Philadelphia Eagles 2010 NFL Draft Recap: All Seven Rounds (includes video)
Now that the 2010 NFL Draft is complete, lets take an in depth look at the players selected—round by round.
The first day was an exciting day filled with trades around the league and the Philadelphia Eagles decided to partake in the festivities.
There were a ton of picks in the draft for the Eagles, so I will do my best to summarize each player, the best I can.
Be sure to check out the highlight reel at the end of the slideshow which shows a bunch of players the Eagles drafted this year—enjoy!
DE Brandon Graham: Missouri - 13th overall
Brandon Graham: 6'1" 268 lbs
Graham possesses a phenomenal initial burst as an edge rusher and has a high, relentless motor who is a four down player.
He displays fantastic use of his hands when breaking free from the opposing player.
He is smaller than a typical defensive end but uses his strength and hands to get to the quarterback.
During his four year tenure at Michigan, Graham amassed a total of 138 tackles (86 solo) and 28 sacks.
Graham ran a 4.72 in the 40 yard dash and did 31 bench press reps.
Expect Graham to be the starting left defensive end opposite Trent Cole in 2010—that's just my opinion though.
FS Nathaniel Allen: USF - 37th Overall
Many Eagles fans were hoping for Southern Cal's, Taylor Mays, but the Eagles went with Allen who was an outstanding safety for the Bulls.
At 6'0", 207 lbs, Allen has an excellent combination of size and athleticism.
Nate Allen has good balance, quickness, and foot agility, while displaying good range in pursuit of the ball carrier.
With his long arms, Allen has the ability to re-route his receivers and is technically sound in combination man and zone coverages.
He also displays a mental toughness that is needed for an impact safety in the NFL.
Allen does need to work on a few things in training camp like being more consistent in the angles he takes to the ball.
He also must work on his open-field tackling.
I don't think the Eagles' new DB coach Dick Jauron is unhappy about this pick at all.
I believe he sees tremendous potential in this young kid, who has an unquestionable work ethic. Jauron can make Allen a super star in the NFL.
DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: Washington - 86th Overall
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is another non-prototypical DE, but has an extremely high motor, and comes off the edge with good instincts.
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.
It is my belief that Andy Reid is stock piling on defensive pass rushers to obliterate the other QB's in the NFC East.
Te'o-Neseim game tape: (check this out, I had to throw this in—nasty hit)
CB Trevard Lindley: Kentucky - 105th Overall
The Eagles added a very competitive cover corner in CB Trevard Lindley with the 105th overall selection.
Lindley was a standout in Kentucky's defensive regime and considered one of the best corners in the country coming into his senior season.
He is more of a ball hawk corner than a physical run stuffer but does not lack athleticism at all, he a more than willing tackler.
He has all the tools to be best suited in a nickel or dime package and is excellent in man and zone coverages but will have to drastically improve his tackling in training camp.
Injuries and lack of production stopped him from playing to his full capabilities in his senior season but if he can return to his underclassmen type of play—Lindley could become a key element on defense.
LB Keenan Clayton: Oklahoma - 121st Overall
In the middle of the fourth round the Eagles finally drafted a linebacker out of Oklahoma named Keenan Clayton with the 121st overall pick.
Clayton is an undersized player for a LB, seems to be the theme for the Eagles in this draft, but that didn't stop him from being a very productive two year starter on the Sooners' defense.
He is a solid open field tackler and shows decent enough body control and positioning in space.
Keenan also shows nice quickness in his pursuit to the ball carrier.
If he ever wants to become a starter he will need to focus on improving many areas of his game, which is said to be held back due to his size.
He has difficulty shedding blockers and also take incorrect angles. Also, he tends to get beat on a fake run getting him out of position.
QB Mike Kafka: Northwestern - 122nd overall
The fourth round continues as the Eagles select QB Mike Kafka out of Northwestern and Mike comes in as the teams third string QB, developing behind Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.
Kafka is your prototypical west coast offense QB as he relies heavily on short slants and screen passes.
He is an athletic thrower but doesn't display the arm strength to accurately get the ball down field or put zip in his passes.
He is a smart quarterback that goes through all of his progressions and is able to read coverages well but Kafka has to many inconsistencies to be considered more than a backup—he'll need a few years to develop.
TE Clay Harbor: Missouri State - 125th Overall
The Eagles acquired a thrifty receiving tight end in Clay Harbor.
He's got a nice blend of size and strength to compete with Cornilius Ingram for the backup TE position.
During his four year stint at Missouri State Harbor accumulated some nice numbers.
Notching a total of 150 receptions for 1,906 yards (12.7 avg,) and 10 touchdowns, Harbor had his best season in 2009 with 59 catches for 729 yards (12.4 avg) towards his four TD's.
He does need to improve his blocking skills as that is a huge part of being a good tight end in the Eagles offensive scheme but Clay has the size and strength to improve in that department.
Whether he is the Eagles backup TE or third string in 2010, drafting another tight end was a smart move with Ingram's knee injuries that kept him out of his senior year in college and also his rookie year in the NFL.
Clay Harbor should also be a solid special teams contributor as well.
DE Ricky Sapp: Clemson - 134th Overall
How in the world did this defensive-end beast make it to the fifth round? Who cares, I'm glad this kid is a Philadelphia Eagle.
Sapp is 6'4", 252lbs monster is probably the second best defensive end the Eagles got in the draft.
He was an extremely productive player during his time in college and hopes to translate that over to the NFL.
He is versatile enough to play both defensive end, in a 4-3 scheme, and linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
Sapp is a tremendously athletic player in the front seven who has no problem getting to the QB with his speed rush and is happy playing in coverage as well.
Sapp must try and bulk up his frame before the start of training camp to help with his average power at the point of attack and also must work on better utilizing his hands to break free from blockers.
He ended his college career totaling 139 tackles (63 solo,) registered 16 sacks, and had 2 forced fumbles.
WR Riley Cooper: Florida - 159th Overall
The Eagles may have drafted themselves a steal in the fifth round by drafting WR Riley Cooper out of Florida.
He is a big WR at 6'3", 222 lbs and has good hands.
Lou DiPietro, a Featured Columnist here on B/R for the Eagles, also said in his piece that Cooper was QB Tim Tebows favorite target last season, that's a nice little tid bit of info worth knowing!
Cooper did in fact enjoy a very productive senior year as he had 51 receptions for 961 yards (18.8 avg) and nine touchdowns.
For his entire college career Riley put up 81 catches, amassing 1,496 yards (18.4 avg,) and 18 TD's.
If he wants to work his way up the Eagles depth chart Cooper will have to focus on running more crisp routes, he tends to built speed lacking an initial burst of the line, and can also struggle at times on his release against a solid press corner.
Cooper displays a willingness to catch the ball in the middle of traffic and Eagles fans could see a lot of him once they get in the red zone utilizing his height and weight to their advantage.
RB Charles Scott: LSU - 200th Overall
Running Back Charles Scott was selected in the sixth round and he is a massive body at 5'11", 238 lbs to have in the backfield.
He is a no-nonsense running back who will not dance around in the backfield trying to make a play and is not adept to having to many plays for negative yards during the course of a game.
Scott takes the ball, puts his head down, and bull dozes piles out of his way.
Scott displays great balance at the point of contact and will consistently break tackles.
He is a productive player who gains strength in the later parts of a game once the defense is worn down—he could serve as a nice change of pace type player.
In 2009 Scott had some shotty numbers, which is what probably dropped his draft stock.
He ended with 542 yards on 116 attempts (4.7 avg,) and four touchdowns but we as Eagle fans have to look at his career numbers.
To round out his college career he had 2,317 yards on 424 attempts (5.5 avg) and 32 TDs.
He doesn't possess great speed as his game is more about size and power, isn't an elusive player and his overall receiving skills are questionable at best.
However, could you imagine Scott and Weaver lined up on a third and short situation?
LB Jamar Chaney: Mississippi State - 220th Overall
Jamar Chaney is another intriguing selection in the later rounds of the draft.
At the NFL Combine Chaney ran a 4.54 (40,) 26 bench press reps, a 39 inch vertical jump, and a 6.9 second three cone drill.
He is coming off his most productive year as a college player after missing the 2008 season due to injury.
He has decent size, strength, and overall athleticism at the LB position.
Chaney has improved on his run defense but is more of a coverage linebacker. He plays with a high motor and is quick in pursuit while displaying solid instincts.
He runs well and showcases excellent range which makes him fantastic in combination man coverages and special teams.
A very solid football player who could prove to have a productive rookie season.
He finished at Mississippi State with a total of 285 tackles (118 solo), four sacks, three forced fumbles, and two INTs.
DT Jeff Owens: Georgia - 243rd Overall
In the final round of the 2010 NFL Draft the Eagles selected a 6'1", 304 lbs defensive tackle named Jeff Owens out of Georgia.
Owens had a superb 2009 season after missing all but one game in 2008 with a knee injury.
He is a short, thick framed, extremely strong interior defensive lineman who is more of a run stuffer than he is a pass rusher.
He anchors properly when his pads are down but must improve his hands to allow him to disengage to the ball quicker.
In order for him to be an effective player, Owens needs to have solid pass rushers along side of him but does use his natural strength (44 bench press reps) to push the pile back.
Jeff has some limitations entering his rookie season but his high motor and leadership qualities might provide him a chance to see some playing time in his rookie campaign.
Owens college career ended with 52 games played, 102 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, and five sacks.
SS Kurt Coleman: Ohio State - 244th Overall
The Eagles selected another safety in the seventh round who will contribute nicely on special teams.
Kurt Coleman doesn't have great size (5'10", 192 lbs) for a safety but also lacks pure speed to play out on the perimeter.
He is a nasty competitor who is aggressive defending both the run and the pass.
He is best suited to play in the nickel or dime packages due to him not having great recovery speed or burst to cover premier WR talents.
Coleman has solid ball skills but his overall technique (pad level, back peddle) needs a lot of work to play in the NFL.
Coleman ended his college campaign playing in 44 games, notched 219 tackles, 13 defended passes, and nine INTs.
Bonus Slide: Highlight Reel
Here is your highlight reel of a bunch of players the Eagles drafted this year. Check it out and enjoy!
Thanks for checking out my overview of the 2010 NFL Draft for the Philadelphia Eagles.
FLY EAGLES FLY in 2010!