NFL Draft 2011: Thoughts on Philadelphia Eagles Round 4 Pick Alex Henery

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IApril 30, 2011

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Kicker Alex Henery #90 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers kicks an extra point during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Well, I don't know how many people saw this one coming, but it looks like it could be the end of the road for David Akers. 

In the fourth round of the NFL Draft, the Eagles selected kicker Alex Henery out of Nebraska.

Taking a kicker is a pretty big surprise for just about any team, especially the Eagles.  However, it seems like they've made up their mind and will end up parting with long-time kicker Akers.

Akers was a very productive kicker, so it seems that the Eagles wanted to be confident with whoever came into replace him.  Enter Alex Henery.

At Nebraska, Henery was a very successful kicker. 

As a senior, he only missed one field goal and it came from over 50 yards out.  He missed just four kicks as a junior and three as a sophomore.  As a freshmen, he made all eight field goals he attempted.

This pick is definitely shocking and it's going to be sad to see Akers go.  However, Eagles fans have grown somewhat immune to seeing long-time Eagles leaving the team as of late.

Henery definitely has huge shoes to fill and will be under the microscope immediately. 

However, his successful college career and high draft selection makes it look like he could be a solid kicker for a long time.