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Round 1, Pick 12: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 15
Cox has the potential to be the biggest difference-maker among all defensive linemen in this draft class. He has fantastic quickness and athletic ability for a 298-pound defensive tackle, and he uses his athleticism to be a tremendous interior penetrator.
With the “wide nine” scheme technique that the Eagles use on their defensive line, they needed to upgrade athletically at the defensive tackle position. Cox can be the athletic, disruptive player they need.
Round 2, Pick 46: Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 114
Kendricks is an undersized middle linebacker, but he is likely to play as a strongside linebacker in the Eagles’ defense. He is an outstanding all-around athletic specimen, and he was a productive tackler at California.
Kendricks’ size (5'11", 240 pounds) could present problems for him going up against bigger running backs in run defense, but he is a talented, instinctive linebacker with big upside.
Round 2, Pick 59: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 46
Curry had terrific production as a defensive end at Marshall, and his game should translate to the next level. He is not a spectacular athlete, but he is a smooth technician with pass-rushing skills. Curry’s game needs development against the run, but he is solid in that area.
Round 3, Pick 88: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 69
Foles was a productive passer in the offensively dominated Pac-12. He has very good physical attributes, including a strong arm.
That said, he struggles with decision-making and has poor mechanics. He can throw accurately downfield, but he is inconsistent in that area. Foles is a solid all-around pocket passer, but he is not an explosive athlete, which does not make him a great fit for an offense built around Michael Vick.
Round 4, Pick 123: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 39
Boykin is a tremendous athlete who can be a difference-maker both in the defensive backfield and on special teams.
As a cornerback, he is smooth and fluid in coverage. He is undersized (5'10", 182 pounds), but has very good hips and ball skills, and he is a solid tackler. He is a perfect fit to play nickel cornerback.
Boykin is also a game-changer as a punt returner. Boykin has great speed and agility, and he should make an impact if the Eagles choose to use him in this capacity.
Round 5, Pick 153: Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue
Overall Prospect Rank: Not in Top 400
Kelly is an intriguing developmental prospect as an offensive tackle. At 6’8’’ and 321 pounds, Kelly has tremendous size, but he needs to become better at utilizing his size. He tends to play too upright and does not get great leverage. He was a solid three-year starter at Purdue, but was not dominant. This was a selection made for projection and upside.
Round 6, Pick 194: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 96
McNutt is a tall, reliable receiver who was productive at Iowa. He is a good route-runner with strong hands, but he was an inconsistent performer in college. He lacks top-end speed and struggles with downfield separation and sometimes looks on tape as though he is not going full-speed.
That said, he should make a solid fourth or fifth receiver for the Eagles.
Round 6, Pick 200: Brandon Washington, G, Miami
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 71
Washington is a big offensive lineman who has a very good frame along with great athleticism for his size (6'2", 320 pounds). He played left tackle last season at Miami, but he should kick back inside to play guard for the Eagles. He is a strong run-blocker and solid pass-blocker who has starting potential.
Round 7, Pick 229: Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 386
Brown is a complete wild card as an NFL prospect. Brown was ranked the No. 1 overall recruit in the high school class of 2009, but his collegiate career quickly went up in flames; Brown showed flashes of brilliance in his freshman season at Tennessee, but then sat out the 2010 season after transferring to Kansas State, then quit the team last season having only run three times for 16 yards in three games.
While Brown’s character, loyalty and passion for football all come seriously into question, he does have huge upside. He is a raw talent who certainly qualifies as a project, but he has an explosive combination of size, speed, agility and power. If Brown can get himself back on track as a football player, he could end up being a diamond in the rough.