With what was originally the New England Patriots pick in a ridiculous one-pick swap, the Eagles selected Ohio State’s, linebacker, Brian Rolle. The Eagles finally drafted another linebacker after three straight picks of offensive lineman, and are looking to fill a need for a quick and high-motor type of player. Rolle was drafted after several visits with the Eagles during the offseason and was the same team he wanted to be drafted too.
Rolle is actually kind of small for a linebacker, but he makes up for it with that high-motor and very quick reactions when finding the ball carrier. At Ohio State, Rolle was mainly used as a blitzing linebacker off of the corner, and a guy who can get into the backfield. Rolle should fit well into the Eagles defense as a speed guy that comes off of the bench when whomever will be starting is tired.
The worst case scenario for Rolle and the Eagles is he comes in mainly as a special teams player. His speed could come in very handy on kick returns and on punt coverage, which is an area where the Eagles struggled last season. I can see Rolle quickly fitting in on special teams and working his was into the starting lineup throughout next season.
This is the Eagles third defensive draft pick this season, and the main focus has been on the offensive line. Philadelphia has two picks remaining in the seventh-round of the 2011 NFL Draft, in which the Eagles may look more defense.
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