NFL Draft: Saturday's prospect watch

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NFL Draft: Saturday's prospect watch
November 16, 2013, 10:30 am
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Stanford's David Yankey, left, and Alabama's Cyrus Kouandijio, right, are both prospects who could be selected in the first round of this year's NFL draft. (AP/USA Today Images)

Here are some games, and specifically some NFL prospects, Eagles fans may want to check out on Saturday:

Stanford vs USC (8 p.m., ABC)

David Yankey, OG, Stanford, No. 54
Coming off a dominant performance against No. 2 Oregon, Yankey, a senior, is one of the nation's top interior linemen. He has started at both tackle and guard for the Cardinals since he was a sophomore and is also a team captain. Yankey has good size (6-5/314) and the mobility to pull as well as just about any guard in college. A key cog in Stanford's power running game, he's best suited inside as he doesn't look quite as comfortable pass blocking, getting too high and bending from the waist at times. With virtually no interior offensive line depth, and Todd Herremans aging before our eyes, Yankey in the middle-to-late first round may be an option.

Watch: David Yankey highlights

Alabama vs Mississippi State (7:45, ESPN)

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama, No. 71
Kouandjio, the former top offensive line recruit in the country, hasn't lived up to all the hype that followed him to Tuscaloosa, but he's certainly become a good NFL prospect. He has good size (6-6/310) and excels as a run blocker. Kouandjio has had his struggles with pass blocking, too often letting defenders get into his body and push him around. He also appears susceptible to inside moves. This can be fixed though, and once he starts to initiate contact more consistently, his long arms and wide base will make him a tough guy to get around. While he's still trying to meet the expectations fans had for him when he arrived at school, Kouandjio will still land in the first round. And if the Eagles feel they need an OT to replace Jason Peters, they could reunite Kouandjio with his old offensive line coach from Alabama, Jeff Stoutland.

Watch: Kouandjio vs. Virginia Tech 2013

Syracuse vs Florida State (3:30, ABC)

Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State, No. 20
Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of Joyner, who reminds me of Luke Kuechly. They don't play the same position, but if you didn't know anything about football and turned on an FSU game you couldn't help but notice Joyner. He's in on so many plays, you'd just keep thinking "Oh, there's that No. 20 again." The diminutive safety (5-8/190) is similar in stature to former Colts star Bob Sanders and hits like him, too. Joyner is the heart of the Seminoles' terrific defense and never takes a play off. All he knows is one speed and truly seems to love playing. Of course his size is going to be an issue for many teams, as there just aren't many (OK, none) starting safeties that size. And I know Chip Kelly loves big guys, but if Joyner's physical size matched the size of his heart, he'd be 10-feet tall. You win with guys like this on your team. If he's there in the middle of the second round, you grab him.

Watch: Joyner highlights