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Mel Kiper Regrades The Eagles' 2011 Draft Class

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As we know, it's always kind of silly when grades are issued for a draft in the immediate wake of its completion. As much as the draftniks like to think they know, bottom line is that every draft is full surprises that no one saw coming (both ways). Now that the 2011 season over, Mel Kiper revisited his initial grades and re-evaluated the entire 2011 draft. His view on the Eagles draft hasn't changed much.

Old grade = C+

New grade = C

Summary: The Eagles targeted needs, but I didn't think the value was great. Danny Watkins looks like a solid guard after really struggling early in the season, but again, this is a guy you drafted to play guard at No. 22 overall -- there's an expectation that he can be successful early. Jaiquawn Jarrett saw action in 12 games, but I thought he might be the clear starter by this point. Casey Matthews was a reach and saw some time, but he has a ways to go and probably isn't a starting linebacker for a competitive team. Dion Lewis looks like a player who will help this team, but you expect running back value late. The sixth round provided some obvious value. Elsewhere, Alex Henery proved to be a good pick -- he went 24-of-27 on field goals after Philly showed a lot of faith by taking him at No. 120 overall and letting David Akers walk. Not a terrible draft, as some of these guys got experience, but a little light on impact right now.


The "obvious value" he refers to from the 6th round are Jason Kelce & Brian Rolle.