Potential draft prospect evaluations continue as the Philadelphia Eagles have scheduled a private workout with Syracuse LB Doug Hogue today, 2 days after holding workouts for OSU LB’s Brian Rolle and Ross Homan. Hogue, 6′ 3″ 235 lbs, was actually a running back up until 2009 when he switched to linebacker in his junior year. In only 25 games at LB, Homan became the Orangemen’s 9th all-time career leader in TFL’s (tackles for a loss) with 26.5. He is currently projected as a 6th round pick but he has intriguing potential given his size and production with a relative lack of experience at the position.
Homan, 6′ 1″ 240 lbs, is perceived to be the best of the 3 but still not projected to go earlier than the 4th round of this year’s draft. He was a 3 year starter at Ohio State and was a team captain. In his 5 year college career he compiled 287 tackles, 17 TFL’s, 5 sacks, and 7 INT’s.
In the past 3 years Rolle, 5′ 10″ 229 lbs, has posted 170 tackles, 18.5 TFL’s, 3 sacks, and 3 INT’s. Along with Homan, he was voted as a team captain. The main knock against him is his size and will probably need to be in the right system to succeed in the NFL. All 3 linebackers fit the M.O. of Andy Reid in the fact that he generally likes to draft that position in the middle rounds.
The Eagles were also noted to have “serious” interest in Hampton DT Kenrick Ellis. He is a monster of a man at 6′ 5″ 346 lbs. In the past 3 seasons Ellis has 184 tackles, 37.5 TFL’s, and 7 sacks. His draft stock has been steadily rising since he impressed teams with his interviews at the combine last month. He is currently projected as a 2nd – 3rd rounder in what is considered a very deep draft at the defensive line positions. Ellis is an interesting choice for the Eagles because of his size and the fact he is viewed as a “run stuffer” for the most part. With new DL coach Jim Washburn, the Eagles have switched to a 1-gap scheme which usually calls for smaller, faster tackles that can penetrate quickly and get pressure on the QB. Ellis seems to be more of a 2-gap type player or a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme. However, I would gladly welcome some beef in the middle of our defense. I’m just not sure I envision the Eagles drafting a DT in the 1st 3 rounds though.