4. Jaquarius Landrews, S, Mississippi State
  5. Zack Moss, RB, Utah

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