The draft is over and I’m enjoying the dinner of champions – PBJ, PBR and Funyuns. I don’t want to write anything too involved. I’m kinda burnt out, as are you I’m sure. Still, it is good to look at a few things.
Here is the updated depth chart (with draft picks).
WR – Riley Cooper… Jordan Matthews … Brad Smith … Jeff Maehl
WR – Jeremy Maclin … Josh Huff …. Arrelious Benn … Damaris Johnson
TE – Brent Celek … Zack Ertz
H-back – James Casey …. Emil Igwenagu
RB – LeSean McCoy …. Chris Polk … Darren Sproles
QB – Nick Foles ………. Mark Sanchez … Matt Barkley
LT – Jason Peters ……. Allen Barbre … Andrew Gardner
LG – Evan Mathis…… Matt Tobin
OC – Jason Kelce……. Julian Vandervelde … David Molk
RG – Todd Herremans ……
RT – Lane Johnson.…. Dennis Kelly … Michael Bamiro
DE – Fletcher Cox ….. Vinny Curry … Alejandro Villanueva
NT – Bennie Logan …. Damion Square … Beau Allen
DE – Cedric Thornton … Taylor Hart … Joe Kruger
ROLB – Trent Cole … Marcus Smith … Brandon Graham
WB – Mychal Kendricks ….. Najee Goode … Emmanuel Acho
MB – DeMeco Ryans …. Jason Phillips ….. Jake Knott
LOLB – Connor Barwin …… Travis Long … Bryan Braman … Casey Matthews
SS – Nate Allen … Earl Wolff … Chris Maragos
FS – Malcolm Jenkins … Ed Reynolds … Keelan Johnson
CB – Cary Williams ……. Nolan Carroll … Curtis Marsh
CB – Bradley Fletcher ….. Jaylen Watkins … Roc Carmichael …
NB – Brandon Boykin
P – Donnie Jones
K – Alex Henery
LS – Jon Dorenbos
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UDFA Signings (unofficial so not added to the depth chart yet)
WR Kadron Boone – LSU
WR Quron Pratt – Rutgers
RB Henry Josey – Missouri
RB David Fluellen – Toledo
TE/WR Trey Burton – Florida
TE Blake Annen – Cincinnati
OG Josh Andrews – Oregon State
OG Karim Barton – Morgan State
OT Kevin Graf – USC
OT Donald Hawkins – Texas
DE Frank Mays – Florida A&M
NT Wade Keliikipi – Oregon
FS Daytawion Lowe – Oklahoma State
CB John Fulton – Alabama
PK Carey Spear – Vanderbilt
Quick UDFA notes
* Burton is really interesting because he was a RB/TE/WR/H-back for the Gators. Where will Kelly use him?
* Annen is a really good athlete. I don’t know if he’s capable of winning a roster spot this year, but could be practice squad material. You can’t go wrong with the Eagles adding a player from Cincy.
* Mays is 6-9, 291. That’s just huge.
* Spear is nicknamed “The Murderleg”. And he’s the hardest hitting PK I’ve seen in a while. Check this out.
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) May 10, 2014
* RB Henry Josey has the most compelling story. Watch this video to see his amazing comeback from a horrific injury.
I’ll be rooting for him to make the team.
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The Eagles got better this weekend. They added tough, talented weapons on offense. They added a pass rusher, a couple of good DL and a couple of good DBs to a defense that needed some help.
My favorite pick is Marcus Smith.
My least favorite pick is Ed Reynolds. Just didn’t wow me.
I think Josh Huff is a guy that will surprise some people.
The more I hear about Jordan Matthews, the more I like him. That is one dedicated, focused individual. I’ve been following the draft for a long time. I can’t tell you how many guys have failed due to simply “not getting it”. Matthews has size, talent, speed and skill, but his desire to succeed might be his best quality. That wouldn’t mean as much if he was a 5-9, 180 guy from Maine, but we’re talking about the all-time leading receiver in the history of the SEC.
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Jimmy Bama and I will try to record a podcast on Sunday night. We’ve got to figure out the technical issues that ruined the last one we did.
On a personal note…thanks for such a great weekend. I love covering the draft for you guys. It really means a lot to me that there is such a great community of readers and commenters. Baloophi and laeagle got together in LA to watch the draft (IgglesBlitz West). Another couple of guys talked about doing that in NYC. Others of you stayed here in the forums for all 3 days. People from all over the planet came together to discuss the Eagles and the draft.
My draft writing started 11 years ago on the Eagles Message Board. That was me and a handful of guys. Now I’m talking to tens of thousands of Eagles fans. I can’t tell you how awesome that is.
Thank you for your support. Whether you have donated money, are a regular commenter or just told a friend to check out the site, you’ve all played a role in building this thing up and helping me to grow as a writer and football analyst. If only Megan Fox was a fan of my writing…
I look forward to the 2015 draft, when the Eagles will have the 32nd pick of course.