In the first round of the NFL Draft the Eagles looked to improve their offensive line at No. 23 overall, and in the second Philadelphia elected to upgrade their defense by taking Jaiquawn Jarrett, safety, from Temple University. Andy Reid and the Eagles organization made the choice to draft a home-town player in Jarrett, and also bolster Philadelphia’s backfield, in the process picking up a valuable special teams player.
Jarrett was a monster when playing at Temple with big hits and excellent coverage on taller and more psychical receivers. Also, winning the Temple 2008 Special Teams Player of the Year award proving he is incredibly productive on kick returns and punts.
This pick makes sense following Nate Allen’s ACL injury at the end of last season, and his slow rehab contributed to this pick greatly. The Eagles are playing this draft in a conservative way, as they took a lineman in Danny Watkins in the first round, and now drafting a safety that can fill in for Allen when he is still injured. Philadelphia has looked insurance the entire draft and is looking to add depth with all of their picks thus far.
It is possible that the Eagles are going to eventually move Jarrett or possibly Allen over to strong safety once healthy, as there have been rumors of Mikell leaving Philadelphia once the NFL lockout is lifted. Either way, Philadelphia is going to have to address the still blaring need for a cornerback in one of the later rounds and possibly even trading-up to snag a player like Miami’s Brandon Harris.
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