Small-School LB Draws Eagles’ Attention
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Count Incarnate Word linebacker Myke Tavarres among those who have scored a private workout with the Eagles.
Tavarres is a Division I talent who started his college career in junior college before moving to the SEC at Arkansas, and then finishing at Incarnate Word, a private Catholic university in San Antonio where he was named Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year.
Tavarres led Incarnate Word with 110 tackles and paced the entire conference with 8 1/2 sacks and 22 1/2 tackles for loss. He also has an NFL skill set from at athletic standpoint, running a 4.6 40-yard dash at 6-foot and 230 pounds, while also recording an impressive 36 1/2 inch vertical leap.
He was once a big-time catch for the Razorbacks, ranked as the No. 7 junior college outside linebacker in the country by 247Sports.com and 63rd in ESPN's Junior College 100 ranking after helping the College of the Siskiyous in California to a 10-1 record, the most wins in school history, and the CCCAA Central Division championship.
Tavarres is regarded as a potential late-round pick, who could fit an emerging role popping up around the league, the hybrid linebacker/safety position being defined by players like the Rams' Mark Barron. as well as Arizona's Deone Bucannon and Carolina's Shaq Thompson.
"I think the Eagles will look at him as a hybrid guy who could be a special teams fixture," a former scout told 973espn.com. "He's got real good instincts and impressive lateral skills and that's the kind of stuff that projects well in space."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen