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Combine Watch List: Linebackers

No position for the Eagles was in more flux in 2009 than linebacker. The impending return of Stewart Bradley at middle linebacker will certainly help things in 2010, but if there's anything the Eagles learned in 2009 it's the importance of depth.

Most importantly, the Eagles could use a linebacker well-versed in coverage. The linebacker class this year isn't particularly deep, but there is value to be had in the first three rounds, and there's a chance that the Eagles could pluck a first-round linebacker as well.

Each of these five players could be potential fits for the Eagles, so keep an eye out on them during tomorrow's workouts.

MLB Brandon Spikes, 6-foot-3, 249 - Spikes was ultra-productive at Florida and he has big play ability in pass coverage, but concerns about his speed and athleticism could drop him all the way to the second round. He's not as consistent a tackler as Alabama's Rolando McClain and his 40-yard dash time will be essential in determining where he comes off the board.'s Chris Steuber projects Spikes falling all the way to the Eagles in the second round.

OLB Sean Weatherspoon, 6-foot-1, 239 pounds - Weatherspoon projects as a strongside linebacker at the next level and will likely come off the board in the second half of the first round. One of the biggest risers following the Senior Bowl, the former Missouri Tiger has elite athleticism but is said to need work at shedding blocks.

OLB Navorro Bowman, 6-foot-0, 242 pounds - Steve Muench of ESPN's Scouts Inc. calls Bowman "the best pure 4-3 outside linebacker in this year's class." The Penn State product is likely to come off the board in the second round, but he has the range to play sideline-to-sideline and cover both tight ends and running backs.

OLB Daryl Washington, 6-foot-2, 230 pounds - Washington led TCU in tackles this year, which is even more impressive considering the Horned Frogs No. 1 national rank in defense. He's a good open-field tackler and attacks the ball well, but there are concerns about his size that will likely move him to the weakside in the NFL. Washington only started for one season so he is inexperienced, but that also means he can be molded at the next level.

OLB A.J. Edds, 6-foot-4, 246 pounds - Edds is a high-effort player who turned heads during the Senior Bowl week but his marginal measurables will make him a mid-round selection. Edds' strengths on the field are his intelligence and ability to correctly diagnose plays, but he will need to perform well tomorrow in order to assuage concerns about his ability to handle man-to-man coverage assignments.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 8:14 p.m., February 28

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