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Eagles Work Out OT, DT


Eagles Check Out Draft Two Draft Prospect

By Lance Epstein

Later this week, the Eagles will have a private workout in Morgantown, West Virginia for Mountaineers offensive tackle Selvish Capers.

Capser (6-4, 308) started at offensive tackle for three years at West Virginia, but arrived on campus as a tight end. His skills at tight end have helped him with his athleticism, which were on display at the combine.

At the combine, he ran a 5.10 40-yard dash and finished in the top half of the vertical jump and broad jump for offensive lineman. His unique athleticism makes many analysts and scouts believe he could play either tackle or guard positions.

Either way the Eagles and head coach Andy Reid like linemen that are versatile and can play any position among the line. While NFL.com does not believe he could play left tackle, he could be a good right tackle and even excel at either guard spot.

Casper is expected to go as high as the second round and could slip to the fifth round. Do not be surprised if you hear Casper move up team's draft boards as the draft gets closer. One reason is that NFL Draft Bible sees the physical tools that are necessary to play the left tackle position and he just needs to refine his technique along with adding some weight to his frame.

In other Eagles news, a league source told National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh that University of Arizona defensive tackle Earl Mitchell has scheduled a workout with the Eagles.

Like Casper, Mitchell entered the Wildcats program as a tight end before head coach Mike Stoops asked him to switch to the defensive line in 2008. In his first full year as a defensive tackle, he earned honorable mention All-Pac-10. In 2009, Mitchell (6-3, 292) accumulated six sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 44 tackles and a forced fumble last year.

Scouts Inc. and NFL.com rates Mitchell as the 14-best defensive tackle in the draft. Even so, he has the ability to move up the draft boards because he has a quick first step, quick feet and strength (strong punch) needed to eventually be a starter at the next level. More importantly, he does not stop until the whistle is blown, so are going to get his best effort.

Ever since the combine, Mitchell has been rising up many teams and draft gurus rankings. At the combine, he ran the fast 40-yard dash time of any DT at 4.75. One person that has taken notice of him was CNNSI.com's Tony Pauline who noted the impressive showing and stated his stock was rising.

Mitchell looked amazingly athletic for a defensive tackle that weighed in at 296. He was fast in the 40, twice breaking 4.75 seconds on stop watches, then practiced to that speed during drills. Mitchell was quick moving to the sidelines, displayed a burst in a straight line and was constantly applauded by coaches throughout the morning.

The Eagles already have a nice rotation of Trevor Laws, Broderick Bunkley, Mike Patterson and Antonio Dixon, but some scouts have question their ability to get a consistent pass rush. While Mitchell does not have ideal size and gets pushed around in the run game, he does have a knack for getting pressure on the quarterback.

I had the privilege to attend four of Mitchell and Arizona's games in person. Each time I attended he was constantly wrecking havoc. This past season, I attended the USC/Arizona game. He was far and away the best player on the field. He recorded two sacks, six tackles and had tons of pressure on USC's quarterback Matt Barkley.

The other game I saw him he going against the Rose Bowl participant, Oregon Ducks. While he did not record any sacks, he had multiple tackles for losses and finished with seven tackles.

Of course Mitchell needs to learn the nuisance of the position, but he has just scratched the surface of his potential. Coaches at the combine raved about his coachability, which was one of the reasons he has been moving up the draft rankings. If he improves like he has the previous two seasons, he could a steal in the fourth or fifth round.

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