The Eagles traded down from their so called "Donovan McNabb" pick. They traded that fourth-round pick (No. 104 overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their fourth-round pick (No. 116 overall) and a 2012 fourth-round pick.
This trade was great value for the Eagles.
With the first fourth-round pick, they selected linebacker Casey Matthews from Oregon, brother of Packer star Clay Matthews III.
It is great value for the Eagles because I had Matthews as their No. 48 prospect in my mock draft board for the Eagles.
Here is what I said about him:
While Matthews does not have the physical tools, he has a relentless motor and never stops working on and off the field.
Matthews can play all three linebacking spots, though he would excel in the middle, calling the plays out for the defense.
Matthews is only 6'1'' 232 pounds, but has the heart and is one of the best at reading and reacting quickly.
The Eagles continue drafting high character guys and Matthews could even win a starting job. I think he could play right away on special teams.
With their second pick they selected Alex Henery a kicker/punter from Nebraska.
People are calling Henery the best kicker to enter the draft in a while. He consistently hit bombs beyond 50 yards.
He hit 18-19 of his field goals, and 10-11 beyond 40.
It might have been a little early for a kicker, but Henery has immense talent.
Look for the Akers era to end in Philly.