Chip Kelly wrapped up his first draft as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles by grabbing the team's third defensive lineman, Oklahoma defensive tackle David King.
King has the versatility to play tackle or end on the defensive line, but he figures to be in the rotation at five-tech defensive end. During his college career, King started games at both defensive tackle and defensive end and earned an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference selection during his senior season.
He stands 6'5'' and weighs 286 pounds, possessing the typically long arms needed to succeed on the defensive line. As a seventh-round draft pick (and the third of three seventh-round draft picks) he'll have to fight an uphill battle for the final roster spot.
Last year's first-round draft pick, Fletcher Cox, will easily lead the team in snaps at defensive end, with Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan and Vinny Curry also factoring heavily into the rotation. Joe Kruger, a seventh-round draft pick who had a third-round grade on him by many experts, will likely earn the final roster spot at defensive end.
That leaves King as a likely practice squad player, but he'll be just an injury away from seeing time on the field during regular-season games. It took last year's rookie second-round draft pick, Vinny Curry, almost the entire season before he finally earned time on the playing field, so it's hard to envision King playing, or even making the team as a rookie.
Then again, none of these rookies have taken the field for mini-camp, training camp and the preseason, so King will be given every opportunity to earn his spot on the roster.
The Eagles' complete draft looks like this: offensive tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz, defensive tackle/end Bennie Logan, quarterback Matt Barkley, safety Earl Wolff, defensive end/linebacker Joe Kruger, cornerback Jordan Poyer and defensive tackle/end Dave King.
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