Joe Kruger to Eagles: How Does Defensive End Fit in Philadelphia?

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIApril 27, 2013

The Philadelphia Eagles grabbed their second defensive end of the draft, selecting Utah's Joe Kruger with their first of three seventh-round selections. 

Joe is the younger brother of Paul Kruger, who helped the Baltimore Ravens capture the Super Bowl title and then signed a free-agent deal with the division rival Cleveland Browns

As a junior at Utah, Joe collected six sacks and led the team with eight tackles for a loss. He played in 37 of a possible 38 games, starting 14 of them. 

Kruger has tremendous size and very long arms, going with Chip Kelly's theme throughout free agency and the draft. He's also very athletic and versatile, with a little bit of experience at dropping back into coverage.

He figures to be in the rotation at defensive end in 2013, assuming he emerges on the 53-man roster.

The Eagles will likely be using a variation of the 3-4 defense in 2013. Fletcher Cox figures to play the most snaps at defensive end, with Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry and Kruger also in the rotation. Free-agent signing Clifton Geathers also has a chance to make the roster. 

Kelly will probably find a way to use Kruger at outside linebacker, especially because the Eagles have a logjam at defensive end. Kruger may also need to add 10 to 15 pounds of weight before the start of the season. 

I see Kruger playing about 10 to 15 snaps per game next season, although everything depends on his production in training camp and the preseason, as well as potential injuries suffered by the other defensive linemen and linebackers.

This is definitely one of the steals of the draft by the Eagles, as some mock drafts had projected Kruger to land in the third or fourth round