In exciting yet unsurprising news, the Eagles are reported to have worked out Florida State QB EJ Manuel.
According to Eagles reporter Tim McManus, Manuel worked with Eagles QB Coach Bill Lazor throwing to stationary receivers while on-the-run, and apparently impressed Lazor in the session.
Manuel is widely regarded as an early 2nd-round pick at this point in time, and while the Eagles hold pick 35 in the coming draft, Manuel has also worked out with Cincinnati (pick 37), Jacksonville (pick 33), and Buffalo (pick 41).
Manuel had a superb final season at the college level, with career highs in passing yards (3,392) and touchdowns (23). He is known as a large and mobile quarterback, possessing an accurate arm and the ability to run the read-option, which is something that Chip Kelly requires from the quarterbacks in his offense.
According to Philadelphia Daily News reporter Les Bowen, offensive tackle Eric Winston is garnering interest from the Eagles front office.
Winston is ranked as one of the top OTs in Free Agency this year, a regular starter since 2007, without missing a single start since then. Winston is best played at right tackle, which could prove to be a need for the Eagles depending on where Todd Herremans plays. Winston has the versatility to play at right guard and left tackle, providing great cover in an offensive line that was devastated by injuries in 2012.
Three teams are reported to be interested in Winston, who has been at two teams in the past two seasons, and the Eagles’ interest will be strongly contested for this starting-quality free agent.
Alongside the workout of Manuel; the Eagles have already had workouts/visits with many Top-5 draft pick prospects. These include QB Geno Smith, DL Star Lotulelei, and LB Jarvis Jones.
Per various reports, the Eagles are to also host OT Eric Fisher and DT Sharrif Lloyd to visits in in the coming days, both of whom could potentially fall within the first 5 picks of the draft.