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Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Posted on: April 24, 2010 7:01 pm
 
This was a strange draft for Eagles fans. Aside from attempting to break the record for most trades in a draft, Andy Reid also selected ZERO offensive lineman among the teams 13 picks.


13. Brandon Graham DE Michigan- The Eagles traded up 11 spots to grab what some people view as the most disruptive pure pass rusher in the draft. BUT, some other people are down on his because he's only 6'1 and he has short arms. What helps Graham overcome his height is his relentlessness, his raw strength and more importantly his impressive repertoire of pass rush moves. He'll come in and outwork just about anyone else at the LE spot and make in impact right off the bat across from Trent Cole IMO. Grade-A

37. Nate Allen FS USF- Ahhh the "Donovan" pick. No surprise here as a lot of people thought this would be the pick. Allen is a FS with good size/speed combo who can cover slot WR's when asked to do so. I have one glaring problem with Nate Allen and that's the fact that he's known for taking poor angles in run support. I watched more than a few USF games in the Big East and he was responsible for giving up some big runs. Luckily that's something that's coachable and more importantly his coverage skills are very good. Grade- B+

86. Daniel Teo-Nesheim DE Washington- After what seemed like 50 trades to get out of their current spots they take a guy that puzzles and angers a lot of Eagles fans. I don't HATE the pick. The one common theme among scouting reports is "all effort who just isn't athletic enough". Isn't athletic enough? Go look at his numbers from the combine, he's near the top if not at THE top of just about every drill he participated in. Add this to the fact he was very consistent in his production while starting every game in his college career I guess Andy Reid saw this kid as a potential filler for Trent Cole when he goes and a situational pass rusher for the near future. Was he worth passing on some good CB's for? Maybe not. Grade- C+

105. Trevard Lindley CB Kentucky- If this was the 2009 draft this would be a steal. But its not 2009.......and this isn't a steal. Lindley is a 180 lb CB who runs a 4.5 40. Not an amazing combo, plus the fact that he really struggled with injuries this year and he was burned early and often at the Senior Bowl. I guess he fills a need at CB, but I'm not impressed. They could've gotten Brandon Ghee in round 3 with one of the many trades they made. Grade- C-

121. Keenan Clayton OLB Oklahoma- A former strong safety who projects to WILL in the NFL. Maybe he's an insurance policy if Ernie Sims health doesn't hold up or if he just doesn't fit our scheme. Clayton is a really good athlete whose adept at forcing fumbles and making stops behind the LOS. Andy Reid never spends high picks on LB's but I like this pick and his athleticism may put him ahead of Akeem Jordan shortly. Grade- B

122. Mike Kafka QB Northwestern- I think most of us expected to see a QB taken in this draft. A lot of people were hoping to see a big guy like John Skelton, but no such luck. Kafka has good size at 6'3 220 and despite not having a huge arm, he showed good touch and accuracy while at Northwestern leading some to believe he's an ideal fit for a WCO. They'll need Kafka to learn quickly because he'll be 2nd on the depth chart come 2011. Grade- C

125. Clay Harbor TE/H-back Missouri State- Some people seem to think this was a wasted pick because of Brent Celek, but I don't see it that way. Harbor is a great athlete in the Dustin Keller mold who can be a valuable piece to any offense. At 6'3 250 lbs he plays strong at the point of attack he'll create matchup problems paired with Brent Celek if Andy Reid ever decides to run 2 TE sets. Would Eagles fans be so upset if this guy turned out to be like Chris Cooley? I doubt it. Grade- B+

134. Ricky Sapp DE/OLB Clemson- Ahhh how did I see this pick coming? Baffling to me, because in my mind Sapp is strictly a 3-4 OLB. He's too small and not NEARLY as physical as he'd need to be to play DE for us. So the fact remains that Ricky Sapp is the new Chris Gocong. A pass rushing specialist in college who Andy Reid feels he can turn into a legitimate SAM LB. I don't see it working out. Sure, a guy like Ricky Sapp is GREAT value at this point in the draft, but is the value that great if he doesn't fit your scheme? Grade- D+

159. Riley Cooper WR Florida- Finally. The Eagles at least attempt to land a taller WR with some skill to go with his height. I raved about Riley Cooper in my Senior Bowl write ups because of how fluid he looked and how well he went up for the ball. At 6'3 220 lbs he runs a 4.5 40 and could be the perfect crutch in the redzone for a young QB like Kevin Kolb. If he can come in and contribute I love this pick. Grade- B+

200. Charles Scott RB LSU- Well Eagles fans keep asking for a big, true RB. It's safe to say the Eagles found their man. Despite not having blazing speed, Scott has very quick feet that make him highly effective at the goaline. Think LenDale White and Jerome Bettis. He needs to break the stigma that big RB's can work in Andy's offense and he could be a huge goalline help. Grade- B

220. Jamar Chaney LB Miss State- This was my favorite pick of this draft. For nearly two rounds I kept saying "Chaney has to go here, he's too versatile to pass up" and yet the Eagles and everyone else kept passing. Just about everywhere you looked had Chaney graded out as a 2nd to 3rd round prospect. Why does it seem every year this happens to someone? Well luckily the Eagles got wise and traded back into the top of round 7 and snagged him. Chaney can play all 3 LB spots in a 4-3 so it remains to be seen where he'll play, but a kid as versatile as him on a team as needy for LB's as this is a great thing to have. Chaney ran the fastest 40 among all LB's at the draft at 6'1 240 lbs and he's a tackling machine. The biggest knock on Chaney is that he's far too aggressive and that leads to missed opportunities and blown plays. My question is this: Is there such a thing as a LB being too aggressive on our defense? If so, he can be taught I think given time he'll end up blowing Ricky Sapp out of the water as our SAM LB and really being a steal in this draft. Grade- A

243. Jeff Owens DT Georgia- This is a typical Andy pick. A shorter DT, who has ridiculous strength but not a ton of production to match it last year. The drop in production is possibly due to the fact he was recovering from a knee injury in 2008. Before that he put up some decent #'s and showed he could get to the QB. Grade- C

244. Kurt Coleman FS Ohio State- Another guy the Eagles jumped on after he took a big fall. Kurt Coleman is a smaller FS who could provide good depth behind Nate Allen and really be a steal late. He flashes good instincts but just never quite broke out as a major playmaker. Grade- B

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Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

As you guys know, I didn't like the Teo move.


I hear ya, and most people are unhappy. The only question on DTN by scouts was "is he athletic enough?". What are the tests at the combine designed to measure? Athleticism, or so I thought. He showed WELL in every category if not BETTER than everyone he tested against at his position. He was a consistent producer on a team where he was the only REAL playmaker. Yes, there were good options at CB on the board but I wanna see what this kid can do before I kill him.

Bishop, I happen to like Sapp.  I like his speed and versatility.  He's gonna be a situatinal pass-rusher at some point  He'll ba a special teams ace too or so I read.

I don't hate the pick, as long as they aren't trying to force him to play SAM full time. He was soft against the run in college, I can't imagine the abuse he'll take in the NFL.


I like the TE, but he can't block a lick.


How many Missouri St. games have you witnessed to know that? Everything that I've read says he's an adequate blocker. E_P I feel like you use a bit of hyperbole to get your point across whether it's legit or not.


I wanted a CB, but not this CB.  He's SLOW and small
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I'm totally with you on this one. I've never been a Lindley fan, so hopefully this kid David Pender from Purdue can earn a roster spot.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 1:08 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

As you guys know, I didn't like the Teo move.  I hated it because there were quality CBs there to be had.  I don't buy into the fact that New England was hot on his tail either.  I think Reid sees another project.  If I'm wrong, I'll admit it promptly.  He better be a machine or otherwise it was a wasted pick IMO.

Bishop, I happen to like Sapp.  I like his speed and versatility.  He's gonna be a situatinal pass-rusher at some point  He'll ba a special teams ace too or so I read.

I like Kafka.  Jaws was really high on him and said he fit our sysytem way better than Skelton.

I am very good with Graham.

I hope Nate Allen can/WILL tackle.

Riley Cooper--We'll see.  I see both good things AND bad things on the guy.  He's big.  I can tell ya that much.

I hate the Clayton pickup.  We have 248 WILL LBs on our roster now,

I'm not okay with the BIG RB 'cause I see no reason to believe we run the ball more.  Believe it or not, we actually threw the ball more (Statistically--Percentage wise) with Kob in for those two games last year than with Mcnabb playing.  So, I see no reason to add him.

I wanted a CB, but not this CB.  He's SLOW and small.

I like Jamr Chaney.  He will be a strter in a couple of years IMO.

I like the TE, but he can't block a lick.  Hard to believe Celek si STILL the best blocking TYE we got I think.

Don't like either of the last two picks, but they are 7th rounders, so if they fail, no biggie.

No CB got.  No Center go.  No TRUE SAM got.  No O-Line depth got.

But we got Teo.  Yeah, we got him.



Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2010 12:55 am
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

A lot of people down here in FLA are saying this Riley Cooper kid is the real deal and quite the steal.  I'm hoping we DO see a change, a spread offense IS the way to go - we throw the ball 2/3rds of the time anyway - why hide it?  I just can't believe with a rookie QB (Kolb is kind of a rookie) that AR didn't do anything to improve that line.



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2010 12:25 am
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

I think that Riley Cooper is that jump for it in the endzone tall wide reciever that we need, but what it also seems to me is that there are a ton of Players over the past couple of drafts that have played in the spread offense with the qb in shotgun. Kolb flourished in the spread offense while at Houston and then D-Jax, Jeremy Maclin and now you have Riley Cooper. Hmmmmmm could this be the re-emergence of the spread offense. I love the Charles Scott pick. Being in the south and watching a ton of SEC games he is a brusing punisher. He wears on the d-line like a steam roller until he breaks a huge run. Nate Allen has got to play like himself. There is no reincarnating the Dawkilama, as many fans want, but there is now way. Nate will learn and do well. The one pick I am still questioning is Teo-???? last name. Why oh why did that pick need to be made. We need o-line and Faneca might have 2 years left but he is not the answer. Maybe Andy feels like his o-line will do well. He better or else it will be off to the glue factory for ya.
To the fans who wanted McNabb gone don't whine and complain if Kolb doesn't succede because you guys wanted it so deal with it. Oh yeah Mike Vick is waiting in the wings if Kolb messes it up and could be the new starter in philly.

Be careful what you wish for you might get it.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 4:01 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

I like Warren better than Lindley.  At least if we have both maybe 1 sticks.  And yeah my thoughts exactly about Fokou.  I think Chaney wins that job right out of camp if he doesn't get hurt and is given a fair shot.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2010 3:48 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

I'd feel a lot better about our CB situation if we had picked him up.


I think his best shot is as a zone CB. He's as skinny as Lindley, except he's slower.

And it appears that Fokou is the early favorite to start at SAM.


....yuck.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 3:28 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades



I believe someone picked him up, but I'm not positive.

I'd feel a lot better about our CB situation if we had picked him up.



Sims and Jordan are both FA's next year, and it's not likely they keep both guys


At least that makes some sense.  Unless Sims has a dreadful year I would like to think they are both back though.  OK maybe Clayton ends up on IR with one of those imfamous "thigh strains" Wink LOL!  And it appears that Fokou is the early favorite to start at SAM.




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2010 3:01 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Still even if Fokou can play at SAM we still have Sims and Jordan.  Is Clayton really better than Jordan?  I get the feeling we spent a 4th round pick on a guy that won't even make the team.


Sims and Jordan are both FA's next year, and it's not likely they keep both guys. If Sims underperforms or his injury history creeps back up then I bet both guys are gone in 2011. Clayton was good in college at forcing turnovers, something that the current LB's on the roster haven't been able to do. I think he's an insurance policy for the expiring contracts we have.



And where did Donovan Warren go if anywhere yet?


I believe someone picked him up, but I'm not positive.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 2:52 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Bishop,

I might like the Clayton pick more if we didn't already have Sims, Jordan, and I see Fokou as a WILL maybe he can develop at SAM.  Still even if Fokou can play at SAM we still have Sims and Jordan.  Is Clayton really better than Jordan?  I get the feeling we spent a 4th round pick on a guy that won't even make the team.

And where did Donovan Warren go if anywhere yet? 



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2010 2:29 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

I like the grades Weapon, a bit harsh on Clayton though. He could end up being Akeem Jordan's replacement on the roster I think.


I was thinking about why the Eagles decided not to go after CB's earlier in the draft and I'm assuming they feel that the reason the coverage was bad last year was more due to the lack of pass rush.


Pack, that probably is the reason and it makes sense. But the CB they took just leaves so much to be desired when there were still seemingly better players still on the board. They took 1 CB......fine. But he's a slow, 180 lb CB.


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