The Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday morning that sixth round draft choice RB Charles Scott has agreed to a four-year contract.
He is the first of the 13 draft picks to come to terms with the Birds.
Scott was the 200th overall selection in this year's draft, and many feel the 5'11", 238-lb. back was a steal—signing him to a four-year deal proves that theory.
How many times in Eagle history have they signed a pick selected at the tail end of the draft to such a long-term deal?
The reason Scott dropped so far in the draft is simply because of a fractured right clavicle he suffered late in the 2009 season, causing him to miss the final four games of the season.
Up until that point he was rolling towards having another very productive year, as he garnered 542 rushing yards and four TDs before he suffered that injury.
That didn't stop the Eagles from seeing what kind of damage Scott is capable of when healthy.
During his four-year tenure at LSU, Scott recorded 2,317 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns. In 2008, his junior year, Scott was given first team All-SEC honors after registering 1,174 yards rushing and 18 TDs.
With the capability for production like that, I fully expect Scott to be a key player in the Eagles' grand scheme of things. He is a versatile player who can run well between tackles, catch the ball out of the backfield, and most importantly—he is an above average blocker.
It is good to see that even though Scott was drafted towards the end of the draft, the Eagles still know they landed themselves a gem.
Keep the faith, Philly. I anticipate Scott will become a very good back for the Eagles in the years to come.