A Senior Bowl primer, with an eye on some players the Eagles could be targeting

Washington defensive tackle Greg Gaines could be on team's wish list, as could several others.

The Eagles were preparing for Super Bowl LII at this time last year, so there may not have been as much interest in the 2018 Senior Bowl. This year, however, should be a different story.

Eagles officials have spent the week in Mobile, Ala., and have reportedly met with at least five players – Washington defensive tackle Greg Gaines, Delaware safety Nasir Adderley, USC cornerback Iman Marshall, Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow, and Mississippi State linebacker Gerri Green.

It is still too early to draw conclusions on what the Eagles may do when the 2019 NFL Draft arrives on April 25, but it’s a start.

The following are some players fans may want to keep an eye – at position groups the Eagles figure to stock - when the Senior Bowl kicks off on Saturday at 2:30 on the NFL Network.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Greg Gaines, DT, Washington. Gaines is 6-2, 316 and won the Pac 12’s Morris Trophy Award, which is voted on by opposing offensive linemen, and was first-team All-Pac 12. He started 41 straight games for the Huskies and made 55 tackles with 3.5 sacks this past season. He will be on the North team and wear No. 98.

Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama. Buggs is a real stud. This past season, he led Alabama in sacks with 9.5 and added 13.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He will be on the South team and wear No. 49.

Carl Granderson, DE, Wyoming. In spite of opposing teams trying to run away from the 6-5, 260-pound Granderson, he had 40 tackles, including 28 solo stops, three sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, two pass break-ups, and one interception that he returned 61 yards for a touchdown at Hawaii during his senior season. One of his best games came against Air Force when he made 10 tackles with six solo stops. He will be on the South team and wear No. 91.

Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa. Nelson has great size at 66, 270 pounds. In three years at Iowa, he had 23 sacks, including 9.5 this past season. He is a former high school football player of the year in the state of Iowa. He will be on the North team and wear No. 93.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State. Jenkins can play all five positions along the line, but his best may be center. He is a day-one starter and could step in for Jason Kelce immediately if Kelce decides to retire. He will be on the South team and wear No. 74

Andre Dillard, T, Washington State. Can come right in and challenge to start at left tackle should Jason Peters not return. He is 6-5, 306, rated the third best tackle in the country, the top pass-blocking prospect and the second best screen blocking tackle by ProFootballFocus. He allowed only one sack in 677 career pass attempts. He will be on the South team and wear No. 60.

Kaleb McGary, T, Washington. He is a fifth-year senior who started four years at right tackle, which could give the Eagles an option to move Lane Johnson to left tackle to make room for him. He won the Pac 12’s Morris Award, which is voted on by opposing offensive linemen. He will be on the North team and wear No. 58.

RUNNING BACK

Ryquell Armstead, Temple. He is 5-11, 223 pounds and ran for 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He hasn’t shown much ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, however. He will play for the South and wear No. 25.

Wes Hills, Slippery Rock. Hill is intriguing. The 6-2, 218-pound prospect grew up in South Jersey, attending Wildwood High School, began his career at the University of Delaware then transferred to Slippery Rock, where he owned the competition. At SRU, he ran for a school-record 1,714 yards with 17 touchdowns. He will play for the South and wear No. 31.

Dexter Williams, Notre Dame. Williams is a former teammate of Eagles runner Josh Adams. Williams had scored 20 touchdowns in his career, rushing for 1,636 yards and 6.4 yards per rush. He is also solid at catching the ball out of the backfield. He will play for the North and wear No. 2.

WIDE RECEIVER

Hunter Renfrow, Clemson. Third-team All-ACC, Renfrow has terrific hands. He will play for the South and wear No. 13.

David Sills, West Virginia. Sills has great size at 6-4, 210, and grew up an Eagles fan in Wilmington, Del. He will play for the South and wear No. 21.

Gary Jennings, West Virginia. Has good speed (about a 4.4 in the 40) and size at 6-2, 215. Also a solid kick returner. He will play for the South and wear No. 12.

CORNERBACK

Rock Ya-Sin, Temple. Ya-Sin is 6-0, 190 and had a good week of practice in Mobile. He began is career at Presbyterian College before transferring to Temple. He will play for the South and wear No. 6.

Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky. Great length at 6-3, 210 which will allow him to cover bigger receivers, and he can also play safety. He will play for the South and wear No. 1.

Iman Marshall, USC. Most of his production came in his first two years at USC, when he made six picks. Still, he has the athleticism to help on the corner. He will play for the North and wear No. 24.

OTHERS

Trace McSorley, Penn State, QB. He will play for the North and wear No. 9.

Karan Higdon, Michigan, RB. He will play for the North and wear No. 22.

Zach Allen, Boston College, DE. He will play for the North and wear No. 44.

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, WR. He will play for the South and wear No. 1.

Gerri Green, Mississippi State, LB. Will play for the South and wear No. 40.

Dontavious Russell, Auburb, DT. Will play for the South and wear No. 95.

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