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Philadelphia Eagles: 2017 NFL Combine Players to Watch

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The 2017 NFL Combine gets started next Thursday. There have been over 300 college football players invited to Lucas Oil Stadium for one shot in front of all 32 owners and their scouts. Any Philadelphia Eagles fan knows that Carson Wentz needs help. They also know that the secondary could use an overhaul. Below are five under-the-radar prospects that may open the eyes of the scouting department.


Mack Hollins – Wide Receiver, North Carolina

Let’s face it, the Philadelphia Eagles have not had a speed receiver since Desean Jackson left, but Mack Hollins could fill that void in this year’s draft. Standing 6’4, 210 pounds, Hollins has the size that scouts clamor for in NFL receivers. Hollins is a former walk-on, who earned his stripes at the bottom of the roster. He made his way up the roster and in 2015, led the entire nation with 24.8 yards per catch. He was the definition of a “big play receiver”. Unfortunately for Hollins, his 2016 season ended with a broken collarbone. With the injury fully healed, look for Hollins turn some heads with an impressive  workout in Indianapolis.


Kareem Hunt – Running Back, Toledo

A name that will continue to climb up the draft boards is Kareem Hunt. Hunt is a 5’11, 210 pound jack-of-all trades. He can burn a defense for a long touchdown, run through would-be tacklers, and even catch passes. In just nine games in 2015,  Hunt ran for just under 1,000 yards, while scoring 12 touchdowns, and catching 11 passes. This past season, Hunt amassed 1400 yards on the ground and really worked on himself as a receiving back, catching 41 passes for another 400 yards. He carries the ball well. In his four seasons at Toledo, Hunt touched the ball 856 times and never lost a fumble. That is a player Eagles scouts are going to love, considering the team fell victim to fumbles late in games multiple times last season.

Ethan Pocic – Center, LSU

Ethan Pocic is a prospect that offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland is going to love. He stands at 6’6, 300 pounds. Pocic has played everywhere on the line during his time with LSU. He has the size to play Guard or Tackle immediately in the league. Pocic is not the strongest, as he struggles with bigger defensive tackles, but what he lacks in strength, he adds ability. When asked to pull or block on screens, he routinely gets to the next level and open space. Jason Peters is a year older and there are questions at the Center and Left Guard position. Pocic has a chance to show off his athletic ability, along with his versatility in Indianapolis . With an impressive Combine, you will be hearing his name sooner than expected come draft time.

Channing Stribling – Cornerback, Michigan

When thinking of the Michigan defense, most think of Jabrill Peppers or corner Jourdan Lewis, but there may be an unknown name that can make an impact for the Eagles. Channing Stribling propelled himself into a full-time starting role in 2016, playing opposite of Jourdan Lewis. Even with the extra targets having Lewis on the other side, Stribling earned second-team AllBig Ten honors and led the team with four interceptions. While standing tall for a corner at 6’2, he uses his long arms to his advantage. Jim Schwartz will love Stribling, as he is a physical corner who is not scared to blanket a receiver. He also excels at tracking the deep ball, this alone should make him attractive to Eagles scouts at the Combine.


Adam Shaheen – Tight End, Ashland College

The Eagles extended Zach Ertz before the 2016 season. However, it does not hurt to have another quality pass catcher. Shaheen is a former basketball player whom transferred from PittsburghJohnstown. He stands at an enormous 6’6 and 277 pounds. With his frame, he was able to haul in 127 passes and 26 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Ashland.  Ashland is a small school and Shaheen bullied the lower competition. With impressive speed at the Combine, Shaheen may launch up draft boards. Carson Wentz threw to his tight ends over 30 percent of the time. The Eagles were the only team in the NFL to accomplish this feat. Shaheen’s size could help their redzone woes and alleviate the overthrows Carson Wentz tends to deliver from time to time.


The 2017 NFL Draft Class is one of the deepest in years at several positions the Eagles need to fill; Wide receiver, Halfback, and Cornerback. This NFL Combine is going to be a huge asset to the Philadelphia Eagles scouting department.