The Eagles Get a Big NT

Posted: May 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 247 Comments »

The Eagles spent their 7th round pick on NT Beau Allen from Wisconsin. Terrific pick.

Jerry Azzinaro went to various Pro Days working out players who could add late round depth for the DL. As of this morning, the backup NT was Damion Square. The coaches love Square for his intelligence and good technique, but he’s not big and he’s not athletic. That puts a major limit on him.

Allen is 6-2, 333. He can eat up blocks in the middle. He’s also able to make some plays here and there. He won’t be winning any beauty contests, though.

Yikes.

Not all of you are happy with Bennie Logan, but the Eagles like him as their NT. Allen is coming to Philly to challenge for a backup spot. The coaches will give him a chance to show what he can do, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that Allen is going to replace Logan just because he is bigger.

The first challenge Allen has is to beat out Square. That’s far from a done deal. As I mentioned, the Eagles coaches love Square and his intangibles. Allen has to come in here and play his butt off. Allen is the kind of blue collar tough guy that I would expect to do that. If he does play well, Allen could be a big help. The Eagles need to rotate linemen more in 2014. Having a player who can get on the field and hold his own is important.

Chip Kelly mentioned that they tried to recruit Allen to Oregon so this is a guy that Jerry Azzinaro has some interest in. He is a good fit for the 2-gap style that Coach Azz likes to use.

Sometimes 7th round picks feel like dumb gambles. This feels like a very good value pick.

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  • GermanEagle

    Since the Eagles Draft is officially in the books I wanted to remind you that I need 3 more upvotes. Sincerely ze beau German

    • ACViking

      GE . . .

      why do you need the upvotes, exactly?

      i’m happy to give you as many as you want, but why?

      • GermanEagle

        My gf promised me that I can go to 6 Eagles home games this year when hitting the 1,000.

        • ACViking

          DONE.

          I’ll get to work.

          • GermanEagle

            Cheers, mate. You guys can continue with the downvotes again. I won’t show her. Lol

    • Dominik

      So, 3 downvotes you say.

    • GermanEagle

      Thanks fans. With the help of your trust I just hit the 1,000 upvotes milestone. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this community, though I went undrafted for the 35th time in a row.

    • laeagle
      • GermanEagle

        Lol. This is hilarious.

    • GermanEagle

      Blimey, 50 (!!!) up votes?!!! You guys are amazing!!!

  • Nailed it!

    Chip just said he would like too add 3-4 OL UDFA prospects. Is that allot or more the norm heading into camp Tommy?

    • TommyLawlor

      You need 15 OL in camp. That gives you 3 different O-lines. Adding 3 to 4 guys is pretty normal.

      • Nailed it!

        Thank you good sir!

    • ztom6

      Maybe they can make Brandon Bair an OT again

  • Baloophi

    Link to Tommy’s phone interview on the mothership:

    http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/videos/videos/On-The-Phone-Tommy-Lawlor/b9376687-27bd-4734-bf7d-9c81b00682e0

    (you can tell he’s not on a helmet phone, but nobody’s perfect…)

    • TommyLawlor

      Some day I will get to use the helmet phone.

      Some day…

      • Baloophi

        There’s no doubt in my mind the helmet phone would cut out or start beeping or something.

        laeagle is convinced it’s the actual phone used to draft Jon Harris…

        • laeagle

          Something about the faded plastic on the headpiece, or the bad varnish job on the wood baseplate. I felt the magic of reaching for the second coming of “Too Tall Jones” with every second that phone cupped my ear…

  • ztom6

    He certainly looks the part, but his tape against OSU won’t win him many admirers.

  • Baloophi

    I don’t have kids, and therefore no daughter, but if I had to sketch out the guy I’d least like her to introduce as her first boyfriend, it would look like Beau Allen. Ironic his name is “Beau.”

    Well, I guess technically it’d be a tie with this guy:

    • ACViking

      Do you have a shot-gun?

      Here in the South, it’s required for all fathers who have daughters.

      I bought a used one. I didn’t ask on what, though.

      • ACViking

        By the way . . . my daughter wouldn’t be allowed out of the house if that was the guy.

      • Baloophi

        I don’t have a shotgun… but as my wife is from the South, I was very nervous meeting her father.

        • ACViking

          As a native of “South” Jersey, it was an easy transition.

    • BlindChow

      Ha! I actually just finished watching this series yesterday…

      • Baloophi

        I was wondering where you were!

        • BlindChow

          I’ve been reading the posts, but avoiding the speculation in the comments until something official actually started happening…

          • Baloophi

            That is a considered, mature, and reasonable approach. What are you doing on this site?

  • ACViking

    During Kelly’s last presser, did he say the Eagles would bring in another QB — as long as he fits certain criteria (whatever those may be)?

    Wyoming’s Brett Smith has 10″ hands. So that’s a start for him.

    • TommyLawlor

      Smith would be a good addition. Will he go undrafted?

      • ACViking

        T-Law:

        I like Barkley. Want to see him succeed.

        But I’d love to see a young kid like Smith in the mix.

        • ACViking

          If he gets past through the last 14 picks (as of this writing).

  • GermanEagle

    I don’t mind Allen. As long as he catches 83 beaus for 1,333 yards and 10 TDs this year. Oh wait…

    • ACViking

      You must have hit your target by now.

      Let us know.

      • GermanEagle

        Yes. I don’t mind the up votes though. Feels good. :-)

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      Allen..?

  • IAteLunchToday

    Hi Tommy, I think you said you were going to watch the draft from home. Are you sure you weren’t at Chip Kelly’s press conference? I figured I would watch his press conferences and in the background someone is saying Kelvin Benjamin was a bad pick and didn’t like him. Made me think of your comments about how you didn’t want him (I agreed). 1:40 mark of the 1st round press conference if you’re interested, but I’m sure you already heard it.

    Anyways, thanks for your coverage. I enjoy your site.

    • TommyLawlor

      That wasn’t me. Those are certainly my thoughts, though.

  • Baloophi

    Beau instantly becomes my favorite “Allen” on our defense…

    • ACViking

      That may be short-lived, now that Mr. Ed’s on the team.

      • GEAGLE

        Very true…Ed was quiet this past year, but the year before he was a playmaking force…didn’t expect him to get out of round 3-4.. Getting him in the 5th is nice value

        • ACViking

          Wrote earlier I think ER’s a player.

          In two years, Birds could have two 5th Rd picks playing safety. And both have some talent. Just need polish.

          • GEAGLE

            I really view him similar to Nate when he was coming out. Nate was a promising prospect pre knee surgery

  • ACViking

    Packers’ Ted Thompson takes home . . .

    late-pick WRs Jared Abbredaris and Jeff Janis.

    Along with 2nd Rd pick Devante Adams.

    Thompson has a knack for finding WRs.

    With the QBs Thompson’s had, maybe it’s hard to miss.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      yeah… and janis went to the same school tood herremens went to.. lol..

      but yeah they are good at finding WRs..

      but i like what the steelers did more. adding Dri and Bryant. thats good for them. They have proven to be able to develope some WRs.. antonio brown and emanual sanders (even mike wallace).. never expected anything out of them

      • ACViking

        Point well taken.

  • Nailed it!

    Question, if Chip nails another draft like last years. How long till players start getting labeled as ‘Chip guys’ much like ‘Belicheck guys’ all the media loves talking about pre draft?

    • Nailed it!

      Is it weird to feel like a ‘Chip guy’ yourself… Asking for a friend

  • LiamGarrett

    I hope the Eags sign Michael Sam as an UDFA. We still need depth at OLB< and despite his horrible workouts, I'd be more than happy to have a kid with his kind of game-tap hang out on the practice squad for a year, and see what the team trainers can do to his athleticism.

    • GEAGLE

      He isn’t good

      • LiamGarrett

        Yeah, it seems like a lot of people are coming to that terse conclusion very quickly, despite the fact that he was a consensus All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. We all know he isn’t as good as those accolades suggest, I totally get that, but all I’m talking about here is having him be a potential UDFA addition to the practice squad. That’s it. It seems irrational for people to reflexively dismiss that, after many of them just creamed over drafting Beau Allen.

        • Brazilnut

          He doesn’t fit in the 3-4 except as a situational pass rusher, he wouldn’t even make the team.

          • LiamGarrett

            He’s not a good fit, you’re right. Tommy wrote about that a while ago, I think. Considering his success on the field, though, and what a high-character kid he is, had no one taken a chance on him, I would have liked seeing if he could’ve defy the odds with us. (But, oh well. Good luck to him and the Rams.)

          • Brazilnut

            I just don’t see any position he would have a shot at making the team on. At best he could take Curry’s role but Curry is much better.

          • LiamGarrett

            Good point.

          • BreakinAnklez

            Success on the field is also a little overblown. 9 sacks against Arkansas St, Vandy and Florida…three bad teams.

            Probably ended up in great situation in STL where he can be that situational rusher behind Long and Quinn.

  • ACViking

    Bills GM Dough Whaley said he’s committed the Bills to winning now.

    (Why else try to trade the same pick twice, a la George Allen . . . and the late oil baron, H.L. Hunt who sold about 495 percent of the stock in his first East Texas oil well to raise capital).

    So why does Whaley draft UMiami OT Sentrel Henderson?

    Talented, yes. But, it seems, absent a personality transplant, he’s a negative addition.

    • GEAGLE

      Wish the first gay athlete would have been a top 10 process….with a fringe prospect like Sam, I feel like anyway it goes, people will say it’s because of his sexuality…it would have been much easier if the first openly gay player was a top prospect…now if you invite sam to camp, and he doesn’t make the team, idiots will scream bloody inequality..,

      • ACViking

        I think, at this point, the Sam-is-gay-etc. story is an excuse for lazy writers — whether political or sports — to submit 400 words.

        The kid gets props for being comfortable in his own skin. Which takes some people a lifetime.

        • GEAGLE

          Extremely impressive young man

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    Beau spells his name wrong. its Bo. B-o.

    het is certinly far from a beaut tho.. lol

  • GEAGLE

    Friggin love this young Warthog…I thought we would have looked to Coleman first and sign baeu as a UDFA, but I have no problem drafting this kid. Boreland success came because this warthog ate up blocks, kept Borland clean so he can run around and torpedo fools…Logan is better than fans realize, and we haven’t seen the best of Bennie yet..but bye bye square, Beau just brought the beef to philly and I love it…
    ..
    We really fortified our front 7 like I expected..a Added a warthog NT, a big, long 5tec in Hart and our 10sack plus ROLB….what an awesome draft..

  • ACViking

    DE Michael Sam . . . .

    Wherever he lands, I hope the talk-radio people — the political people, no less than the sports people — just leave the whole, tired issue of “oh my god, what if he’s cut . . . the ACLU will try to shut down the NFL”- talking point alone.

    Let the kid rise or fall on the field. Period.

    • SteveH

      It’s painful to listen to sports radio people talk about social issues. They need to stick to sports.

      • ACViking

        Generally, yes.

        And, with this whole story stale as a month-old baguette, this is one of those times.

      • GEAGLE

        It’s better hearing them talk about political issues, because they are pathetically clueless about the eagles..
        ..l
        All day I have to hear them shit on Marcus because we passed on Dennard? That midget corner wasn’t even on our damn board…uneducated dopes shouldn’t be allowed to talk eagles..

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    What is up with rutgers WR brandon coleman?

    • ACViking

      Knee injury from a year or so back.

      Apparently, some folks advised him not to play this year for health reasons.

      Still a problem, apparently.

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        Wow!

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        it think the saints signed coleman

  • A Roy

    At this point, I bet Herremans is feeling pretty good about things.

    • LiamGarrett

      So is Alex Henery, I imagine.

    • Baloophi

      Yes, but that’s just the weed talking.

      • ACViking

        Then Christian Jones would have fit right in here

        • Baloophi

          Oh I think Christian Jones would be living in Herremans’s van…

          • Baloophi

            If for some crazy reason we had kept Nnamdi, lunch-time in the parking lot could be Nnamdi eating in his car and nodding awkwardly as half the team climbed into Todd’s van.

          • ACViking

            Who’s to say he’s not already?

          • Baloophi

            He’s got plans to lay down some new carpet on the ceiling.

          • ACViking

            ribs hurting

  • bridgecoach

    Isn’t that Vincent, from Beauty and the Beast?

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      beau and the beast.

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    seriously tho.. Why is Beau pronouced as Bo? tommy write a post about that.

  • Jernst

    Biggest questions still left unanswered…who’s our Backup RB? And, who’s gonna challenge Herremans?

  • ACViking

    GEAGLE . . .

    Your guy, S Jonathon Dowling to the Raiders.

    The spirit of Al Davis lives on in Oakland.

    • GEAGLE

      Those pricks took my late round safety last year dexter McCoil…wtf..tired of losing safety prospects to them lol

  • Baloophi

    Ahmad Dixon just went… there’s another early mock star. I remember seeing him in the second round.

    I’m sure I took him myself in one of my 15,000 Fanspeak trials.

  • ACViking

    Rams draft Michael Sam . . . to compete for a job where St. Louis has two of their best players.

    Hope the kid kicks ass.

    • Baloophi

      They should’ve taken him at 250… 249 was a reach.

      • ACViking

        but they risked drafting a center in front of him. less value.

    • 47_Ronin

      I had a feeling that Jeff Fisher would end up taking Sam

      • ACViking

        Exactly.

        Talk about a solid coach. Won’t give a damn about what people say.

        And he won’t let a circus come to town.

    • GEAGLE

      Good for him. I’m happy he got drafted

  • GEAGLE

    Did Lyerla, Lokombo or Avery Patterson get drafted? Or will those ducks migrate to our practice squad? What about Christian jones?

    • ACViking

      none of them drafted.

      character a problem for two.

      size maybe for the other two.

      • GEAGLE

        Wow…practice squad? Yes please!!

        • ACViking

          I’m on board.

          Lyerla and Jones for sure.

          likely won’t happen if the 6 guys selected are any barometer

          • GEAGLE

            Lokombo is a good kid..can really run..I’d bring him into camp and see if he can be a subpackage cover LB

          • ACViking

            forgot about BL.

            but he seems like the former UO linebacker picked up after the ‘phins cut him. (Not Jordan)

          • GEAGLE

            Kadu

    • ACViking

      6 picks still left

    • 47_Ronin

      If Jones doesn’t get drafted should he be a UDFA priority for the Eagles?

      • GEAGLE

        Hope so

        • 47_Ronin

          Agree, the one team I would fear going after Jones would be the Bengals–Marvin Lewis appears to get the most out of players with serious off field concerns–but they already have a monster at ILB/MLB in Burfict (another reclamation project).

          • GEAGLE

            That’s a pretty good call.. Lovie too

  • OregonDucker

    Just saw the Ed Reynolds interview on PE. His favorites were Jack Tatum and Ronnie Lott. He loved Dawk too. This guy likes to HIT!!

    • Baloophi

      Hopefully he’s never sitting to my left at a blackjack table…

      • OregonDucker

        Hit me again baby!

        • GEAGLE

          “Hit me baby one more time”-scholarly poet known as Brittany spears

    • 47_Ronin

      Looking up to Jack Tatum sheds a lot of light of light on the ejection Reynolds received for targeting

      • ACViking

        47-R:

        Tatum? That’s when football was really football.

        • ACViking

          Tatum was from Passaic, NJ.

          Known as the “Assassin”

        • OregonDucker

          I really miss those days but I understand the human tragedy that comes from such hits.

          • ACViking

            The tragic story of Daryl Stingley.

            True enough.

      • OregonDucker

        Yeah, on film he lowers his head on a QB sack. Then flagged for targeting. This will cost him big dollars and suspension in the NFL.

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    “Hey, tommy! i think you’re a terrific pick too!”

  • ACViking

    West Texas A&M DE Ethan Westbrooks . . . showed some edge speed in the Shrine game. Like to see him here.

    • ACViking

      Built like a ROLB.

      The kind the Steelers built their defense on in the late ’90s/early ’00s

  • Nailed it!

    When do UDFA news start coming in on when they sign them? Monday? Today? Sunday? So many questions

    • ACViking

      up to the teams, i think.

      but only after the contracts have been approved by the league office.

      so tomorrow morning?

      but rumors will be flying tonight.

    • GEAGLE

      Today I think

  • ACViking

    Low-life Cowboys draft Oregon CB Terrence Mitchell.

    Looking for tips on how to play against Kelly’s offense, no doubt.

    • GEAGLE

      Ugh…I wanted him as UDFA figured he came off the board a while ago

    • OregonDucker

      Rotten sobs. I hope we crush them this year – just keep scoring again, and again, and again.

      • GEAGLE

        We will Embarress them

        • Baloophi

          Well said.

          • ACViking

            have you been imbibing today?

            or riding the wave from friday night?

          • Baloophi

            As usual, I’ve been fueled by Newman’s Own Special Blend Medium Roast Coffee – Extra Bold. (As ROD RODDY) Offering a bold yet refined flavor thanks to a blend of medium and dark roasts. That’s Newman’s Own, Special Blend Medium Roast Coffee.

  • Insomniac

    Smallwood is gone. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s this years Burfict.

  • ACViking

    Falcons get S.Dakota Rush OLB Tyler Starr.

    Thought the Birds might have liked him as a RFA. Short arms, though. But some good film.

    • GEAGLE

      Liked him

  • ACViking

    UTexas Guard Trey Hopkins . . . expect a phone call from Stoutland — NOW

  • Baloophi

    It’s probably for the best that Michael Sam wasn’t drafted as Mr. Irrelevant. That would’ve been an awkward thing for those outside the NFL sphere to grasp.

    PLUS, he’d get a parade later…

  • Baloophi

    Congrats, everyone! We made it!

    • ACViking

      Looks like we made it.

      yes, indeed

    • GermanEagle

      Big props everyone!

  • GEAGLE

    I missed the last two rounds..let me know if any of these nAmes were drafted:
    Kevin Pamphile OT
    Biseko Lokombo LB
    Avery Patterson S
    Josh Mauro DE
    Christian Jones LB
    Colt Lyerla
    Trey Hopkins
    Urshel PSU
    Deandre coleman

    • ACViking

      Pamphile, 5th Rd by Bucs (on trade up w/ Bills)

      Urshel, Ravens in 6th w/ one of the 47 compensatory picks

      • GEAGLE

        L’Damien Washington?
        Jackson Jeffcoat?

        • ACViking

          both available.

          • GEAGLE

            Nice!!

    • Baloophi

      Mauro available… forgot to put him on my list above.

      • GEAGLE

        Wow…get him now!! Then again kind of redundant with Kruger/hart

        • Baloophi

          Competition!

          • Baloophi

            May the best giant slow guy win!

          • GEAGLE

            I want them all!!!!!!!

  • ACViking

    Re: NT position

    Some complaints for passing on DNG (aka NT) Louis Nix.

    Birds acquired Watkins and Hart by passing on Nix.

    And still got Beau Allen late.

    All in all . . . “it was the smart move.”

  • GermanEagle

    So did the Eagles trade Brandon Graham for three future 1st rounders in 2027 then?!

  • Insomniac

    My UDFA list

    Christian Jones
    James Gayle
    Brett Smith
    Stephen Morris
    L’Damian Washington
    Brandon Coleman
    Damien Williams
    George Atkinson
    Colt Lyeria
    AC Leonard
    Xavier Grimble
    Antonio Richardson
    James Stone
    Austin Wentworth

  • Baloophi

    Some interesting names still available:

    DeAndre Coleman (DT, Cal)
    Antonio Richardson (OT, Tennessee)
    Adrian Hubbard (OLB, Alabama)
    Christian Jones (LB, FSU)
    Marcus Roberson (CB, Florida)
    James Gayle (DE, Virginia)
    Lucihiishshd Purifoy (CB, Florida)
    Shayne Skov (LB, Stanford)
    Craig Loston (S, LSU… like him)
    Brandon Coleman (WR, UNJ)
    Max Bullough (LB, Michigan State)
    Gabe Ikard (C, Oklahoma)
    Mike Davis (WR, Texas)
    Jackson Jeffcoat (OLB, Texas)
    Matt Patchan (OT, BC)
    Dion Bailey (S, USC)

    • Baloophi

      Kenny Ladler (S, Vandy)

      • ACViking

        ready for a call

        • Baloophi

          Sigh… I’ll connect the helmet phone…

    • 47_Ronin

      How about Craig Loston (S, LSU) and Kenny Ladler (S, Vandy)?

      • ACViking

        available.

        both

      • 47_Ronin

        LOL, I didn’t see Loston in your list and you typed Ladler faster than a speeding bullet.

        • Baloophi

          Maybe we should sign you!

  • Brian Pillion

    damn, Seattle already got Dion Bailey.

    • ACViking

      Bailey’s no Ed Reynolds.

      Only 1 season at safety. More a box-safety type.

    • GEAGLE

      How WTF? Why would a safety be so excited to go there? Dude will never see the field

    • Baloophi

      Wonder if there’s some Pete Carroll USC nonsense going on…

      • ACViking

        You mean, like offering money to him?

      • 47_Ronin

        Like the same can’t be said about Kelly and the Oregon feeder system to the Eagles…

        • Baloophi

          well sure… I really should’ve replied to GEAGLE’s “why?” response below.

  • ACViking

    Christian Jones . . . called the Bengals himself.

    • ACViking

      I kid

  • Insomniac

    There’s a ton of guys left. I’m surprised some of them weren’t drafted.

    • ACViking

      1. Loaded draft

      2. Injury problems we don’t know about

      3. Character issues we never heard about

      • GEAGLE

        Mayock said there is an extra round and a half of kids that didn’t get drafted who woulda been 6th round picks last year

        • ACViking

          I believe it.

          Marcus Smith in the ’13 draft? Top 15.

          Matthews in ’13? Top 25. Easily

          Smith would have gone off not long after Ezy Ansah

          • oreofestar

            Matthews is better than Hopkins last year and he went in the first

          • ACViking

            Flip side . . . Lane Johnson in 2014?

            Top 10.

            Top 5?

          • Baloophi

            Good call. Probably not.

          • oreofestar

            Lane would have been fighting with Matthews for ATL pick

          • oreofestar

            probably before Lewan

        • 47_Ronin

          There are a ton guys still available. Any thoughts on undrafted CBs – Deion Belue, Sammy Seamster, Carington Byndum, or Loucheiz Purifoy?

          • ACViking

            Start with character.

            Purifoy — no chance.

            Don’t know what’s in the manilla folder of the others.
            _____________

            GEagle’s pointed out that he’d never take an Alabama-Saban CB. EVER.

            Experience seems to bear that out.

            So nix on Belue

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah NO CB who haven’t backpeddled since highschool.. Sounds like a good rule to me.
            ..
            I’d like Pourifoy before it was reported that he is a police informant..probably not the best locker room guy….isn’t Carrington Tiny slot guy from Texas?

          • 47_Ronin

            Carington is the UT slot guy he’s 5112 and 177lbs. Seamster is intriguing (6’1″, 200lbs) out of Mid-Ten St.

  • GEAGLE

    Rakim Cox villanova

    • ACViking

      there for the taking

      • GEAGLE

        Tough kid..5tec

  • GermanEagle

    What if Christian Jones goes unsigned after going undrafted? Will he go back to school and re-enter the draft next year again? Is that actually possible?

    • Baloophi

      No way FSU would allow a criminal to play for them.

      Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Insomniac

      He goes to the CFL and comes to Philly.

      • ACViking

        He may be in Arena League-2.

        What a nightmare for that kid.

        And smoking dope must have been the last straw for the NFL. There have to be many, many other problems.

        Telvin Smith did the same thing before the Combine and was drafted.

    • ACViking

      No. NFL not like NBA

  • ICDogg

    Toledo RB David Fluellen and Florida WR Trey Burton have agreed with the Eagles.

    • GEAGLE

      Thank you…figured we hear about a RB soon

    • Baloophi

      Trey Burton is Mr. Versatility…

      A slightly smaller James Casey?

      • Bob Brewer

        Trey Burton isn’t good.

        • Baloophi

          Well, he is an UDFA, so yeah…

    • BlindChow

      Wow Fluellen is sloooooow. Lane Johnson could outrun him.

      • ACViking

        Fluellen ran a 6.9 3-cone on his pro-day . . . 6th best among RBs.

        Otherwise, slow.

        • Anders

          6.9 at his weight is very impressive.

  • Baloophi

    D3FB and I were talking about this earlier, but the influx of underclassmen and resultant “extra” undrafted talent means we could see some fringe, role-type vets lose jobs in the pre-season as teams look to stow more guys on the roster / practice squad.

    Also, for those that go to the CFL, next year’s FA market, supplemental draft, and waiver-wire pick-up action could be interesting…

    • ACViking

      B –

      This draft creates some grist for the NFLPA.

      The union’s job is to protect the jobs of *current* NFL players.

      Not make it easier for college kids to take their jobs.

      The NCAA — or whatever organization follows it — would love for the NFL and NFLPA to raise the age limit.

      I think Goodell would be in favor . . . just another delay.

      The CBA’s not up for several more years. But a side letter could accomplish the same thing.

      Just saying.

      • Baloophi

        Oh for sure.

        I think there might be some self-correction as UDFA horror stories trickle down (trickle down!) to college… but that could take just as long as the new CBA.

        The risk calculus for underclassmen fearful of a career-ending injury should change when guys who were stars at their school left early and wind up on the practice squad of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats…

  • oreofestar

    did Marcus Roberson get drafted I am sure he did but I don’t remember

    • Baloophi

      He did not.

      • oreofestar

        yes because I am way more interested in him than Purifoy

        • Baloophi

          Why don’t we take the whole Florida secondary and continue the competition at the professional level?

    • Insomniac

      Purifoy and Roberson stink though.

  • GEAGLE

    I hate that Micheal Sam is this big story I have heard about 15 times in the last ten min

    • Baloophi

      It could be worse. He could have been on that Malaysian flight…

  • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran

    “He won’t be winning any beauty contests, though.”
    So I take it that you’re just not into redheads, eh, Tommy?
    More of a big blonde type?

    • GEAGLE

      330lbs of angry warthog beef sounds beautiful to me :)

  • ACViking

    Trey Burton . . .

    Besides being from UFlorida, why exactly did the Eagles sign him?

    • Anders

      He is a move TE/WR like James Casey

      • ACViking

        Only weight 224lbs at the Combine.

        seems awfully undersized.

        • Anders

          Actually he is also in the same mold as former Gators Reed and Hernandez

      • Baloophi

        AND he was a high school QB (and occasional one at Florida). He fits the “athlete” mold… potentially “football IQ” rubric.

        Are he and Jordan Reed the same person?

        • Anders

          Both Reed and Burton are that undersized F TE type who can move all over the field.

          Reed had a great rookie season last year before his concussion. Not sure why Burton never produced last year

          • Baloophi

            Methinks Muschamp is struggling to find an offensive coordinator he meshes with. Florida will always have access to fantastic athletes, what you do with them is a different matter.

  • Mitchell

    So, now can we just start getting after UDFA’s or do we have to wait? Also, so pissed Jeff Janis got drafted by those packers.

    • Baloophi

      We can start immediately. The problem (for us) is that we won’t hear officially who signed where for a while, so we have to stomach a lot of incorrect rumors.

      • Mitchell

        thank you.

  • Bob Brewer

    Mosher just said the Vandy kicker (Cary Spear) tweeted he signed with the Eagles.

  • OregonDucker

    Great sharing this DRAFT with all of you. I’ve been an ass at times and you let live through it and mature. I even learned a few things (when I was sober, of course.)

    Now I can learn about UDFA. Looks like there may be diamonds in the rough just lying around.

    • GEAGLE

      Cheers duck focker :)

    • Baloophi

      You’re the best!

      The “interesting” thing about UDFA is juggling your practice needs with simply trying to acquire as much talent as possible. Some guys you want simply because you like them, but some of the signings are more of the campy body / “we need a 1,000 receivers to run practice” type.

      • Baloophi

        We could use some OL depth…

        • OregonDucker

          Yeah more OL and Chip says he wants more Safeties.

          • Baloophi

            You know the old saying, “Safety last!”

          • Mitchell

            Did Loston or Ladler get drafted? There’s more depth right there. They both should have gone in the 4-5th.

          • Baloophi

            Both available. And Bailey, though the word is he’s signed with Seattle.

          • Mitchell

            There you go then. Hell, get’em both.

        • Mitchell

          NEED MOAR OL AND SAFETIEZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Mitchell

    So, initially, what is everyone giving this draft for a grade. I’ll go ahead and give it a solid B-B+. We got more depth at several positions without reaching.

    • Bob Brewer

      Don’t know about a grade, but to me it all depends on Smith. Can he provide what the Eagles really need?

    • GEAGLE

      Solid draft…B+…a-

      • Mitchell

        Give me some Kenny Ladler and Loston action as UDFA and I’ll give a solid A- for sure.

        • GEAGLE

          Look at this mornings archive.. I wrote:
          We have to get one player from each group:
          ..
          1) Jalen Watkins! Exum, Dontae Jphnson

          2) Urban, Hart, Josh Mauro
          ..
          3) Deandre Coleman, Shemar, Beau Allen

          4) C jones, Telvin, Tripp, pierre Louis

          They got 3 players I wanted, and Ed Reynolds who I thought shouldn’t have gotten out of round 4….how can I not love this draft?

          • Mitchell

            you are right, its was a good one.

  • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran
    • Anders

      I cant sleep now

    • Baloophi

      I feel for that dock…

    • ACViking

      This is pornography.

      Worse. It’s an obscenity . . . no matter what community you live in.

  • ACViking
    • ACViking

      just a suggestion

    • ACViking

      would be converted from QB

  • Anders
  • Anders
  • ICDogg

    WR Quron Pratt

    • Baloophi

      LOVE the name “Quron.”

  • Tumtum

    Welcome to Philly day walker.