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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 19 Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri #2 WR Round 1
2 53 LeSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh #8 RB Round 3
5 153 Cornelius Ingram TE Florida #6 TE Round 3
5 157 Victor Harris CB Virginia Tech #6 CB Round 2

Senior Bowl practice comment

In one-on-one's played better earlier in the week - he looked good both in press coverage and playing off the line.  He had a nice end zone interception in 11 on 11's.

Senior Bowl Game

Harris played very well and very consistently in pass defense.  He also stood out with good coverage on a punt return.  He did not have any stand out punt returns.

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Harris a quick corner who may be best served with a team that plays zone.  Harris mirrors receivers very well, breaks well on the ball, and is a sure tackler.  Best of all, he has the make-up of a successful corner.  He will have a long and successful NFL career.
5 159 Fenuki Tupou OT Oregon #14 OT Round 4

East West Shrine Game

Tupou had a very good game both in pass protection and blocking in the run game.
6 194 Brandon Gibson WR Washington State #25 WR Round 5

Senior Bowl practice comment

Strong kid, gets off the jam on the line very well. Looked solid, not spectacular; steady hands except for one bad drop.
7 213 Paul Fanaika OG Arizona State NR 7th/FA
7 230 Moise Fokou OLB Maryland #12 OLB Round 4

Senior Bowl practice comment

Fokou had a nice play on run in 11 on 11's and did very well in the one-on-one's.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

5 - 2 Davis 2-1   Hill 0-1   Foster 2-0   Jennings 1-0
FA ---- Josh Gaines DE Penn State NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Reshard Langford SS Vanderbilt NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Marcus Mailei FB Weber State NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Dallas Reynolds OC/OG BYU NR 7th/FA

 

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2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Eagles only had two picks in the first four rounds, and in my mind, I would have gone in a different direction with their pick in round two.  Other than that I cannot argue with their selections based on where they drafted and their needs.  However, I was not overly impressed with the college street free agents they signed.

DRAFT PICKS

Macklin was an excellent get by the Eagles.  He give the team three receivers (Jackson and Curtis are the other two) who are reliable pass catchers, with good speed and quickness, who can make big plays.  However, the Eagles "big three" are not very big or very physical.

I had four running backs still on the board rated more highly than McCoy.  For a big back to compliment Westbrook, I liked Green.  For a similar skilled back I liked Goodson.  For a combo back I liked Andre Brown.  However, I would have passed on all three here and drafted my top rated tight end, Shawn Nelson at this spot.  With Nelson's receiving skills, he would have filled the need for big target who could also get down the field.  I especially would have drafted Nelson since my favorite of all the backs available at this spot, Javon Ringer, was going to be available later in the draft.  Now, why did I have four other running backs rated more highly than McCoy?  His lack of speed and athleticism in his workout meant that there was a higher probability of failure with McCoy, especially at this spot in the draft, than there was with the other backs.  Before you shout that McCoy showed good quickness and change-of-direction skills in workouts, know that Ringer's numbers (3.72 short shuttle, 6.66 three-cone) were much better than Shady McCoy's numbers (4.18 short shuttle, 6.82 three-cone), and Ringer was pretty darn productive at Michigan State as well.

Given the prior two selections, Ingram was good value and a logical pick here.  He will develop into a solid NFL tight end.  However, in my scenario, after drafting Nelson in round two, I would have grabbed my main man Javon Ringer here.

Macho Harris was a great pick in round five.  I had a second round grade on this kid.  He has good skills, is very quick, is a ballhawk, is a confident player, and will eventually be a top starter for the Eagles.

Tupou was an underrated and overlooked prospect in this draft.  He played a very nice game at the East West Shrine Game.  Worst case, he should have a career as a capable reserve.  He is a better player on the field than he is a workout warrior.

Gibson was worth a shot in round six.  During the Senior Bowl practices he looked very strong, getting off jams on the line and fighting for the ball.  Then he went out and lifted the bar only 10 times.  So is he not as strong as he looked, or is horrible at bench pressing?  The answer to that question will determine his fate.  With his lack of speed, Gibson's role will have to be that of a physical receiver who is a plus on special teams coverage units.

The Eagles had Fanaika higher on their board than he was on mine.  He needs work in the weight room.  I liked the potential of guard Ryan Durand more, and he would have been my selection here.

The Eagles have to have been thrilled that Fokou was available at #230.  I had a fourth round grade on him and I actually give him a shot to get into the battle for the starting WILL at some point during the season.  In the meantime, he will be a good special teams player.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Gaines is a strong kid, who could develop into a early down end and goal line player as a force against the run.  But, he will probably have to do so from the Eagles development squad (if at all).

Langford is athletic enough to be a force on special teams, but will need to excel there since his upside as a safety is somewhat limited.

Mailei has good hands, something the Eagles like in fullbacks, but faces long odds to make the team.

Reynolds best asset is his versatility.  He is a candidate for the Eagles' development squad since if he develops he will offer roster flexibility.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Macklin Jeremy Missouri 6'0.1" 198 M-L - 4.40 1.56 2.62 4.26 - 7.12 35.5" 10'0"
McCoy LeSean Pittsburgh 5'11" 197 M-M - 4.50 1.52 2.59 4.18 - 6.82 29" 8'11"
Ingram Cornelius Florida 6'3.7" 245 XL-L 21 4.62 1.53 2.69 4.53  - 7.12 33" 9'6"
Harris Macho Virginia Tech 5'11.2" 198 M-M - 4.46 1.50 2.56 3.98 - 6.68 34" 10'1"
Tupou Fenuki Oregon 6'5.3" 314 L-S 24 5.20 1.73 2.94 4.85  - 8.33 26" 8'3"
Gibson Brandon Washington State 6'0.3" 210 M-L 10 4.59 1.63 2.65 4.54 - 6.94 34" 9'5"
Fanaika Paul Arizona State 6'5.1" 327 XL-XL 16 - - - 4.92 - 8.06 24.5" 8'2"
Fokou Moise Maryland 6'1.1" 233 XL-XL 21 4.63 1.57 2.70 4.28 11.41 7.09 33" 10'1"
Gaines Josh Penn State 6'0.3" 274 - 28 4.90 1.68 2.82 - - - - -
Langford Reshard Vanderbilt 6'1.1" 212 - 17 4.68 1.62 2.69 4.23 - 7.17 38" 10'3"
Mailei Marcus Weber State 5'11.6" 248 S-M 22 4.88 1.62 2.78 4.33 - 7.36 35" 9'5"
Reynolds Dallas BYU 6'4.3" 309 - 20 5.28 1.79 2.98 5.03 - 7.59 30" 8'2"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB McNabb is under contract, should be back and will be back.  If the Eagles trade him and go to Kolb they will be in trouble.  I expect Kolb's success to  more like Beck the Miami quarterback than Beck the singer.  I'm not convinced that A. J. Feeley isn't the better option at backup quarterback.
RB Westbrook is a great back.  Buckhalter is underrated and an UFA who some team could give a chance to compete for significant playing time.  Booker was a disappointment.  Look for the Eagles to add a banger in the draft to help in short yardage and goal line situations and possibly replace Buckhalter as Westbrook's primary backup.  There are good options in the draft.
WR This unit is much maligned but is better than given credit for.  I like the Jackson.  I like Curtis.  Both can stretch the field.  Jackson can take a short pass and go the distance.  Curtis has reliable hands and is a great route runner.  Avant, Baskett, Brown and Lewis are all NFL-caliber receivers, but yes upgrades can be found.  What is needed here is a big receiver to pair with Curtis moving Jackson to the slot.  However, you can do a lot worse than having Jackson and Curtis as your starters.
TE Smith is an UFA, and with Celek passing him by, he will most likely move on.  That means the Eagles will need a quality tight end to pair with Celek.
OL For a team that throws as often as the Eagles do, the Eagles were 7th in the league giving up only 23 sacks.  However, starting tackles Runyon and Thomas are UFAs and at their advanced ages decisions have to made as to whom to resign (my guess LT Thomas is back, RT Runyon is not).  Inside the Eagles blocked well and Jean-Gilles started showing the talent I knew he had before getting injured.  A right tackle will probably be needed.
DL This is a team strength.  At end the team goes five deep.  Inside Patterson and Bunkley form a terrific young duo and Haws is a fine young third tackle. 
LB Bradley played better than I expected in the middle.  Gocong looks like a keeper at SAM.  Gaither took a step back this year and was replaced by Jordan who looked very good in the regular season but was no where to be found during the playoffs.  An upgrade at WILL is possible.
DB Samuel and Brown are a top pair starting corners.  Hansen's solid play makes trading Sheppard more likely.  At safety starter Dawkins and backup/special teams ace Considine are UFAs.  Dawkins is probably going nowhere, but the Eagles have his replacement in place with Quintin Demps.  Mikell has developed into a top strong safety.
ST A very solid unit with Akers, Rocca, Demps and Jackson.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
2 47 Trevor Laws DT 6'0.6" 304 N Dame #4 DT Round 1/Round 2

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Laws hustles all the time and makes a lot of tackles.  He is also strong, quick and fast for a 300 pound man.  Laws can play inside in a 4-3 defense, but also has the skill set to play end in a 3-4.  Laws is one of those players that looks like an overachiever, but isn't, he's just very good and very talented.  Would I draft him in round one?  As Tom Cullen (The Stand) would say, Laws yes!
2 49 DeSean Jackson WR/Ret 5'9.6" 169 California #4 WR Round 1/Round 2
3 80 Bryan Smith OLB 6'2.3" 231 McNeese St   Late Round Value
4 109 Mike McGlynn OT/OG 6'4" 311 Pittsburgh #14 OT Round 4
4 117 Quintin Demps FS/Ret 5'11" 206 UTEP #2 FS Round 2/Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Demps has the best man-to-man cover skills of all the pure safeties in the draft (not including the corners being projected to safety).  He has the speed to line up in coverage against running backs split wide and tight ends who are bulked up wide receivers.  He also has excellent ball skills, gets lots of turnovers and is a good punt and kickoff returner.  He needs to be a more reliable tackler, but I believe that will come in time.
4 131 Jack Ikegwuonu CB 5'10.4" 194 Wisconsin   Late Round Value
6 184 Mike Gibson OG/OT 6'3.5" 305 California #7 OG Round 3/Round 4
6 200 Joe Mays ILB 5'11" 245 N Dakota St   Free Agent
6 203 Andy Studebaker OLB/DE 6'3" 251 Wheaton   Free Agent
7 230 King Dunlap OT 6'8.5" 310 Auburn   Late Round Value
FA   Jed Collins FB/TE 6'1.6" 254 Wash St   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Franklyn Dunbar OT 6'4.3" 327 Mid Ten St   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Shaheer McBride WR 6'1.4" 205 Delaware St   Late Round Value/Free Agent

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2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Eagles draft was all over the place.  They had some great picks (Laws, Demps, Gibson), a head-scratcher (Smith) and missed a player I would have pulled the trigger on (strong safety Josh Barrett) by a wide margin over Mays or Studebaker in round six.  Barrett would have been been better on special teams than either player and could develop into a very good starting strong safety in a year or two, a position of need for the Eagles with Considine (a player whose skills I like) always getting hurt.  The Eagles didn't sign any college street free agents that blew my mind.

DRAFT PICKS

Laws is a player I like a lot.  He goes all out on every play, is very strong and very quick, and is a player the Philly fans will appreciate.  He should be part of a three man rotation immediately, and, in time, will be a player they will find hard to keep off the field (both because of his talent and his attitude).  Laws was a great pick.

Jackson was another nice selection by Philly.  While players like Sweed and Hawkins may have a higher upside since both have the skills to be a #1 receiver and Jackson is a clear #2 or #3; he was an excellent fit for the Eagles.  Now some of you will complain that the Eagles could use a #1 receiver, however, there were no top tier #1's available.  Also, the Eagle fans (and national media) greatly under-appreciate Kevin Curtis, a former member of my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them.  Just a reminder, scout Matt Gambil had these numbers for Curtis at his on campus workout: 39 1/2" vertical, 4.27 forty, 20 reps. Now back to Jackson.  He will provide the Eagles with another speedy receiver and a good return man.  When he is on the field with Curtis and Brown, McNabb can confidently go where the coverage dictates and feel confident the ball will be caught, and the receiver has good YAC.

The Eagles had Smith rated more highly than me.  He was an undersized defensive end who got double-digit sacks his last two years at McNeese State who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL because of his size.  However, as an outside linebacker his speed and quickness are only average so I'm not sure he will be able to transfer his skills to be a starting linebacker in the NFL.  As fifth round selection, he would be worth the risk.  Not as a third round pick.  If the Eagles wanted a linebacker here who could play the strong side, Stanford Keglar would have been my pick.  If they wanted a smallish pass rushing defensive end with a chance to play linebacker here, Marcus Howard would have been my pick.

McGlynn is a strong kid with quick feet who will be a versatile sub.  He played tackle in college, but may be best suited for guard in the NFL.  He does have enough skills to develop into a reliable starter down the road.

Demps is a smart, speedy free safety who has a nose for the ball, and has above average cover skills.  Immediately, Demps is an ideal nickel safety.  Long term he could be a good replacement for Dawkins.  He is not a good fit at strong safety since he is better in coverage playing the run. 

Ikegwuonu would have been a third round value if he didn't get injured prior to the draft (knee).  He won't play this year, and next year will be a recovery year, but if he bounces all the way back the Eagles will have a heady, physical corner who fits their scheme.

Gibson has the measureables, the toughness and the attitude to succeed.  He needs work on his technique.  I expect him to be a better pro long tem than McGlynn.

Mays and Studebaker are linebackers from small college programs.  Personally, I would have grabbed strong safety Josh Barrett with one of these picks. Mays is short, not particularly fast or quick, but is instinctive and was the defensive player of the year in his conference.  He can play the run but is limited in pass defense.  He will be a good special teams player.

Studebaker is a small college pass rusher who also shows good pursuit against the run.  He was injured much of his senior year but had 17.5 sacks as a junior.  He projects as a possible pass rush specialist.  While some see him as similar to Gocong, Gocong was on my "list" (like Curtis), and Studebaker was off my board.

Dunlap has tremendous size.  He will need time to develop and is an ideal practice squad candidate.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Collins is a blocker who could play in the backfield or on the line.  There is an opportunity for him at fullback, not a deep position for Philly.

Dunbar is another offensive lineman (Dunlap) who could win a spot on the Eagles practice squad.  He is skilled, but slow.

McBride has good hands and plays better on the field than he performs at workouts.  Still, he has his work cut out for him to make this team.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Laws Trevor NOTRE DAME 6'0.6" 304 35 5.13 1.74 2.94 4.39 NA 7.37 30.5" 8'7"
Jackson DeSean CALIFORNIA 5'9.6" 169 NA 4.31 1.55 2.53 4.19 NA 6.82 34.5" 10'2"
Smith Bryan McNEESE ST 6'2.3" 231 17 4.65 1.56 2.67 4.31 NA 7.20 36.5" 10'0"
McGlynn Mike PITTSBURGH 6'4" 311 30 5.36 1.89 3.11 4.72 NA 7.58 23" 8'5"
Demps Quintin UTEP 5'11" 206 16 4.38 1.51 2.53 NA NA NA 31.5" 9'2"
Ikegwuono Jack WISCONSIN 5'10.4" 194 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Gibson Mike CALIFORNIA 6'3.5" 305 31 5.21 1.77 3.00 4.63 NA 7.21 29.5" 9'2"
Mays Joe N DAKOTA ST 5'11" 245 21 4.70 NA NA NA NA NA 33.5" 9'3"
Studebaker Andy WHEATON 6'3" 251 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Dunlap King AUBURN 6'8.5" 310 21 5.26 1.75 2.99 5.12 NA 8.05 30" NA
Collins Jed WASH ST 6'1.6" 254 NA NA NA NA 4.08 NA 6.90 NA NA
Dunbar Franklyn MID TEN ST 6'4.3" 327 27 5.62 1.92 3.19 5.18 NA 8.36 24.5" 8'5"
McBride Shaheer DELAWARE ST 6'1.4" 205 NA 4.61 1.52 2.72 4.48 NA 7.12 29" 9'4"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

PHI          Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  McNabb will continue to heal and will return to Pro Bowl form.  The Eagles better hope they don't move him in the offseason.  Kolb was a bit of the reach in the draft and I'm not sure he will ever be a star NFL quarterback.  Feeley is a solid backup.  If McNabb is moved, a quarterback will be needed.
RB  Westbrook is a great player.  Buckhalter is a very good backup, but Philly keeps looking to replace him.  Hunt is not the answer as Westbrook's backup because he is too slow.  He could develop into a short yardage back.
WR  I get annoyed every time I hear that the Eagles don't have good receivers.  Curtis is a very good player.  He has excellent hands, is a tough kid, and has game breaking speed.  He was a great free agent signing.  Brown is also a solid player.  While I agree, a big target with more skills and speed than Baskett would be an upgrade, it is far from a crying need.  Avant has the look of a reliable slot receiver.  Lewis makes this unit five deep.
TE Smith is a free agent who the Eagles won't break the bank to resign because he has gotten nicked up a bit too much recently.  Celek has good hands and is a valuable player, but does not have the ability to stretch the field.  Look for the Eagles to bring in a tight end who can push to start. 
OL  This is a good unit with decent depth, particularly at guard.  The Eagles could take a shot with a tackle who could challenge Justice to be the eventual successor at left tackle.
DL The Eagles have good young talent on their defensive line.  They could add a defensive end with size to play opposite Cole, and a backup tackle to compete for playing time.
 LB The Eagles have a solid vet in Spikes and some good young players at this spot.  Spikes will carry a big price tag next year so it will be interesting if he is invited back.  If he is let go, the Eagles may look to add a veteran presence to their young corps.
DB This unit may get a facelift in the offseason.  Brown and Sheppard are no longer one of the top pair of corners in the league.  Sheppard gets banged up too much and Brown may be best served going forward as a slot corner.  At safety, Dawkins is still a very good player but he is getting up there in years.  Considine has some skills at strong safety, but is small for the position and was injured for the second year in a row.  Look for Philly to add a corner or two, a strong safety to compete to start, and possibly a young free safety to apprentice behind Dawkins. 
ST The Eagles need a return man and a punter to challenge Rocca.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's Ranking Jay's Draft Value
2 36 Kolb, Kevin QB 6-3 220 Houston # 5 QB Round 3
2 57 Abiamiri, Victor DE 6-5 271 Notre Dame #10 DE Round 3
3 87 Bradley, Stewart OLB 6-4 256 Nebraska # 7 OLB Round 3
3 90 Hunt, Tony RB 6-0 230 Penn State #10 RB Round 4
5 159 Gaddis, C.J. FS 6-0 210 Clemson #15 CB Round 4
5 162 Celek, Brent TE 6-4 261 Cincinnati Late Round Value
6 201 Barksdale, Rashad CB 6-0 208 Albany Off My Board
7 236 Ilaoa, Nate FB 5-8 248 Hawaii Late Round Value
FA Clark, Jeremy DT 6-3 309 Alabama Late Round Value
FA Faulkner, Dereck WR 6-3 225 Hampton Off My Board
FA Paschal, Marcus FS 6-0 201 Iowa Off My Board

 

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2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Eagles reached a bit for Kolb and Hunt, but got good value with Gaddis in round five.  They also followed up a so-so draft (in my opinion) with so-so college free agent signings (again in my opinion).

The Eagles traded out of round one and selected Kolb in round two.  While I agree with the trade, I wouldn't have made the move to draft Kolb.  I had Stanton and Edwards rated higher than Kolb, and I especially liked Edwards for Philly.  I would have grabbed cornerback Chris Houston with the first pick and then Edwards was on the board for both of the Eagles third round selections.  I would have drafted Edwards instead of Hunt.  While I had a third round grade on Abiamiri, I cannot find fault in the Eagles drafting him in round two.  He has the skills and build to be a two-way end, playing against the run with the ability to rush the passer, although he won't be stud sack artist.  Bradley is a rarity.  He is a solid, pure 4-3 SAM linebacker with the strength to play off blocks and make tackles and the quickness to cover most tight ends.  He could give GoCong a run for his money for the Eagle's starting job.  Hunt is a strong between the tackles runner who the Eagles grabbed too high.  It's not his lack of speed that concerns me most, but his lack of quickness; he ran a horrible 4.72 short shuttle.  He could help in short yardage situations, but is not the back to spot with Brain Westbrook.  Gaddis was a nice get in round five.  He has upside as both a corner and a safety, and will be a very good special teams player.  Put it all together and he should become a very valuable sub.  Celek got noticed at the East West Shrine Game, showing reliable hands.  He will never be a star but will be a solid backup tight end, although he needs work on his blocking.  Barksdale is a fast, athletic strong safety with good cover skills for a strong safety.  He is a good fit as a dime back and special teams player.  Ilaoa is a strong kid who is tough to bring down and is an effective receiver.  He lacks speed but is quicker than Hunt and may be an even better short yardage back than Hunt.  

The best player the Eagles signed during college free agency was defensive tackle Jeremy Clark.  He is a kid who was thought to get by on effort and then put up some nice numbers at his workout.  He has the look of a long-term NFL backup.  Wide receiver Faulkner grew up rooting for the Eagles.  He is a very good athlete who should do well on special teams coverage units.  He may have to spend a year on the Eagles' development squad before getting a chance to show his special teams value.  Paschal was a good college player who may lack the quickness to help in the secondary or on special teams in the NFL.  However, he is worth a look based on his play at Iowa.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
KOLB KEVIN HOUSTON QB 6'3.1" 218   4.83 1.64 2.81 4.44   6.94 32.5" 9'4"
Kolb had a monster senior year completing two-thirds of his passes with 30 TDs and only 4 interceptions.  Kolb is a very accurate passer who played mainly in the shotgun in college.  I was a bit disappointed in his post -season work so it is possible he was a product of the system he played in college as much as his talent.  He is an intriguing prospect.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
ABIAMIRI VICTOR NOTRE DAME DE    6'4.2"     267    25 4.80 1.56 2.65          
Abiamiri has the potential to develop into a solid two-way end.  He can play the run and rush the passer, although he will not be a big-time sacker.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BRADLEY STEWART NEBRASKA OLB 6'3.6" 254 28 4.69 1.56 2.71 4.17 11.74 7.29 35.5" 9'4"
Bradley is a pure 4-3 SAM linebacker.  He is a strong kid with the quickness to cover tight ends and the strength to take on blockers and make plays.  

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HUNT TONY PENN ST RB 6'1.5" 233 24 4.68 1.60 2.72 4.72   7.39 31.5" 9'2"
Hunt is strong, productive, slow, between the tackles runner who could be a good short yardage and goal line back in the NFL.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
GADDIS C.J. CLEMSON CB/FS 5'11.4" 203 20 4.45 1.52 2.58 4.30 11.73 7.13 39.5" 10'1"
Gaddis is a strong corner who is a converted safety.  He is raw at corner and may be better long term at safety since he is a good tackler.  He will also be a top special teams player.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
CELEK BRENT CINNCINATI TE 6'3.7" 250  19 4.79 1.64 2.75 4.31   7.20 33" 9'4"
Celek had a nice week catching the ball at the East West Shrine Game.  He will need some time, but could develop into a productive backup tight end.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BARKSDALE RICHARD ALBANY SS 5'11.5" 208  19 4.46 1.53 2.59       34.5" 10'7"
Barksdale is a fast, athletic safety with good cover skills for a strong safety.  He should get a long look in a team's camp.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
ILAOA NATE HAWAII RB 5'8.7" 245 25 4.77 1.63 2.75 4.42 11.78 7.10 30" 8'7"
Ilaoa is a bowling ball, and not one for kids, but one for 300 pound men.  He is a very strong kid, who runs tough, is hard to bring down, and has surprisingly good receiving skills.  He is a situational player, but one who could be very good when used in the correct spots.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
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CLARK JEREMY ALABAMA DT 6'2.4" 309 29 5.02 1.64 2.84 4.82   7.78 31" 9'2"
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FAULKNER DERRICK HAMPTON WR 6'2.5" 225   4.53 1.55 2.58 4.31   7.09 40" 10'4"
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PASCHAL MARCUS IOWA FS 6'0.2" 201 15 4.59 1.59 2.71 4.72   7.31 33"  
Paschal is an active safety with a productive college career who may have trouble transitioning his skills to the NFL.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB McNabb should be back, Garcia may not.  Feeley is a solid backup id Garcia leaves.
RB Westbrook is a star, Buckhalter played well as his backup but is an UFA and a big rookie back may be better.
WR Stallworth is an UFA and may get big bucks to leave, Brown is a future star, Baskett looked good.
TE Smith is solid, but will never be top tier, Scobel can catch, if a stud can be drafted great, otherwise just depth.
OL Philly has one of the best lines in the league and also has good young depth.
DL A defensive end is needed (Kearse injury, Howard so-so year) and Bunkley-insurance wouldn't hurt.
LB Trotter and Jones are on their last legs.  Gaither was a find, but more LB's are needed.
DB Depth at safety behind the starters, and a cover corner are needed with Hood likely to leave as an UFA.
ST An upgrade at punter is a possibility, a top tier return man should be added.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Philadelphia
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 14 Bunkley, Brodrick DT 6-3 307 Florida State # 2 DT Round 1
2 39 Justice, Winston OT 6-6 320 Southern California # 2 OT Round 1
3 71 Gocong, Chris DE 6-2 264 Cal Poly # 9 DE, # 3 Hybrid Round 3
4 99 Jean-Gilles, Max G 6-4 356 Georgia # 1 OG Round 1
4 109 Avant, Jason WR 6-0 213 Michigan Late Round Value > Round 4
5 147 Bloom, Jeremy WR 5-9 172 Colorado Late Round Value > Round 4
5 168 Gaither, Omar OLB 6-1 233 Tennessee # 12 OLB Round 4
6 204 Ramsey, LaJuan DT 6-2 296 Southern California   > Round 4
  FA Baskett, Hank WR 6-3 224 New Mexico # 14 WR Round 4
  FA Ware, Scott SS 6-1 213 USC Late Round Value > Round 4

 

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2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Eagles got great value with Justice on round two and Jean-Gilles in round four., and only slight reach was Avant with their second pick in round four.

Bunkley was one of the elite talents and athletes in this draft.  Bunkley is immediately one of the strongest players in the NFL; showed more quickness in his workouts than many running backs including Addai, Norwood and Drew and many receivers including Holmes, Jennings and Avant; and has excellent speed and athleticism for a defensive tackle.  Bunkley should be a long term top starter for the Eagles.  Getting Justice in round two was like coming away from the draft with not only two first round draft picks, but two elite prospects.  Justice has it all, quickness, strength, good footwork, and athleticism.  He needs some coaching (as do most college kids coming into the NFL) so he can use his physical talents to dominate opponents.  It may take a little time, but it will come.  Justice is the second long term top starter to come out of this draft for the Eagles.  GoCong was another great pick by the Eagles.  He is even quicker than Bunkley (tested similar to DeAnglo Williams), is a top athlete, has good strength, and cuts very well.  As a defensive end, GoCong can play the run and rush the passer.  He also looked very good in linebacker drills at the Combine and could move to SAM.  By the way, GoCong had 98 tackles and 23.5 sacks his senior year.  Long term top starter number three for the Eagles in the draft.  But wait, it doesn't stop here.  I had a first round grade on Jean-Gilles and even stated that he was a rare guard worth a top fifteen pick because he will be a Pro Bowl guard.  Unlike the the Eagles first three selections who are top athletes, Jean-Gilles is not a top athlete.  He is a giant man with great strength, plays with a mean streak, and is as tough a guy as there was in the draft.  For the life of me I have no idea why he fell as far as he did.  However, the Eagles aren't complaining.  Long term top starter number four for the Eagles.  If Avant had even 4.5 speed he would have gone on day one.  He has great hands and strength and acceptable quickness but ran a 4.65 forty.  His lack of speed means that Avant's ceiling may be as a reliable third or fourth receiver who can get open in short zones, catch everything thrown to him, and move the chains.  Not bad for a fourth round pick even though he went a round earlier than where I had him graded.  Bloom offers an alternative to Avant as a third receiver.  He is faster, and this a better down field threat.  While small, he is strong.  Bloom is also an excellent return man and could turn into a contributor on both offense and special teams.  Gaither is a strong kid with good work habits.  He plays better than he tests and should be, at worst, a quality backup and good special teams performer.  Ramsey is a player the Eagles like better than me.  I thought his best shot was as a 3-4 defensive end.  I would have drafted running back Mike Bell or Cedric Humes at this spot as a potential power back to pair with Westbrook.

The Eagles have two college street free agents of note in camp, one they signed, one they traded for.  Of the rookie receivers mentioned in this anaysis (Avant, Bloom and Baskett), Baskett may have the best chance to develop into a starter.  He also has the best chance to be out of the league in a year or three.  Baskett has a nice mix of size and speed and can make acrobatic catches.  He also drops too many balls.  Ware is a smart player who goes for the knockout hit.  He could stick as a backup safety and special teams player.

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Bunkley Florida State 6'2.5", 304 4.95 1.71 2.91 4.16   7.33 44 32.5" 9'5"  
DT
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Bunkley is a good inside pass rusher with excellent explosion off the line.  He may need to bulk up depending upon team and role (could be an excellent 3-4 end).
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Bunkley showed explosion off the line at Senior Bowl practices.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Bunkley has an amazing combination of strength and quickness.  He will be a run-stuffing tackle, a tackle who can engage blockers so linebackers can run free and make tackles, and provide a good inside pass rush.  In his senior year Bunkley amassed 66 tackles, including a whopping 25 tackles for losses, and 9 sacks.
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Justice USC 6'6.2", 320 5.15     4.42   7.27 38 39" 9'2"  
OT
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Justice may not be ready right away, but he has tremendous potential. One of the few at the top who will definitely be able to play left tackle.
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - Justice had a very good Combine.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Justice is an extremely quick, strong and athletic tackle.  While Justice is gifted athletically, and has good footwork, he needs to learn how to use his strength and quickness better to dominate his opponents.  That will come.  Justice is an elite prospect.
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Gocong Cal-Poly 6'2", 263 4.70 1.61 2.74 4.08 11.35 7.05 28 42" 10'5"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

While Lawson and Wimbley are getting all the pub as the top DE/OLB hybrids, GoCong isn't far behind.  He is quick for his size, an excellent athlete, and is strong.  At 6'2", 263 lbs, GoCong can play end in a 4-3 where he is good against both the run and pass, or move to OLB in a 3-4 where he displayed good linebacker skills in post-season drills.  GoCong will grow into a difference-maker on defense while players drafted ahead of him struggle to become starters.
DE/OLB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Gocong showed excellent ability to play the run, and good pass rush skills at the East West Shrine Game.  He was the best defensive player in the game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Gocong is a real sleeper who can play the run and rush the passer.  He had 41 sacks and 169 tackles during his last two years at Cal Poly.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Gocong did very well in the linebacker drills at the Combine.
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Jean-Gilles Georgia 6'3.6", 343 5.16 1.92 3.22 5.08   8.56 31 24.5" 7'11"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Jean-Gilles is on my list because I see him as a rare offensive guard worthy of a top fifteen or top ten pick.  He won't go that high, but he has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowl player.  He is one tough, talented, son-of-a-gun!
OG
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jean-Gilles
followed superb Senior Bowl practice sessions with a great game.  Hr looked like the most dominate blocker at the Senior Bowl.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jean-Gilles is the best guard in the draft, he is very tough and very talented.
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Avant Michigan 6'0.4", 209 4.65     4.19   7.02 21 37" 10'4"  
WR
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Avant has very good hands.  His workouts will tell whether he will be a big-time receiver, or a two or three.
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - Avant caught the ball very well at Combine workouts.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Avant proved to have questionable speed for a NFL starting wide receiver.  However, he has great hands, is very strong, has decent quickness and can develop into a reliable third receiver.
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Bloom Colorado 5'9", 184 4.49 1.57 2.64       19      

WR/RET
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET
- Bloom is an Olympic skier Bloom He was a top punt and kick returner in college, but forfeited his eligibility to pursue Olympic skiing. There is talk that he can run under a 4.3 forty, but he may not be at his top physical form at the Combine.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Bloom has surprising strength for a kid his size.  His speed is not back to what was expected, but that could come in time.  Bloom is a potential slot receiver and return man in the NFL, and, quite possible, a good one.

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Gaither Tennessee 6'0.7", 230 4.78 1.65 2.80 4.32   6.97 23 37" 9'8"  
OLB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Gaither is a strong kid with limited athleticism, but transcends his physical skills to be a solid football player.  The question is whether or not he can do the same at the next level.  Gaither has excellent work habits and I believe he can develop into a reliable starter or top reserve and quality special teams performer.
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Ramsey USC 6'2", 296                    
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - An undersized defensive tackle with quickness, Ramsey played both end and tackle in college and may be best as a 3-4 defensive end.
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Baskett New Mexixo 6'2.6", 224 4.49 1.55 2.63 4.22   6.80   35" 9'11"  
WR
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Baskett is a little inconsistent, but he showed he can make some impressive catches at Senior Bowl practices.  He has a nice mix of size, speed, and change-of-direction skills.  Baskett caught 67 balls for over 1,000 yrads and 9 touchdowns his senior year.
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Ware USC 6'1.2", 213 4.70 1.57 2.71 4.27   7.05 15 37" 9'7"  
SS
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Ware is a smart player who goes for the big hit and looks faster on the football field than he does in workouts.  He has the look of a top special teams player and reliable backup.

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

PHI
QB Time to bring in a quality backup for McNabb.
RB Westbrook should be back, and be a playmaker for the Eagles.  Moats is Westbrook-insurance, not a back to share the load with him.  The Eagles need to bring in a bigger back for short-yardage, goal line running and as a change-of-pace back for Westbrook.
WR Brown is going to be a good one, a very good one.  Lewis is no more than a three or four.  Pinkston is coming back, but he is no earth-shaker.  McMullen hasn't developed as hoped, but don't give up yet.  The Eagles need a starter to play opposite Brown, and a player to push Lewis and McMullen.
TE Smith is a solid receiving tight end.  A good blocking backup is needed.
OL The Eagles averaged 3.9 yards a rush, and gave up 42 sacks.  At tackle, Thomas is expensive, and Runyan is an UFA.  Andrews could move outside to tackle to replace one of them.  That would leave a hole at guard, and Hicks, their other guard is just okay.  Scott Young has potential.  Depending upon free agency and salary cap, the Eagles could bring in a tackle, a guard, or both.
DL The names are bigger than the play on the field.  DT Walker and DE Kearse weren't the impact players the Eagles envisioned.  DE Kalu is an UFA, and may be allowed to walk with promising Cole on hand.  DT Patterson was just okay as a rookie, but should improve next year.  Depth is present with McDougal outside and Rayburn inside.  The Eagles may look for a run-stuffing tackle and a pass rushing defensive end.
LB Trotter is still playing well, UFA Adams and Jones could both be replaced.  Simoneau is better as a backup than as a starter.
DB While not on the top of their game in 2005, Sheppard, Brown, Dawkins and Lewis are an excellent unit.  CB Hood is a RFA, but isn't going anywhere.  He is a solid nickel.  Considine is Dawkins replacement down the road.
ST Akers, Johnson, Hood and Mahe are solid, but a game-breaking returner could be added to the mix.  Hodges has a future as a NFL punter, and could stick on the practice squad.

 

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Philadelphia - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 31 Patterson, Mike DT 5-11 292 Southern California # 5 DT Round 2
2 35 Brown, Reggie WR 6-1 197 Georgia # 4 WR Round 1
2 63 McCoy, Matt OLB 6-0 234 San Diego State # 10 OLB Round 3
3 77 Moats, Ryan RB 5-8 210 Louisiana Tech # 6 RB Round 3
4 102 Considine, Sean FS 6-0 206 Iowa # 4 FS Round 3
4 126 Herremans, Todd OT 6-6 321 Saginaw Valley State # 16 OT Round 4
5 146 Cole, Trent DE 6-2 257 Cincinnati Late Round Value > Round 4
5 172 Young, Scott G 6-4 312 Brigham Young # 8 OG Round 3
6 211 Armstrong, Calvin OT 6-7 325 Washington State # 9 OT Round 3
7 247 Marshall, Keyonta DT 6-1 333 Grand Valley State   > Round 4
7 252 Bergeron, David ILB 6-3 242 Stanford # 11 ILB Round 4
FA   West, Isaac WR 6-0 186 Furman # 25 WR Round 4

 

The Eagles did an excellent job getting value players throughout the draft, especially on day two where they grabbed Young, Armstrong, and Bergeron..  In fact, their only slight reaches were on day one (Patterson, McCoy).

The Eagles had a very good draft. Patterson is a productive, playmaking defensive tackle.  His only drawback is his size.  However, at defensive tackle, that can be a major drawback.  In order for Patterson to be a top-level starter (something you project for your first round pick), he needs excellent talent around him.  With his size, if doubled, teams could run right over him.  He is best as the quick inside pass-rusher who can also make plays against the run by flowing to the ball rather than by stuffing the run.  Brown was a great pick at the top of round two.  I had him rated as the fourth best wide receiver in this draft, carrying a first round grade.  He is the best run-after-the catch receiver in the draft.  That is for gaining extra yards, not for going the distance.  Brown will be a great NFL player in a couple of years, and a good one now.  In my opinion, McCoy was a bit of a reach.  While the Eagles wanted to upgrade their weakside linebacker position (Adams and Simoneau), this was a bit too high for McCoy, or possibly any of the available weakside linebackers.  If Eagle management was going weakside linebacker here, McCoy was fine (although I like the upside of Jordan Beck better), but I would have jumped on Darryl Blackstock, a strongside linebacker who would have made the Eagles' defense scary.  Blackstock was my second rated outside linebacker in the draft, and my second rated pure pass-rusher (behind Merriman, ahead of Ware).  Moats was a solid pick for Philly.  While short, he is not small, and shows good (not great) speed, quickness, and strength.  Personally, I would have drafted Marion Barber at this spot.  Considine is a player the Eagles, and their fans, will love.  He has free safety skills and the hitting ability and mentality of an in-the-box strong safety.  He is the perfect player to sit and learn form Dawkins, eventually replacing him as a starter two or three years down the line.  Herremans is a player that made some late news during the draft process.  Gil Brandt (former Dallas Cowboy GM) loves the kid, and thinks he can make a fast transition to the NFL even though he played at Grand Valley State.  Cole is a defensive end-outside linebacker tweener.  The Eagles are looking at him as a pass rushing end in the nickel, and he should do very well in that role.  He lacks the speed to play outside linebacker in a 4-3, and is too light to play end in their base defense.  Young and Armstrong were steals in round five and six.  I had a third round grade on both players.  Young, a guard, may have been the best athlete amongst all guards in the draft.  He has speed, quickness, is a good athlete, and is very (and I mean very) strong.  He will need time to develop, but has a tremendous upside.  Armstrong was a steal for a different reason.  He was thought to be a productive college player who didn't possess the athleticism to translate his skills to the NFL.  He then proceeded to have one of the better workouts for tackles.  My past experience shows that this mix (talent on the field, player downgraded due to poor workout expectations, good workout) leads to some of the better sleepers in college drafts.  Marshall has what Patterson lacks, bulk.  However, he will have to hot the weight room to become a legit run-stuffer in the NFL.  Bergeron was a seventh round steal.  He played both outside and inside linebacker in college.  He is a smart player with excellent speed and quickness.  He will be a good backup and special teams player, and could grow into a starter down the line.

The Eagles had only one college street free agent signing worth noting this year.  That player is wide receiver David West.  West ran track in college as well as played football.  He is fast, a good athlete, showed toughness and good hands on the football field, but is a little raw.  He will need time to develop, but may not see the field with any regularity as a receiver until his third or fourth year.  I had a fourth round grade on West because of his potential.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Patterson is an interesting case.  He is very productive on the field, has good measurables, but is small for a defensive tackle.  Can he be a dominate player at 5'11" in the NFL?  That is the question that has to be answered.  My take - he will be a dominate player if he is on a defensive line with excellent talent, and average if on a defensive line without top talent.  He will fit into a line, not transcend, or carry,  it.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
It was good to see Patterson get a sack late in the Senior Bowl after all the pub for his great week of practice.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
At under 6 feet and barely 290 pounds, Southern Cal DT Mike Patterson, has all the look of a mid-second-day pick, however, he played like a top 15 prospect during Senior Bowl practices.  Patterson's quickness and aggressiveness gave opposing offensive linemen fits all week as he exploded off the snap, got leverage by keeping his pads low and simply didn't give much of a target to taller offensive linemen. And while, not very big, Patterson also did a nice job holding up against double teaming on running plays.
Carlos "Big C" Holmes of www.daytondailynews.com reports:
Patterson is a guy who is turning some heads (at Senior Bowl practice), and it's not just because he's a 5-11, 290-pound defensive tackle, but a player who is wreaking some havoc down in Mobile. Patterson performed very well, displaying a quick, penetrating inside pass rush and good explosion off the snap. His motor was nonstop.
InsideTheLeague.com reports:  Southern Cal DT Mike Patterson was rarely blocked cleanly Wednesday, Jan. 26, and had a superb motor, using his hands well with excellent footwork during the workout for the South team in Mobile, Ala.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
When all is said and done with this year's Super Bowl, the player that may generate the most controversy among pro scouts is Southern Cal DT Mike Patterson. At under 6 feet and barely 290 pounds, Patterson has all the look of a mid-second-day pick, no matter how productive on the field. But then you keep going back to the productivity. This afternoon, for example, Patterson's quickness and aggressiveness gave the South offensive linemen fits, particularly in a series of one-on-one pass blocking drills. Patterson comes off the snap hard, stays low and just doesn't present much of a target to taller offensive linemen. On one play in particular, Patterson gave a little head fake one way; then went the other leaving the OG (Ole Miss' Marcus Johnson) reaching for air. For good measure, Patterson also busted up a play in the 11-on-11 drills when he split a double team and chased a RB down from behind for a loss.
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Brown WR 4.37 1.59 4.00   6.99 18 41.5" 10'8" 18

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

I had my eye on Brown very early in the process. He has now ascended to a potential late first round pick. Brown has the look of a receiver who will be a better pro than college player. He can get open, has decent size, and excellent moves after the catch. He (and Mark Clayton) are two potential first round receivers who are closer to Edwards, Williams, and Williamson than many think.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Brown (6-1½, 195) ran with nubs on his shoes at his Pro Day for times of 4.38 and 4.37 in the 40. Without the nubs, those times equate to about a 4.48 and a 4.47. 
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:
Sometimes when a school has two prospects at the same position, it is the lesser-known of the players who emerges with the better NFL potential, and that appears to be the case with the two University of Georgia wideouts here. Certainly Ferd Gibson is the better known of the two. But the former Bulldogs wideout who is opening more eyes, and who likely will go off the draft board much quicker on April 23, is Reggie Brown.  In fact, there are some scouts who contend that, if he continues to progress, Brown might sneak into the bottom part of the first round. That might be a bit too high for him, but there is no doubt Brown is a player on the rise. He ran a 40 time on Sunday in the 4.53-second range but caught the ball very well and was pretty fluid in his routes. Scouts also love Brown's toughness and willingness to block downfield. He began his rise at the practices leading up to the Senior Bowl all-star game and has continued his positive momentum.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Brown had a great game at the Senior Bowl.  He was not satisfied just catching the ball.  He always looked to make plays after the catch.  During the game he showed excellent hands, speed, and great YAC (yards after the catch).  He has moved way up my board.  Brown looked great, he will be a big time player in the NFL.   One of my top six players in the game.
Carlos "Big C" Holmes of www.daytondailynews.com reports:
Brown shows that he can separate and has the potential to make the big play. However, one 49ers scout said that Brown must work on coming out of his stance cleaner. He said Brown had a pigeon-toed stance.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports:
I watched Georgia receiver Reggie Brown come across the middle of the field with a cornerback all over him go up and snatch a ball with his hands and just separate from the defender. It was an NFL play and he did it right in front of Bucs GM Bruce Allen at the South practice (Senior Bowl).
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Georgia WR Reggie Brown has had a very good week of practice (at the Senior Bowl); Brown is a very fluid wideout with exceptional quickness and agility. Brown has also shown the ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point and to adjust to the ball on the fly.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
In one-on-one routes against live DBs,  Reggie Brown of Georgia blew past the covering CB.
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McCoy OLB 4.60   4.24 11.70 7.30 19 33.5" 9'7" 18
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: McCoy has added weight to help him make it to the next level.  McCoy is an undersized, but active linebacker.  He has the ability to be an active weakside linebacker in a scheme that allows him to work in space.
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Moats RB 4.48 1.57 4.10   7.22 19 36" 9'9" 18
NFLFans.com reports: Moats is moving up value boards as the draft approaches.  While a short man, he is not a small man.  Still, his skills may be best served in the NFL as a kick returner and change-of-pace back.  However, unlike some other runners in this draft who are hit-or-miss prospects, Moats will be a valauable member of the NFL team that drafts him.
NFLFans.com reports:
Moats has very good moves, puts up great numbers, is a good leader on the field, and  makes big plays.  However, he is short, isn't a great blocker and needs to work more on catching the ball.
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports:
Moats had an excellent junior season. He is productive with the ball in his hands, but doesn't have a lot of upside potential. He could definitely contribute as a 3rd down back or backup and possibly as a kick returner but the unlikeliness that he will be a feature back have him in the 5th Round area.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Moats is expected to show speed and quickness.  Based on his size, he may be best as a kick-returner and change-of-pace back in the NFL.
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Considine FS 4.52 1.56 3.93   7.11 19 39" 9'11" 33

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Considine is a tough, playmaking free safety who grows on you.  He comes up big in key spots, and is a better athlete than he appears.  At some point in his career (maybe early), Considine will find a starting job and be an important player for his team.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Considine looked very good both in the base defense and on kick coverage.  He looks like a big-time hitter despite his size.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Iowa DB Sean Considine had the hit of the day (Wednesday at Senior Bowl practice) when he caught Kansas State RB Darren Sproles zigging when he should have zagged.
InsideTheLeague.com reports: Iowa SS Sean Considine showed better-than-expected athleticism and explosiveness Monday, Jan. 24, during the first day of workouts for the North team, impressing scouts at the Senior Bowl.
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Herrimans OT 5.22         20 30"    
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Herremans is a fast-rising prospect as the draft approaches.  He is a small school kid with excellent size and potential.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
Two years ago, we uncovered an offensive tackle by the name of Seth Wand. He wound up being drafted by the Texans, starting all 16 games for them in 2004. Herremans is this year's Wand. He has great size (6-6, 321) and is strong. Moreover, he had 26 different teams and plenty of offensive line coaches show up at his Pro Day in the middle of Michigan. That's generally a sign that he has quite a following.
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Cole DE/OLB 4.93   4.25 11.89 7.03 14 37" 10'4" 14
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Cole is a true tweener.  He may not have the speed to play outside linebacker, or the strength to play defensive end.  He is an athlete, however, so could help as a stand-up rush end in the nickel.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
In his effort to show he can play outside linebacker, Cole had one nice play covering a tight end and bringing him down with a solid tackle after the catch (Senior Bowl).
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Cincinnati tweener Trent Cole spent much of the morning (Tuesday at Senior Bowl practice) working with the LBs, but didn't look very fluid in his backpedal.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
A couple of  undersized players showed well on Monday. Cincinnati tweener DE Trent Cole stood out chasing down plays.
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Young OG 5.01 1.74 4.37   7.45 43 35" 9'7" 17
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Young may have the best combination of speed, quickness, strength, and athletic ability of all the guards available in this draft.  While his production in college did not match his measurables, Young is a player a team should jump at the chance to get draft, get into camp, and develop.
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com reports:
BYU OL Scott Young topped all offensive linemen at the NFL Combine Thursday, Feb. 24, by bench pressing 225 pounds 43 times. "It was a little under what I expected," Young said. "The last couple of weeks I've been hitting about 47, 48. I'm a little disappointed, though I'm never satisfied with what I do."
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Armstrong OT 5.28 1.90 4.66   7.63 26 34" 9'0" 27

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Armstrong is a huge man with quick footwork. On a college level he was a tough man for defensive ends to deal with both against the run and the pass.  His negatives were  suppose to be his athleticism and, possibly, his strength.  However, he had some of the best numbers across-the-board of all tackles in the draft.  I like him a lot.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Armstrong was a player thought to be more impressive on the field than in the gym.  However, he had one of the better workouts for tackles.  This is a scenario I like a lot.
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Marshall DT 5.26   4.71   8.13 25 22" 7'2"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Marshall is a big man.  He could develop into a run-suffer, but will have to work on his strength.
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Bergeron ILB 4.57   4.19   6.96 20 34" 9'5"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Bergeron has played both outside and inside linebacker at Stanford.  Late in his career he played in the middle and that is where he will play in the NFL.  He is a smart player with more speed than it appears.  He could be a good player for a team to take a shot on in day two of the draft.
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West WR 4.42 1.59 4.16   7.21   39" 10'4" 23
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: West is a track star, who showed hands and toughness on the football field.  He will need to be developed by the team that drafts (signs?) him, but he has upside.  In three or four years, West could be loked at as one of the steals in the draft.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA:  Burgess DE, Mayberry OG, Thomas OT, Simon DT, Trotter LB, Adams LB
Key RFA: Westbrook RB (3rd), Allen OT
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB:  While Detmer is a solid backup, there is, obviously, a tremendous drop off from McNabb to him.  He is a good backup to finish a game, and, maybe, start the next.  However, the Eagles now have good offense players at WR and RB so a backup who could keep them in contention long term should McNabb go down should be added.
RB: No complaints about Westbrook.  However, the Eagles could use a complimentary power back to pair with him.  The last two, Levens and Buckhalter are UFAs.  The talk of a top talent like Alexander is nuts (unless they are ready to let Westbrook go this year or next).  They need a part time player and their are some very good options in this year's draft.  Personally, I like Houston of Tennessee for this role and he could be available in round three for the Eagles.
WR: 
Surprise, many will think this should be blue.  However, I really like the progress of Greg Lewis and feel he could be a great option opposite Owens.  And Pinkston in the slot on third downs may be his best role.  A fourth receiver to compete with Mitchell (who will probably be gone next year) and McMullen should be brought in.
TE: 
Smith is a good young player.  However, Chad Lewis is an UFA and even if brought back is aging quickly.  When you have to bring a player out of a two-year retirement for the Super Bowl it is obvious depth is needed.
OL: Between age and free agency, the Eagles must address their offensive line this offseason.  They do have Andrews, their first round pick last year to add to the mix, but depending upon what Mayberry and Thomas do, they could add a tackle and a guard.
DL:
The Eagles have a number of players that a UFAs on the defensive line as well.  In addition to Burgess and Simon noted above, Douglas is also an UFA.  The Eagles will need to bring in a couple of defensive lineman this offseason, whether their own, other free agents or through the draft.
LB:  LB:  In addition to Trotter, Adams and Reese are UFAs.  Despite the Eagles' success, this is a unit that could use an upgrade.  If Trotter resigns, he's set in the middle.  Jones is solid on the outside but replaceable.  It's time for an upgrade on the weakside. 
DB: The best starting four in the league.  They even have a young corner (Ware) and a young safety (Reed) that will be good players soon.
ST: The Eagles have good kickers and return-men.  However, if Reese and Adams leave, they will need to add some experienced cover guys to their special teams.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Philadelphia
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 16 Andrews, Shawn OT 6-4 373 Arkansas
3 89 Ware, Matt FS 6-2 209 UCLA
4 129 Reed, J.R. FS 5-10 201 South Florida
4 131 Darilek, Trey G 6-4 301 Texas-El Paso
5 162 Tapeh, Thomas FB 6-1 245 Minnesota
6 185 Hall, Andy QB 6-1 218 Delaware
6 192 Wynn, Dexter CB 5-9 175 Colorado State
7 227 Clarke, Adrien G 6-4 334 Ohio State
7 242 Perry, Bruce RB 5-7 196 Maryland
7 243 Furio, Dominic C 6-2 294 Nevada Las Vegas

 

The Eagles drafted good football players but, in my opinion, whiffed on the one position they needed to upgrade in the draft, middle linebacker.  In trading a two for the right to select Andrews the Eagles were making a bold statement.  That statement?  They desperately needed a run blocking right tackle.  There was a drop off in talent after Andrews at the tackle position, but losing a second round pick and not getting a good middle linebacker prospect was a steep price to pay.  Ware was an excellent pick in round three.  I had a late first-early second round grade for him.  He could start his career at corner, and depending upon future transactions, be the replacement for Brian Dawkins at free safety down-the-line.  Personally, if I wanted a tackle and stayed at my spot in round one, my draft would have been as follows: LB Thomas, OT Starks, CB-S Ware.  Thomas would be a great middle linebacker in the Eagles scheme. In round four the Eagles drafted a safety right where I had him graded.  Reid should help on special teams early, and could settle in at free safety post-Dawkins should Ware find a home at corner.  I would have drafted RB Michael Turner at that spot instead of Reid to take over Buchalter's role after he leaves as a free agent next year.  Turner could have been the big back to Westbrook's small back.  Trey Darilek had a third round grade from me.  He fell due to injury not talent.  The Eagles can wait a while for him, and they eventually will have a good one.  Tapeh was one of the best fullbacks in the draft.  A solid choice.  I believe there were better developmental quarterbacks on the board than Hall (for example I love Josh Harris' upside), but I can't argue with Coach Reid's success at finding talent at the position.  Wynn may have a tough time making the team, but he has a chance because he can cover slot receivers.  Clarke was an out-and-out steal in round seven.  I  had him with a fourth round grade.  He is a big man who has played both guard and tackle, but will stay inside in the NFL because of his lack of speed.  He does need to be monitored for weight.  Bruce Perry will be a fan favorite in training camp and I predict, will have some explosive moments in early exhibition games.  He is a little man with excellent speed, heart, strength, and big-play ability.  He could just make it if he can replace Brian Westbrook as the primary return man.  Furio, however, is a long shot for a roster spot.  As far as college street free agent signings, WR Justin Jenkins has the best shot to make the Eagle's roster.  He doesn't possess great speed but is a polished receiver.  TE Ronnie Ghent looked like a sure fourth round selection as a pass-catching tight end early in the draft process, and then had a terrible workout number-wise.  He'll get a chance to show if he plays faster, stronger, and jumps higher on the football field than during workouts.  LB Greg Richmond is an outside rush linebacker who could make a run at a roster spot.  However, even in free agency, where's a middle linebacker?  Why not bring in a player with base skills who needs coaching, like Roderick Royal of McNeese State.  He was a terrific player in college who is a good tackler, but needs work on technique, and has some questions because of the level of competition he played against in college.  But he was worth a shot.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Andrews T 6-4½, 345 5.25 1.96 4.85 8.25 27 25" 8-7
Andrews
Arkansas

#3 ranked OT by Jaybird

Eric Edholm  of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: Even though he missed his team’s bowl win over Missouri this year — under suspicious circumstances, some around the Arkansas program said — massive OT Shawn Andrews remains a legend in Hog Country. The Arkansas-school product, a 6-5, 365-pound manchild who played right tackle for the Razorbacks the past three seasons, made himself eligible for the NFL draft as a junior this season. He’s considered one of the top 10-15 prospects available this April.  But his noticeable absence from the Independence Bowl raised a few eyebrows.  Andrews was not available for the game, and the excuse given was a sinus infection. The troublesome part was that many people thought Andrews merely was trying to avoid hurting himself and his NFL draft stock. Others said Andrews would not have been academically eligible for the game anyway, but his image took a hit when reports surfaced that he flew to postseason awards banquets within days of the sinus announcement — a condition doctors have said would be extremely difficult and uncomfortable to fly with, given the common pressure changes during flight. 
Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: late 1st round. Good or bad move to leave early? Andrews doesn't have anything left to prove. He's the most dominating run blocker in the draft and should be the second offensive lineman taken behind Iowa's Robert Gallery.
KFFL.com reports: KFFL has learned NFL draft prospect OT Shawn Andrews (nose) cannot work out at the NFL draft combine, due to polyps in his nose which lead to trouble breathing. Andrews, who played collegiately at Arkansas, will undergo a procedure a few days after the combine and his recovery will take 2-3 weeks. He will plan on working out during the school's Pro Day on March 24 at Arkansas.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Observation from a  NFL scout at the combine: "There's a lot to like about (Arkansas) offensive tackle Shane Andrews. He is so girthy and looks naturally strong. But there's some softness to him, too, and I don't like the fact he basically abandoned his team in its bowl game. Some people are talking about maybe an attitude problem. In talking with him, I didn't see that, but there is definitely a streak of immaturity that needs to be addressed. And he just seems like a kid who will have to be pointed in the direction of the weight room."
Pete Prisco of SportsLine.com reports: There was growing concern in the scouting circles about the size of Arkansas right tackle Shawn Andrews heading into the combine. Andrews told us why. He said he got as high as 401 pounds a month ago, but has since lost 35 pounds through exercise and proper eating. Andrews went to Arizona to work out and shed the weight. He also said a sinus problem, that included polyps in his nose, hurt his conditioning. "The thing is to work out and eat for performance, not for pleasure," said Andrews, who said he has sworn off pizza buffets. If Andrews can drop even more weight, getting down to a manageable 335 or so, he could be a top 10 pick. That's how good he is at right tackle.
Don Banks of SI.com  reports: Shawn Andrews has reported to the NFL draft combine at 366 pounds. Andrews, who weighed in at 401 pounds as recently as a month ago, hopes to get down to the range of 335 pounds by the opening of his first NFL training camp.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Observations from two AFC personnel directors and an NFC college scout   "I know everyone has (Arkansas right offensive tackle) Shawn Andrews as maybe a top 10 guy but, I swear to you, I don't see it yet. He's way too big, too soft, doesn't seem all that motivated. His weight is way up there (in the 370s) and he could lose 40 pounds and be an even better player. Plus he's got this (dubious) excuse about not being able to work out because he has some kind of (polyps) in his nose. Yeah, right, kid. Hey, suck it up and get in the damned weight room."
Brian DeLucia of SportingNews.com reports: Andrews is naturally powerful in the run game. He's explosive off the snap and gets movement. He always displayed that he can hold up in pass protection. His feet are quick at his size and he possesses long arms, but he does need to use his hands well to maintain consistency. He should be a strong right tackle for years if weight doesn't become a concern.
Brian DeLucia of foxsports.com reports: There's a possibility that Arkansas offensive tackle Shawn Andrews could drop slightly because he's not as athletic as scouts projected.
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Ware CB-S 6-2¼, 210 4.48 4.34 11.50 7.23 15 39½" 10-2
Ware
UCLA

#2 ranked FS by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 2nd round. Good or bad move to come out early? If he can overcome the injury tag, Ware could be one of the sleeper players in the draft. He has the safety size with the speed and athleticism of a corner. Some team will take him and get a solid ten-year pro.
NFLFans.com reports: Well rounded player in every aspect of the game, just needs to be placed at one position and clean up the rough edge’s. The sky’s the limit for his success in the NFL. Has the pure size and natural ability to be a dominant fixture in an NFL secondary and still has room to grow.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified Ware as a fast riser.
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JR Reid FS 5-10½, 201 4.56 4.12 11.37 6.70 20 37½" 9-9
J R Reid
South Florida

#10 ranked FS by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: FS Reed is a great playmaker and is very productive at his position. He takes good angles towards the receiver and seems to always be around the ball. He has also returned punts and kickoffs during his career. Reed needs to improve his coverage skills. He has had some problems covering the faster wide receivers but can still compete.
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Darilek G 6-4, 301 - - - - - - 9-2
Darilek
UTEP

#5 ranked OG by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports:In his 7th start of 2002 he tore an MCL causing a significant loss of time. He will have this to overcome before even being considered as a draft selection. Add to that the fact that he will be a developmental project at the guard position and I feel he will be a late round selection or possibly an undrafted free agent.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports:
As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified Darilek (can play guard and tackle) as a fast riser.
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Tapeh 6-1, 246 4.74 1.66 2.78 4.52 7.65 23 32½" 9-6
Tapeh
Minnesota

#3 ranked FB by Jaybird

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: At fullback just look at Thomas Tapeh of Minnesota and Lousaka Polite of Pitt, they were both fantastic. I think teams seemed to prefer Polite although I was a little partial to Tapeh.
NFLFans.com reports: Tapeh is a bit of a “tweener” at this point but a great all around athlete. Should be a mid second day pick and has the skills and flexibility to enter training camp at either RB or FB.
Vic Ketchman, of jaguars.com reports: Thomas Tapeh, 6-1, 245, of Minnesota, is similar to Fleming. Tapeh wasn't used much in the fullback role, but that's where he'll have to play in the NFL. He offers pass-catching skills at the position. He's also a third-round candidate.
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Hall 6-2, 220 - 4.26 - 30" 8-10
Hall
Delaware

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: QB Hall  went outside -- with the temperature in the low 40s -- and looked good throwing passes. One of them went 54 yards despite it being thrown flat-footed into a 10 mph wind.
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Wynn CB 5-09.2, 173 4.50 - - - 13 - -
Wynn
Colorado State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: An explosive athlete who is physically strong and has speed. Potential will be limited by his size. A dynamite special teams prospect who can play some nickel or dime coverage at the next level. Has accepted an invitation to the NFL scouting combine where he’ll get an opportunity to show the scouts what he can do outside of the Mountain West Conference.
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Clarke G 6-4.4, 324 5.25 1.84 4.70 7.77 - 32½" 8-9
Clarke
Ohio State

#7 ranked OG by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: OG Clarke had an impressive workout, scouts liked his conditioning, should have improved his stock in the upcoming draft.
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Jackson 5-7 7/8, 196  4.40 - - 4.14 6.90 17 40½" 10-0
B Perry
Maryland

Jaybird: below 4th round

Bryan Dietzler of NFLFans.com reports: Perry is a quick running back, with quick feet. He is very elusive and seems to have no trouble making tacklers miss. Perry has also proven himself to be a pretty reliable receiver out of the backfield.  However, Perry has been cursed by injuries throughout most of his college career. Some of those injuries include a torn groin muscle, a strained stomach muscle and an injured shoulder. He recovered from those injuries and continued to play pretty well.
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Jenkins 5-11 3/8, 210 4.55 - - 11.97 7.09 - 38" 10-9
J Jenkins
Miss State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Jamie Moore of gbnreport.com (Great Blue North Report) reports: WR Justin Jenkins, Mississippi State... Wasn't even in Mobile (at Senior Bowl) when the week started, but made the most of the opportunity when he got a call to be an injury replacement. Jenkins consistently showed very good hands and the ability to adjust to the ball on the fly.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Jenkins actually had a long jump over 11 feet but fell back, so it didn't count (at private workout). All in all, a  very impressive workout.
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Ghent 6-2 3/8, 246 4.84 - 4.20 12.76 7.46 12 25½" 8-9
Ghent
Louisville

Jaybird: below 4th round

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: Ben Watson was head and shoulders above everyone here (Senior Bowl practices), and the second best tight end overall was Ronnie Ghent of Louisville.
NFLFans.com reports: A better pass catcher then run blocker who might be better suited as an H back, past knee injuries must check out OK and will need a good showing at the NFL scouting combine to raise his draft stock.
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DJ Williams O 6-01.3, 232 4.74 4.63 - 7.62 17 30" 8-9
Richmond
Oklahoma State

Jaybird: below 4th round

FLFans.com reports: In order to be an every down player he would probably be best suited for an outside LB in a 3-4 scheme. He could also work in fine as a situational pass rusher in a 4-3. He will be considered a tweener and as a result may be available late or as an undrafted free agent.

TEAM NEWS/NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Staley RB, Emmons LB, Vincent CB, Taylor CB
Key RFA: Feeley QB (5th round), Buckhalter RB (4th round)
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER
QB: With McNabb backed up by Detmer and Feely the Eagles have no need at quaterback.  In fact, they have the option of letting Feeley go and using his compensation to draft a replacement.
RB: Westbrook is a star in the making and Buckhalter will be resigned to work with hin in tandem. The Eagles may draft a big back in case they can't resign Buckhalter after this year.
WR: I like McMullen, he has some upside.  After that, personally, I would keep Mitchell as my third wide-out and scrap the rest.  Pinkston is too inconsistent, Thrash tries hard but is not starting material.
TE: Smith flashed good potential and Lewis is still functional.  A prospect who can eventually replace Lewis as the second tight end will be needed soon, but not necessarily in 2004.
OL: A solid unit, however, a player to push Thomas would be welcomed; and more depth along the line is always helpful.
DL: The Eagles need more sacks to come from their defensive line.  It's time to place Burgess in the "bonus" category and not rely on him.  Even if McDougle comes through, a stud defensive end is needed.  Tackle is a strength, especially if Thomas and Grasmanis come back from injury providing depth.
LB: The Eagles need to be very concerned about their linebacking corps.  Emmons, their best backer, is an UFA.  Simoneau lacks the size and strength to be a dominate middle linebacker.  Wayne, in typical fashion, had his moments - both good and bad. 
DB: Even with the possibility of losing Vincent and/or Taylor this is an area of strength for the Eagles.  Dawkins and Lewis may be an even better pair of safeties than the Cowboys' Williams and Woodson.   Brown and Sheppard are waiting in the wings to replace the veterans, but the Eagles need to sign a free agent (their own or from another team) to compliment the youngsters.
ST: Akers is one of the top kickers in the league.  Ditto Westbrook as a punt return man.  If Thrash is not back, a kick-returner will be needed.  Punter Johnson started slowly but came on.  He's earned another look.

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: Sources within the Eagles and those close to the team claim that the NFC runner-ups are busy looking for players for the defensive front seven. Many say that by getting a prospect that can bring the heat on the quarterback around the edge it could free up the middle for players like Corey Simon and Darwin Walker. Also, more pressure means that the secondary will not be as vulnerable. These comments surely spell the end for Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent or both in an Eagles uniform. Expect Jevon Kearse to get a hard look from the Eagles in the offseason.
USAToday.com reports: The Eagles own the 28th pick in the draft. They head into the offseason with needs at defensive end, linebacker and wide receiver. They'll probably try to address the first and last ones in free agency, which means they could go after an inside linebacker in the first round of the draft.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports Starling (6-0½, 196) ran the 40 twice on grass with football shoes for an average of 4.39. He added a 33-inch vertical jump and did not do a long jump nor did he do any shuttles since he had done them at the combine. In his positional workout, he ran a lot of routes and had his quarterback, Scott Rislov, throw passes to him. Not surprisingly, this is one of the hot players right now. Private workouts have been scheduled with the Jaguars, Cardinals, Packers and Eagles, among others.

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Philadelphia
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 15 McDougle, Jerome DE 6-2 264 Miami (Fla.)
2 61 Smith, L.J. TE 6-3 258 Rutgers
3 95 McMullen, Billy WR 6-4 210 Virginia
4 131 Green, Jamaal DE 6-2 272 Miami (Fla.)
6 185 Bridges, Jeremy G 6-4 301 Southern Mississippi
7 244 Lejeune, Norman SS 6-0 200 Louisiana State

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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

The Eagles made an excellent move, trading up to get McDougle.  Defensive end was a need, particularly a pass-rusher, and McDougle will be a good one.  Smith is an athletic tight end who is built like a truck.  He also has good receiving skills.  However, while he uses his strength very well receiving, he does not use it as well blocking.  McMullen was one of my 12-to-watch.  While he does not possess blazing speed, he can develop into a McCaffrey-Jurevicious-McCardell type of receiver.  Excellent pick, he should contribute to the Eagles offense this year.  Green played with McDougal in college and will back him up in the NFL.  Green will be a liability against the run, but has the speed and ability to be an effective pass-rusher.  Bridges was an out-and-out steal in the sixth round.  The kid has talent and should stick.  Lejeune will need a good camp to stick.
McDougle Gil Brandt, for NFL.com, reports Miami (Fla.) DL Jerome McDougle will work out as a LB at the NFL Combine.
Gil Brandt, for NFL.com, reports Miami (Fla.) DL Jerome McDougle posted a good 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine. He posted a time under 4.7 seconds.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports,  Observations from one veteran NFC scout: "Somebody definitely has kicked (Miami defensive end) Jerome McDougle in the butt. For a guy who got off to a slow start last year, he's got some pep in his step now, and you feel like, just talking to him, he wants to be good. He still has to get more out of his natural (pass) rush skills. But we like him a whole hell of a lot more now than we did four or five months ago. And he moved really well (Saturday - at combine). He ran, like, in the 4.65-4.68 range and you could see how he can explode coming off the edge."
Draft2003.com reports, Jerome McDougle, Miami -- Ran 4.61 in the 40... at 6-foot-2, 264 pounds... worked out at both defensive end and linebacker... working out at the Combine really impressed scouts... and should place him among the Top-25 picks...
WORKOUT NUMBERS
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports, DE Jerome McDougle (Miami), during Miami’s Pro Day on Thursday, ran in the mid-4.6 range in the 40-yard dash (Gil Brandt of NFL.com had the times as 4.63 and 4.65).
The AP reports Miami (Fla) Mcdougal was arrested for passively resisting arrest in Coral Gables, Florida Thursday. The charge stems from an incident where he supposedly tried to stop the towing of a vehicle registered to one of his former teammates. The vehicle was being towed for outstanding parking violations. McDougle posted a $500 bail and was released from jail. How this will affect his draft status is uncertain.
L. J. Smith Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: A guy that turned a couple of heads (at the combine) was L.J. Smith from Rutgers. The guy is 258 pounds.
Draft2003.com reports LJ Smith, Rutgers -- Ran 4.64 in the 40... at 6-foot-3, 258 pounds... also did 26 reps of 225 pounds... had one of the best physiques at the Combine... proved to be fully recovered from a hamstring injury he had at the Senior Bowl...
McMullen KFFL.com reports Virginia WR Billy McMullen, Jr. (elbow) didn’t run at the NFL Combine this week because he’s still recovering from a dislocated elbow. He said he had previously been timed in the 4.4 to 4.45 range in the 40-yard dash. McMullen said he measured in at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He injured his elbow during his school’s bowl game and said plans to be ready to run by Virginia’s Pro Day on March 12th. Doctors told him his elbow is coming along well.
LeJeune WORKOUT NUMBERS Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Norman LeJeune-S pro day numbers: 6002, 199, 4.54 forty, 34" Vertical, 9-10" broad jump, 4.13 short shuttle, 7.10 3 cone

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : B+


Interesting draft.  Eagles drafted like a team that expects to go to the Super Bowl.  They drafted for the future which also happened to coincide with help in the short run against two specific teams that will have to beat to get there - the Redskins and the Rams.  Sheppard and Brown could be the Eagles CB tandem of the future.  Both are solid players.  Next year, they will help match up against teams with multiple WR sets such as the previously mentioned Redskins and Rams.  Lewis is also a future.  He has the potential to be a dominating SS and can learn behind Bishop for a year or two.  In addition, the small but fearless Bishop throws his body around and usually gets his share of well-earned injuries.  with Lewis they have a player they can plug in that will keep up the intimidating hitting when Bishop is forced to the sidelines.  Westbrook was another good pick.  He can play Staley's role to Buckhalter if Staley is released (not likely to happen until Westbrook proves himself some), gets hurt or does not fully return to his skill level.  Meanwhile, C Peters is a good developmental player, WR Milons was a solid fifth round picka and could contribute in multiple receiver sets and Harrison could surprise and eventually challenge Gardner for the starting MLB job.


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Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 26 Sheppard, Lito CB 5-10 194 Florida
2 58 Lewis, Michael SS 6-1 211 Colorado
2 59 Brown, Sheldon CB 5-10 196 South Carolina
3 91 Westbrook, Brian RB 5-8 200 Villanova
4 124 Peters, Scott C 6-3 300 Arizona State
5 162 Milons, Freddie WR 5-10 190 Alabama
6 198 Harrison, Tyreo ILB 6-2 238 Notre Dame
7 238 Brock, Raheem DE 6-4 267 Temple

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