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Report: Eagles To Eye Texas OL Hopkins


As the Eagles continue to go through the pre-draft process and examine the multitude of players available, they'll continue to make use of their allotted invitations to the NovaCare Complex. Per NFL rules, the Eagles can welcome in as many as 30 draft-eligible prospects to the NovaCare Complex. Reportedly, one of those visits will be given to Texas offensive lineman Trey Hopkins.

Having meetings scheduled w/ #Eagles & #Browns, source tells me Former TX OG Trey Hopkins invited to visit another AFC North Team. #HooKEm — Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) March 31, 2014

Hopkins, 6-4, 300, is a two-time second-team All Big-12 player who started 42 games for the Longhorns over four seasons, including 28 at left guard and 14 at right tackle. The expectation is that his best fit at the next level will be on the interior.

UPDATE: In his Mock Draft 1.0, Fan-Demonium columnist Tommy Lawlor projected Hopkins to the Eagles in the seventh round:

"Hopkins is a good run blocker," wrote Lawlor. "He can move his guy off the ball. He's smart and that shows up in his blocking. Hopkins hits defenders in the right spot and understands the importance of proper angles when blocking. You'll see him engage a defensive lineman initially, then pass that player off and move on to the next level. Some players struggle with combo blocks like that, but Hopkins looks very natural.

"Hopkins certainly has the power to be a good run blocker. He did 28 reps on the bench at his pro day. That's upper body strength. He had a vertical jump of 32 inches, which shows lower body explosion. You see his strength on tape when he is able to get movement in the run game."

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