Every year during the college football season, as long as you’re watching the games, we’ll highlight five players each week to keep track of who make logical sense for the Philadelphia Eagles in the following year’s draft.
King doesn’t have great size, but he’s a physical run defender and he gets his hands on a lot of passes (3 INTs, 18 PBUs in 2022). Some highlights:
King reminds me a little of Devon Witherspoon, who the Seahawks selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2023 draft.
King plays primarily outside at PSU, but he also has the skills to play inside as well. He could be an immediate starter at the Eagles’ position and a long-term replacement for Darius Slay on the outside.
Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State (6’1, 206): (7) Penn State at (3) Ohio State, 12 p.m
Marvin Harrison Jr. is the WR who gets the most attention at OSU (rightfully so), but Egbuka could also be a first-round pick. He has some speed, he has the toughness to operate in the middle of the field, and he makes plays after the catch. Insight:
He was also very productive at Ohio State, catching 74 passes for 1,151 yards (15.6 YPC) and 10 touchdowns as a true sophomore in 2022, and so far in 2023 he has 22 catches for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns. He plays inside and outside, and his traits should translate to the next level.
The Eagles may need a slot receiver in the near future with Quez Watkins and Olamide Zaccheaus both on contract years, and perhaps more options on the outside with AJ Brown’s cap number Ballooning in 2026.
(Egbuka is injured and may or may not play in this game.)
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State (5’10, 212): (7) Penn State at (3) Ohio State, 12 p.m
Henderson was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and had a monster freshman season in 2021 as he hauled in 183 carries for 1248 yards (6.8 YPC) and 15 touchdowns while having 27 catches for 312 yards (11.6 YPC) and added 4 TDs through the air. Highlights from this season:
In 2022, Henderson suffered a broken bone and torn ligaments in his foot that limited his performance (duh). He underwent surgery after the regular season and missed the Buckeyes’ playoff run. Maybe the Ohio State coaching staff shouldn’t have let such a promising kid play despite a broken bone and torn foot ligaments?
In 2023, Henderson picked up where he left off in 2021, catching 44 balls for 295 yards and 5 touchdowns in four games before getting injured again. He’s a first-round talent who could slip to day two due to durability issues. (Like Egbuka above, Henderson may or may not play in this game.)
Patrick Paul, OT, Houston (6’7, 315): (8) Texas at Houston, 4 p.m
Paul is reportedly a 6-foot-2 offensive tackle with 36 1/2-inch arms. Right off the bat, edge rushers have to travel a long way to get past him. But Paul also has good athleticism to handle speed rushers, and he can anchor against the power.
Here he is against Tulane last season:
If Paul suffers a setback, he can be taken advantage of in the running game.
Paul entered the 2023 season with 32 career starts at LT, so if he stays healthy he will be over 40 by the end of this season. A move to RT (to eventually replace Lane Johnson) would be a prediction of sorts.
Cole Bishop, S, Utah (6’2, 207): (14) Utah at (18) USC, 8 p.m
Bishop is a tough, instinctive safety with good size. Here he is against Florida earlier this season:
Bishop is a good tackler and run defender who does his best near the line of scrimmage, although he can cover tight ends and even some bigger slot receivers. I like him in a Terrell Edmunds-like dime linebacker role.
Previously profiled players
• 26th of August
- Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
- Audric Estime, RB, Notre Dame
- Matthew Hayball, P, Vanderbilt
- Calen Bullock, S, USC
- Dorian Singer, WR, USC
• September 2nd
- Blake Corum, RB, Michigan
- Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
- Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
- Maason Smith, DT, LSU
- Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State
• September 9th
- Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame
- Demani Richardson, S, Texas A&M
- T’Vondre Sweat, DT, Texas
- JC Latham, OT, Alabama
- Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin
• 16th September
- Jer’Zhan Newton, iDL, Illinois
- Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
- Kai Kroeger, P, South Carolina
- Jacoby Windmon, SAM, Michigan State
- Oronde Gadsden II, WR, Syracuse
• September 23rd
- Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
- Dontay Corleone, DT, Cincinnati
- Jared Verses, EDGE, Florida State
- Barrett Carter, LB, Clemson
- Tory Taylor, P, Iowa
• 30. September
- Javon Bullard, S, Georgia
- Jimmy Horn, WR, Colorado
- Eric Gentry, LB, USC
- Graham Barton, OL, Duke
- Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
• October 7th
- Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota
- Smael Mondon, Jr., LB, Georgia
- Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona
- Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri
- Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
• October 14th
- Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
- Deshawn Pace, LB, Cincinnati
- Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon
- Cooper Beebe, OL, Kansas State
- Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami
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