Eagles Combine Notes: Quinyon Mitchell, Laiatu Latu Among Top Performers at Positions of Need

The 2024 NFL Draft Class is one of the most talented in recent memory. That's great news for a team like the Philadelphia Eagles that has plenty of needs.

The 2024 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, and it’s safe to say the 2024 NFL Draft class is among the most talented in recent memory.

It seems that almost every position group is among the most talented of in recent years with a wide array of young and experienced prospects looking to be the next big stars in the NFL. For an organization like the Philadelphia Eagles, their nine draft picks slated in 2024 will set themselves up nicely to continue their recent run of success behind quarterback Jalen Hurts and head coach Nick Sirianni.

As the NFL Combine concludes, let’s look at the top names who stood out through the weekend in Indianapolis that the Eagles will certainly be interested in this year in April’s Draft.

Dylan Laube – RB, New Hampshire

Dylan Laube isn’t a player that many people will expect to hear in the first couple of days come NFL Draft weekend, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be a late-round commodity.

Laube had the second-best 10-yard split among running backs at the Combine while showing excellent burst and receiving capabilities during drills. He’s a third-down receiver who could offer the Eagles a cheaper option to Boston Scott, who is set to hit free agency in the coming weeks.

Xavier Worthy – WR, Texas

The fastest player in NFL Combine history was a sight to behold throughout the workout. Xavier Worthy has been considered a new DeSean Jackson, so why wouldn’t the team that took a chance on the speedster take a chance on Worthy?

Outside of his speed, he’s the kind of player that would fit perfectly in the Eagles’ offensive scheme.

Ladd McConkey – WR, Georgia

Speaking of major Combine winners, Ladd McConkey continues to flash a first-round grade despite clear concerns about his game.

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A 4.39-second 40-yard dash time was incredible, and his workouts showed the kind of game that teams will fall in love with. Before the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, I thought McConkey could be a late-third-round/Day 3 player. That is no longer the case. He’s clearly going within the first 50 selections of the 2024 NFL Draft, and for good reason – he’s been sensational through workouts and will only get better.

Wes Welker and Julian Edelman walked so McConkey could run into the first round.

Luke McCaffrey – WR, Rice

For those who are concerned that McConkey has risen draft boards too quickly, allow me to bring a different slot name into the fold: Rice’s Luke McCaffrey.

The younger brother of San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, Luke was excellent in drills and workout details throughout the weekend. McCaffrey had one of the fastest 10-yard splits, 3-cone times, and 20-yard shuttle results. He’s an athletic player who could be a solid addition in the slot.

Troy Fautanu – OL, Washington

Taliese Fuaga and Joe Alt were two tackles who were excellent in Sunday’s workouts, but Troy Fautanu was a player who shined and could be available when the Eagles make their pick in the first round.

Fautanu has stated he wants to be a tackle at the NFL level, so this is a player the Birds could see as a potential replacement for All-Pro Lane Johnson.

Christian Haynes – OL, UConn

Christian Haynes has been a draft crush of mine for a while now. The Connecticut prospect has been superb in both the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine workouts. He is a player who will start on opening day for any team but could help the Eagles allow Cam Jurgens to move back to center should Jason Kelce finally decide to retire.

Laiatu Latu – DE, UCLA

There will be some people who get scared at the fact that Laiatu Latu was almost a firefighter.

For those who don’t understand, just look at the career of former guard Danny Watkins.

Latu was excellent at the NFL combine, though, and he won’t be seen as a reach for the Eagles in the first round. He was among the more athletic of the edge rusher groups and has plenty of production in college to be among the top edge rushers drafted in April.

Chop Robinson – DE, Penn State

Chop Robinson was an athletic freak that any team would be happy to get. The most important theme that has come out of the NFL Combine is that this draft class will have plenty of first-round talents that will fall into the second round based on the quantity of talent at the top.

The Penn State edge rusher might be one of those players who falls not based on his college production or Combine results but simply because there are so many great players.

Quinyon Mitchell – CB, Toledo

Some Draft analysts say that Terrion Arnold is the best cornerback prospect in this class. After the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl, though, Quinyon Mitchell might be changing people’s minds.

Mitchell was by far the most impressive corner during the workouts and has shot up draft boards in the last few months. He’s a player that the Eagles will need to trade up for on Draft Night if they want to get a zone player like him.

Cooper DeJean – CB, Iowa

The Eagles have already scheduled an interview with the athletic freak out of Iowa. Though he didn’t work out because of injury, he could have shown exactly why he is a priority add.

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Cooper DeJean is an excellent zone cornerback and has the kind of speed and athleticism that will make a team like the Eagles pleased to take him in the first round. This could be a player that the Eagles could see fall to the 22nd overall pick but would be an excellent addition to a poor secondary from last season.

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