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5 Mid-Round Prospects To Watch

Rice TE Vance McDonald caught the Eagles’ eye at the Senior Bowl

Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia

At 6’0″, 216, Commings has rare thickness and strength for a corner, and projects best as a press man or cover 2 corner. He can overpower receivers at the line of scrimmage and displays good ball skills. He’s not the quickest player on the field, but can stay with receivers down the field.

The Eagles have worked Commings out privately, and he fits what the team is looking for from a physicality standpoint. After helping himself with a sub-4.5 40-yard-dash at the Combine, expect Commings to be drafted in the third round range.

Michael Buchanan, OLB, Illinois

Buchanan was regarded as a future first round pick entering his senior season. However, after breaking his jaw in an off-season altercation and failing to match the production of players like Damontre Moore and Bjoern Werner, Buchanan’s draft stock began to fall. At 6’5″, 255, he’s a tall, thin pass rusher who can run the arc well. He projects best as a 3-4 outside linebacker since he’s not very thick or powerful.

The Eagles showed a ton of interest in Buchanan at the Senior Bowl and he certainly has the length that Chip Kelly covets. If he lasts into day 3, the Eagles may very well snatch him up.

Rontez Miles, S, California (PA)

Miles is a small school prospect, but was recruited by plenty of powerhouse schools and always had plenty of talent. He has an interesting story, but others can tell it much better than I ever could. He’s a 2-time Division-II all-American and is known as a vicious hitter. At 6’0″, 203, he has an NFL body and could be a special teams ace.

According to Tony Pauline, the Eagles have shown a lot of interest in Miles for over a month now. He’ll be taken in the later rounds.

Brandon McGee, CB, Miami

McGee is an excellent height-weight-speed prospect (5’11”, 193, 4.40) and has starter potential. After struggling with inconsistency at Miami, he shined during the East-West Shrine Game practices, establishing himself as the top corner at the event. He has excellent feet and is long enough to play on the outside. He was primarily used in zone coverage in college, but he might be better in man due to his athleticism.

McGee has generated buzz after a solid pre-draft period, and has elevated his stock into the 3rd or 4th round range. The Eagles like his length and ability to play either man or zone coverage. If the Eagles are sold on his physicality, passion, and commitment to special teams, he could be an option in the middle rounds.

Vance McDonald, TE, Rice

McDonald was a massive slot receiver at Rice, a team that flexes out its tight ends. He terrorized slot corners with a punishing attitude in run blocking and is athletic enough to separate from NFL linebackers and safeties. He played very well at the Senior Bowl, but drops have been a big issue for him. He doesn’t catch the ball naturally, and NFL teams have not seen tape on him as an in-line blocker.

McDonald has everything Chip Kelly loves. Length, athleticism, and a willingness to block. He’s fast enough to play the “move” tight end role (James Casey) and strong enough to play the traditional role (Brent Celek). If the Eagles want him, they’d likely have to spend their 3rd round pick to get him.

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