Day 3

Posted: May 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 634 Comments »

The Eagles have had a good draft so far.

1 – WR Nelson Agholor – USC
2 – CB Eric Rowe – Utah
3 – ILB Jordan Hicks – Texas

Today the Eagles have 4 picks.

4th Rd
6th Rd
6th Rd
7th Rd

That’s not ideal. Using both 5th rounders yesterday hurts. To me, there is a big cut-off from the 5th to the 6th round in most drafts. I expect 5th round picks to make the roster. 6th and 7th round picks I hope make the roster, but can live with them as practice squad players to develop.

The Eagles need OL help and a Safety. They’ll have a tough choice to make today. Do they grab OL T.J. Clemmings if he is still on the board? He has a stress fracture in his foot that is obviously scaring teams away. The 4th round might be a good spot for risk/reward.

The Eagles also think highly of Penn State DB Adrian Amos. While he’s not my cup of tea, Amos has great measurables and fits the Eagles scheme. He is solid value at this point so I could live with that pick.

My favorite OG in the draft is still on the board. I had Mark Glowinski pegged as probably a 5th round pick, but taking him in the mid-4th would be just fine with me. I think he’s an ideal fit for the Eagles. I was happy today to learn that the Eagles have shown interest in him.

There are still some interesting OL on the board. The Eagles went to Oklahoma to check out Williams, Shead and Thompson. None of those guys are good athletes. I struggle to see them in the Eagles offense. I don’t like the FSU star Jackson. I think his teammate Matias is actually the better player.

Jeff Stoutland coached Kouandjio at Bama so that is something to keep in mind. Gibson played LT for Virginia Tech. He is a terrific athlete, but needs a lot of work. I think he would be an excellent fit for the Eagles offense and he could be on the board in the 6th round.

OL TJ Clemmings
OG Mark Glowinski
OL Laurence Gibson
OG Darryl Williams
OG Adam Shead
OG Tyrus Thompson
OG Arie Kouandjio
OG Tre Jackson
OG Josue Matias
OG Jamil Douglas
OL Takoby Cofield
OL Terry Poole
OL Chaz Green
OL Sean Hickey
OL Darryl Baldwin
OL Max Garcia

Small school players of possible interest

OL Cole Manhart – 6-4, 298
OL Jacob Rodgers – 6-6, 315
OG Chad Hamilton – 6-2, 292
OL Mike Coccia – 6-3, 301
OL Ross Hall – 6-4, 294

The Eagles could go for the DB in the 4th and still have some interesting OL choices in the 6th. They obviously wouldn’t be ideal prospects, but there is logic to that strategy since there is more depth at OL than at Safety.

We also have QBs Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley still on the board. Does Chip Kelly like either guy?

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Here are some possible Eagles draft targets.

QB

Bryce Petty
Brett Hundley

TE

Jesse James
Ben Koyack
Blake Bell
Nick Boyle
CJ Uzomah
Brian Parker

WR

Rashad Greene
Tre McBride
Kenny Bell
Tony Lippett
Dres Anderson
Vince Mayle
Geremy Davis

OL

TJ Clemmings
Mark Glowinski
Arie Kouandjio
Darryl Williams
Tyrus Thompson
Jamil Douglas
Josue Matias
Laurence Gibson
Terry Poole
Sean Hickey

DL

Corey Crawford
Gabe Wright
Jordan Williams
Travis Raciti
David Parry
BJ McBryde
Caushad Lyons

OLB

Alani Fua
Max Valles
Shaq Riddick
Obum Gwacham
Deion Barnes
Tony Washington

S

Adrian Amos
Ibraheim Campbell
Cody Prewitt
Kurtis Drummond
James Sample
Cedric Thompson

CB

Doran Grant
Darryl Roberts
Garry Peters
Damian Swann
Randall Evans
Justin Coleman
Cam Thomas

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Find a way to get Mark Glowinski and I’ll be a happy man.

Add Glowinski and Clemmings and I’ll be ecstatic.

There is no Safety that I covet. I think Ibraheim Campbell is the guy I like the most of the available players (that make sense for the Eagles).

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Day 2 Review

Posted: May 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 276 Comments »

Nelson Agholor gave the offense the key weapon they were missing on Thursday. Friday night the focus shifted over to the defense.

2nd Round – CB Eric Rowe – Utah

3rd Round – ILB Jordan Hicks – Texas

The Eagles added a pair of athletic players to the defense. That’s a good thing in my book.

Rowe played both S and CB at Utah. Chip Kelly referred to him as having the kind of size and length the Eagles like in press corners to I’m assuming that is where they will pay him first.

You will have Byron Maxwell at one corner spot. Rowe and Walter Thurmond will battle for the other spot. You have Brandon Boykin in the slot and Nolan Carroll still around for depth. CB looks a lot better than it did in late December. We still need to see these guys play, but it is at least encouraging.

I couldn’t be happier with the move the Eagles made at CB. Rowe is a player I liked quite a bit due to his combination of size, skills, athleticism and instincts. Rowe can be a very tough press corner, but he’s also got the ability to play off and be effective. Some big CBs develop bad habits in college and are used to making contact with WRs all over the field. There is no illegal contact penalty in college.

Rowe is one of the few guys that looks comfortable jamming his guy, running with his guy or even backing off and reading the play. He seems natural in zone coverage. Rowe started at Safety for 3 years and is used to being away from receivers and reading plays. He has excellent awareness and is involved in a play if the ball is anywhere near him.

I like his physicality. Rowe will hit and tackle. He will fight to get off blocks so he can get to the runner or receiver. He is an active, aggressive defender.

Rowe should challenge for a starting spot right away. He is still learning how to play CB, but was a 4-year starter in college. He learns quickly and has the physical traits you want in a starting corner. He seems to have a real competitive streak. Also, he’s an ideal fit for the Eagles scheme.

Great pick.

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Jordan Hicks isn’t popular with some Eagles fans. I think we need to separate a couple of things…Hicks the player vs what is going on at ILB. Let’s start with the ILB situation. We now have:

ILB – Mychal Kendricks … Jordan Hicks …… Brad Jones ….. Emmanuel Acho

ILB – Kiko Alonso …………. DeMeco Ryans … Najee Goode …. Brandon Hepburn

That is a ton of ILBs. It would make sense for the Eagles to deal someone. Chip Kelly said the team isn’t shopping Kendricks and hasn’t gotten any calls inquiring about him. We’ll see about that.

The Eagles don’t hate Kendricks. They don’t think he’s a bad player. The problem is that they don’t seem committed to him long term. Chip Kelly prefers bigger players. I don’t know if Kelly has questions about Kendricks’ personality or leadership skills or anything else. I just know that Kelly isn’t as enamored with Kendricks as most of us are. If you don’t believe in a guy long term, why not deal him now and move on?

You can also think of Hicks as an investment in the future. Kendricks could leave as a free agent after this year. Ryans is getting older. Hicks could sit for a year and then take over a starting role.

With that in mind, and with Ryans and Alonso each coming off injuries, the Eagles decided they wanted an ILB. They looked all over in the pre-draft process. This wasn’t casual. They focused on this position.

Hicks is a good ILB prospect. He is 6-1, 236. That is a good frame for a rookie ILB. He shows a complete skill set. Hicks is a good run defender. He can take on OL and shed blocks. He tackles well on inside runs. Hicks has the speed to chase RBs out wide and still make the play. He takes good angles when pursuing.

The Eagles see Hicks as a 3-down LB. They feel he can blitz and cover. He looks comfortable in zone coverage. Hicks is a good enough athlete to handle most RBs and TEs.

One of the things I like most about Hicks is his tackling. He isn’t shy at all. He will attack the ball when it is in front of him. Hicks has pop when he hits, but still tries to wrap-up as much as he can. Some LBs like to hit more than tackle. Hicks will wrap and put his targets down forcefully. That’s what you want from a LB.

Hicks isn’t great in any way, but has the potential to be a good starting ILB in the NFL.

The biggest issue with him is durability. Hicks missed most of 2013 with an injury. He missed most of 2012 due to a hip injury. When he stays healthy and plays, Hicks is outstanding.

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If you want to look at things simplistically, the Eagles are better on offense and defense, and still have more picks left. There are still needs to address, but the Eagles won’t handle them all. No team ever really does. The key to having a good draft is acquiring talent. So far the Eagles have done a terrific job of that.

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Eagles Get Their ILB

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 212 Comments »

The Eagles drafted Texas ILB Jordan Hicks in the 3rd round.

Solid pick. He is a tough, physical player. Good athlete as well. Ran 4.68. 38-inch VJ. Has a good frame at 6-1, 236. Good fit for the 3-4.

I had Hicks as a 4th rounder due to some injury concerns. He played 7 total games in 2012 and 2013. Hicks stayed healthy as a Senior and had a very good season. He led Texas in tackles, added 3.5 sacks and 2 INTs. That is the kind of production and playmaking ability you want in the middle of the 3-4.

Obviously this raises questions about the future of Mychal Kendricks. We’ll just have to wait and see about that.

Chip Kelly said the Eagles had a 2nd round grade on him and that he was far and away the highest rated player on the board.

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Eagles Go Rowing

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 627 Comments »

The Eagles moved up in the 2nd round and drafted DB Eric Rowe. I’m guessing he will play CB, but we’ll have to wait and hear from Chip before we know for sure. Rowe started for a couple of years at Safety before moving to CB as a Senior. He was announced as DB at the podium so that doesn’t give us any clues.

I’m a big fan of Rowe’s. He is big at 6-1, 205. He ran 4.45 at the Combine. That’s great, but the thing that stood out to me is that he was a smart, instinctive player on the field. I covet players with good instincts.  Rowe is also a physical player. His background at S means that he will hit and tackle. He has no issues with mixing it up to play the run.

With his size/speed combination, I’m guessing Rowe will play CB. We’ll see what Chip says.

Terrific pick. No matter where he plays, Rowe is another talented, athletic piece to add to the Eagles secondary. God knows they needed the help.

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Some Thoughts on the 2nd Round

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 528 Comments »

I think things went pretty well for the Eagles last night. There are still plenty of prime targets on the board, which means the Eagles can sit tight and have a good player fall to them. If there is someone they covet, they can go get the player.

I thought ILB Stephone Anthony would be a 2nd round target of theirs for sure. That changed when the Saints took him in the 1st round. That was the one disappointing moment toward the end of the 1st round.

Here are some players I think the Eagles will have serious interest in:

OL TJ Clemmings
OL Jake Fisher
OL Donovan Smith
OG Ali Marpet
OG AJ Cann
QB Bryce Petty
DB Quinten Rollins
CB Eric Rowe
ILB Benardrick McKinney
LB Owamagbe Odighizuwa

Guys they may have interest in:

LB/DL Preston Smith
CB Jalen Collins
LB Danielle Hunter
ILB Denzel Perryman
LB Eli Harold
ILB Eric Kendricks
S Adrian Amos
CB Ronald Darby

Smith has the kind of size they love, but is he meant to play LB? Collins has multiple failed drug tests and is a bit of an underachiever, but has major talent. Hunter has great measurables, but wasn’t very productive. Perryman might be slower than they prefer. Harold isn’t as big as they prefer OLBs to be. He also might go early in the 2nd. Would they draft one Kendricks while reportedly shopping the other? We know they like Amos. Do they 2nd round like him or 3rd round like him? Darby is just under 5-11, has short arms and small hands. Would the Eagles want that?

Back to the top group.

The player I covet is Quinten Rollins. I want an instinctive DB with great hands. I think those guys are hard to find. The Eagles could play him at CB or S.

You can argue that trading up for one of the OTs would be the smart move.

Adding someone who could challenge for a starting job right away (RG) and could be a key starter in the future (at LT or RT) might be worth the move up.

I didn’t list any WRs above. I don’t anticipate Chip Kelly double-dipping at that spot, but I can’t completely rule it out. Adding a vertical threat like Devin Smith or a bigger WR like Jaelen Strong (212 pounds), Sammie Coates (212 pounds) or even Devin Funchess (232 pounds) would give the Eagles one deep, talented group of WRs. I hope the team goes elsewhere, but there is logic to adding another WR if he is the highest rated player on the board.

I’m hoping for defense or OL.

The bottom line is that even if the Eagles stay put a good player should be on the board for that spot.

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Any trades to happen? The Eagles were shopping some players recently. We’ll find out if that was just pre-draft talk to test the market or if the team is actively trying to move guys like Mychal Kendricks and Brandon Boykin.

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EAGLES VALUE BOARD

Rounds 1-3

1st Round

QB: Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston

RB: Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon

TE:

WR: Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker, Breshad Perriman, Phillip Dorsett, Nelson Agholor

OL: Brandon Scherff, Andrus Peat, DJ Humphries, Jake Fisher,  TJ Clemmings, Cedric Ogbuehi, Donovan Smith

DL: Leonard Williams, Arik Armstead, Danny Shelton, Eddie Goldman

OLB: Dante Fowler, Bud Dupree, Shane Ray

ILB:

S: Damarious Randall

CB: Trae Waynes, Byron Jones, Kevin Johnson, Eric Rowe

*** Character — OL La’el Collins, LB Randy Gregory, WR Dorial Green-Beckham

2nd Round

QB: Bryce Petty

RB:

TE:  Maxx Williams

WR: Jaelen Strong, Devin Smith, Sammie Coates, Devin Funchess

OL: Ali Marpet, AJ Cann, Hroniss Grasu

DL: Jordan Phillips, Henry Anderson, Mario Edwards

OLB: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Danielle Hunter

ILB: Eric Kendrics, Denzel Perryman

S: Adrian Amos

CB:

*** Character — CB Jalen Collins, CB P.J Williams

3rd Round

QB: Brett Hundley, Garret Grayson

RB:

TE: Clive Walford, Jeff Heuerman

WR: Chris Conley, Rashad Greene, Tre McBride

OL: Mitch Morse, Darryl Williams, Ty Sambrailo

DL:

OLB:

ILB: Ben Heeney

S: Ibraheim Campbell

CB: Steven Nelson, Doran Grant, Alex Carter

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My full Eagles Draft Preview is here.

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