What They’re Saying About Matthews, Huff

NCAA Football: Oregon at Arizona

Here’s a roundup of what Mike Mayock, Mel Kiper Jr. and others had to say about the Eagles’ Day 2 picks.

Mayock weighed in on Jordan Matthews, via al.com:

“He’ll fit in beautifully in Philadelphia and in Chip Kelly’s offense. He makes tough catches. He has a big body. He ran faster than a lot of people anticipated (4.46-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine). The Eagles get Jeremy Maclin back. They have added Matthews and Darren Sproles. This team is going to be the first-, second- or third-leading scoring team in the league.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has the Eagles as one of his winners:

When Todd and I did a pre-draft mock in which we took picks we’d like at each slot, I actually had Matthews to the Eagles at No. 22 overall. I know coach Chip Kelly is a fan of Matthews, as am I, and consider the situation there going forward: The only receivers Philly has under contract past next season are Riley Cooper and Jeff Maehl. Jeremy Maclin is coming back off the knee injury, and you add in Matthews a guy who couldn’t be stopped in SEC play. Then the Eagles — who lack major needs and could do this — decided to double down with the addition of Huff, whom Kelly knows well. Huff will make the contested catch and gives the Eagles immediate depth.

ESPN’s John Clayton offers his thoughts on the Eagles’ picks:

Day 2 gave Philadelphia Eagles fans their replacements — Jordan Matthews and former Oregon receiver Josh Huff. By drafting one of his former Oregon receivers, it’s pretty clear Kelly believes his system is good enough to survive the loss of a star such as Jackson. Kelly said his offense sees so much man coverage that he wants bigger receivers. Matthews is 6-foot-3, 212 pounds. Huff is a little under 6-foot, but he’s physical and knows Kelly’s system from Oregon.

Greg A. Bedard of The MMQB likes the Birds’ two picks:

With DeSean Jackson gone and Jeremy Maclin coming back from injury, coach Chip Kelly got two receivers in Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff (played for Kelly at Oregon) that will fit nicely in his system because they aren’t afraid of physical play. They needed competition at receiver.

The Eagles get a “Good job, good effort” grade from NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer:

The Eagles land a much-needed wide receiver in Matthews who will do well in Chip Kelly’s system. He won’t have the big plays Desean Jackson did, but he’ll be Nick Foles’ friend. Huff will be great on special teams and should be able to jump right in on offense as a former Kelly player at Oregon.

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com has Nick Foles as one of his Day 2 winners:

Foles lost DeSean Jackson this offseason and it looked like he might have Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper as his primary weapons heading into 2014, particularly when the Saints leapfrogged the Eagles for Brandin Cooks. Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman rebounded nicely on the second day of the draft, grabbing two guys in Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff who should make an impact early. Matthews is a steal to me and will make a major impact at the pro level at some point. Huff played for Chip Kelly at Oregon — he’s Chip’s first guy taken from his old gig — and shouldn’t take long to get acclimated in Philly.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com gives the Eagles a B+ for their selection of Huff:

Kelly takes a receiver I think is way underrated. He knows this player and Huff is a good player who will play right away.

Here’s what scouts told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about Matthews:

“A lot of people don’t think he plays very fast,” one scout said. “Then he had a pretty good 40. He has size, plays with adequate strength and he’s been incredibly productive.” Established Southeastern Conference record for receptions (262) and yards (3,759). Averaged 14.4 and tallied 24 TDs. “Polished,” said another scout. “Hands are above average but not special. Very productive player in a tough conference with a lot of NFL-caliber corners. Probably a No. 2 on a good football team. Mid to late second round.”


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  • Tikkit

    Pete Prisco says something positive about the Eagles? Cold snap in hell.

  • Adam

    The world isn’t ending? Woah..

  • Token

    Just saw Howie on PE.com mention they were sitting there yesterday seeing their board get wiped clean of offensive lineman. So maybe we wont see one picked til later.

    Also said their board is shaping up for defensive picks being the best available.

    Said they are open for business as far as trading the 4th rounder goes. So Im not expecting a pick at noon.

    • Tikkit

      Watched that as well. I like going D for the rest of the draft.

      • Token

        They have really been open about their intentions. I thought it was posturing before the draft, but theres no reason to not believe him now. So im expecting a defender to start the 4th, if they pick.

        • Tikkit

          I like that whole feel from the FO. No obfuscation.

          • paul from nc

            nice of you to put a sneaky fu in that last word

    • livingonapear

      It does feel like we’ve been seeing our picks poached. not much you can do about that.

  • ochospantalones

    Instead of trading out of the 83rd pick should they not have just drafted Louis Nix III there? I know there are some questions about the guy, but it’s the middle of the third round and they lost a playoff game last year when the Saints ran for 185 yards against them. A 330+ pound run stuffing NT would be nice.

    • Tikkit

      You have to watch some of Nixs’ gameplay. He’s really slow and tires very easily. I understand the want for a run stuffer but Nix reminds me of Terrance Cody.

      • Token

        Yea plus the injury. Played at ND. People just heard his name before so assume hes good.

        • Richard Colton

          he always has been a favorite of mine. maybe not the best scheme fit for the Eagles – looks like they like tweener guys at nose, the Benny Logan types. Based on that philosophy, I’m ok with skipping over Nix.

          That said – look at the Texans D-line. Watt-Nix-Clowney? Jesus.

          • Amar

            I think Clowney will play OLB

      • ochospantalones

        He would be a two down player, so I don’t know he needs that much stamina. It’s the 83rd pick, we’re not talking about taking him in the first round. Everyone you’re looking at at this point has flaws. The WR everyone is happy they took at 85 is a “big-play” guy who ran a 4.51 40. You have to adjust your expectations.

        • Tikkit

          I get that, but watch the guy move. He’s just big, not this explosive mauler that destroys.

          • ochospantalones

            Fair enough. For me, my standard is “Will he stop the run more effectively than Bennie Logan?” If the answer is “Yes”, then he is worth the 101st and 141st picks. I don’t watch Notre Dame games, so I am not going to tell you I have seen this guy destroying people on the regular.

          • Reef215

            I dont know what they hell they are talking about…. the Saints game is the EXACT REASON you get Nix at that spot.

          • ochospantalones

            Yeah, but they get really mad around here if you question anything Chip Kelly does. If Nix can’t play, then fine, don’t take him. But I think the idea that their D-line is totally fine already is crazy.

          • Clamdigger

            Logan was a rookie. I’m sure they expect him to improve in that regard.

          • ochospantalones

            I’m sure they do, but he still just looks like a solid rotational guy to me. I’d rather have a legitimate giant to mix in there instead of having to rely exclusively on a smaller guy who is trying to bulk up. Maybe Logan can bulk up to 320-25 and play effectively at that weight, but I would like to have other options. I’ll take a 330 pound monster over trading down and drafting a 5th cornerback.

      • paul from nc

        If NT just clogs the middle, I’m happy. We were manhandled a lot last year.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      No

    • paul from nc

      Yes would have loved a Dix and Nix out of this draft

  • Brian

    De’Anthony Thomas, as the next pick? Does this make sense to anyone? Or, do we have enough talent at RB already?

    • NickS1

      Probably be a bit of a reach, but certainly wouldn’t be mad, especially if we traded back a few spots first.

      • Brian

        Yeah, I think he’ll be one of the next two RB’s taken. Maybe trade back and grab him, or another RB, and a guard with the next two picks.

    • addicted2mula

      Hope so

  • Will

    I think they go David Yankey at 101…Philly needs to prepare for OG holes in near future….Yankey is versatile and can play multiple spots along the O-line…

    • Richard Colton

      you see him as an NFL tackle? I don’t – but I would like the pick.

    • Brian

      He would be the correct pick, for Guard.

  • Richard Colton

    How about a 3rd WR? the say goodbye to Mohmah pick?

    • Tikkit

      There has to be a pick to say goodbye to Baby Deer Mohmah?

  • Richard Colton

    wrong brother comments in 3…2…1…

    • NickS1

      Who’d we take? I’m on 95.

      • Tikkit

        Jaylen Watkins

        • NickS1

          Stop it. Really?

          • Andy124

            Yup

        • Doctor Jay

          GREAT PICK!

      • Richard Colton

        Sammy Watkins’ brother Jaylen

        • NickS1

          F’n A Colton, f’n AAAAAA

          • Andy124

            Is that a good f or a bad a?

          • NickS1

            Neither. Just came to me, so I let it out.

      • Will

        Jaylen Watkins DB…

    • Will

      at least they went Defense…

  • Brian

    Versatile.

  • Will

    So far for Eagles OLB,WR,WR,DB with 3 picks left…

  • Brian
  • Amar

    Can’t believe we skipped on Nix and Moncrief to draft Huff…Not cool

  • paul from nc

    I’m glad to see they’re addressing the Defense. 2 WR, which we probably needed, and everything else Defense. The O will be fine, but the Defense needs to improve a lot. Hopefully we get 2 D starters out of this draft