Where's The Beef ? Philadelphia Eagles Bulk Up After The Draft

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Where's The Beef ? Philadelphia Eagles Bulk Up After The Draft

I think it safe to say I was not the only one surprised by the Philadelphia Eagles decision to not select an offensive lineman in last week’s NFL Draft; especially considering that they eventually ended up with 13 picks overall.

As long as I can remember, Philadelphia has always drafted at least one offensive lineman every year with the exceptions of 2001 & 2007, but this year’s lack of a lineman selection was blatant considering how thin they appear to be at that position.

With that said, the Eagles did sign 11 undrafted rookies the Monday after the draft, three of whom were offensive linemen consisting of two tackles and one guard.

The tackles 6'6", 328 pound Jeraill McCuller from N.C.State and 6'7", 333 pound Austin Howard of Northern Iowa.   The guard is 6'5", 297 pound Zipp Duncan from Kentucky.

Obviously not much is usually expected of undrafted rookie free agents, but there is always that rare occasion when a team gets lucky and actually inks a serviceable player. It is clear, however, that these three players have something to offer.

McCuller appears to be a character guy. A three-year starter for the Wolf pack who last year received the Governor Award, which is given to the team’s most valuable player based on ability, contribution, leadership, and intangibles

At 6'7", 333 pounds Austin Howard obviously has something you can’t coach, size. The big fella also appears to be very athletic for his size; in 2008 he was switched from tight end to left tackle and as a freshman he actually played some hoops for the University of Northern Iowa.

What can you say about a guy who goes by the name ZIPP?  Well like Howard, Zipp Duncan started his college football career as a tight end but spent a majority of his sophomore and junior seasons at Kentucky playing guard before being moved to tackle.

Duncan was a also a high school basketball standout who led his prep team to the Kentucky High School sweet 16  where he scored 37 points and pulled down 26 rebounds in two games.

So for what it’s worth, The Eagles do have a little something to work with. Toss in these three free agents and the birds have an offensive line battery that looks a little something like this.

#

Player

Position

Height

Weight

59

Nick Cole

G/C

6'0"

350

62

Max Jean-Gillies

G

6'3"

358

65

King Dunlap

T

6'8"

310

66

Dallas Reynolds

C

6'4"

314

67

Jamaal Jackson

C

6'4"

330

71

Jason Peters

T

6'4"

340

74

Winston Justice

T

6'6"

320

76

Stacy Andrews

G/T

6'7"

340

77

Mike McGlynn

G

6'4"

315

78

Fenuki Tupou

T

6'5"

314

79

Todd Herremans

G

6'6"

321

 

A.Q. Shipley

C

6'1"

315

 

Zipp Duncan

G

6'5"

297

 

Austin Howard

T

6'7"

333

 

Jeraill McCuller

T

6'6"

328

 

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