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Great Picks

The Eagles had some great picks, but had they listened to me they would have had better ones.  There were steals throughout the draft and we should have had more of them.  We did match on 3 of the players that were drafted though, and we shortly had Joique Bell on our team whom I targeted.

RB 27 Blount, LeGarrette ACT CAR 201 YDS 1,007 AVG 5.0 TDS 6
I had LeGarrette in my best prospects of round 6. He went undrafted and was cut by the Titans before landing on Tampa Bay. He was a troubled running back in college, but like I said, I would have taken a chance on him because of his talent and look how great he did in his rookie year.

SS 43 Ward, T.J. ACT TCKL 123 SCK 0.0 FF 1 INT 2
I had ward projected to go in the third round. Anytime you get a safety with over a hundred tackles in their first year, you have to feel pretty good about him especially when you get them in the third round. He lead all rookies in tackles and had 10 passes defended.

B 20 Verner, Alterraun ACT TCKL 101 SCK 0.0 FF 1 INT 3
I had Verner going in the third round and I liked him a lot. In his rookie year he not only went over a hundred tackles, which is impressive for a CB and was second among rookies in tackles. He also 11 passes defended.  If we had drafted Verner like I wanted we wouldn’t have had to worry about our CB opposite Samuels and our Defense would have been much improved.

Imagine if Verner was opposite Samules!

Shows potential

QB 12 McCoy, Colt ACT TDS 6 INT 9 YDS 1,576 RTG 74.5
McCoy looked pretty good as a rookie QB who fell to the third round. He completed over 60% of his passes and had a few very good games. He need to further develop in his second year, but he could end up being a steal.

MLB 51 Chaney, Jamar ACT TCKL 42 SCK 0.0 FF 1 INT —
Chaney only started in 2 games, but racked up 42 tackles on the year. At times he looked very good and certainly had a nose for the ball. He racked up 16 tackles in a single game. I would like to see Chaney put on some weight and strength for next year and believe that he can start at either outside linebacker or inside linebacker.

Other successes

Emmanuel Sanders | #88 | WR Was the third receiver for a Superbowl team.
EC 28 YDS 376 AVG 13.4 TDS 2

Earl Thomas | #29 | DB – Would have been a good pick for us, but Nate Allen was great also.
TCKL 76 SCK 0.0 FF 1 INT 5

James Starks | #44 | RB – Had 315 yards in the play offs and started for the winning Superbowl team. Didn’t start running until the end of the year, but is clearly a good running back. Running backs can be found late! He was drafted in the 6th round.
CAR 29 YDS 101 AVG 3.5 TDS 0

Cody Grimm | #35 | LB – Only started 9 games before getting injured, but was playing very well in those 9 games. Grimm was taken after the draft in Free Agency. What a steal! I knew he was worthy drafting.
TCKL 57 SCK 0.0 FF 1 INT 2

Maurkice Pouncey | #53 | C – Started all 16 games and was voted into the Probowl.  Imagine if we had Pouncey playing center last year.  Our line would have been much improved.

I also think that Joique Bell RB and Victor Cruz WR are going to light it up next year just like they did in preseason this year. While both players showed tons of potential, Cruz got injured and Bell is still looking for a chance to start. Both Cruz and Bell were undrafted Rookies that I targeted as good players.

Round 1 – No. 23 overall Gabe Carimi, OT Wisconsin: Our O-line was terrible last year.  We’ve needed to improve it for years.  Is this the year that we finally pull the trigger.  Carimi is a very good pass blocker and a dominant run blocker – just what we need.

Round 2 – No. 54 overall Davon House, CB New Mexico State:  He is from a small school, but has great stats and a great combine.  I’m comfortable having him start next to Asante.

Round 3 – No. 85 overall round 2 Dontay Moch, OLB Nevada: We need at least one new starting linebacker.  Moch might be better in the 3-4 but I think that he can play the 4-3 as well.  He has very good straight speed, but is not as great side to side. Overall he had great stats as a rush linebacker/DE in college.  My only concern would be his coverage ability.

 

Moch - Could he be the next trotter?

Round 4 – No. 104 overall (from Washington) Mason Foster, LB Washington: had an amazing senior year with 163 tackles, 14 for a loss, 6.5 sacks and 3 passes broken up.  His measureables were alright at the combine, but I would like to see him improve at his pro day.  He seems to have good instincts  and is alright in pass coverage.  His run defense seemed like his strong point.

Round 4 – No. 120 overall Brandon Hogan, CB West Virginia: Statically he was better than most CBs, but he tore his ACL in December.  He seems to have good speed and is someone that we could take a chance on.  I would feel more comfortable drafting two CBs even though Trevor Lindley looks like he has potential.

Round 5 – No. 149 overall (from San Diego) Brandon Fusco, C Slippery Rock: A center with good size and power to compete for a starting position.

Round 5 – No. 153 overall Roy Helu, RB Nebraska: Helu has good speed and great cutting ability.  He has good size and statistics including over 1200 yards and a 6.6 yard average his senior year.  He could run lower with more power though.  If he is still around in the 5th round he would be a steal.  We could use a back up running back, but even if we needed a starter, I would never spend a high pick on one.  You can get quality running backs late in the draft.

Round 7 – No. 228 overall (from Seattle) Mark LeGree, FS Appalachian State: He has good size one of the better combines, posting under a 7 3-cone and under 4.5 in the 40.  He had a total of 22 interceptions in his career and 10 in one year.  I would take him in the sixth too if we need to trade up.

Round 7 – No. 236 overall (compensatory selection) Mike Person. OG Montana State: More ammunition for the O-line.  He has the best leg strength of any guard.  Small school prospects are typically underrated.

Round 7 – No. 239 overall (compensatory selection) Aldrick Robinson, WR Southern Methodist: He is one of the most athletic WRs and had an awesome senior year at 1300 yards and 14 TDs.  Once again – another underrated small school prospect.

FAScott Lutrus, OLB Connecticut: He has pretty good size, speed and decent stats.  He had really good stats his first two years, but then declined.  He is worth taking a chance on late.

Player updates from first Eagles Mini camp:

  • Kevin Kolb looked really good on his short and medium distance throws.  He was accurate and put good zip on the ball.  I didn’t like what I was seeing from his deep throws as much.  When receivers had the defensive backs beat, Kolb  under threw several balls allowing the defensive backs to break up the catch.  He just need to up a little more air under his deep throws, but I’m sure that he will be ready when the season starts.
  • I really wasn’t high on Blue Cooper when we signed him.  He didn’t have great production and didn’t run a great 40 for his size, but ran some very good routes in practice.  I would love to know what his short shuttle and 3 cone times are because he appears to have very good cutting ability and agility.  I would need to see a lot more before I started to like his chances of making the team, but mini camp was a good start.
  • Dimitri Patterson looked good in one on one drills covering wide receivers and broke up a few passes, a feat that several of our other starting Cornerbacks didn’t manage.  I’m not sure if Dimitri is going to make the team this year though, and is a becoming a bit of a journey man.  He still is pretty young though at 26 years old.
  • DeSean Jackson is absolutely awesome, but I did see him fail to sell one of his routes.  I’m not worried at all about him though.
  • Stewart Bradly is completely healed and looks good so far.
  • Victor Abiamiri isn’t going to be up to full speed until about half way through training camp.  He could have a pretty hard time making the team at this point because of all the DE rookies that we brought in.
  • I caught defensive coordinator Sean McDermott’s post mini camp interview and he sounded like he knew what he was talking about.  I liked his answers a lot and think that he is going to end up being a really good coach for us.  I wasn’t as sure about Marty Mornhinweg’s answers, but he has done well enough for us so far.
  • The center competition is still between four guys, Nick Cole, Mike McGlynn, A.Q. Shipley and Max Jean-Gilles (who needs to lose weight).  Mike McGlynn and Nick Cole are splitting reps with the first team, but Cole is the starter at this point.  I liked A.Q. Shipley coming out of college.  He has very good power when run blocking.  I really hope he steps it up and makes the team.
  • LeSean McCoy dropped about seven lbs. to 210 and looks quicker.  He is also stepping up and teaching the younger guys.

Here is a quote from Kevin Kolb on his first mini camp:

“I thought it was good. There are always mistakes and things you need to correct, but it was smooth for me out there. It was a good lead-in for tomorrow. This was really the first time I was more excited than nervous coming into a mini-camp,” said Kolb. “In the years past, I was a little nervous about getting back into it, but this time I was excited about getting in here and being a starter and getting back into the whole swing of football.”