Breaking Down How Philadelphia Eagles' Early Round 2013 NFL Draft Picks Fit in
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These players may not be household names, but will get the opportunity to make a name for themselves at the highest level and presumably sooner rather than later.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com declared the Eagles one of his "winners" of the draft and for good reason.
Let's take a look at the Eagles' first three selections and how they will fit in under new head coach Chip Kelly.
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
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Selection: 1st round, 4th overall
After Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Dion Jordan went off the board, this pick essentially became a no-brainer based off talent and need.
Lane Johnson is extremely athletic for his build, which should fit perfectly in the high-tempo offense Chip Kelly will be looking to run.
Johnson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds at the NFL combine. Not too shabby for a 6'6" 303-pounder.
His mobility is the perfect ingredient for the recipe that is Chip Kelly's offense. With bubble screens and similar plays sure to be called at a higher rate than in any other previous season, Johnson will be asked to get upfield to provide blocking, something he has proven he can do.
Johnson is big enough to be more than sufficient in pass protection, too. His mobility allows him to move exceptionally well laterally, which will help create a comfortable pocket for whomever lines up under center for the Eagles next season.
His quickness will be vital in getting to the second level of the defense in blocking. Screen plays will be where Johnson shines. He will be one of the guys out ahead of ball-carriers clearing the path for them.
Look for Johnson to start on the offensive line this season and prove why he was worthy of a top-five draft pick.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
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Selection: 2nd round, 35th overall
This may not be a bad place for Ertz to begin his NFL career, however.
Chip Kelly will use a good amount of two tight-end sets that will see Ertz on the field a good amount. At 6'5", Ertz can either begin plays attached to the offensive line like Celek usually is, in the slot or he can be split out wide.
He is also a very physical player that is not afraid to lower the shoulder and put his helmet into the defender's chest. This will be an all too familiar sight for Eagles fans as they have become accustomed to Celek making this a habit.
Ertz should step in as a reliable possession receiver when called upon to do so. He can make plays with his feet, too, as he averaged over 13 yards per catch in 2012 at Stanford.
Unfortunately for Ertz, he will have to be taken off the field on certain plays due to his inconsistency on the blocking front when on the offensive line. He was pushed back too easily in college, so stronger players in the NFL shouldn't have a problem doing so either.
Look for Ertz to be a reliable possession receiver and goal-line threat when he is seeing time on the field, which could be reduced until he shows he can be a steady blocker.
Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
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Selection: 3rd round, 67th overall
Bennie Logan is an interesting choice for Chip Kelly, who will likely be implementing a form of 3-4 defense this season. Logan will mostly be used as a reserve nose tackle.
Logan ended the 2012 season with 45 tackles for the LSU Tigers. Of those 45, 5.5 were for a loss and he also added a couple of sacks.
At 6'2" and 309 pounds, Logan is laterally quick. His ability to move in between the gaps on the defensive line will be a welcomed sight in Philadelphia. While he is quick, Logan is also strong. He can put his head down as a nose tackle and go right at a potential blocker, pushing him back into the pocket and rushing the quarterback.
Logan isn't going to come in and start, as the Eagles brought in fellow nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga via free agency. That doesn't mean he can't contribute, though. Logan can learn from Sopoaga and spell him on the field when necessary.
Logan may turn a few heads in his rookie season with his ability to wrap-up and stop plays at the line of scrimmage, something the Eagles had trouble with last season. The Eagles' defense will feature a lot of movement around the line, a perfect fit for Logan.
Logan doesn't really get to the quarterback too often, though, and had some trouble getting off blocks in college which could be a red flag in the NFL.
Look for Bennie Logan to serve as a solid backup nose tackle who will come in to games and clog interior rushing lanes at a fairly consistent rate.