2015 Rose Bowl: 5 players Eagles fans should watch from Oregon Ducks and …

January 1, 2015 - photo frame

For a initial time, college football’s inhabitant champion will be motionless in a playoff complement — involving a tip 4 teams — that kicks off on New Year’s Day, and for Eagles fans, this is a possibility to get a glance during some of a tip talent accessible in May’s NFL Draft.

The initial of a dual marquee bowls pits a Oregon Ducks — once coached by Eagles’ conduct manager Chip Kelly — conflicting a Florida State Seminoles.

With a Eagles with a quarterback conditions still to be resolved, this diversion showcases a tip dual quarterbacks projected in this year’s breeze category — Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Florida State’s Jameis Winston.

Here is a demeanour during 5 players that Eagles fans should keep an eye on in a Rose Bowl Thursday afternoon:

Oregon

• Quarterback Marcus Mariota:
Mariota is approaching to be comparison with one of a tip dual picks in a draft. While it’s doubtful a Eagles can or will trade adult from a 20th pick, Mariota expected has held Kelly’s eye.

Scouting news from CBS Sports:
The Ducks’ innovative offense simplifies QB decisions and this is roughly a same intrigue Mariota played in high school. As such, some of a basis like holding a turn from underneath core and scanning downfield while dropping behind are skills Mariota hasn’t been asked to master yet. He’s overly reliant (at this point) on his initial read, spasmodic commits a principal impiety of throwing late conflicting his physique and wasn’t a year ago when damage sapped him off his maneuverability and he was forced to chuck from a pocket.

• Offensive tackle Jake Fisher:
The Eagles descent line isn’t removing any younger and Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters has already intimated that 2015 competence be his final NFL season. If a Eagles aim an descent lineman in a initial round, Fisher could be a choice. He has a distance and knowledge in a complement identical to Kelly’s that would make him an ideal fit conflicting Lane Johnson.

Scouting news from CBS Sports:
A arguable blocker with good size, athleticism and strength, Fisher would acquire some-more of a spotlight on many Pac-12 teams. He’s a legitimate NFL awaiting set to start during right tackle for a third uninterrupted year. Fisher is a really effective double-team blocker, releasing from one aim to strike another. Fisher has extended shoulders, prolonged arms and quick, clever hands to fasten onto opponents and good parallel lively to shuffle. He can get himself in difficulty when his feet stop relocating and when he tires and loses a precedence battle.

• Linebacker Derrick Malone:
With capricious futures confronting both outward linebackers Trent Cole and Brandon Graham, a Eagles could demeanour for a pass-rushing linebacker during some indicate in a breeze for a second uninterrupted season.

Scouting news from CBS Sports:
Malone took over for Kiko Alonso during inside linebacker in 2013 and warranted Most Improved honors following a year in a opinion by his teammates. He led a Ducks with 105 tackles though projects best outward during a subsequent turn due to his slim support and faith on his athleticism to make plays.

Florida State

• Quarterback Jameis Winston:
The same motive for Mariota relates for Winston. It is doubtful a Eagles will be means to pierce adult high adequate to obstacle Winston, though he positively has a athleticism to flower in Kelly’s offense.

Scouting Report from CBS Sports:
Winston possesses all a healthy earthy collection we demeanour for in today’s NFL. He’s big, athletic, has a clever arm and moves good inside a pocket. As for a intangibles, a many critical ones are already display — poise, anticipation, toughness, vision, care and a rival fire. He’s a sum package. Where he’s causing some scouts to doubt his pro-readiness is off a margin where a array of controversial incidents have lifted concerns his majority and character, including a integrate of shoplifting/theft accusations. Some scouts also trust he needs to energise and digest his smoothness in sequence to be consistently successful during a subsequent level, as he tends to breeze adult when he throws, lacking a discerning recover NFL teams desire.

• Cornerback P.J. Williams:
At 6 feet, 196 pounds, Williams has a distance and physicality to be an ideal schematic fit in Bill Davis’ defense. He’s a playmaker and a ballhawk. If a Eagles are targeting a defensive behind in a initial round, Williams could be their guy.

Scouting news from CBS Sports:
The inhabitant championship diversion defensive MVP as a sophomore, Williams determined himself as one of a conference’s many unchanging defensive backs in 2013, deflecting 7 passes, hauling in 3 interceptions (one TD), and heading a group in passes shielded (10). Not too unfair for a first-year starter who common a defensive backfield with LaMarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks, both of whom occupy NFL rosters now.

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