Bennie Logan to Philadelphia: How Does Defensive Tackle Fit with Philadelphia?

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIApril 26, 2013

November 17, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA  LSU Tigers defensive tackle Bennie Logan (18) rushes past Ole Miss Rebels center Evan Swindall (56) during a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Ole Miss 41-35. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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It was obvious that the Philadelphia Eagles were going to select a defensive player with their third-round pick, especially since they used their first two picks on offensive tackle Lane Johnson and tight end Zach Ertz. 

LSU's Bennie Logan became the first defensive player selected by new head coach Chip Kelly. The 6'2'', 310-pound defensive tackle could be given an opportunity to compete for the starting job at nose tackle with veteran Isaac Sopoaga.

I expect Sopoaga to take the majority of the snaps near the beginning of the season, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Logan become the starter halfway through the year. 

Logan may also play defensive end, where he figures to be in the rotation with Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Trent Cole and Vinny Curry. 

The Eagles still haven't come out and announced what type of defense they will be utilizing in 2013. Expectations are that the team will use a variation of the 3-4 defense, likely the 4-3 under

Logan's speciality is as a run-stopper, as he has explosive upper body strength and a high motor. He doesn't contribute much as a pass-rusher, but he's also likely going to continue to improve.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said during the broadcast that Logan was a very good college player but may turn into a better NFL player than he was in college. 

At LSU, Logan was a two-year starter. He collected 45 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss, plus two sacks last season. He registered 57 tackles and three sacks in 2011. compares him to Brodrick Bunkley, a first-round pick of the Eagles back in 2006 who has turned in a solid NFL career with the Eagles, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints

With one pick each in the fourth and fifth rounds, and four picks in the seventh round, the Eagles will likely look to add more pieces to their defense. They also have the arsenal, with their four seventh-round picks, to try to move up once more in the fifth or sixth round.