Eagles Droppings 4/13: Okla. St. QB Visits, Westbrook to Pack and McNabb on PTI
By Lance Epstein
QB Works Out for Eagles:
National Football Post's Aaron Wilson is reporting that the Eagles had Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson in for a visit on Tuesday.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Eagles have been linked to multiple quarterback prospects, so fans should expect the Eagles to select one sometime in the draft. The questions are when and with which of the 11 picks the Eagles currently hold.
Robinson (6-2, 210) started in three of his four seasons in Stillwater. Over his four-year career he has thrown for 8,319 yards, 66 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He also had an exceptional 126.5 quarterback rating over his entire career.
However, his most impressive season came during his junior season as he threw for 3,064 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Additionally, he ran for 562 yards and eight touchdowns. His play for the Cowboys that year had him in the Heisman Trophy race.
Unfortunately for Robinson, his senior season was did not live up to the lofty preseason expectations. His numbers dropped to just 2,084 yards and 15 touchdowns. On top of that he threw two more picks and finished with 12.
One of Robinson's best attributes is his athleticism and ability to scramble. In his career, he constantly ran for first downs in clutch situations. He piled up 2,148 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns over his career. Robinson will need to use his running skills and his 4.71 40-yard dash that he ran at the combine to make it in the NFL.
According to ESPN.com Robinson is the 15th-best quarterback in the draft. He does not fair any better on Scout.com, where he is also ranked at No. 15. One of the reasons, Robinson is not ranked higher is because he does not read coverages very well and does not go through all of his progressions. In addition, his delivery takes a long time to get the ball out.
However, his skill set fits in well with the Eagles. Donovan McNabb thrived when he was scrambling and found wide receivers on the run. Furthermore, he is very accurate, which plays in well to the Eagles west coast offense.
While Robinson might be an afterthought since he is two years removed from his Heisman Trophy candidate season, he could be a nice sleeper pick for the Eagles in the fifth or sixth round. Ultimately, he can be groomed into being a capable backup.
Westbrook To Green Bay?:
According to various reports, running back and former Eagle Brian Westrbook has been receiving some interest from the Green Bay Packers.
While the Packers have Ryan Grant, he is not a receiving threat and Westbrook could strive as a third down back for the Packers. Although in order for the Packers to sign the talented but injury prone back, they will have to waive the physical because he has shown that his knees will not allow him to pass it.
Also, Westbrook would have to be comfortable with the fact that he will only be used sparingly and probably used more as a receiver than as a running back.
Still, when Westbrook took the field late in the season and he showed some flashes of his former self. Unfortunately, his he is a big gamble for the Packers to count on him as their third down back. It would not be surprising if they do take a running back in the draft rather than take a gamble with Westbrook.
McNabb on PTI:
Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb appeared on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption today. Friend Michael Wilbon and former Monday Night Football analyst Tony Kornheiser interviewed him. Interesting to hear some of his opinions on coming back to Philly and his thoughts on being a Redskin now. Here are some of the quotes he gave.
On the drama that came with being an Eagle:
People still kind of question why I had to go through that all throughout my career. I really didn't focus on that then and I'm definitely not focusing on it now."
Was he surprised the Eagles traded him to division rival Washington:
"Yes, I was surprised. Being with an organization for 11 years you would hope that somehow if they made that decision they would take care of you. I don't look at it as haunting. I look at it as an opportunity for me to move into another organization and try and turn that organization around."
On play for coach Mike Shanahan:
"His career is pretty similar to mine -- making it to conference titles, he making a little further in Super Bowls, but not winning it. And people saying he's not able to do it and he's not able to win the big game and thinking that maybe we should draft a young guy. I guess they kind of went to their senses of staying with him."
On whether he expects to be booed or cheered upon his return to Philadelphia:"I hope I will be cheered. I think the thing that I've been able to accomplish overweigh the feelings that some may have had. I think a lot of times people focus so much on the low percentage of people that call into radio stations to vent, to feel like they need to get something off their chests, or people who want to write articles about how their neighbor is feeling or somebody at the local gym sitting in the sauna."