NFL Draft 2012: 5 Late-Round Selections Philadelphia Eagles Should Consider
Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles were considered a "dream team." However, that dream turned into a nightmare.
The Eagles had a horrible start to the season, losing six of their first nine games, including four straight. They turned it around in the end, but by then, it was too little too late. They finished 8-8, good for second in the NFC East.
The team had its share of chemistry problems and holes in some positions.
Free agency is currently underway, and the Eagles have made its share of both small and big moves. They re-signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson, offensive guard Evan Mathis and three defensive linemen. They also picked up Trent Edwards to back up Michael Vick at the quarterback position.
But there's still more to be done, and with the NFL draft just a month away, the organization needs to take a look at who they can find.
Here are some late-round selections that could be considered steals and who could help the Eagles in 2012.
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Kellen Moore didn't get much attention by the media at the NFL Combine in February, and CBS Sports has him projected as a sixth or seventh-round pick.
It's a shame, because I think he's worth more than that. However, because of this, he's a steal for any team that picks him up, including the Eagles.
We're talking about one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football (he's the only QB to have 50 wins in his career; his record is 50-3).
He's also one of the most accurate. In his freshman year, he had a 69.4 percent completion rate, an NCAA freshman record. Last year, as a senior, his completion rate was at 74.3 percent. He boasts a 142 to 28 touchdown to interception mark in his career, which is very impressive. Heck, because of his accurate throws and the confidence he has when passing, he's been nicknamed "the surgeon."
He lacks the size that NFL quarterbacks have, standing at just 6'0". But hey, Michael Vick is the same size as Moore and he's doing just fine.
The other thing that he lacks is arm strength, but if given some time and development, he could definitely work on that.
If drafted, he would be competing for third on the depth chart against Mike Kafka, working behind Michael Vick and the recently acquired Trent Edwards. However, given Vick's injury track record the last two years (rib cartilage in 2010, concussion in 2011) and considering that Trent Edwards hasn't played an NFL game since 2010, Moore certainly has a shot at playing some games and maybe even getting a start or two. I think he'd do just fine, if given the opportunity.
Sean Richardson, SS, Vanderbilt
Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Sean Richardson has great speed and his 6'2" size should warrant some looks.
He had a good collegiate career playing for Vanderbilt. He's recorded double-digit tackles against the likes of LSU and Mississippi State, and he notched sacks against Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in his three years as a starter.
He mainly played as a box safety, however, and had difficulties playing in man coverage. Given his athleticism, with work, he could be a lot more effective in the future.
Garth Gerhart, C, Arizona State
Christian Petersen/Getty Images
With the loss of both Jamaal Jackson and A.Q. Shipley, the Eagles need a new center to back up Jason Kelce.
Enter Garth Gerhart, the brother of Minnesota Vikings running back and 2009 Heisman Trophy runner-up, Toby Gerhart.
Though he lacks the size and strength of other centers in the draft, he overcomes with his football savvy. He's a scrapper, doing whatever is possible to block opposing linemen, and, like his brother, he possesses a strong work ethic.
Evan Rodriguez, FB, Temple
Rob Carr/Getty Images
Evan Rodriguez was dubbed as a "poor man's Aaron Hernandez" by NFL Draft Scout, which, to be honest, is actually pretty accurate.
He's a fullback/tight end hybrid who does a very good job catching passes. Not only that, but his head coach at Temple, Steve Addazio, was the offensive coordinator for Florida, where Aaron Hernandez played.
Of course, there are a couple problems concerning him. He's undersized for his position and is raw when it comes to running routes.
However, his ability to play both fullback and tight end makes him a possible draft choice, especially with Owen Schmitt now being a free agent.
Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
With the loss of Ryan Harris and King Dunlap (who, on an unrelated side note, has one of the most awesome names in the NFL) at the offensive tackle positions, getting an offensive tackle in the draft will be a priority. While I'm sure the Eagles will be looking to get a good tackle in the early rounds, that doesn't mean they can't stock up at the position. With that said, Levy Adcock would be a decent late-round pickup.
Adcock helped in Oklahoma State becoming the top offense in FBS last season. He does a great job when it comes to pass protection, which definitely helped the team's quarterback, Brandon Weeden.
As little bonuses, he has experience at the guard position and shows effort and a good attitude when on the field.
However, he's not as good at run blocking and does not possess great quickness in his step.
As a late-round selection, though, he could certainly provide as a backup and has the potential to develop.