The Eagles hoped to take an offensive lineman in the draft. They had targeted some mid-round guys, but Howie Roseman talked about the fact that there was a run on OL in the 3rd round. The guys I think the Eagles were most interested in were OG/OC Marcus Martin and OG Spencer Long.
I don’t know how many more OL the team had targeted, but they didn’t take anyone.
The Eagles did load up with UDFAs. (bios from PE.com)
Josh Andrews, G – Oregon State
Andrews started 32 career games for the Beavers, including 30 straight, as a reliable member of the Oregon State offensive line. After locking up the left guard position during spring practice as a sophomore in 2011, Andrews went on to start the next 25 consecutive games during his junior and senior campaigns. A three-year starter on the offensive line at Colony HS (CA), he earned first-team All-Mt. Baldy League accolades three times as a tackle.
Donald Hawkins, G – Texas
A 2013 AP second-team all-league honoree, G Donald Hawkins started in 24 of his 25 career games as a two-year contributor on the offensive line at Texas. Prior to his time in Austin, TX, he was a NJCAA first-team All-American at Northwest Community College. As a senior captain at Rosa Fort HS (MS), Hawkins was a two-time all-district honoree that helped his team become co-district champions.
Kevin Graf, T – USC
Graf earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors following his senior season of 2013. He was a three-year starter at USC, where his father lettered three years as an offensive guard and played on their 1972 National Championship squad. His brother, Derek, lettered at center for USC in 2002.
Karim Barton, G – Morgan State
Barton earned first-team All-MEAC honors following his senior campaign at Morgan State. He started at right tackle during his three seasons at Morgan State after transferring from College of the Canyons Junior College in 2010. Barton moved to the United States from Jamaica at the age of 13 after his mother passed away. He attended Verdugo Hills High School in Los Angeles, CA.
This is a solid group of UDFAs, but I certainly wouldn’t count on any of them making the team. I’ll study them more carefully and write up some notes on how these guys fit in. I think Andrews and Hawkins have the best chance based on what I’ve seen from them.
In order to help matters…
Veteran T/G Daryn Colledge to visit the #Eagles on Wednesday and Thursday, source confirmed.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 12, 2014
Colledge, 6-4, 308, has started 124 of the 128 games he’s played in during his career. He is an OG that spent the last 3 years starting for the Cardinals. Colledge would provide a veteran presence to the competition for backup spots. The Eagles have some interesting backups, but they are very young, aside from Allen Barbre, who is the backup LT.
I’ll do a full post on the backup OL in the next couple of weeks. Some quick thoughts…
The Eagles have good starters. Barbre was an excellent backup last year. The team says they like Julian Vandervelde. Matt Tobin played OT and OG last summer. He impressed in both roles.
The 2 big mystery men, literally and figuratively, are Dennis Kelly and Michael Bamiro. The coaching staff didn’t get much of a chance to work with Kelly last year. We don’t know what they think of him, but he has started at RT for multiple games in 2012. Bamiro was a major project last summer. He has practiced at RG and RT. I don’t know if that is a case of cross-training him or trying to find a spot where he looks like a viable player.
The backup OL could turn out to be a really solid unit or a major mess. This is an area where player development is crucial.
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Evan Silva of Rotoworld seems pretty high on the Jordan Matthews pick.
Jordan Matthews landed in great situation with #Eagles. Will play slot as rookie, perfect for him. Could be No. 1 pass-game option by '15.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 13, 2014
That means nothing, but is an interesting opinion.
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Quick note about the previous thread…some of you didn’t get the reference.
Many of you did get the reference and there were some terrific jokes in the comments section. Kudos for those.