After what was regarded as a popular pick on the first day in Defensive Tackle Fletcher Cox, the Eagles drafted a few more highly regarded prospects with two second round picks and a third round pick.
In the second round, the Eagles drafted linebacker Mychal Kendricks with the 46th overall pick. To read more extensively about Kendricks, here is a report written by our own Mike Burke.
Kendricks has already been put on the spot with Reid, with the head coach already calling for Kendricks to be the favorite at the starting strong side linebacker position. That is a big role which needs to be solidified as the Eagles didn’t have that consistent option last season constantly switching around the linebackers. Hopefully, Kendricks adds some stability.
“I can play anywhere I need to play,” Kendricks said. “I feel like I’m versatile. It doesn’t matter where I play. I can do the job.”
With the 59th overall pick, the Eagles went ahead and selected Marshall defensive end, Vinny Curry. To read a pre-draft preview on Curry written by yours truly, click here.
After being selected, Reid said of the small school prospect, ”Really just the best player on the board at that time, there’s no way we could pass him up sitting there. It’s not an immediate need or anything else. It’s not a worry with any of the guys that we have. It’s just a heck of a young football player who might be the biggest football fan ever.”
Big words for a young player, but we’ll see just how he fits in to the system with Trent Cole and Jason Babin with the starting jobs. One of Curry’s biggest weaknesses was breaking down late in games from playing too much, but with this rotation, he should have no problem because he always gives 110 percent effort on every play.
Lastly, in the third round, the Eagles selected Nick Foles, quarterback out of Arizona. Foles has elite size by being six foot five, 242 pounds, according to his measurements at the combine.
While, not being the most mobile, accurate, or NFL ready quarterback, Foles makes up for it with his arm strength, composure, intelligence, toughness, and upside. He has little trouble getting the ball down field, having one of the strongest arms in this draft. Could he be next in line as the franchise quarterback for the team? Or is he just another developmental guy which they can trade for a 2nd round pick? We won’t truly know for a while, but overall, this fills a need at backup quarterback with a guy who could eventually start in this system favoring quarterbacks.
To close it all out, the Eagles’ picks were looked at positively by the fans and most analysts, with Bill Polian going crazy over Kendricks, calling him a blood-thirsty animal on the football field. This seems like a well selected draft class which will provide a ton of talent for the future.