Another day of interviews, workouts and testing wrapped up Sunday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Defensive linemen, edge rushers and linebackers went through on-field testing and drills, while defensive backs completed the bench press.
You can check out all the results over on NFL.com, but there’s a look at a Philadelphia Eagles-focused wrap up.
Edge rushers showcase some impressive physical traits
— NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Eagles are working with defensive end Vinny Curry on restructuring his contract, and Curry’s ultimate fate — whether it’s a trade, release or neither — could impact what the Eagles need at defensive end. They drafted Derek Barnett in the first round last year, a move that paid off, and the Eagles showed that having a deep rotation of pass rushers who they can keep fresh is a winning strategy.
— Georgia’s Lorenzo Carter ran a 4.50 in the 40, and his 130-inch broad jump showcased some explosiveness. He was projected as a second or third-round pick entering the combine, and he could be on the move up after posting those numbers.
— Ogbonnia Okoronkwo of Oklahoma projects as a solid prospect, and he backed that up with his performance. Analysts don’t see Okoronkwo as an instant-impact prospect, so he could be an option if the Eagles want to boost their depth.
— It will be hard for either of these prospects to drop into the Eagles range at the end of the first round, but Florida State’s Josh Sweat and Boston College’s Harold Landry had good Sundays. Sweat measured in at nearly 6-foot-5, 251 pounds with a wingspan of 84 1/8 inches, and that was before he ran a 4.53 40 and posted a 39.5-inch vertical. Sweat’s testing might bump him into the first round. Landry checked in at 6-foot-2, 252 pounds and ran a 4.64 40 and posted 24 reps in the bench press.
— The Eagles might be in the position to add another body to the middle of their defensive line, depending on what happens with Beau Allen’s contract this offseason. Washington’s Vita Vea is one of the top defensive tackles, and while he’ll likely be gone by the time the Eagles pick at No. 32, it’s worth highlighting his 41 reps at 225 in the bench press and 5.10 40.
— Virginia Tech’s Tim Settle checked in at 6-foot-2, 329 pounds, and while some of his numbers — 5.37 in the 40, 23.5 inches in the vertical jump and 96 inches in the broad jump — don’t jump off the page, he seems like he could be an interesting project for an NFL team, including the Eagles.
— Da’Shawn Hand signed with Alabama in the Class of 2014 as the nation’s No. 1 recruit, but he never quite matched production with hype during his college career. But Hand’s measurables at the combine show someone who can be a physical presence on a defense. If the Eagles can somehow pick up a second or third-round pick, it might be worth keeping Hand’s name in mind.
Draft’s top linebackers turn in some eye-catching performances
— Linebacker could emerge as a need for the Eagles depending on what happens with Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks. And even if the Birds hang on to one or both of those players, it might be nice for the Birds to add a youth infusion to Jim Schwartz’s unit.
— Arizona State’s Christian Sam is a potential mid-round pick, and he was solid Sunday with a 4.75 40 and a 114-inch broad jump. NFL.com’s grade for him gives him the chance to become an NFL starter.
— Ohio State’s Jerome Baker has a great physical frame at 6-foot-1, 229 pounds, and he added some solid testing numbers to that. He ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds, posted 22 reps in the bench press and covered 126 inches in the broad jump. The Eagles don’t have a second or third round pick right now — which is where Baker projects — but he’s the type of prospect who could fall. Then maybe the Eagles could snag him.
— Shaquem Griffin has been an inspirational story during the combine. First, it was his 20 reps in the bench press while using a prosthetic on his left arm. Then Sunday it was his 40 time of 4.38 seconds, which led all linebackers. Griffin is projected as a mid-round pick, but it’s clear the team that selects him will get a top notch athlete.