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Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Posted on: April 24, 2010 7:01 pm
This was a strange draft for Eagles fans. Aside from attempting to break the record for most trades in a draft, Andy Reid also selected ZERO offensive lineman among the teams 13 picks.

13. Brandon Graham DE Michigan- The Eagles traded up 11 spots to grab what some people view as the most disruptive pure pass rusher in the draft. BUT, some other people are down on his because he's only 6'1 and he has short arms. What helps Graham overcome his height is his relentlessness, his raw strength and more importantly his impressive repertoire of pass rush moves. He'll come in and outwork just about anyone else at the LE spot and make in impact right off the bat across from Trent Cole IMO. Grade-A

37. Nate Allen FS USF- Ahhh the "Donovan" pick. No surprise here as a lot of people thought this would be the pick. Allen is a FS with good size/speed combo who can cover slot WR's when asked to do so. I have one glaring problem with Nate Allen and that's the fact that he's known for taking poor angles in run support. I watched more than a few USF games in the Big East and he was responsible for giving up some big runs. Luckily that's something that's coachable and more importantly his coverage skills are very good. Grade- B+

86. Daniel Teo-Nesheim DE Washington- After what seemed like 50 trades to get out of their current spots they take a guy that puzzles and angers a lot of Eagles fans. I don't HATE the pick. The one common theme among scouting reports is "all effort who just isn't athletic enough". Isn't athletic enough? Go look at his numbers from the combine, he's near the top if not at THE top of just about every drill he participated in. Add this to the fact he was very consistent in his production while starting every game in his college career I guess Andy Reid saw this kid as a potential filler for Trent Cole when he goes and a situational pass rusher for the near future. Was he worth passing on some good CB's for? Maybe not. Grade- C+

105. Trevard Lindley CB Kentucky- If this was the 2009 draft this would be a steal. But its not 2009.......and this isn't a steal. Lindley is a 180 lb CB who runs a 4.5 40. Not an amazing combo, plus the fact that he really struggled with injuries this year and he was burned early and often at the Senior Bowl. I guess he fills a need at CB, but I'm not impressed. They could've gotten Brandon Ghee in round 3 with one of the many trades they made. Grade- C-

121. Keenan Clayton OLB Oklahoma- A former strong safety who projects to WILL in the NFL. Maybe he's an insurance policy if Ernie Sims health doesn't hold up or if he just doesn't fit our scheme. Clayton is a really good athlete whose adept at forcing fumbles and making stops behind the LOS. Andy Reid never spends high picks on LB's but I like this pick and his athleticism may put him ahead of Akeem Jordan shortly. Grade- B

122. Mike Kafka QB Northwestern- I think most of us expected to see a QB taken in this draft. A lot of people were hoping to see a big guy like John Skelton, but no such luck. Kafka has good size at 6'3 220 and despite not having a huge arm, he showed good touch and accuracy while at Northwestern leading some to believe he's an ideal fit for a WCO. They'll need Kafka to learn quickly because he'll be 2nd on the depth chart come 2011. Grade- C

125. Clay Harbor TE/H-back Missouri State- Some people seem to think this was a wasted pick because of Brent Celek, but I don't see it that way. Harbor is a great athlete in the Dustin Keller mold who can be a valuable piece to any offense. At 6'3 250 lbs he plays strong at the point of attack he'll create matchup problems paired with Brent Celek if Andy Reid ever decides to run 2 TE sets. Would Eagles fans be so upset if this guy turned out to be like Chris Cooley? I doubt it. Grade- B+

134. Ricky Sapp DE/OLB Clemson- Ahhh how did I see this pick coming? Baffling to me, because in my mind Sapp is strictly a 3-4 OLB. He's too small and not NEARLY as physical as he'd need to be to play DE for us. So the fact remains that Ricky Sapp is the new Chris Gocong. A pass rushing specialist in college who Andy Reid feels he can turn into a legitimate SAM LB. I don't see it working out. Sure, a guy like Ricky Sapp is GREAT value at this point in the draft, but is the value that great if he doesn't fit your scheme? Grade- D+

159. Riley Cooper WR Florida- Finally. The Eagles at least attempt to land a taller WR with some skill to go with his height. I raved about Riley Cooper in my Senior Bowl write ups because of how fluid he looked and how well he went up for the ball. At 6'3 220 lbs he runs a 4.5 40 and could be the perfect crutch in the redzone for a young QB like Kevin Kolb. If he can come in and contribute I love this pick. Grade- B+

200. Charles Scott RB LSU- Well Eagles fans keep asking for a big, true RB. It's safe to say the Eagles found their man. Despite not having blazing speed, Scott has very quick feet that make him highly effective at the goaline. Think LenDale White and Jerome Bettis. He needs to break the stigma that big RB's can work in Andy's offense and he could be a huge goalline help. Grade- B

220. Jamar Chaney LB Miss State- This was my favorite pick of this draft. For nearly two rounds I kept saying "Chaney has to go here, he's too versatile to pass up" and yet the Eagles and everyone else kept passing. Just about everywhere you looked had Chaney graded out as a 2nd to 3rd round prospect. Why does it seem every year this happens to someone? Well luckily the Eagles got wise and traded back into the top of round 7 and snagged him. Chaney can play all 3 LB spots in a 4-3 so it remains to be seen where he'll play, but a kid as versatile as him on a team as needy for LB's as this is a great thing to have. Chaney ran the fastest 40 among all LB's at the draft at 6'1 240 lbs and he's a tackling machine. The biggest knock on Chaney is that he's far too aggressive and that leads to missed opportunities and blown plays. My question is this: Is there such a thing as a LB being too aggressive on our defense? If so, he can be taught I think given time he'll end up blowing Ricky Sapp out of the water as our SAM LB and really being a steal in this draft. Grade- A

243. Jeff Owens DT Georgia- This is a typical Andy pick. A shorter DT, who has ridiculous strength but not a ton of production to match it last year. The drop in production is possibly due to the fact he was recovering from a knee injury in 2008. Before that he put up some decent #'s and showed he could get to the QB. Grade- C

244. Kurt Coleman FS Ohio State- Another guy the Eagles jumped on after he took a big fall. Kurt Coleman is a smaller FS who could provide good depth behind Nate Allen and really be a steal late. He flashes good instincts but just never quite broke out as a major playmaker. Grade- B

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Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 11:57 am

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

I was thinking about why the Eagles decided not to go after CB's earlier in the draft and I'm assuming they feel that the reason the coverage was bad last year was more due to the lack of pass rush. Maybe that's why they focused more on improving the DE's in this draft. I'm just guessing here, but it would explain why they only drafted one.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 11:47 am

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades


I like the evaluations and you were very fair with the grading.  This is how I would have graded each pick.

#13.  Brandon Graham - Goes without saying this was a huge need and fits our scheme.  Can't give it an A though because he wasn't the concensus best avail at his position even though he was the best player for us.  Grade -B+

#37.  Nate Allen - Wasn't my guy, but they hit on our #2 need with a guy that many teams had rated as a 1st round pick.  Even though he's not the guy I wanted...  Grade - A

#86.  Daniel T'eo - Neshim - The pick that everyone here is hung up on.  He wasn't a reach and even with the acquisitons of Tapp and Graham we still could have used more help in the pass rush.  He'll help give us a lot of flexibility on passing downs and not rely on the blitz so heavily if they so choose.  Grade - B

#105 - Trevard Lindley - Moderate risk, high reward pick.  If this is 2009 we might be talking about him as a first rounder.  He had an absolutely abysmal year though.  Still this was a huge need and this is the best we could do in this deep draft?  Grade - D+

#121 - Keenan Clayton - I absolutely hate this pick.  How many wills are we going to bring into camp?  I think this was way to high for him also.  Grade - F

#122 - Mike Kafka - Likable guy and a good fit for our scheme.  Not sure if there was another team looking at him this high though.
Grade - C+

#125 - Clay Harbor - I look at this as a luxary pick.  We hope that Ingram will be fully healthy, but you never know.  Plus we can line Harbor up many different ways.  Grade - B

#134 Ricky Sapp - Well if you're going to pick a converted DE to SAM it may as well be in the 5th instead of the 3rd right?  Plus it was great value at the pick so I can't really hate it.  Grade - C

#159 Riley Cooper - Nice to actually have a talented big WR.  Have to think he almost immediately wins that #4 WR spot and contributes early as a red zone threat.  Grade - A-

#200 Charles Scott - What we finally drafted a big back?  Hope he pans out or this may be the last one that Andy takes.  Grade - B-

#220 Jamar Chaney - LOOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEE the pick.  This is one of the guys I've been tooting his horn all off-season.  He can play all 3 LB spots in our scheme, but I wouldn't be shocked at all if he wins the starting job at SAM out of camp.  If not, I think he takes it over at some point this season.  Grade A+(since I can't give anything higher lol!)

#243 Jeff Owens - Eh.  He was projected to go earlier than this, but is he really even better than Laws?  Grade - C

#244 Kurt Coleman - Pack your bags QD and Nacho.  Excellent value and I think he beats out Demps and Nacho for the #2 FS spot.
Grade - A

We made a lot of picks, definitely filled some needs, added a lot of depth and talent, certainly our pass rush wow, but still I'm not completely happy.  They essentially ignored one of our biggest needs and the best the come up with is Trevard Lindley?  If they can coach him up it's a great pick, if not we are going into 2011 with AS probably in his last year as an Eagle and only legit CB on the team.  They have to pick at least pick a corner in the first next year and maybe 2 in the first 2 rounds depending on Lindley's progress.

Overall Grade - B

Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 11:36 am

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

He seems like a value pick at that point in the draft, but I wonder if he'll fit in the Eagles system. Another Chris Gocong? I'm thinking special teams and hopefully he can be the first successful transformed DE ot LB in the AR era.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 11:17 am

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Everything I read about him says we could have gotten him later in the draft so I wonder if AR caught wind of someone else wanting to take a chance on him early and they jumped or what

Pick #90 the Patriots would have taken him Pack.  I think the Eagles moved back to 71 with a specific target in mind and missed on someone.  Maybe not, but 0 offensive linemen were taken and the Mass that DuCasse is went what 5 picks earlier?  Who knows maybe all the guys they wanted were already gone and just went ahead and loaded up in the later rounds.  I think the Patriots at pick #90 were going to take Neshim though.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2010 10:08 am

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Hey Pack, thanks for checking out my blog.

About the Clay Harbor pick. The reason I saw for most of the Eagles fans who DIDN'T like the Clay Harbor pick was the fact that Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was still on the board. In fact, he went a pick later to our rival Cowboys. So in reality we gave them Dez Bryant, Sean Lee and AOA this year. Talk about sleeping with the enemy.

I like Clay Harbor. He's got good size, good hands, he moves and runs well and he's strong as an ox. You can't have too many weapons for a young QB and Clay Harbor is a weapon indeed.

What do you think about Ricky Sapp?

Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 7:29 am

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Great evaluations Bishop. I wish you would have been around on Friday and Saturday. I spoke with a couple of friends of mine that are crazy fans of Michigan and LSU. My Michigan buddy said that Brandon Graham was one of the few shinning moments of what was a awful year, and that he stood out on the field. My LSU friend said Charles Scott, or Chuck the truck, will be a fan favorite. He doesn't have any wiggle but just straight ahead power. Looks like 3rd and short shouldn't be much of a problem anymore, well if they decide to run the ball.

I like most Eagles fans am still baffled about the Teo-Nesheim pick. Everything I read about him says we could have gotten him later in the draft so I wonder if AR caught wind of someone else wanting to take a chance on him early and they jumped or what. In the end if he turns out to be a productive player it won't matter where we took him. I'm also concerned about Clayton's size. He is a great athlete but seems a bit too small to play LB. I'm assuming we'll see more of him on special teams.

I love the Riley Cooper pick. He's big, strong, and shows the ability to go up for that big catch. On a side note for a guy who is follically challenged, I like the long hair lol.

I didn't see a lot of fans complaining about the Harbor pick. I guess Engram's kneee is still a concern for the Eagles.

All in all I thought the Eagles did well. Some picks have me scratching my head a bit, but as of rght now I'm happy. I imagine at least one of these DE's will be moved to LB, which always makes me concerned. It's also strange that no OL was drafted. We shall see how it all works out.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:49 pm

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Teo-Nesheim may be one of those guys that if he ever gets a stretch of significant playing time due to injury of one of your starters, it may be hard to get him off the field. He just produces. One of the only bright spots on a bad Washington D that got better last year.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:36 pm

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

I guess if Jamaal Jackson isn't ready to go it could look something like:

LT- Peters LG- Herremans C- Cole RG- Stacy Andrews RT- Winston Justice

I really am surprised that no offensive lineman were chosen.

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:18 pm

Who gets cut?

A great read -  thanks for this!  Its hard not to get excited with guys like Chaney, Scott and Cooper on board.
I worry about so many picks - do all of them make it or how many will get cut?  Seems like quite an overhaul.  I hate it when draft picks end up off the team a couple months later.  But I do trust Andy at the Draft but it stunning he didn't take a single offensive lineman.
What does our offensive look like for 2010?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 10:09 pm

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grades

Don't get me wrong cj, I like the DTN pick. I had to lower the grade though because there were good CB's left on the board at his spot and we got stuck with Lindley instead.

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