NFL.com breaks down day three for the Eagles, and gives their take on some background on the players the team picked.
Round 4, Pick 19 (116) (From Buccaneers) Casey Matthews LB 6’1″ 231 Oregon 5.6
Pick Analysis: The Eagles nab an instinctive middle linebacker with the selection of Matthews. He has an outstanding feel for the game and finds a way to get to the ball. His vision, instincts and production will make it hard to keep him out of the lineup.
Round 4, Pick 23 (120) Alex Henery K 6’2″ 177 Nebraska 4.5
Pick Analysis: The kicking game remains a vital part of the Eagles’ blue print of success, and the addition of Henery gives them an opportunity to upgrade the position. David Akers’ inconsistencies will provide Henery with a legitimate chance to make their team, but he must win the job outright.
Round 5, Pick 18 (149) (From Chargers) Dion Lewis RB 5’7″ 193 Pittsburgh 5.7
Pick Analysis: He is a crafty runner with wiggle and quickness. He is effective between the tackles and gives the Eagles another contributor in their running back rotation.
Round 5, Pick 30 (161) (From Jets) Julian Vandervelde OL 6’2″ 301 Iowa 3.7
Pick Analysis: He gives the Eagles a big, physical interior blocker to work into the rotation. He will compete for a backup position at one of the Eagles’ guard spots.
Round 6, Pick 26 (191) (From Ravens) Jason Kelce OL 6’3″ 280 Cincinnati 2.4
Pick Analysis: Kelce has the ability to play center but there are questions about being able to protect the quarterback.
Round 6, Pick 28 (193) (From Patriots) Brian Rolle LB 5’10” 229 Ohio St. 3.8
Pick Analysis: Rolle is small, but he’s tenacious and will work hard to make something of himself in the NFL.
Round 7, Pick 34 (237) (Compensatory Selection) Greg Lloyd LB 6’1″ 246 Connecticut 2.5
Pick Analysis: The thought was that on name alone Lloyd might have been selected in the middle round, but as a seventh rounder for Philly he will have his work cut out for him to make it in the NFL.
Round 7, Pick 37 (240) (Compensatory Selection) Stanley Havili RB 6’0″ 227 USC 3.2
Pick Analysis: Havili is a finesse fullback, who won’t knock you on your butt. Havili can catch and is nifty in the open field for a bigger guy.
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