Post-Draft Review: Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles came into last week's draft with about four needs. They did a good job of address most of them, but a key defensive position remains an issue.

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, FS, DE, C
 

Players Added

Round 1-Brandon Graham/DE - Some would argue that he was the best defensive end available for this year's draft. While Graham may not have the ideal arm length for a pass rusher, he makes up for that with pass rush moves and skill. He's a relentless defender who never gives up on a play. He had one of the most dominant performances ever during Senior Bowl practices earlier this and in the game itself.


Round 2-Nate Allen/S - Allen, based on his ability and football intelligence, should start as a rookie He has excellent range and cover skills. Philadelphia has found their replacement for veteran FS Brian Dawkins.


Round 3-Daniel Te'o-Nesheim/DE - While some believe he should have been selected later, Te'o-Nesheim was a high productive player in college. The high-motor player figures to challenge for a roster spot as a nickel pass rusher. He could fill the role that veteran DE Darren Howard help for the past few seasons.


Round 4-Trevard Lindley/CB - The underclassmen committee gave Lindley a second-round grade after his Junior season. Had Lindley not have dealt with a high ankle sprain for the majority of the 2009 season, he would have been selected much higher. Lindley had a productive Senior Bowl week. He figures to compete for playing time against Ellis Hobbs, but most likely will see time in a dime role to begin the season.


Round 4-Keenan Clayton/LB - The undersized linebacker figures to compete for a backup job at WLB. It will be tough for him since Ernie Sims and Akeem Jordan are also over there.


Round 4-Mike Kafka/QB - As Scout.com noted before the NFL Draft, Philadelphia had a fairly high grade on Kafka. The Eagles like athletic quarterbacks with size. Kafka fits that mold quite well. The feeling is that they will develop him to be their No. 2 QB.


Round 4-Clay Harbor/TE - Philadelphia likes athletic tight ends, and Harbor fits right in with that mold. He'll be competing against Martin Rucker and Cornelius Ingram for a roster spot.


Round 5-Ricky Sapp/DE - Had he not had a low medical grade, Sapp would have been selected as high as the second round, sources said. Sapp suffered a torn ACL late in the 2008 season. He figures to challenge for a job for the "Joker" role. That's a hybrid DE/OLB.


Round 5-Riley Cooper/WR - The tall possession receiver will get a chance to challenge for the No. 4 receiver role in training camp. Cooper, at worst, will be their fifth receiver this season. His size could help him land a role in their red zone offense.


Round 6-Charles Scott/RB - Scott is a big, downhill runner who fits in well for Philadelphia's zone running scheme. Despite being a late-round selection, he should have an excellent shot at making the final roster coming out of the preseason.


Round 7-Jamar Chaney/LB - Based on talent, Chaney probably should have been selected higher. Chaney is capable of competing for a job at all three LB positions.


Round 7-Jeff Owens/DT - NFL Films' Greg Cosell said Owens is more talented than his former teammate at the University of Georgia DT Geno Atkins. Owens, if he has a strong training camp, could push third-year DT Trevor Laws for a roster spot.


Round 7-Kurt Coleman/S - He figures to be a practice squad candidate.


Post-Draft Needs

Cornerback - They didn't address cornerback in the first two rounds, so it appears veteran CB Ellis Hobbs is the default starter. Hobbs was unable to beat out veteran CB Sheldon Brown for a starting job last season, so it remains to be seen if he's ready to be a full-time starter. Hobbs, however, turns just 27 in a few weeks. He showed incredible toughness during the 2008 season when he played with a sports hernia and a torn labrum in his left shoulder during the 2008 regular season and playoffs.


Center - With starting C Jamaal Jackson coming back from ACL surgery, versatile backup OL Nick Cole will fill in. Jackson is not expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. What if he's not ready by mid-season? Does Philadelphia believe Cole is capable of starting eight games without a drop-off? The team needs to look for Jackson's long-term replacement. It remains to be seen if Mike McGlynn or A.Q. Shipley fit in that mold. Jackson, who turns 30 soon, is signed through 2013.