Third-Round Pick Bennie Logan Becomes a Candidate to Start for the Eagles

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State Tigers defensive lineman Bennie Logan does a defensive drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Chip Kelly's first defensive draft pick as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles should have a serious shot at competing for a starting spot from the get-go.

An underrated prospect because he was overshadowed in the star-studded LSU defense last year, defensive tackle Bennie Logan might be an ideal candidate to start opposite Fletcher Cox and next to Isaac Sopoaga as a five-technique defensive end as part of Philly's hybrid 3-4 under defense. 

This is a team that has made no secret about wanting to get bigger, and that's why Logan makes so much sense. He's not only productive and NFL ready coming out of a top-flight SEC program, but he's 6'3" and 309 pounds. 

He's a very good pass-rusher and is good in space, possessing great speed for a 300-pounder. That's important for a team that will be have a lot of variation in terms of the defensive fronts it uses going forward under new defensive coordinator Bill Davis. And he isn't bad against the run, either, which means he could eventually be an every-down option for this team. 

Kelly and his staff value versatility, and they get it here. Logan was a three-technique defensive tackle in LSU's 4-3 defense and he has performed well against read-option looks. 

Expect Philly to have Logan compete with Vinny Curry and Cedric Thornton for reps right off the bat, which is something you want from a third-round pick. 

I really thought the Eagles should have addressed the defensive line earlier in this draft, and I'm not convinced drafting a tight end in Round 2 was a prudent decision, but this helps to atone for other questionable decisions. This kid might not be Star Lotulelei, but he comes 63 picks later and he might be ready to contribute quickly. 

That's what I'd call a stellar draft pick, at least before we have hindsight to draw conclusions.