Philadelphia Eagles 2009 Draft Review

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IApril 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22:  Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin of Missouri runs with the football during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Despite being just one game away from a Super Bowl this past postseason, the Eagles had plenty of needs to address in this draft.

But the truly remarkable thing about their situation is that they were able to address a need and listen to the fan base at the same time this past weekend.

Appeasing your supporters and getting what the team lacks? Good stuff.

Head coach Andy Reid is good at multi-tasking as well as drafting elite talent, and the team did just that, as they selected three potentially elite offensive talents while upgrading all across the board.

Read on for pick analysis and the Eagles' final draft grade.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

While both Kevin Curtis and DeSean Jackson are good receivers, the Eagles needed that extra boost to the wideout position to finally give Donovan McNabb a high-character talent that is productive. Maclin may not be Terrell Owens (Jeremy actually knows how to keep a low profile), but he definitely has the talent to one day come close to TO's success.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

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Philly probably would have preferred to nab Knowshon Moreno, but doing so would have meant no Maclin. In other words, everything turned out for the better.

McCoy was an extremely productive back in a tough conference and provides depth as well as great talent as the future replacement to the now 30-year-old Brian Westbrook.

Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida

Ingram is the definition of a high risk/high reward player, as he's oozing with potential and athleticism but has injury concerns and is extremely raw.

Victor Harris, CB, Virginia Tech

Harris is a good value pick in the fifth round and could either vie for time at corner (depending on what happens with Sheldon Brown) or eventually take over at Brian Dawkins' old safety spot.

Fenuki Tupou, OT, Oregon

Tupou brings solid athleticism and good size to a once-prominent offensive line that has been marred by injuries and inconsistency in recent seasons. Tupou is far from polished, however, and will have to battle for a spot as a back-up.

Brandon Gibson, WR, Washington State

Gibson has good size and great skills but had his stock hindered by his team's overall ineffectiveness. He has reliable hands and should be able to stick with the team if he can offer some help on special teams.

Paul Fanaika, G, Arizona State

Fanaika is a guard with good size and strength, but he has only average balance. Not always one to take the best angle or positioning, Paul can often look as if he's easily overpowered by defensive linemen. It will take a lot of progress for him to stick on the team as a back-up.

Moise Fokou, OLB, Maryland

The Eagles waited too long to address the linebacker position, one at which they needed some more talent and youth. However, Fokou is a dark-horse playmaker with good size, long arms, and solid athletic ability. He may be a bit too stiff in the hips to be effective in coverage, though, and his potential as a starter appears to be limited.

Final Grade: C+

Offensively, Philadelphia added a ton of talent, but they largely ignored weaknesses in their defense.

They didn't do much to make up for the loss of Brian Dawkins or Sean Considine at safety and still haven't resolved the Sheldon Brown situation. However, trading with New England for Ellis Hobbs should help alleviate any problems that may occur from this lack of secondary action.

I think that, generally, the Eagles did a fantastic job in prepping their offense for the future by selecting a potential starting receiver, tight end, and running back.

The problem with Philadelphia in this draft is they addressed positions that, as of right now, are actually great strengths on their team.

On the other hand, these selections mean that if they can't win in the next year or two, they're already set with solid weapons for the future.