Following up yesterday's rumor that the Seahawks are very high on Colorado TE Nick Kasa, Tony Pauline adds today that Seattle has made recent contact with and are very interested in Rutgers WR Mark Harrison.
"I'm told Mark Harrison/WR/Rutgers could be selected much earlier than people expect. Harrison silently turned in one of the best workouts of any receiver at the combine. Measuring slightly under 6-feet, 3-inches and tipping the scale at 231-pounds, Harrison posted an official hand time of 4.37-seconds in the forty as well as a vertical jump of 38.5-inches. He also had the longest arm length of any receiver at the combine, 35-inches. Just prior to the Rutgers pro-day last month Harrison broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot yet is expected to be 100% by the middle of May. Who's showing the most interest in Harrison? The Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have all had recent contact with Harrison. The New York Jets have also been poking around the big receiver. Its not out of the question the Niners could use a late third or fourth round choice to acquire the big bodied wide out."
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ESPN's Sal Paolantonio stated on Philly's 97.5 The Fanatic that he's heard the Eagles are targeting a tackle at No. 4 overall, with West Virginia's Tavon Austin as the primary fallback option.
Paolantonio's Eagles nuggets are always notable because he's covered the team for years and is so plugged-in. "Here is what a general manager told me [on Monday]," Sal Pal said, "‘I know the Eagles want a tackle.’ And if those are all gone, he said, ‘Don’t be shocked if Chip Kelly takes Tavon Austin No. 4.'" Because of his athletic movement skills, Oklahoma's Lane Johnson may be the Eagles' top target. Austin would be an exciting alternative.
Well, just when you thought you have heard it all, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio opened up even more possible scenarios in one sentence. Late last night, Florio posted an article that mentioned that his sources have told him that the Eagles are not just looking to trade down, but also are entertaining the idea of trading up.
With the 4th overall pick, the Eagles only options would be the Chiefs at 1, the Jaguars at 2, and the Raiders at 3. If the Eagles were to trade up, the most likely target would be an offensive tackle, given the possibility of other trade-ups ahead of Philadelphia and rumors that two of the three teams in front of the Howie and Co. could draft offensive tackles, themselves. The value to jump a few a spots would likely be an easy move (4th round pick) and the Raiders and Jaguars are hurting so badly for picks, that they may be easy to leverage.
A move up is a new concept in this draft for Eagles fans, who have mostly concentrated on adding picks in a trade down scenario, as oppose to giving picks away to move up. Howie Roseman's office has seemingly leaked every possible option to the media over the past 24 hours, but at some point one of these rumors will be more true than false. It is most likely that fans will hope that this latest rumor is not true.