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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.

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.

Mizenko’s Mock Draft

Round 1: Anthony Castonozo OT/OG BC- After watching practice there is no way the kid from Wisconsin gets to this part of the draft.  But I actually like Castonozo better.  He will start for us at RT from day one and he could also play RG.  We love players that can play multiple positions and this kid fits that mold.  Plus he is mean.  Would I like the kid from Wisconsin?  Yes but this is a nice pick for us too.

Round 2: Rodney Hudson OG/OC FSU- We may have to trade up a few spots to get him by the time the draft rolls around, but it will be worth it.  With that said, Hudson could fall to the bottom part of round 2 as well, because teams will worry about his size.  But the kid is an athletic guard who can play center.  I do think he will start for us at RG from day one as well.

Round 3: Brooks Reed DE Arizona-  I’ve seen a few Arizona games and this guy always sticks out, always. Now that can partially be attributed to his long, flowing locks of hair but it can also be attributed to his on field demeanor, the guy plays like a man possessed. The one play that sticks out in my mind was on the last drive in the game against Iowa, Reed sacked Stanzi to put the game on ice. His appearance and demeanor on the field are really reminiscent of Clay Matthews IMO, he probably doesn’t have the same amount of skill but he really does remind me of Clay. This is another guy who just leaves his heart on the field every Saturday. Brooks Reed could probably move to LB but I think he will be just fine at DE too. Reed does a great job with a variety of pass rush moves to run around, through, and over opposing offensive linemen. He is an incredible athlete but for some reason that doesn’t really translate to a real explosive athlete on the field, personally I think its more of a technique issue so its fixable. His athleticism flashes on the field when he is closing in on quarterbacks and he even displays potential in coverage because of his athleticism. Unlike a bunch of other players Reed makes the little plays, guys like Richard Quinn, Aldon Smith and Allen Bailey will go above him but Reed is more fundamentally sound and disciplined than any of those 3 I mentioned (in case you didn’t figure it out I like this guy)

Round 4: Jalil Brown CB Colorado- He stood out at practice, he is very fluid and plays the ball very well.  Nice height, thick build and good speed for an NFL corner. Mirrors receivers off the line with quick feet, stays with man on outside-in fakes and down the sideline. Good zone awareness, keeps his eyes in the backfield to come up on passes to the flat. Long arms and awareness allow him to break up throws or reach for interceptions. Holds up against receiver blocks, even attacking them at times, forces run plays inside and can shed to make a play. Goes for the strip when ball-carriers are held up. Willing to go inside to support the run when uncovered, also has the speed to catch backs from behind.  His only flaw is that he is sometimes too aggressive and get burnt on double moves, I can live with that.  I also think we are going to bring in a CB via free agency (I don’t think it will be the CB from the raiders, but someone like Joesph from Bengals)

Round 4: Andre Smith TE Virginia Tech- I know, I know…. not a need.  Well I disagree, Celek is a good receiving TE and so is Clay Harbor, what Smith adds is NASTY to the position along with great skill.  And he is a beast (6-4 272)  Led the tight ends with 21 knockdown blocks … Also played a major role on special teams, starting on four different units …  Provides a big target with excellent hands.  I will say that he becomes that big TE that we never had and will be our #2 TE come opening day.

Round 5: Kendrick Burney CB UNC- I love this kid, he is Eric McMillen from the “glory days of our D”  Burney isn’t the biggest corner at 5-9, 181, but he was impressive both with the ball in the air and in using his speed effectively. He also made the play of the morning when he made a sweet adjustment on a pass thrown behind both he and the receiver.

Round 5: Jeremy Kerley WR/KR/PR TCU- Love this kid, he will be our 5th WR to start and he will be our starting PR and KR.  He is the best returner in this class (in my opinion)

Round 6: Chas Henry P Florida- You can understand the importance of a punter till you see.  One of the reasons the Pack won this weekend was because of their punter.  He kept the ball away from Hester and I believe he pinned the Bears inside the 10 at least twice.  Its hard for any team to go 80 or 90 yards in any league, and we dont force that, Chas Henry will help us alot there.

Round 6: Mario Harvey ILB Marshall- I like this kid, I think he will add depth (and good special teams play) to the MLB spot.  Now I do think this is a position we will address via free agency, but Harvey reminds me a little of Sam Mills.  Now with that added depth this could allow Bradley to play the SAM-Chaney to play MIKE-Clayton/Greenway/FA signing.

Round 7: Josh Jasper K LSU- PK Josh Jasper not only is one of the nation’s top kickers (26-for-31 on field goals), he also handles “pooch punting” responsibilities and downed 14 of his 21 attempts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. This pick is because I’m not sure if Akers will be back or if he even wants to be back.