NFL Draft: Saturday's prospect watch

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NFL Draft: Saturday's prospect watch
September 14, 2013, 6:00 am
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Here are some games, and specifically some NFL prospects, Eagles fans may want to check out on Saturday.

Alabama vs. Texas A&M (3:30 p.m., CBS)

C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama, No. 32
Mosley, a 2012 AP All-American, is perhaps the best linebacker in the country. Playing inside in Alabama's hybrid 3-4, Mosley is lightning quick to fill holes and tracks ball carriers to the outside with ease, rarely getting caught up in the wash. As a blitzer, Mosley uses his speed and power to blow up running backs in protection. As a bonus, Mosley's pass coverage is outstanding. He uses quick feet, a smooth backpedal and what appears to be great instincts to cover tight ends and backs man-to-man or drop back into zone and read the QB's eyes. His tackling is solid, and he brings a nice pop with him. Mosley's athleticism and size (6-2/235) will allow him to play either inside or out in the NFL, and he should hear his name called somewhere in the top 15 of the 2014 draft. He would look real nice as DeMeco Ryans' successor.

Watch: C.J. Mosley vs. Michigan in 2012

Ohio State vs. California (7 p.m., FOX)

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State, No. 1
The Eagles' biggest need is cornerback, and Roby, who was suspended for Ohio State's opening game because of an offseason bar scuffle, might be the nation's top CB. Roby (5-11/193) is an aggressive burner who can stick with receivers with astonishing speed, but it's his outstanding ball skills that make him so coveted, especially for a team like the Eagles, who lack defensive playmakers. Roby's knack for knocking down balls is uncanny. If the Eagles land anywhere from picks No. 8 to 15, they'll probably have a shot at getting a player like Roby, who continues a proud Buckeye tradition of sending DBs to the NFL (Malcolm Jenkins, Donte Whitner, Nate Clements, Chris Gamble, Will Allen, Antoine Winfield, and Shawn Springs).

Watch: 2012 Bradley Roby Highlights

Tennessee vs. Oregon (3:30 p.m., ABC)

Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon, No. 15
Yes, the Eagles have a slew of TEs already on the roster and invested a second-round pick on Zach Ertz in 2013, but Chip Kelly has shown what he can do with big, athletic pass catchers, and employing one with Lyerla's size (6-5/245), speed and familiarity with his offense could make what looks to be a dangerous offense even more so. Lyerla hasn't received the publicity like Oregon stars D'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota have, but the junior might be taken earlier than either of them. I compare him to Todd Heap with perhaps more speed. A trio of Brent Celek, Ertz and Lyerla would be a nightmare for opposing defenses and give the Eagles another huge red zone target.

Watch: Colt Lyerla 2012 Highlights

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