By Abe Munch
1st- Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
2nd- Jaiquawn Jarrett, S, Temple
3rd- Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
4th- Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
4th- Alex Henery, K, Nebraska
5th- Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh
5th- Julian Vandervelde, OG, Iowa
6th- Jason Kelce, OC, Cincinnati
6th- Brian Rolle, LB, Ohio State
7th- Greg Lloyd, LB, Connecticut
7th- Stanley Havili, RB, USC
Synopsis: The Eagles are a team that likes to move picks around on draft day, similar to the New England Patriots. Philadelphia didn’t have any glaring needs but definitely wanted players to help shore up areas on the team that may become a concern in the future. They ended up drafting an equal number of offensive and defensive prospects.
Best Selection: Danny Watkins. The Eagles offensive line surrendered over 50 sacks a season ago, and much of that was due to soft protection inside. Watkins has better than adequate skills in pass protection and flashes dominance in the running game.
Biggest Risk: Not adding a rush linebacker early. With plenty of viable outside linebacker options available in the first three rounds, Philadelphia chose not to select one and to address other areas. Their pressure packages the last few years haven’t been what they once were.
Sleeper: Dion Lewis. Lewis will do well in rotation along with fellow Pittsburgh alumni LeSean McCoy. Lewis is a strong runner between the tackles and has a similar running style to Maurice Jones-Drew; able to fit through small creases to gain extra yardes.
Philadelphia has developed a ‘more is better’ approach to drafting the past two years. They selected 13 players last year and 12 this year. Though the Eagles have added quantity, I feel the quality could be better. Danny Watkins and Jaiquawn Jarrett should develop into reliable starters.
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