Assessing the First 3 Picks

Posted: April 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 7 Comments »

I wrote my SB Nation Philly column on the Eagles 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks.  I re-watched some game tape on Curtis Marsh to freshen my mind on him.  Saw plenty of Watkins and Jarrett during the year and offseason.

Here’s the link.

7 Comments on “Assessing the First 3 Picks”

  1. 1 arby said at 11:49 AM on April 30th, 2011:

    Great story about Deron Cherry and good insight toward the relationship between coaches and a prospect. So, after all the measurables, there IS a place for intuition…, hmmmm.

  2. 2 nicolajNN said at 11:56 AM on April 30th, 2011:

    Greg Cosell really likes Jarrett and it sounds like Reid really do too and they obviously targeted him. When you described safeties and the draft I couldn’t help but think it sounded like a description of QB

    Reid also told yesterday that Marsh himself suggested a move to CB because it was a weak position on the team.

    Sad to see Green gone, and to the packers, so who do you see as RB targets?

  3. 3 Tommy Lawlor said at 12:00 PM on April 30th, 2011:

    Just posted a Targets List. New post on IB.

  4. 4 arby said at 12:01 PM on April 30th, 2011:

    In addition to RB’s Tommy, how would you rank the LB’s?
    I would think RB’s would be: Taiwan Jones, then Kendall Hunter. LB’s: Quan Sturdivant, Casey Matthews, Ross Homan, Lawrence Wilson. Something like that? Give me one of both this round Eagles!!

  5. 5 ian no 2 said at 12:37 PM on April 30th, 2011:

    I agree that measurables are overrated when it comes to defensive secondary. The best safeties are people who use their head well and have acceptable measurables. The same is true with CB, but better measurables are needed. Occasionally you get a guy like Revis or Deion who combines both, but they play at that level mostly because of what’s going on between the ears.

    Part of my objection to this pick is – not thinking that Mikell would earn much, if any, above his actual value – the suspicion that because Jarrett was graded as a 4th the gang has concluded he’s so much better than Coleman, Anderson, Adams and Wall that they got as FAs or in the 7th, or a potential free agent or option to Jarrett in the later rounds. This suspicion comes from the fact that even though Coleman outplayed Nate Allen from the first whistle of rookie camp to the last game, they kept putting Nate Allen ahead of him. This would be one of the factors leading to the waste of a 2nd round pick, when you could have had guys with the potential to actually improve the team like Martez Wilson, Brandon Harris, or Taiwan Jones.

  6. 6 JVB said at 1:16 PM on April 30th, 2011:

    I don’t understand how you can say rookie corners really struggled. McCourty, Haden, Cox and Verner were top 20 corners in the league. The only guy that bombed was Jackson. Wilson was solid.

  7. 7 ian no 2 said at 1:52 PM on April 30th, 2011:

    agree w/ JVB, you can get into a rut where you’re afraid to use a rookie and you won’t pay for a good vet and get Dimitri Patterson. The Phillies had the same rut with starting pitching for years but have found a solution which has pictures of presidents on it.

    Teams go with rookie CBs all the time, and it you want to avoid it keep top vets.. especially as they seem to be simplifying the D.