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Philadelphia Eagles Select Jason Kelce In The Sixth Round of The 2011 NFL Draft

The Eagles Sixth Round 2011 NFL Draft Selection, Jason Kelce

The Eagles have two picks in the sixth round (No. 191 and No. 193 Overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Philadelphia actually swapped their sixth round pick (No. 194 Overall), for the Patriots sixth round pick (No. 193 Overall). The trade doesn’t make much sense, but Andy Reid and Bill Belichick have conducted a trade for the past 10 years involving draft picks, and it was just to keep the tradition of Philadelphia and New England exchanging draft picks alive.

With the Eagles sixth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Philadelphia selected, Jason Kelce, guard, Cincinnati.This is now the third lineman the Eagles have drafted this year, and the third guard, with still no offensive tackles. This pick comes as even more of a surprise as the Eagles passed again on picking a tackle, but once again Andy Reid must have found something in this young man to see him as a valuable asset.

The best part of Kelce is he doubles as a center as well, which makes him a very versatile player on the Eagles line. Kelce moved back and forth freely from guard to center throughout his entire career at Cincinnati.

Kelce is excellent at mirroring tougher and quicker defenders off the snap, and can hold his own against larger defensive lineman. This is an excellent pick as the Eagles continue to improver their weak offensive line, and may actually be shading towards running the ball more. All of the lineman the Eagles have drafted so far have been better in run protection and have not been playing in offenses like the west coast style.

Pair this with the drafting of Dion Lewis, and the Eagles could have a mean rushing attack in 2011. Who knows, maybe Reid is mixing it up and giving Michael Vick a break next season?

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