The Eagles began Saturday with five selections in the fifth through seventh rounds, adding a sixth thanks to a trade with Detroit early in the seventh.
Philadelphia has had quite a bit of success in the late rounds over the last few years. Trent Cole, Omar Gaither, Brent Celek and Macho Harris were all fifth-rounders, while starting SAM Moise Fokou came in the seventh round last year.
Since the book on some of these guys is a little thin, I’ve grouped them together as a unit.
Let’s now meet the final six men to have their names called by the Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Here’s the book on Sapp: He’s basically Brandon Graham only a bit bigger.
Sapp had potential first-round possibilities; he was the No. 9 OLB (No. 74 overall) prospect according to NFL Draft Scout, but had looks from the Jets and a couple other 3-4 teams looking to make him a rush linebacker.
He was a three-year starter at the “Bandit” spot for Clemson, which is basically a stand-up end. But he only had 142 tackles (38 for loss) and 17.5 sacks in four seasons in Death Valley, which seems a little light for a guy who started 36 games. Still, his 2009 numbers (55 TKL, 14 TFL, five sacks) earned him Second Team All-ACC honors.
It’s clear that Andy Reid is stockpiling speedy rushers, although Sapp could be a possibility for depth at the SAM. He’s very agile, has the frame to add bulk (which is a scary thought considering he’s 6’3” and 252 pounds already), and is an excellent overall athlete.
Sapp’s biggest drawback, however, could be his injury history; he suffered a partially torn ACL in 2008 and has had other knee problems in the last few years.
If he checks out, he could be a good value choice in the early-fifth round—either as an Eagle or as potential trade bait for a 3-4 team.
NOTE: This pick and a 2011 fifth-rounder were acquired from San Diego for the No. 146 selection
As a Gator fan, I’m naturally ecstatic that Tim Tebow’s favorite target is coming to Philly.
Pretty soon, all of Eagle Nation might feel that same excitement.
Cooper has a great combination of size (6’4”, 225 pounds), speed (ran a 4.54 40) and toughness that makes him an ideal fit as a possession receiver—something that the Eagles lack outside of Jason Avant.
Riley is also a great blocker and works hard on special teams, spending time as both a gunner and a jammer during his career in Gainesville.
He had a breakout season as Tebow’s security blanket in 2009, recording 51 catches for 961 yards and nine TD en route to second-team All-SEC honors.
Cooper was also drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2009, but chose to return for his senior season at Florida and is now an NFL draft pick as well.
The former Gator has great hands, great body control, and deceptive speed, and will definitely fill a useful role on the Eagles—assuming he makes the team, of course.
The Eagles got the punishing inside runner they coveted when they signed Mike Bell in free agency.
Now, they got another one in the draft with the addition of LSU’s Charles Scott.
Scott has a decent combo of power and speed, as he benched 28 reps at the combine and had excellent lateral numbers.
Despite being part of a committee, Scott left LSU as the seventh all-time leading rusher and his 32 rushing scores are fourth in school history.
While he had a down year in 2009 (thanks in part to a broken clavicle suffered that cost him the final four games), Scott still led the team with 542 yards. But a better indicator of his talent is his explosive junior season (1174 yards and 18 TD) that earned him All-SEC honors.
Thanks to his size (238 pounds) and interior prowess, he will likely challenge Eldra Buckley for the third back spot and could see a lot of time in short yardage situations with Leonard Weaver if he makes the team.
This pick was acquired from Detroit for a 2011 sixth-rounder, and clearly Andy Reid saw something he (and possibly others) liked in Jamar Chaney.
Although Chaney is one of those guys who peaked early and stayed on a plateau, he is a fairly athletic three-down linebacker who shows good depth in coverage.
The 6’1”, 242 pound Chaney was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, starting on the weak-side as a sophomore and moving inside in 2007. In his career, Chaney notched 288 tackles (including 90 as a senior) and added 4.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions to boot.
He’s both strong and athletic (4.54 40 and a 39” vertical to go with 26 reps benched), and was noted as an intense workout performer while at Mississippi State.
His biggest knocks are marginal lateral quickness and an injury history; he missed almost all of 2008 with a broken leg, and has also had some knee troubles.
Chaney is an intriguing pick; he will find a home on special teams right away, but he could compete for a spot at either SAM or WILL, or could even find his way onto the field as a safety in a nickel or dime situation.
With the first of their back-to-back compensatory seventh-rounders, Philly selected Jeff Owens, a 300-pound run stuffing defensive tackle.
A three-year starter for the Bulldogs, Owens is a heady player who understands his gap responsibilities and has decent strength inside. His numbers aren’t high (32 tackles, 4 TFL, 1.5 sacks and 13 quarterback pressures) but he can get to the quarterback on passing downs.
He’s also a high-character guy, as he was a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honors collegiate players who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.
Given the lack of depth the Birds have at DT, he could make the team as a rotational guy behind Brodrick Bunkley, Mike Patterson and Antonio Dixon.
If the Eagles got one true steal in this draft, it’s their final pick.
A three-year starter at Ohio State, Coleman was a lynchpin in the Buckeyes defense and was voted as the team MVP in 2009.
The 5’10” Coleman has good speed (4.56 40), excellent instincts, and can be a solid centerfielder on passing downs. He’s also willing to get dirty in run support, which Andy Reid requires of his safeties.
While he lacks ideal size (he’s only 5’10”), NFL Draft Scout says that Coleman has the toughness, athleticism, intelligence and ball skills necessary to succeed at the NFL level.
As a senior, Coleman was a Sporting News First Team All-American and first team All-Big 10, ranking third on the Buckeyes with 68 tackles. He also added five picks, four passes deflected, three forced fumbles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and perhaps a partridge in a pear tree.
He’s also a high character guy who has overcome enormous personal struggle to succeed, so he will be the kind of hard worker that Andy Reid adores.
You can never have enough defensive backs (tm Dylan McNamara), especially if you get NFL Draft Scout’s fifth best free safety (and No. 137 overall) with a seventh-round compensatory pick.