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Keep An Eye On These Senior Bowl Sleepers

On Wednesday, Bloghead took a look at some of the players participating in the Senior Bowl who are considered potential fits for the Eagles in round one. Now it's time to highlight some of the players in Mobile, Ala. who could be attractive to the Eagles in the later rounds.

The Eagles have six draft picks in the first four rounds this year, including two each in the third and fourth rounds. Because of that, the team is well positioned to stockpile talent and at several positions that could use an infusion of talent, namely the secondary, the offensive line and the defensive line.

Nate Allen, Safety, South Florida - Allen has been projected by several draft analysts to be a match for the Eagles in the second round. The only problem is that he may be playing his way into the top half of the second round, or perhaps the late first round, this week. Allen, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, is said to have tremendous ball skills and is athletic enough to cover the whole field.

Larry Asante, Safety, Nebraska - Asante has more to bring to an NFL roster than having the same last name as the first name of a certain Pro Bowl cornerback. The 6-foot-1, 215 pound former Cornhusker has displayed the ability to cover receivers both underneath and over the top this week. Asante is thought to be more of a third-round talent, but he has opened some eyes this week.

Mike Johnson, Offensive Guard, Alabama - The dominating Johnson measured in at a mammoth 6-foot-5 1/2, 306 pounds during the Senior Bowl weigh-ins. Johnson is considered adept at both pass- and run-blocking and is likely to be the second or third guard off the board come April. With a few free agents on the offensive line and the return of center Jamaal Jackson in question, the interior line could use some beefing up.

Chris Cook, Cornerback, Virginia - Cook may be the senior cornerback who has the best combination of size and speed. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Cook has shown an ability to lock down receivers at the line of scrimmage all week. Cook's physicality combined with his size and ball skills make for a potential fit as an outside cornerback for the Eagles, who could use some youth at the position.

Tyson Alualu, defensive lineman, California - Alualu has shown the ability to play both defensive tackle and defensive end at the Senior Bowl, which could attract the Eagles who have always had a penchant for versatile linemen. Alualu, 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, led all Pac-10 defensive linemen with 60 tackles in 2009, including 7.5 sacks.

The Senior Bowl game takes place Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. EST on NFL Network.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 6:30 p.m., January 28

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