Senior Bowl: 10 linebackers for the Eagles to watch

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Glenn Erby
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The Philadelphia Eagles will have a new coaching staff in 2021 and that could allow for a newfound desire to place value on the linebacker position.

The NFL is a new game and gone are the years of running backs getting 40 carries per game, or defenses serving with three down-hill, thumping style linebackers on the roster.

Alex Singleton and T.J. Edwards have been solid but the Eagles need an athletic, playmaking linebacker who can flourish in pass coverage.

Some of college football’s top linebackers have converged onto Mobile for the Senior Bowl and we’ve provided 10 that the Eagles should keep an eye on.

North Carolina, Chazz Surratt, LB

Oct 26, 2019; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Chazz Surratt (21) reacts after a tackle against the Duke Blue Devils in the first half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State, Hamilcar Rashed Jr., LB

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TCU, Garret Wallow, LB

Dec 12, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Garret Wallow (30) sacks Louisiana Tech Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Allen (3) and forces a fumble during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia, Tony Fields II, LB

Dec 5, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) tries to get around West Virginia linebacker Tony Fields II (1) during their football game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday. Iowa State would go on to defeat West Virginia 42-6. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State, Justin Hilliard, LB

Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Justin Hilliard (47) comes up with the tackle on Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne (9) in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.
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Northwestern, Paddy Fisher, LB

Jan 1, 2021; Orlando, FL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Paddy Fisher (42) and defensive back JR Pace (5) work to catch Auburn Tigers wide receiver Ze'Vian Capers (80) during the second quarter at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

LSU, Jabril Cox, LB

Sep 26, 2020; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers linebacker Jabril Cox (19) against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn, KJ Britt, LB

Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22) runs the ball as Auburn Tigers linebacker K.J. Britt (33) defends during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Houston, Grant Stuard, LB

HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 14: Grant Stuard #0 of the Houston Cougars tackles Jordan McCloud #3 of the South Florida Bulls in the first half on November 14, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Georgia, Monty Rice, LB

Nov 28, 2020; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Kevin Harris (20) attempt to get around Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Monty Rice (32) during the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY