The excitement over the Eagles first day draft picks yesterday had me almost drooling in anticipation for what they had in store for day two. Then, the anticipation quickly turned into frustration.
The frustration was over the fact that they kept trading down and eventually traded out of the first round. On top of that, they made a deal with the rival New York Giants that allowed them to select 6'6" wideout Ramses Barden(on a side note, the Giants had a very productive draft.
I think this draft kind of separated the Eagles and Giants from the Redskins and Cowboys).
The Eagles already gave up their fourth round pick in the Jason Peters trade, so I figured there was no way the Eagles would give up their third rounder. But, they did(twice) and ultimately ended up six(yes, SIX!) 5th round draft picks at one point.
Then, in the middle of the fourth round, the Eagles added a player. Only, the player wasn't a draft pick.
Overall, the birds added seven more players on day two who all have potential to be contributors on the roster when the regular season starts.
Let's take a look at the Eagles nine new members and grade them.
The Eagles gave up their top two fifth round picks for guy who's started every game for the past two years. At 5'9", 195 lbs and 26 years of age, Hobbs seems to be a younger version of Mr. Sheldon Brown.
Andy Reid says the Hobbs addition has nothing to do with Sheldon Brown being upset over his contract, but let's be real.
Two guys who have been successful full time starters the majority of their careers. Neither is going to take Asante Samuel's spot.
And both currently make less than top nickel Joselio Hanson. I'll be very surprised to see Brown still an Eagle come training camp.
That being said, the trade for Hobbs will make the transition much easier. For that I applaude this move.
Now that the surprise level of this pick has gone down, I can say that I'm growing more in love with this pick by the hour.
Many feel that Maclin is just another DeSean Jackson. I disagree. For starters, he's definitely bigger(6'1", 200 lbs) than Jackson and he's probably closer to Anquan Boldin's size.
On top of that, looking at his highlights makes me feel he's a better route runner.
What people forget is that this guy was the second ranked receiver behind Michael Crabtree and a top 10 prospect.
Maclin and Crabtree were consider the most complete in terms of size, speed and hands. Thanks to Al Davis' infatuation with speed(causing his selection of Darius Heyward-Bey), the wide receiver layout for the draft was thrown off and Maclin fell within the Eagles reach.
With Knowshon Moreno snatched up by Denver, the opportunity to grab on of this year's best talents could not be avoided.
I just knew the Eagles would have to trade up to select this guy. Obviously, the Eagles front office has access to more info than me.
At the beginning of the Eagles offseason, I thought LeSean McCoy was a better fit than Knowshon Moreno. Before the NFL Combine, McCoy was considered a late first round prospect.
It's amazing how an untimely flu can alter one's status so quickly.
The Eagles were high on him all along. When it became a reality that he would last until their next pick, the eventual heir to Brian Westbrook's throne was chosen.
Officially, this is the Eagles fifth round pick. If he plays to his potential and is truly healthy, he could look like the third rounder the Eagles traded away.
Honestly, this pick has the potential to be the steal of the draft. A healthy Ingram could've been a first rounder.
As a matter of fact, after missing out on his senior year, Ingram was still a third round prospect. Fortunately, the Eagles may be the bravest team when it comes to selecting injured players(i.e.- Jack Ikegwonu and Stacy Andrews).
I wasn't too high on ths pick at first. Mainly because i would've liked to see the Eagles get at least one potent cornerback who's taller than 6'1". Also, the Eagles had just traded for Ellis Hobbs so my question was "What's the point?"
After reading more about Davis, I became more satisfied. He was actally a second-third round prospect. For whatever reason slipped to the fifth round.
I think one reason is because teams were unsure of what position he'd be best fit for. That only means he's versatile, which is just what the Eagles love.
Deep inside, I was hoping that the Eagles would be satisfied with the current state of their offensive line and not draft for that area. What was I thinking??
An Andy Reid draft without a lineman would send half of Philadelphia into cardiac arrest. I'd like to thank him for being so concerned about the city's health.
Having said that, Tupou wasn't supposed to be available by this time(notice a trend?). The turnoff is he's very unpolished and could benefit from a year or two of coaching. He's definitely in the righy place with Juan Castillo.
Gibson has the potential to be the next late round star receiver like T.J. Houshmandszadeh or Marcus Colston. Like all of the Eagles previous picks, he seemed to have slipped below his projected draft round.
That's always a good thing if the player(s) come in and work hard. Hopefully, Washington State's 2008 season hid Gibson's true talent.
The above picture may say it all. Fanaika was brought in to be another big body(6'6", 327 lbs) and thats it.
This is the first Eagles pick who was drafted where he actually was projected to go.
This is definitely my least favorite pick for multiple reasons. One, Fanaika was flat out horrible during his Combine bench presses.
Two, he's great at run blocking but stinks in pass protection(doesn't fit). Three, I wanted the Eagles to select running back Rashad Jennings from Liberty.
The Eagles could use help at the outside linebacker position but this was more of a special teams pick and nothing else. If lucky, Fokou could shock a lot of people.
The Eagles did many things positively this weekend. They got the best players available when they were on the clock.
They addressed all areas of need. They pretty much did everything they wanted and for the most part got the guys that they wanted.
Not only are the players talented, but they all(with the exception of maybe one) fit perfectly with the Eagles style of play. The Eagles also addressed a situation in case future transactions are necessary.
Overall, the Eagles had one of the top five drafts in the NFL this year. It has the potential to be better than the 2002 Draft(Andy Reid's best).
Now it's time to get these players ready so they can contribute in 2009.
Overall Grade: A