Eagles Grab Oregon’s Taylor Hart In Fifth

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Chip Kelly 
went to the Oregon well for the second time in this draft, as the Eagles used the first of their two fifth-round picks on Ducks’ defensive end Taylor Hart.

The 6-foot-6, 281-pounder played for Kelly and assistant Jerry Azzinaro and was a three-year starter in college. He’s got the length the Eagles are looking for along the defensive line and is familiar with the team’s two-gap scheme up front.

“When I watched him on film, you know who he struck me as? I thought he was Aaron Smith,” said NFL Films’ Greg Cosell during a recent interview with Ross Tucker. “Remember him from the Pittsburgh Steelers? I thought he was very similar to that [kind of player]. Those kinds of players are not necessarily drafted in the first or second round. I bet Aaron Smith, who you could argue was the best 3-4 defensive end for eight, nine years running in the NFL and nobody talked about him because he didn’t get 15 sacks… I think Taylor Hart is a very similar player.”

Hart broke his foot while training in January and didn’t participate in the Senior Bowl. The injury was likely one of the reasons the Eagles had Hart in for an official visit.

“I’ve been 100 percent so far. My foot’s all healed,” said Hart. “I guess they wanted to see how that was doing, and say hello.”

Kelly was the one to break the news to Hart that the Eagles had selected him. His message to the Oregon product?

“We’re putting the family back together,” Kelly said, according to Hart.

That’s two Ducks now taken by the Eagles in this draft.  Josh Huff was selected in the third round. They join fellow alums Brandon Bair, Josh Kaddu, Jeff Maehl, Casey Matthews (a holdover from the previous regime) and Will Murphy on the roster. Undoubtedly, some will be concerned that Kelly is leaning on the familiar rather than selecting the best players.

“We’re taking the best players in our opinion,” said Kelly. “There’s still a lot of Oregon players out there. But they’ve won a lot of games the last couple years…There’s some top programs out there that will continue to produce talented players. We drafted a lot of good LSU players. We drafted Stanford players. We took some guys from different programs. Look at Louisville, they put three players in the first round.

“We’re going to take the best players, and that’s always the way we’ve looked at it. Just because we have a familiarity, if someone wants to say that’s a concern, that’s OK. You know when you’re going to take them, that’s what they’re going to do. But I’m not-not going to take one because I’m afraid someone is going to say something about them.”

Sheil Kapadia contributed to this story.

 

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  • Will

    Your score is: 2727 (GRADE: C+)

    Your Picks:

    Round 1 Pick 30 (S.F.): Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (C)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 28 (CAR): Josh Huff, WR, Oregon (D-)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida (B)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon (F)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Chris Boswell, K, Rice (B)
    Round 5 Pick 28 (CAR): John Urschel, OG, Penn State (D-)
    Round 7 Pick 22: L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri (C)

    Wow…

    • evanphilly

      Is this taking into account how the player fits into the scheme, or just the overall draft position? That being said, I wouldn’t take too much stock into this.

      • John E. Zang

        Exactly a lot of people (kiper included) don’t consider the teams plans for these players. They just rate them based on their measurables and “expertise”. There’s a reason they’re not gm’s or anything to the NFL. A teams ability to identify the type of player they need is what builds winning programs. Look at Dallas, seems to me they just scramble and pick the name at the position of need. Product=perennial loser.

        • Nunya

          Also consider … Never fully trust the criticism of someone (kiper) who is vested in the same process that he is grading. Kiper and McShay will never admit that a pick is good if it flies in the face of their “evaluation” … If anything ask other HCs or GMs running similar systems how the graded particular players. The ESPN blowhards make money defending their opinions and would never come around to another evaluators opinion … They don’t even agree with each other

    • Richard Colton

      I thought I’d seen the last of these. Nope. bonus points to Will for persistance.

      • evanphilly

        Also, if Hart was going as a 4th round pick, the grade could be different as a 5th rounder, in which he was selected. Same thing with Watkins, as he was selected in the 4th round as opposed to the 3rd.

    • Philonious

      This means nothing.

    • JofreyRice

      just released, a photo of young master Roseman getting ready to make his pick:

  • Will

    Yankey gone…

  • JofreyRice

    Could be a good guy to spell Thornton or Cox. Will be interesting to see who distinguishes themselves from that second tier of DL–Kruger, Hart, Curry. Maybe all 3 have a spot and role?

    I wonder if Christian Jones lasts until 162? I’d like to see a younger ILB on board. Either Jones or Tripp.

    • Will

      that’s a lot of picks till 162 and we still need OG help unless they like who we have already on the roster…

      • JofreyRice

        That Canadian freak is still available. I’ve never seen him play, but supposedly he tested really well. Wes Johnson, the guard from Vanderbilt seems like a lineman who’d fit the scheme.

    • Richard Colton

      I’ve come to terms with it. Jones won’t be an Eagle. shame – I really thought we could have used a dynamic playmaker at ILB.

      • JofreyRice

        whjy, just because of the drug thing? Was it something other than weed?

      • Reasonableeaglefan

        I’ve seen you post about Jones but not Smith. I know he didn’t fit measurables, but I liked him as a sub package guy. Was it just size and scheme was it talent level driving your preference?

        • Richard Colton

          I liked Smith too (Telvin) but where do you play him? 218lb ILB? He said he wouldn’t be converted to Safety. I think Jax got themselves a hell of a player.

          • Reasonableeaglefan

            I think he just plays ST for a year and you try to fill him out. He’s a real playmaker and we don’t have a lot of those. I commented in another thread that him to Gus reminds me of Bruce Irvin. Both considered too small, but they found a way to use Irvin

    • Reasonableeaglefan

      It seems like Hart and Kruger would have a similar role, I wonder if we need both on the roster. We still need someone to spell Logan, but you may find an UDFA to fill that need.

      • JofreyRice

        It will be interesting to see what Kruger’s got, if anything. I’m trying to think of the linemen they kept last year…

        Geathers, Curry and Square were the backups, right? Was there anyone else I’m forgetting? So 6 DL total? Seems light, especially when Curry figures to be an inside rusher on passing downs more than a legit base DE.

        • Reasonableeaglefan

          Soap was the other, at least at the start of the season

          • JofreyRice

            yeah, that’s right. So if they keep 7, maybe they all make it. Kruger/Hart as the primary backups at base end with Curry in a specialist role. Still need that backup for Logan. I hope he’s added some strength since the Saints game.

          • Reasonableeaglefan

            Yeah you got me thinking. I’m pretty sure they only dressed 6, because Curry didn’t dress a lot of the games when Soap did. I’d say Curry is the lock. Hart and Kruger make it but maybe you only dress one. Then you have Square compete for the last spot with a UDFA but who knows if they dress. I have heard Logan is up to 320, so hopefully he can hold up.

      • Andy124

        Thornton can spell Logan and be spelled in turn by Kruger and Hart.

        • Reasonableeaglefan

          I know he can do it in a pinch, but that’s a lot snaps for Thornton. Even if you have Kruger, Hart, and Curry you probably need one more on the DL. Who is that guy? I hope it’s not Square

          • Andy124

            Yeah, square did not look good last year.

          • Reasonableeaglefan

            Agreed. I think Square should be packing his bags after our last pick of the day.

  • thompsontime

    Would like to see Tripp get picked in this round

  • Joe Thomas

    Good depth pick, hopefully Tripp is still sitting there at 162,

  • Rahkem

    LEts get an o lineman with this nwext pick still some good ones on the board

  • Rahkem

    Antonio Richardson or Seantrel Henderson with this next pick would make me happen both have starter upside and we NEED to get younger on the line , we have 3 guys way on the wrong side of 30 even though theyre stilll good Good chance herramans is gone in ’15

  • Will

    OG would make a ton of sense here with next pick or a kicker…

    • Rahkem

      Antonio Richardson , Maybe Seantrel Henderson , some good lineman on the board , both could kick inside

  • Will

    Christian Jones still there…a lot of good OG’s…

  • Will

    Finally a safety…lol…

  • Brandon Boykin, LOL

    I like this Ed Reynolds pick. Stanford D? Smart and good.

    • Will

      Strengths-Ed Reynolds
      Good size to contend with tight ends. Reads
      the quarterback and displays good instincts and anticipation. Has
      ballhawking skills — 6 INTs and 3 TDs as a junior. Functional range off
      the hash. Wrap tackler. Has NFL bloodlines.

      Weaknesses Very average speed, twitch and flexibility.
      Unsudden change of direction. Lacks burst to close suddenly or recover
      when beat. Occasionally loses field leverage and takes some inaccurate
      angles. Leaks yards after contact. Misses too many tackles in the open
      field and can be run over (see Utah). Eyes get stuck on the quarterback,
      leaving him vulnerable to manipulation. Limited experience in man
      coverage.

      Bottom Line Big, assignment-sound, Cover-2 safety with
      enough tackling skill, range and ball skills to crack a depleted
      starting lineup. However, he lacks prototypical athletic ability and
      physicality, and would be more ideally suited as a backup. Is a
      candidate to be overdrafted on interception production.

      -Nolan Nawrocki

      • Brandon Boykin, LOL

        So you had this queued up for anyone that posted about Ed Reynolds, huh? Haha

        • Will

          looked it up for me…liked the bottom line enough skills to crack a depleted starting line up…lol..

          • Will

            The little bit of 2012 film I watched on him reminded me of Nate Allen…

  • Will

    Craig Loston was still there I believe…

  • jpate

    will we get any comp picks for mike vick next year?

    • Will

      think Mike’s contract just ended so no pick not sure but almost ask Cliff nicely he would know..

      • Jernst

        You only get comp picks for free agents you lose whose contracts just end

        • Will

          So we get one then I take it?

          • Jernst

            Yea the determination of who when and how much you recurve in compensation is pretty nebulous (no one knows the actual formula) and depends mostly on how much the player signs for in his new contract and how well he performs. If Vick starts and plays well wed get a better comp pick. If he sits the bench all year we most likely will get nothing. But, overall comp picks are given when a starter for your team has his contract expire and leaves in free agency. Because, Vick was a back up by the end of the year and signed to most likely be a back up it’s very questionable that we’d get something in return. With DeSean, we released him intentionally which means we’ll get nothing comp pick-wise.

          • guest

            I think we don’t cause we signed Sanchez. I thought you only get a comp pick of you lose a player to free agency and don’t sign another free agent at that same position.

          • Kev_H

            Yes. Compensation picks aren’t directly tied to individual players. They go to teams who lose more free agents than they sign, or if you lose a bunch of high paid ones and sign the same number of lower paid ones you might get a 7th, but no higher. The team with the most comp picks ever is the Ravens, who used the system to build a champ, quickly rebuild, win another title, and they had the most this year as well.

  • Will

    This is a head scratch er of a draft for the Eagles…OLB,WR,WR,CB,DE,S,#237?…

    • Andy124

      First pick is OLB

      • Will

        yup..my bag…bright side 4 Defensive picks…

        • Doctor Jay

          hart is not an OLB

    • Adam

      Hart is a DE..

  • Andy124

    Chip on tv. Looks like he’s having back issues. Looks very uncomfortable physically.

    • Reasonableeaglefan

      He looks about as comfortable as Ricky Bobby did in his first post race interview

    • Doctor Jay

      his body is shaped like a sponge

    • Adam
  • Token

    The Oregon has to stop at some point right? But this is a solid pick. For that position in this D you dont have to be a athletic phenom. You just have to know what your there to do and love doing it. I think thats this guy.