With their final pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Eagles added to their backfield by taking USC fullback Stanley Havili.
Although he’s listed as a fullback, Havili is considered more of a “tweener” fullback/halfback. He’s listed at 6’1″ and 225 pounds so he doesn’t have the ideal size for a lead blocker. However, he has enough size and power to be a short yardage runner.
Havili was regarded as the best running fullback of his class. At USC, he ran the ball 81 times for 509 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught the ball 116 times for 1,290 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Eagles aren’t the type of team who runs out of a power formation very often, so it’s not surprising that they took a fullback who isn’t the best blocker in the world.
As you can tell from his receiving numbers, Havili has a gifted set of hands for a guy his size. He has no problem catching the ball out of the backfield, and this is something the Eagles regard very highly.
Owen Schmitt played well last year filling in, but the Eagles lacked depth behind him. Schmitt will be back for the Eagles in 2011, but Havili looks like a pretty talented option in the case that Schmitt is unable to play.
This pick could also mean the Eagles aren’t very confident that Leonard Weaver will ever return to the field. He suffered a devastating knee injury, and most believe his NFL career is over. Weaver is very positive and thinks he can get back on the field, but if he does, it’s hard to believe he’ll be back at his All-Pro form.