Grading the Eagles Draft

Nate Allen

First Round
Selection(s): DE Brandon Graham, Michigan (13th)
Grade: B-

I definitely have mixed emotions with this pick. When they traded up, I thought they were going to take Earl Thomas to fill the need they have at safety. However, they ended up selecting Graham. A top-notch defensive end is definitely something the Eagles needed but I don’t think it was their highest priority. They also gave up a lot to get him. I do think Graham is a solid player; he just has a whole lot to prove.

Second Round
Selection(s): FS Nate Allen, South Florida (37th)
Grade: A-

After trading up and passing on Thomas in the first round, there was no doubt in my mind that Allen was the player they needed. This time they didn’t disappoint and added Allen with the 37th selection (the Donovan McNabb pick). Allen was definitely the best safety on the board and I’m glad they didn’t take the risk on Taylor Mays. I’m hoping that Allen can be a starter for the season opener. I definitely think he has the talent to be.

Third Round
Selection(s): DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington (86th)
Grade: C

After trading both their original third round picks, the Eagles ended up making some other moves to end up having another selection in the third round. This selection was another surprise to me. I don’t know too much about the guy, but I was the most surprised to see them take yet another defensive end. The scouting reports seem to be pretty good on this guy but I don’t think he was expected to go as high as he did.

Fourth Round
Selection(s): CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky (105th), LB Keenan Clayon, Oklahoma (121st), QB Mike Kafka, Northwestern (122nd), TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State (125th)
Grade: C+

The fourth round of the draft was the busiest for the Eagles as they made four selections. Lindley is a decent looking player who played against some top talent in the SEC. Clayon and Harbor are guys that could be some deep depth guys if they make the team. Harbor seems to be more of a blocking end. The Kafka pick surprised me a bit. I didn’t know too much about him going into the draft but was surprised he got picked over prospects like Tony Pike and Dan LeFevour. When the Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb, I didn’t know much about him either but that has turned out pretty good so far. Hopefully, Kafka is more of the same.

Fifth Round
Selection(s): DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson (134th), WR Riley Cooper, Florida (159th)
Grade: A

When you start getting into the later rounds, you start hearing a lot of names that you haven’t heard of before. However, the Eagles landed two guys in the fifth round that I know very well. Sapp reminds me of the Cornelius Ingram pick, as he was a guy that was projected to go much higher but was passed up on because of injuries. Cooper is a possession receiver with good size that could definitely fit in as a fifth receiver.

Sixth Round
Selection(s): RB Charles Scott, LSU (200th)
Grade: B+

Scott was another player I knew quite well and was suprised he was still on the board when the Eagles selected him. He should definitely be able to compete for the third running back position and could be good insurance if something happens to LeSean McCoy or Mike Bell. Scott has a very nice combination of size and speed and was an outstanding prospect at LSU before being injured.

Seventh Round
Selection(s): LB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State (220th), DT Jeff Owens, Georgia (243rd), S Kurt Coleman, Ohio State (244th)
Grade: C

The seventh round produced three prospects that I don’t know much about and am unsure if they will have any impact on the team. All the selections were defensive and that’s a good thing as that’s where the Eagles need the most help.

Overall, I’m fairly pleased with the Eagles draft although there were some things that surprised me. First, I’m surprised at the number of selections the Eagles made. When they had 10 picks heading into the draft, I didn’t think they’d end up making that many selections. However, they proved me wrong and ended up with 13 picks. Another surprising thing to me was that they didn’t take a single offensive lineman. We always talk about how Andy Reid loves his offensive lineman and I thought they might take one as early as the first round. I was wrong again. All the picks they made will sure lead to an interesting Training Camp this summer and I am definitely looking forward to it.

Overall draft grade: B-

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