The Philadelphia Eagles had a very busy day today, doing a ton of shuffling around on the draft board and continuing their theme from the first round.
With the 37th overall selection, the Philadelphia Eagles did draft safety Nate Allen out of South Florida. Allen is expected to be an immediate starter at free safety for the Eagles who are still trying to fill Brian Dawkins' void.
Allen has some work to do in training camp, but I'm sure defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and DB coach Dick Jauron are both very excited to have this young man in their 2010 plans.
Then came the wheeling and dealing that we've all come to expect fron Andy Reid.
For the second time this offseason, head coach Andy Reid has done business with a division rival. First was the McNabb trade to the Redskins, and then just today in the second round the Eagles trade picks with the Dallas Cowboys.
Philadelphia fans exploded with anger!
Why—why—would the Eagles trade their 55th overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys, who ended up drafting Penn State LB Sean Lee. Is it because they didn't see the talent level available worthy of a late second-round pick?
I can't see that as there were many players available that could have become solid players for the Eagles and of positions that are in need of players.
Like CBs Thomas Kevin, Jerome Murphy, and Brandon Ghee who were all drafted in the third round or LBs like Sean Lee, Navorro Bowman, and Brandon Spikes, who went in the later part of the second.
To trade with a division rival with so many talented players still on the board—I just don't get it.
Then, with the 22nd pick in the third round (86th overall) the Eagles select another defensive end—Washington product Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, who NFL.com ranks at a lowly 2.0—WHAT?
I couldn't believe my ears at first. Again I found myself asking the same question, why?
At first glance it is understandable why every Eagles fan would be pulling their hair out of their heads, but if you stop and look at the player and not the grade, this actually could become the "diamond in the rough" player for the Eagles this draft.
Te'o-Nesheim is another non-prototypical DE but has an extremely high motor and comes off the edge with good instints. He has a knack for being a disruptive player in the backfield but is a raw talent coming into the league.
He is still inconsistent in multiple aspects of his game but should be able to get NFL-ready with a full training camp coming up. Te'o-Nesheim is not coming in as a starting DE but rather a situational edge rusher.
Starting all four years for the Huskies, he ended his college career with 191 total tackles (113 solo), 27 sacks, and one forced fumble.
What I think is happening here is the Eagles are getting stocked up with defensive end talent to put mass pressure on the other divisional QBs, Donovan McNabb (that just sounds odd), Tony Romo, and Eli Manning.
Overall the Eagles did not disappoint, making unpredictable moves in the draft.
Tomorrow is set to be another exciting day for the Eagles, with a total of nine draft picks, four in the fourth (105, 121, 122, 125), two in the fifth (134 and 146), one in the sixth (200), and two in the seventh (243 and 244).
Will the Eagles use all nine picks to acquire more talent or will there be a big time trade involving a couple of these picks or packaging a player and pick?
It has been an odd draft, let alone offseason, filled with crazy things—I would expect nothing less tomorrow evening.
Keep the faith Philly fans, something is about to happen!
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