I’m too burned out to do any long writing tonight. Here are some quick thoughts.
4 – QB Matt Barkley – USC
5 – FS Earl Wolff -NC State
7 – DE Joe Kruger – Utah
7 – CB Jordan Poyer – Oregon State
7 – DE David King – Oklahoma
P Brad Wing – LSU
ILB Jake Knott – Iowa State
RB Miguel Maysonet – Stonybrook
DL Isaac Remington – Oregon
OG Matt Tobin – Iowa
OC Kyle Quinn – Arizona
WR Russell Sheppard – LSU
DE Damion Square – Alabama
RB Matthew Tucker – TCU
This was a good day for the Eagles. They didn’t have to do much wheeling and dealing, but were able to get the players they wanted. Let me focus on the 7th round picks before getting into other players.
Kruger is a player I’ve talked about quite a bit. I think he will grow and develop into a good 5-tech DE. He has a great frame. He’s 6-6, 269 and I think he can carry 285 easily. He might even go up to 290 or 295. He is a solid athlete with some natural pass rush ability. The Eagles had a 4th round grade on him. I don’t know why he fell. I wonder if there were some maturity questions. Kruger left school early after having a solid, but un-spectacular year. And it isn’t like his family needed the money. Odd decision. If he stayed in school, he could have been a Top 100 pick next year.
Poyer is a player I have been high on since watching him at the Senior Bowl. He has great instincts and ball skills. His value took a tumble because of a terrible Combine. He has solid size at 6-0, 191, but only ran a 4.54. He did 8 reps, which is poor, even for a CB. The real red flag is a VJ of just 30.5 inches. That is one of the lowest figures for a CB in a decade. The lack of upper and lower body strength shows a lack of commitment to the weight room. Some CBs can get away with that. Poyer did in college, but won’t in the NFL. You can bet Chip and the sports science guys will be feeding him mega-smoothies and working him out left and right.
The game tape is good. Poyer was 2nd in the nation with 7 INTs this year. He had 13 in his career, to go along with 23 PDs. He lacks elite speed, but reads plays well and gets a good jump on the ball. He has the skills to start in the NFL. Now we need to see if he can develop the athleticism to go along with them.
DE David King is an odd player. He finished his career with 4.5 sacks. The guy lists at 6-5, 286, but NFLDraftScout has him at 6-4, 275. He started 18 games at OU, is a solid athlete, and made the Big 12 All Academic team. Size, athleticism, brains, and some experience. How the heck wasn’t he more productive? I put on the game tape and liked what I saw. What I need to do is study several games and try to find out why the guy wasn’t more of a force. Could be a good backup 5-tech DE.
They added several defensive linemen in the draft. That’s important when moving to the 3-4/hybrid stuff. You wonder now if Vinny Curry gets moved back over to OLB.
My favorite UDFAs so far are Maysonet, Knott, Quinn, and Wing.
Wing is a crazy Punter who had some very memorable moments for LSU. Solid athlete as well.
Knott must show he he can deal with blockers. Playmaker at ISU. Had 8 career picks, 10 FFs, and 0ver 300 tackles.
Quinn has a chance to win a roster spot.
Maysonet was ultra-productive. Ran for 4,725 yards and 48 TDs in his career. Averaged 6.8 yards per carry. That’s tremendous for such a workhorse.
I’ll post detailed reports on the players later.
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What does Barkley mean for the Eagles?
Howie Roseman loved him. Chip Kelly loved him. Too good to pass up. Kelly is saying to the world that I would rather have a gifted pocket passer than an okay QB with good athleticism.
I truly believe Kelly when he says that he will adapt his schemes to his players.
I’ll cover this subject at much greater length in other posts. One key here…Kelly really values competition. Vick, Folex, Barkley, and Dixon all have a chance to be the starting QB. It is up to them to win the job. I doubt Dixon will come close, but that is up to him. Kelly wants a good QB. He wants to score points. He doesn’t care who and how.
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Thanks for a great weekend. Lots of great questions, comments, and jokes.
I had a blast and hope you did too.