Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the Birds' Draft Picks at the Halfway Point

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Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the Birds' Draft Picks at the Halfway Point
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Is it too early to evaluate the Eagles’ 2011 draft class?

Yes and no.

Obviously it’s too soon to write any one player off as a failure. There’s more preseason to be played, and even for those who miss the cut there will likely be other opportunities down the road. This is the dawn of their careers.

But dawn is never far from dusk in the life of an NFL rookie. The average NFL career only lasts 3.5 seasons, so one play here or there usually constitutes the margin of error. NFL players don’t get the luxury of the minor leagues or an NBA summer league; it’s one month and move along.

So with half of the preseason played its time to check in on who’s moving and staying. First impressions don’t always make for the best impressions, but in the NFL they’re all we’ve got.

Note: All grades are relative to the position in which the player was drafted. If a fifth round player earns a "B," that rating is to be taken in comparison with other players drafted in a similar position both this year and year's past.

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