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Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the 2010 Draft Class Through Week 14

Dan PennwynCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2016

Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the 2010 Draft Class Through Week 14

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    Where has the time gone; is the National Football League really entering the 15th week? Yes we are, so I figured this would be a good time to grade each of the young players the Eagles selected in this year's NFL Draft.

    To be completely honest, I think this has been a very successful year in terms of the draft. Many of the rookies have really stepped in and opened eyes early in training camp and have continued to work diligently to improve their respective games.

    The early success of players like FS Nate Allen, DE Brandon Graham and WR Riley Cooper is a compliment to the type of ship the coaching staff runs in Philadelphia.

    With that, let's dive in and start analyzing the rookies, look at their accomplishments so far in their very early careers, and see where they fall on the grading sheet.

RB Charles Scott

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    School: LSU

    Round Drafted: Sixth

    The Eagles used the 200th overall draft pick on a big, explosive running back who is a punishing north-and-south runner. At the time, Scott was considered a very raw talent entering the league; however, with his size and brute strength, many teams became extremely interested.

    Unfortunately, Scott's time was short-lived in Philadelphia, I thought the Eagles had finally acquired the big, bruising back we've all been waiting for, but in the end this just wasn't the scheme for him.

    Regardless, I wish Scott well and hope that he lands on a team that will be able to both play him and utilize his size.

    Until then, sorry, buddy!

    Grade: F

DT Jeff Owens

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    School: Georgia

    Round Drafted: Seventh

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    When the Eagles selected Jeff Owens in the seventh round of the 2010 draft, I immediately knew they got a steal. He was the defensive co-captain of the Georgia Bulldogs and was a starter for most of his time there.

    He still remains on the practice squad but has very limited playing time, making it difficult to accurately grade him in my opinion, and you never know if a player will be capable of translating their college success over to the NFL.

    In the few opportunities he has been provided, Jeff has shown some of those skills that made him one of the Bulldogs' leaders; therefore I will grade him as follows.

    Grade: D+

     

CB Trevard Lindley

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    School: Kentucky

    Round Drafted: Fourth

    One of the more pleasant surprises through 14 games, Lindley is proving that not only is he a fast learner, he can translate what he learns onto the playing field.

    He doesn't have eye-popping numbers by any means, but he started the season off listed as the fourth cornerback on the chart, and yet he still has some numbers under his belt.

    Lindley notched his first career interception on QB Alex Smith in the victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, it was that very play that sealed the win for the Eagles.

    Then in the victory over the Houston Texans, Lindley recorded his first fumble recovery, which ultimately led to a David Akers field goal.

    Yes, Lindley is beginning to show us that, in time, he definitely has the potential to become a serious threat like the president Asante Samuel...but for now there is still much to learn!

    Grade: C+

TE Clay Harbor

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    School: Missouri State

    Round Drafted: Fourth

    With yet another fourth-round draft choice, the Philadelphia Eagles selected a kid who was a three-year All-American selection during his collegiate career. He is also responsible for setting Missouri State's school record with 150 receptions for 1,906 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    Not many expected to see much of Clay with starter Brent Celek and second-year man Cornelius Ingram ahead of him; however, his chances grew after Ingram suffered another devastating knee injury.

    Now, at no fault of Harbor's, he has seen very little playing time, but so has any other tight end on the Eagles roster. In fact, they just started getting Celek more involved in the passing game in recent games, but the 2010 season has been a bad one for a TE in Philly.

    Clay has a ton of upside and very little downside going forward in his career. He'll need to invest countless hours and study the playbook while off the field and transfer it onto the field, but he could become Brent's counterpart if he buckles down.

    To date, Harbor has only three catches for 33 yards, but that does net him an 11-yard average. He is another player who is on the hard side to grade.

    Grade: C

SS Kurt Coleman

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    School: Ohio State

    Round Drafted: Seventh

    Who says a seventh-round draft pick is irrelevant? Rookie strong safety Kurt Coleman definitely doesn't see it that way.

    Once close to becoming a rookie free agent, he has opened plenty of eyes with his physical style of play right out of the gates in training camp.

    Fast-forward to the final preseason game vs. the New York Jets, and Coleman demanded attention as he returned two fumble recoveries for touchdowns—but he wasn't finished quite yet!

    In the loss to the Washington Redskins, Coleman was penciled in as the starter due to Nate Allen not being able to play because of a neck injury. Coleman took advantage of his time on the field and recorded his first career touchdown on a pick of former Eagle QB Donovan McNabb.

    I have to take where he was drafted into account here, but for a seventh-round pick who generally starts at an "F", Coleman is anything but.

    Grade: B- 

QB Mike Kafka

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    School: Northwestern

    Round Drafted: Fourth

    How do I grade a guy who hasn't shown us anything? I'll tell you right now, this will be a short slide!

    Again, the fact that he has been a bench warmer is no fault of his own—heck, even Kevin Kolb didn't think he'd be in the same situation. However, this Michael Vick guy isn't giving the Eagles brass any reason to even sniff around sitting him.

    So Mr. Kafka will have to do the same thing Kolb did for three years, now four—sit and wait for an opportunity!

    Fans did get to see a little bit during the preseason, and he did march the Eagles down the field multiple times and even got a touchdown, but the fact remains that the NFL hasn't seen much.

    Grade: D+

DE Ricky Sapp

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    School: Clemson

    Round Drafted: Fifth

    In the fifth round of the draft, the Eagles saw a kid who was capable of playing two completely different positions at defensive end and linebacker, something head coach Andy Reid covets in his players; Ricky Sapp was a terrific selection, hands down.

    Unfortunately, Sapp never made it past training camp before he sustained a season-ending knee injury on Aug. 31.

    Just another player we'll have to wait to over-analyze!

    Looking at his collegiate career, though, Sapp was an absolute monster, notching 17.5 sacks, so he definitely fits the bill for a player with a ton of potential in the NFL, if he can stay healthy and translate his skills.

    Grade: D

LB Jamar Chaney

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    School: Mississippi State

    Round Drafted: Seventh

    Not to my surprise, this was the only picture I could find that I can use that has Chaney in it. Unfortunately for Jamar, he's trying to chase down Devin Hester, and he's not even looking at him—oh well!

    Jamar got his first real taste of NFL football during last Sunday's victory over the Dallas Cowboys after linebacker Stewart Bradley dislocated his elbow, which means Bradley is done for the season.

    Now, I don't know if Jamar shares the same displeasure as Eagles fans do towards the Cowboys or what, but he really performed well on short notice, recording eight tackles—a positive indication that he is picking up on the playbook and can put it all together when required.

    He still has a ton of work ahead of him as far as mechanics and angles, but the more repetition he gets, the better he will become.

    I still need to see more, though!

    Grade: D

DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

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    School: Washington

    Round Drafted: Third

    Defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim was a mind-boggling draft selection. The Eagles not only just invested on an end in the first round to acquire Brandon Graham, but they moved up 13 spots to No. 11 also.

    As it turns out, it was a wise decision on head coach Andy Reid's part, because as I'm sure every Eagle fan is aware, Brandon will miss the rest of the season.

    So the feisty Te'o-Nesheim should get playing time and fans can see exactly what the kid is made of as Graham rehabs, but don't expect to see him penciled in as a starter any time soon.

    This is for two reasons. First, the Eagles still have Juqua Parker, who is the actual starter since winning back his job from Brandon Graham. Second, the Eagles just brought veteran defensive end Derrik Burgess back to Philly.

    Burgess was originally drafted, and excelled with, the Eagles back in 2001.

    Obviously, it doesn't say much in terms of confidence if there is already someone in front of you (Parker) and they still bring in another guy.

    I'm not saying Te'o is a bad player, but I think the decision to invest the third-round pick on another defensive end was a bad decision.

    Grade: F

WR Riley Cooper

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    School: Florida

    Round Drafted: Fifth

    Quite possibly the gem of the 2010 draft, easily the gem of the Eagles draft so far, Riley has outperformed every other rookie the Eagles selected.

    The coaching staff and fans started to see it during training camp, as the crowd would erupt after a Cooper catch, right into the preseason as he was the main receiving target every game, and right into the regular season.

    Cooper doesn't have DeSean Jackson speed, but he does have size to his advantage. His longest play of the regular season is a 37-yard reception from QB Michael Vick, but his lone touchdown came from Kevin Kolb on a five-yard pass.

    He has only six receptions on the season for 111 yards, an 18.1 average, but I anticipate that he will become more highly involved within the Eagles system.

    Grade: B+

LB Keenen Clayton

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    School: Oklahoma

    Round Drafted: Fourth

    Not too much on this fourth-rounder other than his sound special teams play. Keenan has appeared in six games so far and has recorded six total tackles.

    Clayton's biggest play, however, came in the the victory over division rival New York Giants, when he registered his first career forced fumble.

    Maybe with starting LB Stewart Bradley out for the season, we'll see Clayton get more involved with the defense, but he's a speedy linebacker who is better suited on the outside edge.

    Grade: C-

FS Nate Allen

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    School: South Florida

    Round Drafted: Second

    There's no shortage of information about Nate Allen, and the fact that the Eagles overlooked players like Earl Thomas and Taylor Mays in the draft was huge at the time—now it looks like another wise draft choice by Andy Reid.

    But Nate has some wrinkles to iron out of his own to make him a complete player.

    For one, he needs to bulk up more in the weight room. Too many times this season I've seen him get run over by opposing running backs. I've said this all season long, so it's nothing new.

    The other is getting better in coverage, and all the proof I need is in the Titans game, and by mentioning Kenny Britt, who dusted the Eagles secondary for 225 yards.

    Still, Philadelphia has what many believe to be the guy who finally stops the rotating door at free safety created by the departure of Brian Dawkins. He (Allen) has recorded 58 tackles (48 solo), three interceptions and two sacks.

    I'm a huge fan of Allen's and I believe he has a very promising career ahead of him, but through 14 weeks I have to grade him as I see it.

    Grade: B

DE Brandon Graham

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    School: Michigan

    Round Drafted: First

    Mr. Brandon Graham first arrived on the scene as the Philadelphia Eagles' 2010 first-round draft choice. The Eagles moved up 13 positions to get him and you couldn't have seen a bigger smile on anyone else's face than on Brandon's when he learned where his new home would be.

    Everything was flowing smoothly, besides the very short-lived tense moment when he still hadn't signed, but once he did and showed up to camp, Brandon was ready.

    He came in with a great center of gravity, speed and strength and outright beat veteran Juqua Parker for his starting job on the left side. Parker was coming off his best season to date, posting eight-and-a-half sacks.

    It started in Graham's hometown of Detroit when he sacked QB Shaun Hill, which resulted in a two-yard loss.

    Then in the matchup vs. the San Francisco 49ers, Graham notched his first career sack/fumble on QB Alex Smith. Quintin Mikell recovered the football and ran 52 yards into the end zone.

    Graham then forced a fumble on Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw that was recovered by Asante Samuel.

    Lastly, Graham recorded a sack on QB Jay Cutler during the loss to the Chicago Bears, when Brandon was filling in for an injured Juqua Parker.

    I am giving him an "A-" because this slideshow is about grading the players through 14 weeks. Brandon made it through exactly that and he would be on track for five sacks his rookie year if he were able to play the full season.

    Grade: A-

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