With the 141st overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select defensive end Taylor Hart from Oregon.
Hart will come in and compete for a spot at defensive end and perhaps develop into a starter down the road. His familiarity with the coaching staff should serve him well. He is an absolutely massive human being at 6-foot-6 and 281 pounds. He is likely to play four-technique for the Eagles, according to Chip Kelly. He and Joe Kruger will likely battle for the backup spot behind Cedric Thorton and Fletcher Cox.
Here is what CBS's Rob Rang had to say about Hart:
STRENGTHS: Possesses a stout frame and long arms, well-suited to handling the tough duties along the line of scrimmage.
Much better athlete than he looks. Surprisingly quick off the snap, uncoiling to knock would-be blockers onto their heels and showing good power for the bull-rush to collapse the pocket. Good lateral agility and balance to "play the keys" down the line of scrimmage.
Excellent recognition of screens and draws, using his height and awareness to quickly diagnose the play. Strong hands and long arms help him quickly break free from blocks and get into position to make the play near the line of scrimmage. Good strength to rip away the ball while making the tackle. Versatile.
Has lined up as a defensive tackle, nose guard and even as a standup outside linebacker, on occasion. Durable. Played in 53 games over his career, starting every game over the past three seasons.
WEAKNESSES: Doesn't look the part of an NFL athlete due to a soft midsection and disproportionately wide hips.
Often lines up in the four-point stance while leaning back on his heels rather than on his toes, an odd technique that doesn't seem to hinder his burst off the ball but could be criticized by NFL scouts.
Does not possess the explosive burst preferred from a 4-3 defensive end and while highly effective against the run, relies more on his quickness and instincts rather than brute strength to set the edge, making his conversion as a five-tech defensive end a projection, as well.
Eagles remaining needs
Eagles remaining draft picks
1 (26) - Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
2 (42) - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
3 (86) - Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
4 (101) Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
5 (141) Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
2014 NFL Draft schedule:
Thursday, May 8 - 8:00 PM EST (Round 1 - 10 minutes per pick)
Friday, May 9 - 7:00 PM EST (Round 2 - 7 minutes, Round 3 - 5 minutes)
Saturday, May 10 - 12 PM EST (Rounds 4-7 - 5 minutes per pick)
TV schedule: NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN will televise the draft.