Another Blocker for Wentz

Posted: April 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 190 Comments »

The Eagles selected a franchise QB on Thursday night.

On Friday they added an interior lineman to protect him. Today they added an OT, Halapoulivaati Vaitai from TCU.

I like this pick quite a bit. I’ve listed Vaitai to the Eagles in previous mock drafts. He is a big man at 6-6 and 320. He played RT and LT at TCU. He has good feet and is a natural pass blocker. I think he’s got the potential to be a starting LT in the NFL. He certainly adds a big, talented body to the OT mix.

The Eagles didn’t have to grab an OT, but Vaitai was a combination of good fit and good value.

Doug Pederson made no secret of his desire to upgrade the OL. The team has done that in the past couple of days. These are young, big, talented blockers.

One of the benefits from this move is that Vaitai can work at LT behind Peters and Dennis Kelly can focus on RT behind Lane Johnson. That helps both players, as they fit those positions. It gives the Eagles better OL depth.

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190 Comments on “Another Blocker for Wentz”

  1. 1 Nick C said at 3:33 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Wouldn’t mind going all offense if the next pick is Thomas or Listenbee.

  2. 2 Media Mike said at 3:33 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Good to see the line addressed. Hopefully we’ll get some interesting guys with our last 3 picks.

  3. 3 Patrick said at 3:37 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Peterson following Andy Reids mindset, as expected. I like it, keep adding resrouces and talent, especially young talent to your trenches. Dominating the LOS is important and we have the perfect beginning to do that with Logan, Cox, Curry, Graham just needing depth and with Lane and Brooks on the other side needing young talent besides them.

  4. 4 A_T_G said at 3:35 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    If he has the size, the feet, and the potential, why is HPV available in the 5th? People afraid to read the name at the podium?

  5. 5 D3FB said at 3:35 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Raw, spread OL

  6. 6 Greg Richards said at 3:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Teams have been trying to take him since the 3rd and the card submitted had the wrong spelling. League said pick again because there’s no such player in the draft. Howie used year away from personnel control to brush up on his spelling skills.

  7. 7 Duracell said at 3:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    First round pick if his name was John Smith.

  8. 8 D3FB said at 3:35 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Vaitai to me is a big improvement at swing tackle over Dennis Kelly moving forward. I feel confident he can fill that roll. If he takes to coaching and can become a starting T, this is a homerun pick.

  9. 9 Media Mike said at 3:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    So this still puts us in the market for drafting a starting RT in the 2nd round next year once Peters is gone and Lane is at LT?

  10. 10 D3FB said at 3:37 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Potentially. They’ll have a better idea of what they have by then though.

  11. 11 Media Mike said at 3:39 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Cool, thank you. Although I’d still prefer to have Peters traded, Lane at LT, and Schwartz at RT.

  12. 12 A_T_G said at 3:40 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Calling the defense and playing RT is a lot to ask.

  13. 13 Media Mike said at 3:41 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I have high standards.

  14. 14 GermanEagle said at 3:43 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    You probably won’t get more than a 6th rounder for Peters.

  15. 15 Media Mike said at 3:44 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I would have taken it to avoid any dead-ish money. And we’d be all set with Lane and Mitchell as our Ts.

  16. 16 Duracell said at 3:46 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Peters played very hurt last year. Maybe that’s just his reality at this point, but if he can stay reasonably healthy I think he’ll surprise people with 1 or 2 above average years.

  17. 17 Media Mike said at 3:48 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I don’t count on old people in the NFL to heal, I put them out on the ice flow.

  18. 18 anon said at 3:45 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    smarter GM would have cut he cord, but JP will retire here in 2 years.

  19. 19 Media Mike said at 3:37 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Jatvis Brown just went. I had forgotten about him. He was interesting.

  20. 20 A_T_G said at 3:42 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Everyone saying that we should let players walk, sit out FA and get the comp picks, take note of the caliber of player teams are adding.

  21. 21 Media Mike said at 3:42 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    That comp pick system needs to go.

  22. 22 Nick C said at 3:43 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Especially when you cannot even rectify when someone tampers with your free agents. But you can reward them for not even trying to re-sign their own players.

  23. 23 Media Mike said at 3:44 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Exactly. F U Goodell.

  24. 24 Joe Minx said at 3:44 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    It’s brutal. 13 of them in this round.

  25. 25 Nick C said at 3:45 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    And the Pats can still get one after cheating?

  26. 26 Media Mike said at 3:43 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I’d still like to add Travis Feeney if at all possible here. Tyrone Holmes would be cool too.

  27. 27 anon said at 3:44 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    If I’m Sammy B i’d look at how bad we are at drafting players and i wouldn’t be worried about wentz.

  28. 28 GermanEagle said at 3:46 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Mate

    Shall we not give Carson a chance first?!

  29. 29 Mitchell said at 3:47 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    You dont like the picks so far?

  30. 30 anon said at 3:52 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I like sammy b more than wentz – but we’re consistently active in FA for a reason.

  31. 31 A_T_G said at 3:44 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Hey look, we are picking at 13 this round. How novel.

  32. 32 Allen3000 said at 3:46 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I’m starting to sense a bias in DP/Roseman’s choice of OL.

  33. 33 nicolajNN said at 3:48 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Sorry I’m a bit behind here, but it seems Smallwood isn’t exactly a high character guy, given recent years, I’m not sure if this should please me, or worry me

  34. 34 GermanEagle said at 3:49 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    If I was Lurie I would have every Eagles player not using Twitter!

  35. 35 Media Mike said at 3:49 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Just keep him away from his loser friends and he’ll be fine.

  36. 36 Media Mike said at 3:49 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Vince Papale; CTE issues?

    He’s looking very foolish and very spray tanned on these ads that have been on non-stop.

  37. 37 Cafone said at 3:50 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    He likes Toomey, so probably.

  38. 38 Media Mike said at 3:52 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I’m sure he’s getting paid well.

  39. 39 Joe Minx said at 3:49 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Congrats GE!

  40. 40 Media Mike said at 3:50 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    A German Viking? Hard to process.

  41. 41 GermanEagle said at 3:50 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Lol

  42. 42 Media Mike said at 3:51 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I don’t think those barbarians ever made any successful incursions into German. They whooped up on some Brits and Russians however.

  43. 43 GermanEagle said at 3:51 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Yes!!! Ze Germans!!!

  44. 44 Media Mike said at 3:51 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    http://i.imgur.com/j3nTpJU.gif

  45. 45 Johnnydeagle said at 3:52 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Another Blocker for Wentz? I guess even you have given up on Sam Bradford having any kind of success, or a breakout year. That leaves one shot at finding a franchise QB instead of two. I’m no longer a big Bradford fan, but I don’t understand how everyone had given up on him even after he had a solid second half of the season last year. I don’t believe the Eagles had given up on him breaking out and becoming a franchise QB. The recent events have probably damaged that possibility.

  46. 46 Media Mike said at 3:53 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Sam is more than welcome to come out and have a great year, but both of our O-line picks this year are more likely to be starters after this year, not this year.

  47. 47 FairOaks said at 3:53 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Possibly because these guys may not start until next year, when it’s much less likely Bradford is around…

  48. 48 D3FB said at 3:54 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Vaitai is a depth player this year. Semualo is probably 50-50 to beat out Wis.

  49. 49 Media Mike said at 3:56 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    But 100-0 to beat out Kelce next year I hope.

  50. 50 D3FB said at 4:02 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    And when Kelce bounces back and is fine?

  51. 51 Media Mike said at 4:24 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Say some nice things at my funeral after I die of shock.

  52. 52 Patrick said at 3:58 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Everybody has given up on Sam Bradford because before he was mediocre, now he just came out as a grade a bitch running scared.

    He isnt a winner and he isn’t a competitor. The only thing keeping Bradford in Philly is value.

  53. 53 Media Mike said at 3:59 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Nobody should ever “Cam out.” Cam is a piece of crap.

  54. 54 Patrick said at 4:00 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    You caught that before the edit huh? Damn autocorrect.

  55. 55 D3FB said at 3:52 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    JESUS CHRIST THE JAGS ARE GONNA SACK EVERYBODY

  56. 56 Joe Minx said at 3:53 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Mercy. I’m ridiculously jealous of their pass rush.

  57. 57 Fufina said at 3:53 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    They are having an epic draft. Thank god they are in the AFC.

  58. 58 Media Mike said at 3:53 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    That hurts.

  59. 59 Tdoteaglefan said at 3:53 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    there goes Tyrone holmes to the Jags…

  60. 60 Joe Minx said at 3:53 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    AHHAHAA!

    Belichick just broke a window.

  61. 61 Media Mike said at 3:54 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    In addition to the ones he was breaking at Goodell’s house while the commish was busy running the draft?

  62. 62 kajomo said at 3:55 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Listenbee, Peak, Mike Thomas or Kalan Reed. I really liked Tyrone Holmes here before the jags picked him

  63. 63 Media Mike said at 3:56 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Those would be solid. I’m still hoping we get Travis Feeney. We haven’t had a real 4-3 SAM since Emmons in 2003.

  64. 64 kajomo said at 3:57 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I would be very happy with Freeney as well. Kinda forgot about him

  65. 65 Media Mike said at 3:58 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Feeney needs to add some “good” weight, but he can run with any TE and is 6-4. And Washington has been pumping out some really good defenders over the last few years.

  66. 66 Nick C said at 3:57 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    We’re too ‘smart’ to pick any of those players… Howie has a new one you haven’t heard of 😉

  67. 67 Allen3000 said at 3:55 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Really glad to see Keenan Reynolds get drafted.

  68. 68 Greg Richards said at 3:59 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Jerell Adams to Giants. Don’t know why he dropped this far.

  69. 69 Media Mike said at 3:59 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    So now we need to get Travis Feeney to shut him down.

  70. 70 Joe Minx said at 4:00 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I’m surprised Cajuste hasn’t been picked yet. Eagles may take him.

  71. 71 D3FB said at 4:01 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Jared Norris, Jakeem Grant, Deandre Houston Carson, Alex McCallister

  72. 72 Joe Minx said at 4:02 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    DHC gone

  73. 73 Fufina said at 4:02 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Damn Bears at it again.

  74. 74 D3FB said at 4:03 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Poop

  75. 75 GermanEagle said at 4:02 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Deutschland Über Alles. 🙂

  76. 76 Greg Richards said at 4:02 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Houston-Carson to Chicago. PHI showed tons of interest in Norris at E-W Shrine Game. Quiet on him since.

  77. 77 Joe Minx said at 4:04 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    3 straight NFC East picks coming up

  78. 78 Greg Richards said at 4:04 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Damn, you’re good, D3FB. Jakeem Grant to MIA. Now you’re the one jinxing us.

  79. 79 Joe Minx said at 4:04 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    F!

  80. 80 A_T_G said at 4:04 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    NFL,com has this pick listed as Dolphins(from Dolphins)

  81. 81 Joe Minx said at 4:04 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Makes sense

  82. 82 D3FB said at 4:04 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    GOD DAMNIT

  83. 83 Greg Richards said at 4:05 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Redskins took QB Nate Sudfield. We’re up.

  84. 84 Baloophi said at 4:05 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Cash? Listenbee?

  85. 85 D3FB said at 4:05 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    If its WR Listenbee or Michael Thomas from Southern Miss make sense.

  86. 86 Nick C said at 4:06 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I will finally be excited lol

  87. 87 Joe Minx said at 4:05 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Here they go having another interview when the Eagles are picking. GRRRR!

  88. 88 scratcherk said at 4:06 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    And commercial on espn

  89. 89 Baloophi said at 4:06 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Maybe the Temple LB?

  90. 90 D3FB said at 4:07 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Norris from Utah would be better. They also seem to like the BC kid.

  91. 91 Baloophi said at 4:07 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Right. Daniels?

  92. 92 D3FB said at 4:10 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Yep.

  93. 93 Patrick said at 4:06 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Come on defensive pick!

  94. 94 Greg Richards said at 4:07 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    TRADE

  95. 95 D3FB said at 4:07 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    future pick?

  96. 96 Greg Richards said at 4:08 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Nope, 188 for 196 and 240.

  97. 97 Nick C said at 4:08 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    They could’ve traded every pick yesterday and today and probably still get their guy… Now they freaking trade.

  98. 98 scratcherk said at 4:07 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    They traded it

  99. 99 Greg Richards said at 4:07 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    188 for 196 and 240.

  100. 100 dillinja said at 4:08 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    eh not bad

  101. 101 dillinja said at 4:08 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    3 7 rounders lol

  102. 102 Fufina said at 4:08 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    great value… never normally see 6th round trades. Wonder who they suddenly want?

  103. 103 GermanEagle said at 4:18 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Lol.

  104. 104 GermanEagle said at 4:09 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Why?

  105. 105 D3FB said at 4:10 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Yea not a whole lot left that I’m crazy about

  106. 106 GermanEagle said at 4:11 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I mean why?! The chances for the guy who’s picked at #240 at making this team may be less than 7.93849%.

  107. 107 D3FB said at 4:12 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Basically just gives them ability to ensure UDFAs

  108. 108 Fufina said at 4:11 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Must have found out who the cowboys were wanting to draft and needed to trade up to snake Jerrah.

  109. 109 dillinja said at 4:10 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    nfl.com says 196 is the Dolphins pick – guess thats wrong?

  110. 110 Cafone said at 4:11 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    that’s what I’m seeing too

  111. 111 Nailed It! said at 4:12 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    ESPN has it as Eagles

  112. 112 Baloophi said at 4:08 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Good trade. There’s still some value sitting around here.

  113. 113 Baloophi said at 4:09 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    And by here, I mean my living room. Boxing up some old books that might be worth something years from now.

  114. 114 Tdoteaglefan said at 4:09 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    lol

    wonder who they’re targeting

  115. 115 Nu_B said at 4:10 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    What is going on with Jeremy Cash? Too much of a box S?

  116. 116 D3FB said at 4:11 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    There’s always one S that draftniks love who freefalls.

  117. 117 Nu_B said at 4:15 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Nobody wants this pick 196 Eagles (From Vikings through Dolphins through Patriots through Texans)

  118. 118 Baloophi said at 4:18 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    The old “Terrell Davis” pick…

  119. 119 D3FB said at 4:17 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Kinda just hoping for FCS guys I’ve never heard of at this point.

  120. 120 Joe Minx said at 4:18 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Would love Justin Zimmer of Ferris State.

  121. 121 Baloophi said at 4:19 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    What about Justin Zimmer IN a ferrous state? Made of iron?

  122. 122 ICDogg said at 4:26 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Or international

  123. 123 wee2424 said at 4:18 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I just dont see him as a LT, but RT is very viable. If he does play RT he has to improve his technique to better be able to defend against speed rushers. I think his best positional fit in the NFL is G. He wont be going up against speed rushers lile he would be on the outside.

  124. 124 Baloophi said at 4:19 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Stupid Lions. Taking a Michigan QB in the 6th round. When has that ever worked?

  125. 125 ICDogg said at 4:19 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Halapoulivaati Vaitai
    Shoots some pool and drinks a Mai Tai

  126. 126 Greg Richards said at 4:20 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Listenbee taken by BUF. Think we’ll go D anyway.

  127. 127 Nick C said at 4:24 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Still want Thomas, but Listenbee was my next choice.

  128. 128 Baloophi said at 4:23 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I say we go Brandon Allen (QB – Arkansas) just to make Bradford’s head explode.

  129. 129 Johnnydeagle said at 4:24 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    One thing I like about the choices of Isaac Seumalo & Halapoulitaavi Vaitai is the fact that Samoans often outperform their projections in the NFL

  130. 130 Rellihcs said at 4:25 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Exactly. Do we have confirmation that they are both Samoans? I was so hoping that.

  131. 131 John Galt said at 4:26 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Their names don’t sound German or Danish.

  132. 132 Patrick said at 4:33 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    You can get a mighty Dane next year, OT Andreas Knappe from UConn

  133. 133 Johnnydeagle said at 4:27 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Close enough, lol!

  134. 134 Baloophi said at 4:27 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Can they both be Samoas?

  135. 135 Insomniac said at 4:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Seumalo is Hawaiian.

  136. 136 Baloophi said at 4:24 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    @D3FB
    Where are you at with Dadi Nicolas?

  137. 137 D3FB said at 4:25 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    No

  138. 138 Baloophi said at 4:25 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Ha!

  139. 139 Media Mike said at 4:25 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I’m still hoping for Feeney here.

  140. 140 Nick C said at 4:26 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Forgot about him. Feeney or Thomas (WR) for me

  141. 141 FairOaks said at 4:26 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Almost like the trade-down almost telegraphs the Eagles know their target wouldn’t be taken by other teams anytime soon.

  142. 142 Nick C said at 4:26 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    They could’ve done it every time after round 1

  143. 143 Joe Minx said at 4:26 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    NFL.com still doesn’t know the pick is ours.

  144. 144 Media Mike said at 4:27 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Their network does at least

  145. 145 Nick C said at 4:30 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    They fixed it.

  146. 146 FairOaks said at 4:30 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Time for NFLN commercial….

  147. 147 Media Mike said at 4:30 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    They need to kill themselves.

  148. 148 truehaynes said at 4:30 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Cash here?

  149. 149 John Galt said at 4:30 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Countess

  150. 150 Joe Minx said at 4:30 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Countess

  151. 151 D3FB said at 4:30 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    No clue haven’t watched him.

  152. 152 Baloophi said at 4:31 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Auburn in the house! That will dial Mrs. Baloophi back in for a few more years!

  153. 153 John Galt said at 4:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    And here I thought nobody missed the days of King Dunlap

  154. 154 Media Mike said at 4:31 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    We drafted female nobility? Really? Countess? She had better be good.

  155. 155 Joe Minx said at 4:32 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    He was our last NovaCare visit.

  156. 156 Insomniac said at 4:32 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    There’s nothing on the guy :/

  157. 157 D3FB said at 4:32 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    https://twitter.com/PFF_College/status/726509385116164099

  158. 158 Insomniac said at 4:33 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    What’s the sample size tho?

  159. 159 anon said at 4:35 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    one season, he was at michigan before

  160. 160 Nick C said at 4:32 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Really can’t stand Howie during draft time.

  161. 161 Baloophi said at 4:33 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    From the games I tolerated this year, he was around the ball a lot. Some would say, too much (I recall at least one targeting penalty). Auburn’s D has been pretty wretched of late but the secondary made some plays… against some very good receivers.

  162. 162 Duracell said at 4:33 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Small zone corner. Good college player, not sure how well he translates what sounds like will be safety.

  163. 163 SteveH said at 4:33 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    So NFL.com Draft profile lists no bio, no grade, no size or weight for Countess, but his portrait is almost ethereal, I imagine being able to phase through offensive players will lead to a lot of breakups.

  164. 164 BlindChow said at 4:34 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    But it’s really a problem when it comes to tackling.

  165. 165 Baloophi said at 4:34 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Transferred from Michigan.

  166. 166 SteveH said at 4:35 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    If this is who we’re taking in the 6th round, I imagine the next pick will be someone from my alma mater, Mercer County Community College. We don’t actually have a football team, but that’s what makes it such a sleeper pick.

  167. 167 ACViking said at 4:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    BLAKE COUNTESS

    5’10 185lbs (Boykin-esque?)

    Before Auburn . . .

    U-Michigan:
    * started 30 games
    * three-year letterman

  168. 168 Baloophi said at 4:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Could be a slot. Could be a safety. Versatile.

  169. 169 ACViking said at 4:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Ahoy!

  170. 170 Baloophi said at 4:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Hail!

  171. 171 D3FB said at 4:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    S or CB though. I would guess S.

  172. 172 FairOaks said at 4:36 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Sounds like he graduated from Michigan, had a year of eligibility left, and went to Auburn.

    “After measuring in at 5-foot-9 and 184 pounds, Countess had a 36 1/2 inch vertical jump, a 10’1’’ broad jump and 21 reps on the bench press. Countess was one rep shy of his personal record on the bench press. The 21 reps at 225 pounds would have tied him for first place at the NFL combine in his position group.”

    Hand-times 4.49 40 at the pro day, apparently. Sounds like he played corner, safety, and nickel at Auburn. Also special teams. Seems like a potential slot corner or special teams guy, maybe backup safety too.

  173. 173 kajomo said at 4:37 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/auburn-corner-blake-countess-visited-eagles-last-week/

    Info on Blake

  174. 174 Greg Richards said at 4:37 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Michael Schottey
    ‏@Schottey

    2m2 minutes ago

    Before Eagles’ Blake Countess’ ACL injury a few years ago, was on track to be a fringe 1st rounder. Isn’t same guy, but dude has some skills

    3 retweets

    4 likes

  175. 175 anon said at 4:38 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    “He provided leadership in a new defense that had deficiencies, earned everyone’s respect right away,” said former Auburn secondary coach Travaris Robinson, who’s now the defensive coordinator at South Carolina. “Played all defensive back positions in one game, shows his smart and his film study and ability. Instinct wise, he is at the top of all the guys I coached in my career.”

  176. 176 D3FB said at 4:40 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Basically a more athletic version of the kid we took from K State last year.

  177. 177 Insomniac said at 4:41 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Randall Evans?

  178. 178 ACViking said at 4:40 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Wonder how BC’s ACL injury compared to/contrasts with Jaylon Smith’s?

    Beware ACLs.

    See Kiko Alonso.

  179. 179 scratcherk said at 4:42 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Seems like everyone we draft was at one point going to be a first rounder

  180. 180 Tdoteaglefan said at 4:38 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    40 Yard Dash:

    4.49

    CB Combine Avg. (03-15):

    4.49

    – 10 Yard Split:

    N/A

    CB Combine Avg. (03-15):

    1.55

    – Bench Press (225 lbs):

    21

    CB Combine Avg. (03-15):

    15

    – Vertical Jump:

    36.5”

    CB Combine Avg. (03-15):

    36.0”

    – Standing Broad Jump:

    10’2”

    Tackling: Plays well above size with aggression and closing burst to attack forward. Will aggressively charge the box or the boundary and slices into ball carriers without breaking stride to lay firm hits.

    Man Cover Skills: Is not particularly sticky on route stems to stay attached to the hip. Disconnect between a fine functional

    athletic skill set and ability to feel receivers and mirror on route stems.

    Coverage IQ: Plays with greatest impact and ability to impact the game when coming forward; lacks same level of twitch or

    confidence in movements when being tested to peripherals.

    Acceleration: Plenty of ability to stick foot in the ground and get downhill; is effective both in charging the flats or driving into the MOF. Turn and run capabilities do not appear as strong.

    Toughness: Mean, nasty demeanor when attacking the football. Very hard nose to duck into traffic and stick body into piles trying to clean up mess.

    Flexibility: Adequate bendability but lack of efficiency in hip hinge appears to contribute to softer coverage when trying to play off the ball and gain depth to sustain leverage.

    Effort: Tremendous motor. Plays with rapid close ability and will consistently outrun teammates in pursuit to the football. Flashes into the screen suddenly in the run game and is consistently an additional defender on the boundary.

    Ball Skills: Is very strong at the catch point; will play receivers and place jarring hits to dislodge the football. Has plant and drive ability to break on throws in front of face; particularly from the flats or hook/curl region.

    Blitz Ability: Twitch and physicality as a player present very well as an option to pressure the pocket. Plays fast and decisive

    Summary: Auburn Cornerback Blake Countess is a bit of a difficult projection.

    Countess (Michigan/Auburn) played at his best in a bit of a hybrid role; when he was free and shaded overtop of receivers and squatted as a zone defender he definitively made a more consistent impact of the game than any reps he played working backwards and to the

    boundary. Countess may very well be a nickel defender and there is nothing wrong with that; he is a strong fifth defensive back option who can be relied upon to charge aggressively and attack the ball in underneath areas of the field. Coutness should not be relied upon to lock up receivers one on one in space; he simply has not shown high quality man to man coverage and would require a good deal of time and investment. Should be a zone/buzz defender against spread sets. Countess would be excellent value in the middle of Day 3.

  181. 181 John Galt said at 4:40 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Between him and shepherd we have the all-hype, all-ACL 6th round CB market cornered

  182. 182 Tdoteaglefan said at 4:44 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    holy shit the Jags actually drafted an offensive player!?

  183. 183 FairOaks said at 4:45 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Video interview with Countess / article following his pro day (since he was not invited to combine):

    http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/sports/college/sec/auburn-university/war-eagle-extra/article65039497.html

  184. 184 John Galt said at 4:45 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    I wonder if when they interviewed Schwartz, part of the sales pitch was “you come to philly and you can have whatever player you want at pick 196”?

  185. 185 dillinja said at 4:47 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Random comment, but what are the Buccaneers doing? They’ve drafted a Kicker and a Fullback, seems like those are the kinds of players you can easily pick up as UFDAs

  186. 186 BlindChow said at 4:49 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    UDFA’s can choose where to go. Not sure why they wouldn’t wait until later in the draft to get them though.

  187. 187 Insomniac said at 4:50 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Aguayo is supposedly a great kicker.
    Vitale is a very athletic and versatile FB.

    I think they drafted pretty well..aside from trading up for Aguayo.

  188. 188 dillinja said at 4:52 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    Its seems that kickers who are drafted never really work out that well, certainly not to justify a 3rd rounder

  189. 189 FairOaks said at 4:55 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    This kicker was going to be drafted for sure. On the other hand, trading *up* to get him in the *second* round… not so sure. Granted, bottom of the second round.

    Janikowski was a 1st-round kicker who has worked out fine.

  190. 190 Baloophi said at 4:49 PM on April 30th, 2016:

    NEW THREAD. Everyone bus your area, please.