According to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Eagles hosted a number of NFL Draft prospects at the NovaCare Complex on Monday. Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp, Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Oklahoma defensive back Aaron Colvin were among the group, according to Caplan.
Tripp, standing at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, was a two-time AP FCS All-American with the Grizzlies. He ran the third-fastest three-cone drill at the NFL Scouting Combine (6.82 seconds) and his 20-yard shuttle was the fastest that any linebacker has run since 2006, when A.J. Hawk ran an identical 3.96. Considered to be a likely mid-round pick, Tripp has the ability to play special teams that could pique the interest of NFL general managers.
Benjamin is the most highly touted prospect from Caplan's report. A physical wide receiver with a 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame, Benjamin is ranked by many as one of the top pass-catching prospects available. A second-team All-ACC selection in 2013, Benjamin led the conference with 15 touchdown grabs, proving to be one of the top red-zone options in the nation.
Last but not least, Colvin is an interesting name to keep in mind. A few months ago, the former Sooner was projected as an early-round pick in this year's draft, but a torn ACL suffered at the Senior Bowl has changed that notion. Still, Colvin possesses the kind of versatility that the Eagles front office speaks so highly of (he started games at both cornerback and safety) and his ability to cover receivers and tight ends deep down the field is definitely a plus. Colvin was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2013, presented to the nation's top defensive back
Another player visiting with the Eagles on Monday was Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer, who tweeted the following:
Latimer, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, participated only in the bench press drill at the NFL Scouting Combine while still recovering from January foot surgery. It may have been his only drill, but his 23 reps were the most of any wide receiver in this year's draft class. At his late March pro day, Latimer clocked in with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash time, proving that he has enough speed to be an effective NFL receiver. In his final season with the Hoosiers, Latimer caught72 passes for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns.