Rather than write a long post, here are answers to some recent questions.
What do you think Vinny Curry can do as a 5-tech DE?
If the Eagles use him in a 1-gap system, Curry has a chance to be effective. 6-3, 266 is small for a 5-tech no matter how you cut it, but if his job is to slant in or out, Curry can do that. If you want Curry to eat blocks and set the edge, he’s in trouble. I cannot imagine the coaches would ask him to do something they thought was beyond his ability.
I don’t know if Curry can thrive in this role until I really see the defense and him in action. Too much speculation at this point.
Can the Eagles go for Dee Milliner at #4? Absolutely. I haven’t written much about that because I don’t anticipate that happening. CBs that go that early normally have return skills as well as cover skills. You’re expecting someone that can make big plays. Milliner is a big, physical corner with good speed. He isn’t a playmaker. Milliner only has one KOR in his career. He had 6 INTs and 107 return yards in his career. Those aren’t special numbers. At the Combine you could see him struggling to catch the ball. He doesn’t have great hands.
Milliner is the best CB, though. Maybe the Eagles value his size and speed. I think they could go for him. I just don’t see it as likely.
Will the Eagles reach for position? No. NO. When I write a post about the Eagles having a hole at LB and going for a LB, that assumes that the grades are the same or similar. There will be no Jaiquawn Jarrett picks. One of the key reasons the team was so active in free agency is that it gives them the freedom to draft who they want, not what they need.
What about LB Alec Ogletree? The Eagles have checked him out, but as an ILB. Some readers wanted to know if he could play OLB. Ogletree is 6-2, 242. The best thing he does is run. He has 6 sacks in 2 years of action. He’s not a pass rusher. The Eagles interest in him would be as an ILB to develop for the future. Ogletree must get stronger and work on his ability to take on blockers and play the inside run. Could be a great WLB in the 4-3.
Can Shariff Floyd play in the 3-4? Yes. 6-3, 297 isn’t ideal size for a 5-tech DE (especially with short arms), but you have to remember that Floyd played some DE for Florida. He isn’t a guy who played DT in a 1-gap system for 3 or 4 years and only knows how to fly upfield against OGs. Floyd showed the ability to play NT or UT. He was effective as a DE. You’ll see him get by LTs and pressure the QB.
Floyd is a tough player to figure. We know some teams love him. But not all. Russ Lande reported on Twitter that at least 2 teams have told him that Floyd is their #4 DT. This could be mis-information, but I don’t doubt that a couple of teams see Floyd as having flaws. It is rare that all 32 teams love a prospect. I have no idea if the Eagles like Floyd, but my guess is that they do.
What’s up with Clay Harbor? Great question. At 6-3, 255, Harbor is an H-back type. He’ll be learning somewhat of a new position. I still think Clay has untapped potential, but there are no more tomorrows. He must find a way to stand out this spring. Clay hasn’t had ideal circumstances, but the bottom line is that the NFL is a bottom line business and he hasn’t gotten the job done.
Could Duke QB Sean Renfree be a late round target if the Eagles pass on early QBs? Absolutely not. Renfree is an interesting player. He spent 4 years with David Cutcliffe, the man who coached Peyton Manning and Eli Manning in college. Coach Cut, as he’s known, is a terrific teacher. Renfree is not a good athlete at all. He isn’t Nick Foles athletic. I think he’s got to play in an offense that is based on a pure pocket passer.
What is the difference in Eric Reid and the top Safety prospects? Reid is an explosive hitter and tackler. He ran well at the Combine. There is plenty to like. The difference is that he’s not a gifted coverage player. Kenny Vaccaro is bigger than Reid, but put on the TX/WV game and you’ll see him do a good job vs Tavon Austin. Reid is a good run defender. He tackles well in space. Receivers aren’t going to get a bunch of RAC yards against him. But Reid isn’t going to get in the slot and shut down receivers. He doesn’t have fluid hips and great coverage instincts.
Will/should the Eagles have interest in Rolando McClain?