I have been a big believer in Howie Roseman and the Eagles scouting corps after watching them work their magic last year. I truly believe that will go down as one of the strongest drafts from top to bottom in Eagles' history. They also added Owen Schmitt and Jerome Harrison whom I think were fantastic additions.
Fast forward to this weekend's draft. I had no problem with Danny Watkins or Jaiquawn Jarrett as they were both on my board. It's where we drafted them that causes me pause.
Danny Watkins - OL - Baylor - Analysis - Provides much needed nasty to the Eagles OL and fills a gaping need. That said could we not have traded down a few picks and acquire an extra 3rd round pick?
Jaiquawn Jarrett - S - Temple - Analysis - Once again, he fills a need and can play SS. He was an intimidating force at Temple, but might he have lasted until the 3rd round?
Curtis Marsh - CB - Utah St - Analysis - Honestly, I know little about him but wonder if we might have been able to get him later.
Casey Matthews - LB - Oregon - Analysis - I'm not as high on Casey...the LB I wanted was Colin McCarthy, but he was long gone. Solid value and great bloodlines.
Alex Henery - K - Nebraska - Analysis - Ummm, a Kicker? Once again, it may very well be the time to replace David Akers, but couldn't we have got him a little later?
Dion Lewis - RB - Pitt - Analysis - My guys were Daniel Thomas or Alex Green to add a little power to our running game. I would have loved Taiwan Jones as well because he could have given our return game a huge boost. Given that they were all gone, it wasn't an awful pick. This guy's fumble prone, slow and small. That said he's been extremely productive.
Julian Vandervelde - OL - Iowa - Analysis - I didn't like this one at all. I'd rather have gone for a LB like Greg Jones from Michigan St.
Jason Kelce - OL - Cincinnati - Analysis - I hated the Brent Celek pick when we went with him from Cincinnati. I hope the Eagles prove me wrong again.
Brian Rolle - LB - Ohio St. - Analysis - Can't we ever get larger and faster rather that smaller and slower? That said he is a good football player and has adequate speed. He's smurf like though.
Greg Lloyd - LB - Connecticut - Analysis - Great bloodlines do not a great football player make. Now if he turns into his Dad my apologies to Roseman & company.
Stanley Havili - FB - USC - Am I the only one that loves Owen Schmitt? Do we need a FB?
I see Watkins, Jarrett & Henery starting, so we can't be too upset. That said, it could have been an awesome draft and not merely an adequate one.