Category: Draft Prospects


Overall Grade – A

Round 1 – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.A

I love this pick.  He is the guy I wanted and he’s nearly a can’t miss prospect.  Fletcher Cox will be one of the bets DTs in the NFL within a few years.  He’s nearly unblockable.  He’s the most athletic DT, is instinctive and uses his hands well.  He was only a junior when he came out, so he’s only 21.  This is the best Eagles first round pick in a long time.    

Round 2 – Mychal Kendricks, LB, Cal A-

Kendricks has a lot of potential to be a very good linebacker.  He is super athletic and was productive in college.  At times he looked a little weak on tape.  I’d like to see him put on 10 lbs of muscle and he will be dominant.

Round 2 – Vinny Curry, DE, MarshallA –

I like Vinny Curry a lot.  I also love that he’s an Eagles fan.  Curry is one of the more athletic DEs.  High athleticism was one of the overall trends of this draft.  Curry is strong and relentless.  He has great change of direction ability, but not elite speed off the edge.

Round 3 – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona – B

Nike Foles is a developmental prospect.  He has great size and has the potential to develop into a starter.  His  footwook are some what questionable, however he did complete nearly 70% of his passes during his senior year.

Round 4 – Brandon Boykin, CB/KR, Georgia – A

I love this pick for the 4th round.  Boykin has a chance to develop into a starter early on.  He’s one of the most athletic CBs and was productive throughout his college career.  He can also return kicks and punts.

Round 5 – Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue – C

I’m not very impressed with Kelly.  He has good size, but isn’t very athletic.  There were better prospects available at this pick.

Round 6 – Marvin McNutt Jr, WR, Iowa – A

I really like McNutt for the 6th round.  He was very productive his senior year.  According to his measurables he’s more athletic than Blackmon and bigger.  McNutt has a good opportunity to make the team and eventually be our third or fourth receiver.

Round 6 – Brandon Washington, OL, Miami – B –

While I think that Washington is more likely to pan out than Kelly, I don’t love him.  He’s got good size, but isn’t very athletic.

Round 7 – Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State – A

Brown was a solid pick for the 7th round.  He has good size at 230 lbs and good overall athleticism.  He was also a highly recruited high school player.  He has very little experience in college, only playing one full year.  He has good vision and has a good change to make the team as the third RB.

Bold names are my favorite prospects

Round 1 (15th overall pick) – Fletcher Cox, DT or David DeCastro, G  If neither are available, I would take Shea McClellin, ILB/DE or trade down
Round 2 (46th overall pick) – Shea McClellin, ILB/DE or  Josh Robinson CB or Brandon Brooks, G

Round 2 (51st overall pick) – Josh Robinson CB or Brandon Brooks, G
Round 3 (88th overall pick) – Mike Martin, DT (If we don’t get Cox) or Donald Stephenson, OT

Round 4 (114th overall pick) – Jay Howard, DT  or Derek Wolfe, DT (If we don’t get Cox)
Round 5 (153rd overall pick) – Asa Jackson, CB  or Jake Bequette, DE

Round 6 (172nd overall pick) – Jonathan Grimes, RB or Terrence Fredrick, CB if we haven’t taken a CB and if we trade Asante

Round 6 (194th overall pick) – Tom Compton, OT

Round 6 (200th overall pick) – Jerron McMillan, FS

Rookie Free Agents

Deshawn Shead, S

Jordan White WR

Cody Pearcy WR

Derek Carrier, TE

(If there is ever football again)

Rookie Free Agent Pick Ups

1.  Nick Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan

Never too many Linebackers

Bellore is limited in coverage and as a pass-rusher but has the size, smarts, motor and toughness to develop into an effective two-down run-stopper and contributor on special teams (ESPN.com). He is certainly athletic enough to make it as a linebacker in the NFL and during three of his four years he posted over 100 tackles.  Since I wasn’t very happy with the other Linebackers that we drafted, we should get Bellore to increase the competition level.  He could end up beating out a few of the linebackers that we drafted ( ie. Brian Rolle and Greg Lloyd)

2. Scott Lutrus, OLB, Connecticut
Lutrus comes with durability concerns but he showed well at the NFL combine and has the speed, toughness and smarts to provide depth on the strong side for a base 4-3 defense (ESPN.com).  I’m not  as high on Lutrus as Bellore, but if we don’t get Bellore, he would be a solid second pick.  Showed that he could play during his freshman and sophmore years, but his production and durability dropped off greatly during his junior and senior years.

3. Joe Lefeged, S, Rutgers

Lefeged possesses a nice combination of size and straight-line speed, and the range, discipline and toughness to contribute as a sub-package safety and special-teams player early in his career. He also has the ability to develop into a starting strong safety in time (ESPN.com).

4. Zach Hurd, G, Connecticut
Hurd has good size (6-6¾, 316), strength and long arms, plus the natural ability and toughness to develop into a quality backup guard in the NFL (ESPN.com).

5. Martin Parker, DT, Richmond
Parker has the size (6-2⅛, 303) and athleticism to play DT.  He also had amazing statistics finishing his career with 19 sacks, 46 tackles for a loss, and 288 tackles.  The downside is that he played at Richmond a smaller school.  He is certainly going to be picked up and it should be by the Eagles.

6. Ricky Henry, G, Nebraska
Henry is a blue-collar player with excellent toughness and a mean streak, and he flashes above-average upper-body strength in the run game (ESPN.com).  We can use a few more Offensive Lineman in camp to shake things up and I’ve always been a fan of tough smash-mouth lineman.

7. Pierre Allen, DE, Nebraska
Allen has the size (6-3½, 273), upper-body strength and long arms to provide depth and possibly develop into a starting left end in a four-man front (ESPN.com).  He looks like he has some potential to be an effective backup lineman.  He had alright statistics but limited measurable.  He probably doesn’t have the speed to turn the corner in the NFL, but certainly has the size to play DE.

Other Trades and FA Pick Ups

I want to trade Kevin Kolb as soon as possible for as much as possible.  I still have my reservations about Kolb as a starting QB in the NFL.  I certainly saw flashes of his ability last year, but we don’t need him.  Vick is playing lights out and I really like Mike Kafka as a back up.  I would however bring in a a second veteran QB into the mix.  If we can trade Kolb for a first round pick and a starting CB we would be much better off.

If we don’t trade Kolb or don’t get a starting CB in the mix, we need to pick one up in FA.  The obvious name is Nnamdi Asomugha, but we’ll see what happens there.  I tend to think that he is going to be too expensive and he’s not getting any younger.  Still, I would love to have him.  I also would consider bringing in another veteran linebacker and possible DE or DT, but I don’t think that a D-lineman is absolutely necessary.  Lastly, if we can get a solid offensive lineman in FA, we should do that too.  I’m still not sold on Winston Justice and I’m concerned that Jamaal Jackson isn’t going to be himself at center.

Round 1: 23 (23)  Philadelphia Eagles: OG Danny Watkins, Baylor

Love the pick. He was my number 1 guard on my draft board. I had him ahead of Pouncy. We struggled mightily last year protecting Vick and honestly it was mostly the interior of our OL. Well, problem solved. Watkins will be the starter from day 1 at right guard. He brings something we have not had since Jon Runyn…. Nastiness. Great pick. (A)

Round 2: 22 (54)  Philadelphia Eagles: SS Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple

Next Dawkins?

Again love this pick. Brian Dawkins said he reminded him of himself. Again, this kid brings something we have not had since weapon X, Nastiness! Jarrett excels at coming downhill against the run, and his ferocious nature will add toughness to the unit. If he can improve his cover skills, he could find himself playing a major role in the Eagles’ secondary. Lets just say when he hits you… you go down. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnCQkoIZOFg&feature=player_embedded#at=58) Now I have seen Temple play 8 games last year, and he was the best player on the field every time. Great pick. Now some say it was a reach, but I don’t think so. I got word that he was not going to make it out of the second round. He will be our starting safety, along side Nate Allen. (A)

Round 3: 26 (90)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): CB Curtis Marsh, Utah State

Like this pick to. I thought he was a good CB, that needs some coaching. The NFL agreed with me. Here is what a NFL.com analyst had to say “The Eagles take another athletic defensive back with the selection of Marsh. He is a press corner with the size and speed to run with quick receivers on the edge, and his emerging instincts make him an intriguing addition. Marsh should compete for time immediately as a nickel or dime corner for the Eagles.” And I agree. Now I’m not saying that we are solid at CB yet, but I believe that the Eagles will make a big splash in FA. We have lots of money to spend, and the eagles have proven in the past to spend big on CB’s. And don’t be surprised to see this kid starting and being considered a “steal” two or three years down the road. Again, not a reach, he was high on lots of draft boards. (B)

Round 4: 19 (116)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Tampa Bay):  MLB Casey Matthews, Oregon

Once again, not to be a broken record but I love this pick. He was my favorite LB not named Von Miller. The Eagles nab an instinctive middle linebacker with the selection of Matthews. He has an outstanding feel for the game and finds a way to get to the ball. His vision, instincts and production will make it hard to keep him out of the lineup. If he’s not starting on opening day, he will be by mid-season. I think that he will play in the middle and move Bradley to SAM (remember if Bradley walks we get a 2nd round pick next year for him) So Bradley at SAM, Matthews at MIKE, and Chaney at WILL. Not bad at all. And as you can see from this video (and I watched all of Oregon’s games this year) he is always around the ball and is never out of position. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUz2o2a_OXA&feature=player_embedded) Some people question is athletic ability, and compared to his brother he is not as athletic, but he did play against some of the best athletes in the country in the PAC 10 and he did more that hold his own. Finally in my opinion Matthews is a tough, throwback, old-school linebacker. Again he will bring something to this defense that we have not had since Trotter, Nastiness and attitude. (A-)

Round 4: 23 (120)  Philadelphia Eagles: PK Alex Henery, Nebraska

I actually like this kid. He was the best kicker in college football, and Henery is a confident and poised, with very good leg strength and accuracy. Plus he is a punter, so he only takes up 1 roster spot for 2 positions. Plus Akers was inconsistent at best the last few years and didn’t want to sign his contract tender. This kid is also Mr. Clutch….. I found this from on the BGN beat writers (I think this sums it up best) “Henery missed just 2 kicks inside the 50 yard line in his entire career at Nebraska, and just 1 from inside the 40.  This was at Nebraska, mind you, which isn’t exactly the same at kicking in the Superdome.   And he’s not just an accurate kicker – He has an enormous leg, as he drilled 7 kicks of over 50 yards.  But is he clutch, you might ask?  He sure is.  In the Big 12 Title Game in 2009, he nailed a 52 yarder that gave Nebraska the lead over the Texas Longhorns with under 2 minutes to go.  And oh by the way, he punts too.  The Eagles grab by far and away the best kicker in this class, and get themselves a stellar player for the next decade. (B)

Round 5: 18 (149) Philadelphia Eagles (from San Diego): RB Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh

Great value, great pick. Absolute steal at this point of the draft. Dion Lewis will be our number 2 back and his is great receiver out of the back field. He needs to get better at picking up blitzes but a writer from Pro Football Weekly said it best: “A very good value in the fifth round, Lewis is a poor man’s Brian Westbrook and runs with good base, balance and vision. He lacks ideal height, but he is by no means small and could fit a niche role for the Eagles as a change-of-pace back.” (A)

Round 5: 30 (161)  Philadelphia Eagles (from N.Y. Jets): OG Julian Vandervelde, Iowa

This is a pick that at first I questioned, then I realized the Howard Mudd factor. I wanted DeMarcus Love here at first, but he no longer fits what the Eagles OL is going to be or look like. The days of 350 lb OL men are gone. Howard Mudd like smaller, athletic, quick and intelligent OL prospects. Well Vandervelde is all the above and he has the attitude and nastiness to match. He was quoted as saying:
“”Once I am in a camp and make that impression on a team I want to earn a starting job. I don’t want to be the second man. I will fight until I am starting. I want to keep getting better each year to become as good of a player as I can be.”
So with all of that info on Mudd and his very, and I mean very successful track record with the OL. I like this pick. (B- for now…..)

Round 6: 26 (191)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): C Jason Kelce, Cincinnati

First of all we have a great, maybe AWESOME track record with drafting kids from Cincinnati in the later rounds (See: Brent Celek and Trent Cole). Now that’s not guarantee that Kelce will pan out. The guys from BGN said this: “He’s drawing comparisons to former Broncos center Tom Nalen, for his impressive footwork, agility, and mean streak.  This pick has Howard Mudd written all over it. “ After reading this I poked around, and this was a Howard Mudd pick. He see’s something in this kid, and again, with his track record (and this is his type of player- he ran the fastest 40 time of any OL at the combine) I have to like this pick as well. (C+)

Round 6: 28 (193) Philadelphia Eagles (from New England):  OLB Brian Rolle, Ohio State

I didn’t like this pick at first, my reaction was “Great another undersized LB” and yes he is undersized (5-9 225). But he can fly in a straight line and clocked mid-4.5 times that have translated well to special-teams coverage, where he can expect to compete for a job on the Eagles. With that said, I watched a lot of Ohio St Games this year, and he was by far the best LB on the field at most times. His size kept him from being a top 50 pick. But boy oh boy can he cover, an area the Eagles struggled with last year. And he plays angry and with a chip on his shoulder, he was quoted as saying that he was just as good if not better that Von Miller…. every team needs a player like this, he can play in the nickel package and he will be eventually be a special teams MVP. Here is Rolle’s quote “People who say (size) is an issue, they must not have seen any film,” Rolle said, “because put on Von Miller (the draft’s top-rated linebacker, from Texas A&M) and put me on film, and everything he does, I can do just as well. So scouts and coaches – guys who actually watch film and evaluate me – I’m pretty sure they know I can play football.” (B-)

Round 7: 34 (237) Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory selection): ILB Greg Lloyd, Connecticut

I like the pick. I would have liked the kid from BC here, but once the CBA is figured out and the Eagles can sign UFA, I think he will be one who we sign. With that said, when healthy Lloyd is a beast of a MLB. He is a big guy (6-2 260) and he is a nasty presence inside the box, he will stuff the run. If he can get back from a pretty nasty injury, the Eagles could potentially have found themselves a player here. But he’s a long shot like all 7th rounders. (C+ based on health)

37 (240) Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory selection): FB Stanley Havili, USC

True west coast FB. He’s not much of a blocker, but he is a very capable runner and receiver. He played a lot of TB at USC in their one back sets. This is where I would have liked Lee Ziemba from Aubrun. But having watched a lot of USC games this year, I think he will make the team as a FB and third (big) RB. And its funny, he really does not block well, but he runs harder than any RB I have seen this year. Solid pick. (B)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXlwb6c089g&feature=player_embedded

OVER ALL EAGLES DRAFT GRADE: B+

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Eagles Draft Analysis and Grades: Terenna

Round 1, Pick 23 (23) Danny Watkins OL 6’3″ 310 Baylor

Pick Grade: B

Pick Analysis: If Watkins was 21 or 22 and as good as he is this pick would have been graded an A.  My main concern is that he will be 27 during his rookie year and I don’t want him to turn into another Chris Weinke, who was 28 during his rookie year, and never really panned out even though he looked really good in college.  The problem with taking older players who look good when playing against younger players is that older players are in their prime while younger players have yet to hit their prime.  Men increase testosterone levels until they are about 30 and since testosterone increases muscle mass and strength, a 27 year old is much closer to their peak strength than a 22 year old.  Watkins might just look like a good guard now because he was a man playing against kids.  That being said, he will improve as a player because he only has two years of experience and could still end up starting 7 or 8 years for us.  I don’t love the pick, but it did fill our second biggest need.  It might have been better to take Gabe Carimi, OL here.

Round 2, Pick 22 (54) Jaiquawn Jarrett DB 6’0″ 198 Temple

Pick Grade: C+

Pick Analysis: Safety wasn’t out biggest need and we could have gotten much better value and possibly a better player by taking Mark Legree in the 5th round.  Legree was more productive and has superior speed, size and strength.  Taking Jarrett at pick 22 in the second round was certainly a reach.  He is one of the slower safeties in the 40 and was only marginally productive in college.  Jarrett only had 9 interceptions in his college career while Legree had 22.  The only real knock on Legree is that he played at a smaller school.  At first I wanted Devon House here because CB is our biggest need and he will likely turn out to be the second best corner in the draft, but he had a few character issues.  I still would have taken a chance on him at some point in the draft.  I also would have liked Dontay Moch, LB here.  I think that Moch is going to turn into a very good LB in the NFL.  Linebacker was a need that we didn’t address very well in this draft.  Overall, I was disappointed in this pick and I’m not completely sold on Jarrett as a starter for the Eagles even though he may become just that after Mikell leaves.

Round 3, Pick 26 (90) (From Ravens) Curtis Marsh DB 6’1″ 197 Utah St.

Pick Grade: B-

Pick Analysis: CB was our biggest immediate need, but it’s not likely that Marsh will be able to start right away.  Marsh only played CB in college for two years and still has a lot of need to improve.  Statistically he had an decent senior year with 13 pass break ups, but needs to improve his hands and turn more of those break ups into interceptions.  Marsh has moderate athleticism, but is no were near the athlete of Patrick Peterson or Devon House and is very average in the 10 yard range.  Overall, Marsh could end up being an eventual starter for us, but since we need a CB to start this year, this pick doesn’t help us immediately.  We will need to get a CB in FA if the lock out ever ends.  I think that Marsh was certainly a reach because of how unproven he is.   I would have considered Devon House, CB here who could have started right away or Sam Acho, LB here as well.

Round 4, Pick 19 (116) (From Buccaneers) Casey Matthews LB 6’1″ 231 Oregon

Pick Grade: C+

Pick Analysis: I firmly believe that Matthews is overrated because of his brother.  He is not Clay Matthews.  While he is  instinctive and has a good feel for the game, he is small, slow and only had average production in college.  Casey had a 1.67 in the 10 while Clay had a 1.49.  Clay is much more athletic than Casey and was 10 lbs heavier coming into the NFL.  If Casey wants to start for the Eagles he needs to put on 10-15 lbs and work on his quickness.  He looked like a weakling in college and was often pushed around by blockers.  I would have much rather had Chris Carter, LB or Devon House, CB who were both available at this point.  Carter is a bigger, faster and more productive linebacker who will be a starter in no time for the Steelers.  House is going to be a very good corner for the Packers and may even start this year.

Round 4, Pick 23 (120) Alex Henery K 6’2″ 177 Nebraska

Pick Grade: A-

Pick Analysis: Our all time point leader, David Akers, is not returning.  We needed a kicker to replace him and Henery was the best kicker in the draft.  Even though it’s never fun to pick a kicker, this was a solid selection by the Eagles, even if it was a bit of a reach.

Round 5, Pick 18 (149) (From Chargers) Dion Lewis RB 5’7″ 193 Pittsburgh

The next Sproles

Pick Grade: A-

Pick Analysis: Taking Dion Lewis here was probably our best pick.  He is a quick running back in the style of Darren Sproles.  He can break tackles and has great lateral speed.  He can change direction on a dime.  Lewis was productive in college and will be a great change of pace back behind LeSean McCoy.  This was a good value pick in the 5th round and one of the only players that we didn’t reach on.  Even though I like this pick, I also would have considered taking Mark Legree, S or Chris Carter, LB here.

Round 5, Pick 30 (161) (From Jets) Julian Vandervelde OL 6’2″ 301 Iowa

Pick Grade: C

Pick Analysis: There were definitely better Offensive Lineman available at this point, like Demarcus Love, OL.  I also would have rather had Chris Carter, LB here.  While I don’t love this pick, it does help to fill a need if he pans out.

Round 6, Pick 26 (191) (From Ravens) Jason Kelce OL 6’3″ 280 Cincinnati

Pick Grade: D-

Pick Analysis: Kelce was brought in to play center, but he is just too small.  He needs to put on at least 20 lbs to have a chance to hold off DTs in the NFL.  He is going to get pushed all over the place and will likely not make the team.  The Eagles love undersized and slow players.  I would rather have had anyone here.

Round 6, Pick 28 (193) (From Patriots) Brian Rolle LB 5’10” 229 Ohio St.

Pick Grade: F

Pick Analysis: Rolle is a tiny linebacker who needs to put on 15 lbs without losing any speed to have any chance to make this team.  He also wasn’t very productive as a college player and should have had way more tackles at his size.  He looks slow and weak on tape and easily gets blocked out of plays.  I pretty much hate this pick, but if he really beefs up without losing a step, there is a small possibility that he could be a back up.

Round 7, Pick 34 (237) (Compensatory Selection) Greg Lloyd LB 6’1″ 246 Connecticut

Pick Grade: D-

Pick Analysis: Lloyd’s father was a very good Linebacker in the NFL, but Lloyd himself isn’t much of a prospect.  He has good size, but poor athleticism and college production.  There is little chance of him making the team.  Why not take a chance on Mark Herzlich, LB who had better production or Scott Lutrus, LB who had a great freshman and sophomore years and who is much more athletic.  We could still get both of those players In FA if the lock out ever ends though.

Round 7, Pick 37 (240) (Compensatory Selection) Stanley Havili RB 6’0″ 227 USC

Pick Grade: C

Pick Analysis: Havili will have to play running back in the NFL.  He has good size and athleticism.  Although he didn’t run much in college he had a good average per run and caught the ball well.  He looks athletic, fairly strong and can make players miss.  I wish that there was more information on Havili, he didn’t participate in any of the speed drills except the 40 where he timed a 4.64.  I would like to see what his 3 cone was, but we’ll just have to wait to see more of him in pre-season.  My biggest concern with this pick is that we didn’t really need another RB.  At the same time there aren’t tons of great players available in the 7th anyway.

Free Agents that I would take:

Mark Herzlich (LB), Scott Lutrus (LB), Joe Lefeged (S), Patrick Devlin (QB), Nick Bellore (LB)

Overall Draft Grade: C

The Eagles started off by drafting three average players and then a couple of solid picks in Dion Lewis, RB and Alex Henery, K.  They then decided to waste the remainder of their picks on guys who will not make the team.  It could have been a pretty decent draft but instead turned out to be pretty terrible.  The general theme of the draft was reaching and spending picks on guys who are undersized, old or slow.  Still, even though we could have drafted much better and didn’t get an impact Line backer, we will get some help from this draft.  If we had all lower picks than we did, I might not look at this draft as poorly.  We really missed out on some much better players than we drafted.

Team with the best Draft: Patriots

While the Patriots draft was certainly helped by having many high picks they did well with those picks.  Nate Solder, OL is really going to sure up their offensive line.  Ras-I Dowling, CB was considered one of the best corners a year ago and still shows great promise.  Ryan Mallett, QB will have time to develop into an eventual starter behind Tom Brady.  Marcus Cannon, OL is a boom or bust prospect who could develop into a great offensive lineman if his medical issues are resolved.

I also really liked Tampa Bay’s draft and think that their defense is going to take a big step forward with Mason Foster, LB,  Da’Quan Bowers, DE and Adrian Clayborn, DE.  Bowers was first round talent that they got in the second because of injury and foster is going to be a great starting linebacker for them.