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Photo – DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St
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Philadelphia Eagles - Grade A
The Eagles had another large draft class with 9 overall choices after trades and compensatory picks. They used their #15 pick in the first round to move up to the #12 overall spot to select defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, a quick explosive defender. They moved up for 4th and 6th round choices in this draft class. Cox was our highest rated defensive lineman in this class and is a highly developed prospect who is ready to compete for immediate NFL starting time. He can be an impact performer here especially as a pass rusher with the versatility to lineup at a few spots in their flexible front four. With their two #2 picks, they chose LB Mychal Kendricks and DE Vinny Curry. Kendricks is an athletic defender with experience both inside and outside. He can be a three down defender at any position in the Eagles 4-3 set with the mobility to cover and the burst to rush the passer. Curry is a tough athlete with fine pass rusher skills, but only average run support. He can be an every down defender in time with improvement to anchor and was great value here. On the 3rd round, they selected QB Nick Foles, a big raw passer with a strong arm, but limited mobility. He has nice upside potential with further development and is a young talented QB prospect the Eagles hope to refine over his early career to press for starting time or command a high ransom in the trade market. He was a reach here in the top 100 selections.
With their 4th round pick, they chose CB Brandon Boykin, a quick cover man who fell off a broken leg at the Senior Bowl. Boykin is a good defender who will compete for the nickel corner role when healthy. He figures to become a core cover man in all their package defenses and addresses a pressing need after the trade of veteran corner Asante Samuel. On the 5th round, they added OT Dennis Kelly, a tall rangy blocker who started three seasons on the outside in the Big Ten. He figures to push for a roster spot at a thin position on this squad after key injuries. On the 6th round, they added WR Marvin McNutt and OG Brandon Washington. McNutt is a big tough receiver with sure hands and good route running. He must prove he can separate at the NFL level, but has the makeup to become a fine possession receiver. Washington is a wide body lineman with experience both inside and outside. He was an underachiever who struggled with conditioning and technique that hurt his final grade. He is a boom bust prospect who can be a definite steal if he improves his work habits and overall technique. With their final selection, they added RB Bryce Brown, a highly rated prospect entering college who played in a few programs and never found his spot in either program. He can be a find here with the talent to surprise as a backup and possibly a 1 A type runner and kickoff returner.
Philadelphia Draft Selections
1 -12 Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
2 -14 Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
2 - 27 Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
3 - 25 Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
4 -28 Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
5 -18 Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue
6 -24 Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
6 - 30 Brandon Washington, OG, Miami
7 - 22 Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas St.
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.