The Philadelphia Eagles have completed their draft for the 2011 season, and there seems to be a mixed opinion on how they did. I will let you know my opinion on every pick, as well as a letter grade, and at the bottom, I will even give you the Eagles Draft grade average. Here’s how they did!
Round 1, Danny Watkins, Guard, Baylor: C+
The Eagles selected Danny Watkins with their first pick, and as soon as they did, my jaw hit the floor. I was stunned that the Eagles passed over the potential star in Jimmy Smith, and then elected to not draft Gabe Carimi. I thought that the Eagles may have made a good choice in passing over a troubled Smith, but then not selecting one of the top offensive lineman in the draft, simply bewildered me. It’s too early to gauge Watkins, but considering he was projected as a late second round pick, not sure what Philadelphia was thinking.
Round 2, Jaiquwan Jarrett, Safety, Temple: B-
Philadelphia elected to boost their defensive backfield by taking Jaiquwan Jarrett in the second round. This pick tells me two things: 1. The Eagles don’t have faith in Kurt Coleman as a starter. 2. Nate Allen’s torn ACL is not healing as fast as the Eagles need it to be. This pick isn’t bad, as Jarrett is a hard hitting player who can rattle a ball carrier if they break past the first line of defense. It’s a bit disappointing to see the Eagles not give Coleman another chance, but Jarrett is the better choice as a starter overall.
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