If you didn't think the seventh-round compensatory picks that were award to the Eagles had value, take a gander at these fine prospects that are projected to fall in the very tail of the draft and possibly into free agency.
These players look like the kind of diamond-in-the-rough sleepers that the Eagles could use. If they can get one or two of them to challenge the incumbents and potentially contribute in the years to come, the Eagles score big.
If one of them could be productive in 2010, the Eagles will have some surprises for the NFL.
No. 31 | Deji Karim | RB | Southern Illinois | 5' 10", 209 lbs | 4.4 40-Yard Dash |
At Karim's pro day he ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash, leaped 43 vertical inches, and put up 225 pounds 19 times. He graded with top numbers as compared to the class of running backs at this year's Combine.
At Division II Southern Illinois, he rushed for 1,694 yards and 18 touchdowns, while averaging 7.1 yards per carry. This guy disappears in a pile of people and squirts out on the other side.
Eagles application: Challenge Eldra Buckley and see if this kid is the real deal.
No. 12 | Levi Brown | QB | Troy | 6' 4", 229 lbs | 4.82 40-Yard Dash |
Brown measured well at the Combine. He pressed 225 pounds 20 times and leaped 34.5 vertical inches. That's good enough for a pocket passer. He also looked good in his drills and at his all-star game.
In 2009, Brown threw for 4,254 yards with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions, leading Troy to a 9-4 record—winning the Sun Belt conference. He's as good of a quarterback prospect as any, and he has the right size to be effective in the NFL.
Eagles Application: Challenge for the third QB position and push Kolb down the stretch.
No. 77 | Ramon "Big Mon" Harewood | OL | Morehouse | 6' 6", 353 lbs |
Just one look at his size, and you know he's a monster. He was stand-out impressive in his all-star games, despite being relatively new to football.
Harewood has been impressive enough for 20 NFL teams to send representatives to his pro day workout.
He was probably not a gym rat in his native Barbados, but Harewood was able to press 225 pounds a very respectable 21 times. The "Big Mon" also lifted himself 30" in the vertical jump. (I heard the floor caved-in a week later.)
Eagles application: Compete for starting right guard, perhaps as a rookie.
No. 8 | Trindon Holliday | WR/ST | LSU | 5' 5", 165 lbs | 4.34 40-Yard Dash |
This name is a little more well-known. He's one of the fastest players in the draft and perhaps a long shot to last into the seventh round.
While used sparingly in the offense at LSU, he was effective, gaining almost seven yards per carry. But his specialty is returning kicks. With 2,347 return yards and four for touchdowns, Holliday is an elite prospect as a return-man.
He is the reigning NCAA 100-meter champion and a true homerun threat every time he touches the ball on offense or special teams.
Eagles Application: Handle kickoffs and relieve Desean Jackson of his double duty.
No. 18 | Crezdon Butler | CB | Clemson | 6' 0", 190 lbs | 4.41 40-Yard Dash|
At the combine, Butler leaped 39.5 vertical inches. There are concerns about his build, but Butler managed 19 presses at 225 pounds. So their shouldn't be great concerns about his strength.
In four seasons at Clemson, Butler picked 11 passes, made 166 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Butler is a nice looking prospect at cornerback with good height and speed.
Eagles application: Compete for nickel or dime CB job and challenge to start in the future.
No. 31 | Lucien Antoine | SS | Oklahoma State | 6' 0", 210 lbs | 4.62 40-Yard Dash |
Antoine ran "OK" at the Combine and his pro-day, nothing spectacular. He did manage a 10' broad jump that shows excellent explosion, and he pressed 225 pounds a very impressive 28 times.
In 2009, Antoine recorded 65 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown). He has the size and the physicality to be a successful NFL safety.
Eagles application: Add youth to the SS position and see what this guy has in him.
No. 99 | Junior Galette | LB/DE | Temple | 6' 2", 253 lbs | 4.77 40-Yard Dash |
At the Combine, Galette ran well, he leaped 33.5 vertical inches, and pressed 225 pounds 25 times. He demonstrated good, measurable athleticism.
In 2009, Galette recorded 45 tackles and seven sacks. Galette is a tweener. He's an end-to-linebacker conversion project, but certainly worth a gamble in the seventh round.
Eagles application: Add competition to the SAM position and see what he's got.
No. 43 | Matt Mayberry | MLB | Indiana | 6' 1", 235 lbs | 4.57 40-Yard Dash |
At his pro day, Mayberry ran well (4.57) and put up 25 reps at 225 pounds. Those are strong measurables for a linebacker.
In 2009, Mayberry accumulated 108 tackles, five sacks, and three interceptions. He could use a bit more size, but he is a natural linebacker that has been productive.
Eagles application: Compete for depth at MIKE and WILL linebacker.
No. 95 | Jeffrey Fitzgerald | DE | Kansas State | 6' 4", 270 lbs | 4.83 40-Yard Dash |
Fitzgerald impressed at his pro day with 21 reps at 225, a 9'9" broad jump, and a 35" vertical leap. He has the prototype dimensions and measurables to play left defensive end.
In 2009, Fitzgerald recorded 39 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, and one touchdown. In three seasons, he accrued 174 tackles, three forced fumbles, 19 sacks, five interceptions and two touchdowns. That a busy player.
Eagles application: Add young depth and compete for starting DE job