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Eagles Droppings: Check Out UNLV OT, UConn WR


Eagles Schedule More Workouts
By Lance Epstein

Even with 10 picks and most will probably be spent on the defense, the Eagles still need to fill some holes on the offensive side of the ball. One of those holes is on the offensive line and in particular the right guard or center position.

According to National Football Post's Aaron Wilson, the Eagles have scheduled a private workout for next Thursday for UNLV offensive lineman Joe Hawley. Other teams such as the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears have brought Hawley in for private workouts as well.

Hawley (6-3, 297) is a versatile lineman that can play both center and guard, which head coach Andy Reid likes to draft in his lineman. Additionally, he had a impressive combine by bench pressing 225-pounds 35 times and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.21 seconds.

He is expected to go anywhere from the fifth-round to even being undrafted, but his ability to play multiple positions could help him move up team's draft-boards as the draft gets closer. Currently, National Football Post has him ranked as the 16th-best guard in the draft. While ESPN.com has him slightly higher at the 14th-best guard.

Hawley is very intriguing for the Eagles. With current starting center Jamaal Jackson recovering from a torn ACL, he could be drafted and start since Jackson might not be back by week one. Furthermore, the Eagles did not seem to confident with Nick Cole at center after Cowboys' Jay Ratliff abused him in the last two games of the season.

Also something to think about is may be the Eagles are looking to upgrade the guard position incase Stacy Andrews does not live up to expectation or Cole does not sign his tendered. Despite that if the Eagles do make a run and get at Seahawks guard Rob Sims like ESPN's John Clayton is reporting, then taking an offensive lineman earlier is unlikely.

Meanwhile, National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh also reported that the Eagles had a workout with UConn wide receiver Marcus Easley.

Easley began his college career as a walk-on and had to earn his way into a scholarship. In Easley's first two season, he combined for five receptions for just 104 yards. Although he was the special teams ace for the Huskies.

However his senior season, the Huskies finally offered him a scholarship. Once he received his scholarship, he blew up onto the national scene as a wideout. The 6-foot-3-inche, 211-pound budding star caught 48 passes for 893 yard and eight touchdowns.

Besides his impressive 2009 campaign, he blew scouts away at the combine by running a very fast 4.46 40-yard dash and a 37.5 vertical jump.

Still, Easley is not expected to go in the sixth or seventh round of the draft. Currently, ESPN.com has the 19th-best wide receiver in the draft. One of the main reasons he is rated so low and will be around late in the draft is because he drops too many balls, catches the ball with his body (not plucking it out of the air) and lacks confidence. Also teams do not know if the former walkout is just a one-year wonder.

The Eagles do not need a wide receiver since DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Hank Baskett are virtual locks as the top four wide receivers. Although they could use the help on special teams and Easley was a standout there in college.

In addition, Easley could be a developmental project like the Eagles were planning on doing with Brandon Gibson before they traded him to St. Louis for linebacker Will Witherspoon.

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