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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

Category: NFL Draft
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Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2010 9:58 pm

Reid is the Sapp for taking Ricky

Excellent point on Ricky Sapp. His talent level does make him a great pick in the mid 130's, but not if you can't use him. Unless there's something going on behind the scenes and Philly is going to be shaking up the defensive scheme as part of their new look, this pick is worthless. Most disapointing of the draft for the birds, especcially when you look at some of the talent still on the board at that point like Walter McFadden out of Auburn. I am a little bit happier with Teo-Nesheim than you I think though. Very cerebral rusher who can find a way to the QB later in games and particularly in crunch time. Combine that with Jared Allen-like hustle every play, and this kid could be a huge impact player.

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