Milliner, Lotulelei and Manuel will visit Eagles next week
The Eagles continued to schedule visits with most of the top-rated draft prospects and are slated to bring cornerback Dee Milliner, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and quarterback E.J. Manuel in for a last look-see next week, according to NFL sources.
Quarterback Geno Smith and defensive end Ziggy Ansah were at the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday. Outside linebacker Dion Jordan and tackle Eric Fisher were scheduled to meet with the Eagles on Thursday. And defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd was set to visit the team on Friday, per sources.
Tackle Luke Joeckel is being brought in next week, as well. The Texas A&M product is arguably the No. 1 tackle in the draft. Fisher is a close second and could be ranked ahead of Joeckel on some draft boards. Tackle Lane Johnson of Oklahoma is also in the mix, although the Eagles have yet to schedule a meeting with him, according to a league source.
The offensive line could be the area the Eagles address first with the No. 4 overall pick. Joeckel, Fisher or Johnson could potentially start at right tackle, which would allow Todd Herremans to move back to guard. With Herremans and left tackle Jason Peters over 30, the Eagles could be looking to the future as well.
If the Eagles don't select an offensive lineman, they could take the best defensive player on their board. Floyd and Jordan are considered the two most likely defensive players to go first in the draft.
The Eagles may also be looking for a quarterback of the future. Smith could be available at No. 4. If Kelly passes on the West Virginia quarterback, Manuel could be gotten in the second round when the Eagles pick third.