Friday, April 27, 2012

Draft Day 2

Loved the Fletcher Cox pick, obviously.  He was #1 on my draft board for the Eagles.  And only giving up a 4th and 6th-round pick to jump up and grab him is a shrewd move.  He'll plug right in and contribute.

Props to the evil Cowboys, who jumped up for only a 2nd to grab the prospect I would have placed #1 on my board, if I thought he would actually fall into a range the Eagles could afford.  Claiborne has the potential to be an elite man corner, and solves a dire area of need for the 'Boys.  Most scouts agreed there were 5-6 elite prospects in this draft, and two of them went to the NFC East - Claiborne and Griffin III - so the division only gets tougher.

As far as day 2, there are several good prospects left from my list yesterday (Note: removing the DTs since the Eagles should not take the same position with their two top picks.)  I'll add a few more that I hope the Eagles will consider.

  1. Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia.  Stunned that teams like the Jets, Bengals, and Giants passed on Glenn.
  2. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford.  Probably going to reunite with his college QB in Indy.  No way he falls 14 more spots to the Eagles.
  3. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU.
  4. Stephen Hill, WR, GT.
  5. Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska.
  6. Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana.
  7. Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama.  Isn't your typical Eagles DE.  Upshaw plays more with strength and leverage than a pure 'fastball' who runs around the tackle.  But he's a quality football player with a first-round grade.  Will be one of the first five players drafted in Round 2.
  8. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall.  More of the prototypical Eagles DE with lots of pass-rush ability.
  9. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama.  I worry about his off-field issues and general lack of focus.  With two second-round picks, I wouldn't be too upset if the Eagles took a risk on this kid with one of them.  Chances are he'll be long gone by the time they pick.
  10. Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California.  Ran the fastest 40 time at the combine of any LB, and was a productive player in college.  Should excel in coverage, might struggle against the run initially.
  11. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina.  Another big (6'3") receiver, Jeffrey has great hands and wins a lot of jump balls.
  12. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford.  I'd really like a back-up tackle at some point in this draft.  Martin needs to work on his strength, but has the feet and athleticism to pass block in the NFL.
  13. Bobbie Massie, OT, Mississippi.  More raw than Martin, but more upside as well.
  14. Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida.  Ran the fastest combine (4.33) of any db at the combine.
  15. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson.  Would start as an undersized DE but has the frame to add good weight.  Natural and athletic pass-rusher.
After taking my #1 player yesterday, it would be too much to hope that the Eagles might come away with two players from this group in round 2.  But I'll be watching, and hoping, tonight anyway.


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