With the 141st overall selection, the Eagles drafted Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart in the fourth round.
Hart is a big boy who measured in at 6-6 and 281 pounds at the NFL Combine. At Oregon, he was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick in 2013 and an honorable mention in both 2012 and 2011.
Again, the Eagles made a defensive selection on a player who has a lot of versatility. Hart lined up all over the place at Oregon and is relentless player who is always trying to get upfield. He will add good depth to the defensive line with his length and fits the mold of the type of player the Eagles look for on defense.
At this point, the Eagles don’t have a ton of depth behind their starters. I like the current starting lineup, but you need to be able to get those guys off the field and not have a huge dip in production. Hart is a great add to the depth chart as a guy can come in at multiple spots and produce.
If you watch this kid play, the thing that really jumps out to you is the effort he puts in on every play. He’s probably a bit on the lighter side for his height, he plays with such a mean streak and uses his hands very well. Again, the Eagles will likely be able to use him in a number of different places along the line although he truly looks to be a four-technique defensive end.
Some seem to think that this may have been a bit early for Hart. This was also the type of reaction people had when the Eagles took Huff in the third round. To me, I have more comfort in the Eagles taking guys “early” that they know so well. The Eagles are very particular in the types of players they are looking for and you have to trust that Hart is that type of player.
As the Eagles enter Training Camp, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hart get a lot of reps at a lot of different positions.