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Philadelphia Eagles Select Julian Vandervelde in The Fifth Round of The 2011 NFL Draft

The Eagles Fifth Round Selection in The 2011 NFL Draft, Julian Vandervelde

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded down once again in the 2011 NFL Draft, trading away their second fifth round pick (No. 153 Overall), and one seventh round pick (No. 227 Overall), to the New York Jets. In return the Eagles received one fifth round pick (No. 161 Overall), and a sixth round pick (No. 194 Overall). This marks the third time the Eagles have traded-down in this draft, as Andy Reid has drafted various postions and covered quite a few needs thus far.

With the second Eagles pick in the fifth round (No.161 Overall), the Eagles select Julian Vandervelde, guard, Iowa. The Eagles have once again looked to improve their weak offensive line as they have taken another lineman. Philadelphia drafted Danny Watkins in the first round, another offensive guard from Baylor. This pick is an interesting one from Andy Reid, as Philadelphia is in need of a tackle, and not another guard.

However, Vandervelde is another big body, much like Watkins, that can block with the best of them. Vandervelde excels at picking up linebackers from the second level, and is quick on his feet when he falls behind. Showing excellent intelligence when required to pick up a blitz or when he is given a specific assignment on the line. Another aspect of Vandervelde that is regarded as one of his best is his ability to seal off running lanes when he get’s the chance.

This pick is surprising as I thought the Eagles would be looking defense all the way here, but this is more insurance on the offensive line. That’s now two linemen, guards specifically, for the Eagles in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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