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Grading the rest of the NFC East's drafts - JimmyK, Philly.com
We've sliced and diced the Eagles' picks since the draft wrapped up Saturday evening. Let's take a peek at what the rest of the division did, using my proprietary smiley face grading system.
No-22: Why the Eagles Wanted Josh Huff - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
He's 5-11 and ran a 4.51 at the combine. But the reasons why the Eagles wanted to bring Huff on board are obvious. For starters, as we explained yesterday, they prefer limiting the projections with prospects. In Huff, they have a player Kelly has coached. That removes a lot of the guess-work about how he will fit - both in the Eagles' scheme and in the locker room. From a football standpoint, the one trait I think the Eagles found most attractive in Huff was his playing personality. That's a term personnel people and analysts use to describe a prospect's overall on the-field demeanor. On a consistent basis, Huff plays like he wants to punish defenders.
Mr. Nice Guy vs Bad Picks - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
A few people hit me up on Twitter during the draft with the complaint that I wasn’t being critical enough of the Eagles. They saw the picks as being reaches or outright bad picks and therefore I should be more critical. I liked each player the Eagles took, with the exception of Ed Reynolds. I was ambivalent about him. While I didn’t "like" that pick, that doesn’t mean it was bad. There were other Safeties that I preferred, but Reynolds was very good value at that point. Still, I wanted a more compelling player.
Dawkins Inducted Into SC Hall of Fame - Danta Klaus, PE.com
On Monday, May 12, Dawkins was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. It is yet another accolade for the all-time great, who was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2012. Dawkins was one of the headliners inducted, along with Rodney Williams, who played quarterback for Clemson from 1985-88 and finished his career as the winningest starting quarterback in ACC history. There six other inductees, as well – Edwin Bailey, Zam Fredrick, Monique Hennagan, Happ Lathrop, Randy Martz and Carl Short.
Eagles sought brains and brawn in draft - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
One of the most remarkable things Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman learned about Jordan Matthews during the pre-draft process wasn’t how fast he was or how big he was or how well he caught the ball. It was how smart he is. "Jordan Matthews blew us away from that standpoint," Kelly said. "Jordan Matthews could tell you the play that was being run before he ran it. We'd have the tape and he'd look at the screen and say, ‘That is the Ole Miss game. I remember this. It's 3rd and 13, here's the play call. I ran a dig.’ You hit play and that's exactly what happened."
Eagles could use depth at linebacker and on O-line - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
As far as alarms go, the Eagles' failure to address their depth at offensive line and inside linebacker in last week's NFL draft hardly rang a bell. They return all five players from one the league's best lines and both starting inside linebackers. And although they had opportunities to upgrade at each position this offseason, the Eagles were confident about their returners. They saw the need to inject some young talent into the pipeline, but they didn't.
How sleeper recruits still make the NFL, despite blue-chip dominance - Bud Elliott, SB Nation
And it's not usually because major college football programs and recruiting analysts miss on elite high school prospects.