No Jimmy Smith? No Mark Herzlich? No Brandon Harris? No Da'Quan Bowers? ALL HOPE IS LOST, WE DIDN"T EVEN GET TYROD TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously guys, every year we draft guys that no one has heard of and you guys bitch and moan. Every year we strike gold with most but certainley not all our picks. I think this draft is no different, except we got everyone's man crush.
1st Round- Danny Watkins OG Baylor- High quality person who is already one of the toughest guys in the NFL, or he willbe when the CBA situation is solved 4 months from now. He may be 26 going on 27 but he doesn't have the football wear and tear that a 27 year old does. He should be able to start from day 1 and has to potential to be the next rookie O-lineman to make the pro bowl as a rookie like Joe Thomas, Jake Long and Maurkice Pouncey all did. This pick shocked me but it's the best pick for us, I guess I owe Peter King an apology. Yeah, I'll get right on that.
2nd Round- Jaiquawn Jarrett SS Temple- Maybe a bit of a reach here, but he probably goes to the 3rd round to someone else if we don't take him here and Castillo was really high on this kid. Hard hitter but also possesses good cover skills as well. Changes direction well despite having average speed and size. Very good open field tackler, good start at SS right away. Bye Q, hope this is our only tough goodbye from this draft.
3rd Round- Curtis Marsh CB Utah State- This pick was the most telling pick in the draft. This pick told me we are going after Nnamdi or some FA CB. Marsh has a ton of potential at corner and should be replacing Asante or whoever is on the other side within 3 or 4 years. RB turner CB, great speed, height and can also jam the reciever right at the line. Very long arms allows him to break up a ton of passes, 13 in 2010 alone.
4th Round- Casey Matthews LB Oregon- Everyone's man crush is now an Eagle. Surrounded by former and current NFL greats (Clay Matthews SR and JR, Bruce Matthews), but he's more than just good bloodlnes. Has great instincs and some scouts are saying he is the best cover LB in the NFL. Think the anti- Ernie Sims. Could be our backup MLB or compete with Keenan Clayton at WLB. WIll be a standout special teams player right away and should eventually be a starter down the road, works too hard and has the football IQ not to just be a career backup.
4th Round- Alex Henery K Nebraska- Great kicker, but this means the end of Akers career in Philly, unless the Soul need a kicker. Maybe a 57 yard game winning field goal and only missed 2 field goals under 40 in his career. Also was a punter were he had an career average of 42 yards per punt including longs of 69 and 76. Bye Akers, you will be missed.
5th Round- Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh- Another solid pickup, will compete for the #2 RB spot with Jerome Harrison right away. His 40 time at the combine was very misleading(4.57). Actually ran a better time in his pro day(4.47) but he isn't a track star. He's quck but not fast. His height 5'6, scared a lot of people away, but he isn't going to be asked to be an every down back and the fact that he's vertiacally challenged will work for him when he is making his cuts behind the line.
5th Round- Julian Vandervelde OG Iowa- Absolutley love this kid despite the fact that he played at Iowa. Great attittude, expects to be a starter and says he won't let up until he is one. A great camp and pre season could even lead to him starting at LG and moving Tood to RT. We didn't draft a OT the entire draft so I wouldn't rule it out.
6th Round- Jason Kelce OG/C Cincinnati- Not your typical Andy Reid lineman pick, and I am more than okay with that. At a modest 282 lbs, he is defintely a Howard Mudd pick. Can also play guard, but probably is our future starting center. Despite being under 285, does have a nasty steak and the fact that he was a walk on LB at Cincy, tells me he is a hard worker.
6th Round- Brian Rolle LB Ohio State- Another guy brought in to bolster our special teams. Incredibly fast for a LB, but lacks size at 5'9 225. Will make the team due to his ability to contribute on special teams and his attitude. Believes he is just as good as Von Miller and seems like the type of guy who would rather back it up than just talk about it.
7th Round- Greg Lloyd LB UCONN- Son of former NFL great Greg Lloyd, but their connection ends there. Greg SR actually put a gun in his son's mouth when Junior was only 12 years old and later did the same thing to his wife. Hopefully Junior has better morales than that, sounds like he does as he has completley cut his dad off from his life. Lloyd is a good tough MLB with pretty solid instincs and tackling ability but lacks the athelticsm you would want at the position. Probably doesn't make the team but is a candidate for the practice squad.
7th Round- Stanley Havili FB USC- Does everything you would want your FB to do except the most important thing, block. Will get a chance to make the team even if he can't block if he can solve our short yardage and redzone woes with some power running, Many have tried, all have failed.