Reviewing the Eagles’ Draft, Pick-By-Pick

While many of you stuck with Birds 24/7 all weekend (much appreciated), we realize others were probably in and out, spending time with family, watching the Phillies sweep the Mets, etc.

So here’s your one-stop shop for what you missed – a list of all the Eagles’ selections and a quick review for each pick. There will obviously be much more to come all week.

In all, the Eagles took eight players – three on offense and five on defense. By position, three defensive linemen, one offensive lineman, one tight end, one quarterback, one cornerback and one safety.

Every player the Eagles drafted was from a BCS conference.

Round 1, Pick 4: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The lowdown – When the Miami Dolphins traded up to the No. 3 spot with the Oakland Raiders, most assumed they were going to take Johnson. But instead, the Dolphins took Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan. That made the pick an easy one for the Eagles. They didn’t get many calls for the No. 4 pick, and there are strong indications that they had Jordan ranked ahead of Johnson on their board. But with the way things fell, they were more than happy to grab the 6-6, 303-pound tackle.

Johnson played quarterback in high school and in junior college. The Sooners offered him a scholarship to play tight end. But Johnson kept growing, eventually moving to defensive end and then offensive line. He played right tackle as a junior and left tackle as a senior. During the pre-draft process, Johnson’s Combine performance was off the charts. The expectation is that he’ll start at right tackle, and Todd Herremans will move back inside to guard.

Birds 24/7 coverageBackground on Johnson, Johnson on his journey, Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden and Greg Cosell on the Johnson pick, Bob Stoops with some generous praise for Johnson, a story about Johnson’s eating habits, Johnson and the bear-wrestling caper.

Round 2, Pick 35: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

The lowdown – The Eagles have no plans of using a fullback and instead are loading up on tight ends, who Kelly believes can be movable chess pieces on offense. They signed James Casey in free agency and drafted the 6-5, 249-pound Ertz in the second round. Ertz’ best game in college came against Oregon last year when he caught 11 balls for 106 yards and a game-tying touchdown that forced overtime. Stanford ended up beating Chip Kelly and the Ducks for their only loss of the season.

The expectation is that the Eagles’ offense will use several different personnel groups, including more multiple tight-end sets with Ertz, Casey and Brent Celek on the roster.

Birds 24/7 coverage – Kelly calls Ertz a matchup nightmare, how Ertz caught Kelly’s eye, Mayock and Kiper on the Ertz selection.

Round 3, Pick 67: Bennie Logan, DL, LSU

The lowdown – With the departure of Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Darryl Tapp and Jason Babin, the Eagles needed bodies on the defensive line. Logan (6-2, 309) helped fill that need. He competed against Birds’ offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland in college, and Logan blew the Eagles away during his interview at the Combine.

The Eagles believe he can be a three-down player, although it’s unclear exactly where he’ll fit. Logan said he played mostly the 3-technique (DT in a 4-3) in college. He’s not the tallest guy, but is long with 34-inch arms. He should compete for significant playing right away, given the current state of the roster.

Birds 24/7 coverage – Kelly explains the Logan pick, Mayock and others weigh in on Logan.

Round 4, Pick 98: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

The lowdown – The stunner of the group. The Eagles had Barkley (6-2, 227) ranked in their top-50, so when he was available at the start of Day 3, they traded up with the Jaguars and took the USC signal-caller. Barkley was considered a first-round prospect in 2012, but he returned to school for his senior season, and his stock slipped dramatically. Barkley joins Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon and GJ Kinne at the position. Kelly said he’ll hold an open competition at quarterback, but Vick and Foles are the favorites to win the starting job.

Birds 24/7 coverage – Kelly explains the Barkley pick, Barkley’s arm strength will be a topic of discussion, Barkley did not expect to land in Philly, Barkley on Gruden’s QB Camp, what the Barkley pick says about Kelly.

Round 5, Pick 136: Earl Wolff, S, NC State

The lowdown – This was a talented class of safeties, but because of the way the picks fell, the Eagles didn’t address the position until the fifth round. Wolff (5-11, 209) ran a 4.44 at the Combine, the second-fastest time by a safety in the past three years. The Eagles have Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Patrick Chung, Kenny Phillips, Colt Anderson and Wolff on the roster. But the rookie has a chance of starting if he impresses coaches in the offseason.

Birds 24/7 coverage – Wolff’s Mom is from Philadelphia, and Mike Mayock tabbed him as a sleeper before the draft.

Round 7, Pick 212: Joe Kruger, DL, Utah

The lowdown – He was one of the team’s 30 official visits. Kruger (6-6, 269), the brother of Paul, decided to leave school after his junior season. He’s only 20-years-old, and the Eagles believe he has the frame to put weight on and play on the defensive line. Kruger played up at the line of scrimmage, but also dropped back at times, coming up with a pick-six in college. He figures to compete for time with guys like Cedric Thornton, Logan and Vinny Curry on the defensive line.

Birds 24/7 coverage – Kruger thinks he brings a versatile skill set to the Eagles’ defense.

Round 7, Pick 218: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

The lowdown – I thought the Eagles would take a cornerback much earlier, but that’s not how the board fell. Poyer (6-0, 191) was No. 85 on Mayock’s top-100 list, but the Eagles were able to get him at No. 218. He was tied for second in the nation last year with seven interceptions, but did not test well at the Combine. He has the ability to play outside, inside or even back at safety. And Poyer was both a gunner and a returner on special teams. Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher have to be considered the favorites to start, with Brandon Boykin in the slot. But Poyer will get his chance to compete for playing time and has a great shot of making the roster.

Birds 24/7 coverage – Poyer talks about why he slipped and addresses an off-the-field incident.

Round 7, Pick 239: David King, DE, Oklahoma

The lowdown – Another defensive lineman with length. The Eagles opened and closed with players from Oklahoma, making King (6-5, 286) their final pick. He figures to see time at the 5-technique, and Kelly said King ran a 4.64 at his workout.

The Eagles have also agreed to terms with nine undrafted free agents.

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Eagles Draft Grades Start To Roll In

Eagles draft grades have started to roll in. Below is a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Birds’ selections. We’ll have more reaction during the week.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post lists the Eagles as one of the teams that helped itself the most:

The first two picks, Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz, were right on. And the Eagles selected three players who each could have easily been chosen two rounds earlier in Matt Barkley (fourth), Earl Wolff (fifth) and Jordan Poyer (seventh). Said one personnel director, “No way should Barkley have fallen that far.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. gives the Eagles a B+. He gave them an A for value and a B for needs:

Matt Barkley also piled up huge numbers versus Oregon, and was the first pick taken in Round 4 (I once said I thought Barkley was a future first pick — maybe I meant in Round 4?). Kelly wants competition at QB, and Barkley is going to come in ready to compete. Bennie Logan fits as a potential 3-4 DE or even a nose tackle, and Earl Wolff offers some depth at safety. They needed a corner and got another guy Kelly knows, Jordan Poyer from Oregon State. Joe Kruger isn’t fast, but he could provide a pass rush in this system. Overall, I like what the Eagles accomplished.

The Eagles were one of eight teams that got a B+ or better from Kiper.’s Dan Graziano says the Eagles made the best pick in the division with their selection of Lane Johnson at No. 4 overall:

In the absence of any earth-shaking moves in the early rounds by NFC East teams, I’m going to have to go with the Eagles taking tackle Lane Johnson at No. 4. They probably could have traded down and out of the pick, but this was a draft in which six offensive linemen went in the first 11 picks, and the value of the third-best tackle with the fourth pick was worth hanging in there. After what happened to their offensive line with injuries in 2012, the Eagles were wise to load up there, taking an athletic player who can start at right tackle right away and maybe move to left tackle down the road once Jason Peters is done.

Stony Brook’s Miguel Maysonet made’s list of top-10 undrafted free agents. The Eagles agreed to terms with Maysonet.

Maysonet was one of our favorite Day 3 sleepers. He has a low center of gravity and runs with above-average balance and lateral agility. In addition, he brings some versatility as a pass catcher out of the backfield. It won’t be surprising if Maysonet is the next late-round/free-agent running back to become a big-time contributor in the league.

Elliot Harrison of names the Eagles one of his three winners:

This club did more than just get great value in the fourth round. Matt Barkley aside, first-round selection Lane Johnson should start immediately. Meanwhile, not only will second-round choice Zach Ertz push tight end Brent Celek, he’ll make the offense more versatile overall. Third-round selection Bennie Logan provides ample insurance for the club’s free-agent investment in nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.

With center Jason Kelce coming back from injury, and with Johnson now in the mix, that Eagles front five — which also includes Jason Peters, Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans — looks a whole lot better.

Don Banks of offers his thoughts on the Barkley pick:

In reality, what Saturday’s biggest draft headline means is Kelly and the Eagles are ready to fit their offense around what Barkley does best. He doesn’t have the biggest arm, and he probably isn’t the best guy to run a lot of read-option looks, but he doesn’t have to be a jackrabbit to direct an up-tempo attack. Kelly admired Barkley’s football smarts, his competitiveness, and his ability to see the field and make quick and accurate decisions. Think Tom Brady and you start to get the real model for what Kelly is after in his goal of running as many plays as possible in a game, and Barkley’s 40 time has little to do with the equation.

Chris Burke of thinks the Eagles got a steal in the seventh round with cornerback Jordan Poyer:

How did this happen? Poyer seemed to be firmly planted in the second tier of cornerbacks in this draft, below Dee Milliner, Desmond Trufant or Xavier Rhodes but certainly worthy of Day 2 consideration. Instead, Poyer somehow slipped into Round 7. Philadelphia won’t regret giving him a shot there.

Burke gives the Eagles an A- for their selection of Johnson:

Kelly will try to work his offense around the pieces he has, but adding even more athleticism to an already athletic group will make the transition that much easier.

Pete Prisco of gives the Eagles a B- for the Johnson pick:

They have so many other issues, but he’s a good athlete who will be better in the NFL. I like the pick.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports calls Michael Vick one of his draft winners:

Like Rex Ryan, Vick was a winner Thursday when the Eagles drafted Lane Johnson to rebuild the offensive line. Like Ryan, things got even better in the second and fourth rounds. First, Philadelphia drafted tight end Zach Ertz, giving Vick another big-time weapon and a guy the Eagles can pair with Brent Celek for some tasty two-tight end formations. In the fourth round, the Eagles traded up to get Matt Barkley. Sure, Barkley may be no better than a backup, but he’s going to be competition for current No. 2 Nick Foles. In other words, the perception that the competition for time was between Vick and Foles just got really blurry. That can only help Vick.

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Eagles Add Nine Undrafted Free Agents

The Eagles made it official today, announcing that they’ve agreed to terms with nine undrafted free agents and released tight end Evan Moore.

Here’s some information on the players they added.

Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook – The 5-foot-9, 209-pounder ran for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. In a game against Syracuse, he broke a 71-yard run and piled up 158 yards.

“He’s a solid back with some burst and explosion. He’s not on the national radar, but he’s a guy I get a kick out of,” said NFL Network’s Mike Mayock before the draft. “[I’m] not sure he’s going to get drafted, but he’s one of those guys that certainly has an opportunity to make a team.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay said Maysonet has a chance to be this year’s Alfred Morris. Morris, of course, ran for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns, while averaging 4.8 yards per carry as a rookie for the Redskins.

Here’s a YouTube cut-up from the Syracuse game:

Russell Shepard, WR, LSU – I probably shouldn’t list a position with him. Sheppard falls under the “athlete” category. He went to LSU as a dual-threat quarterback and saw time at multiple positions. He finished his career with 733 rushing yards and 565 receiving yards on 58 catches. Sheppard is 6-1, 195 and ran a 4.46 at his Pro Day, according to Gil Brandt of Brandt also reported that some teams are looking at him as a defensive back.

Brad Wing, P, LSU – The Eagles found everything in this class, including a controversial punter from Australia. According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the LSU coaching staff basically told Wing (6-2, 205) not to come back to school even though he had two years of eligibility remaining.

“He’s a problem child,” one special-teams coach said. “I interviewed him at the combine. I think it was all con. I don’t think this guy is remorseful for any of it.”

“If it was me, only way I would take him is if we didn’t have anything invested in him. First time he (expletive) up he’d be out the door. There’s too many red flags on this guy.”

Wing’s transgressions reportedly include a fight and multiple failed drug tests. On the field, he was named first-team All-American by several publications in 2011.

Kyle Quinn, C, Arizona – There will be plenty of offensive line depth spots up for grabs with the Eagles. Quinn (6-3, 290) was a two-year starter at center for the Wildcats and snapped for Nick Foles in 2011.

Isaac Remington, DT, Oregon Chip Kelly was able to get his hands on at least one of his former players. Remington (6-6, 305) had 22 tackles, including four for loss last season. He was cited (but not charged) for a DUI and temporarily suspended by Kelly last season.

Damion Square, DL, Alabama – Kelly said he likes SEC defensive linemen. Square (6-2, 293) started 32 games for Nick Saban over the past three years. He looks to be a little small to play nose tackle, but we’ll see where Kelly thinks he fits.

Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State – The 6-2, 243-pounder was a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior despite missing the final four games with a shoulder injury. Will likely compete for a depth spot at inside linebacker.

Matt Tobin, OL, Iowa – The Eagles added the 6-6, 290-pound guard, according to multiple reports. Tobin was 6-feet as a junior in high school, but grew six inches in two years. He was a two-year starter with the Hawkeyes.

Matt Tucker, RB, TCU – At 6-0, 221, Tucker ran a 4.55 at the Combine. He was a rotational player in college, never rushing for more than 709 yards in a season.

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Eagles Snag CB Jordan Poyer In 7th Round

With their second seventh-round pick, the Eagles grabbed another Pac-12 player who has competed against Chip Kelly.

Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer (6-0, 191) was No. 85 on Mike Mayock’s top-100 list. But the Eagles were able to get him with pick No. 218.

Poyer made the switch from safety to cornerback after his freshman season. He finished last year with seven interceptions, tied for second-most in the nation.

Poyer ran a 4.54 at the Combine in Indianapolis.

“Like I always say, I may not be the biggest guy out there, maybe [not] the most athletic guy out there, but I’m a football player,” Poyer said. “I understand the game. I understand schemes. I understand offenses. I know my body. I know who I’m going against. So I use that to the best of my advantage and it makes me the player I am.”

There was also an off-the-field incident at a bar involving Poyer.

“It wasn’t a fight,” he said. “It was more just me being dumb. I wasn’t 21, going into a bar and kind of refused to leave and then got 60 days banned from the bar, got kicked out of the bar and wasn’t allowed to come back. I came back and it was just a bad situation. And the media kind of blew it up as a fight, but it wasn’t. It was just kind of a dumb situation to be in. I put myself in a bad situation. But I learned from it.”

Poyer was a great two-sport athlete in high school. He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 42nd round, but decided to pursue football. Poyer met Kelly as a high school junior and played against him every year.

As for fit, Poyer said he played both outside and in the slot.

“We played a lot of man and zone,” he said. “My senior year was kind of when we opened our defensive playbook a lot. I came inside in the nickel. I probably played more snaps in the nickel than I did on the outside my senior year. It was a lot of man. It was a lot of zone. A lot of different combinations of coverages. I feel like the defense that I played in at Oregon State is really going to help me transition over to the NFL.”

Many projected Poyer to go on Day 2. Instead, he stayed in front of the television for six-plus rounds and was passed over on 217 occasions.

“I kind of wanted to have an idea of who would pass me up because I kind of use that stuff when I play,” he said. “I’ll remember who passed me up and I’ll use that and let it fuel me.”


The Eagles used their final pick, No. 239 overall, on Oklahoma defensive lineman David King. King (6-5, 286) projects as a 5-technique defensive end. Kelly said he ran a 4.64 at his workout.

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Day 3: Live Eagles/NFL Draft Chat

Join Tim and Sheil for a live chat during Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

Eagles Day 2 Draft Cheat Sheet

The Eagles are scheduled to pick at No. 35 (second round) and No. 67 (third round) tonight.

The draft kicks off at 6:30, and once again, we’ll host a live chat. Obviously, the picks could change, depending on trades, so here’s a list of potential targets, broken down by position.


Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – We wrote about him earlier. Every team passed on Smith in the first round. The question now for the Eagles: Did they just not like him in the first round, or do they not like him at all? There are only two picks before the Birds select at No. 35. The Jaguars could take Smith at No. 33, or a team could move up. If the Birds pass on him at No. 35, it’s safe to say he’s probably just not on their board at all.

Other quarterbacks, like Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and USC’s Matt Barkley could go off the board today, but I don’t see them being fits for the Eagles.


Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee – If you want a good sleeper at No. 35, keep Hunter’s name in mind. He has a rare blend of size (6-4, 196) and speed (4.44). Greg Cosell of NFL Films recently compared his body type and skill set to A.J. Green. Hunter displayed poor hands in college, but he has tremendous upside and would complement what the Eagles already have on their roster.

Robert Woods, WR, USC – Woods (6-0, 201) had 32 touchdowns in three seasons with the Trojans and caught 20 balls for 183 yards and three scores in three games against Oregon. He does not have elite speed (4.51), but can probably line up inside or outside and has experience as a returner. If the Eagles trade down in the second, or if Woods lasts to the third, he could be an option.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas – An elite athlete, Goodwin (5-9, 183) ran a 4.27 40 at the Combine and competed in the Olympics in the long jump, finishing 10th. He is not a polished receiver, but can use his speed in a variety of ways – catching the ball, running the ball and on special teams. Obviously not the biggest guy, but Kelly has to be intrigued by Goodwin’s speed and versatility. He’d be a potential target in the third round.

Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M – Very productive college player with 233 catches and 23 touchdowns the past three seasons. Swope (6-0, 205) ran a 4.34 40 and would be a tough cover in the slot. A very serious issue though is his history of concussions. According to the Houston Chronicle, he’s suffered four. Could be a third-round option, though, and might fall to Day 3.

Others: Keenan Allen (Cal), Da’Rick Rogers (Tennessee Tech).


Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford – Ertz (6-5, 249) had 69 catches for 898 yards and six touchdowns last season. And Kelly knows his talents all too well. Against Oregon last season, Ertz caught 11 balls for 106 yards and a score. He’s drawn comparisons to Jason Witten and could be an option for the Eagles at No. 35.

Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati – The Eagles have done a lot of homework on tight ends, including Jason’s brother, Travis. Kelce (6-5, 255) had off-the-field issues at Cincinnati, and sports hernia surgery kept him from working out at the Combine. But on the field, he presents a versatile skill set, with the ability to block, make plays in the vertical passing game and rack up yards after the catch. Expected to go in the second or third rounds.

Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State – The Eagles reportedly had him in for an official visit, and Escobar (6-6, 254) could be an option in the third round. He caught 42 balls for 543 yards and six touchdowns last year. Because of his length, Escobar can create matchup problems for opposing defenses.

Others: Vance McDonald (Rice), Jordan Reed (Florida).


Brian Schwenke, G/C, California – Just because the Eagles added Lane Johnson doesn’t mean they’re done adding offensive linemen. Schwenke (6-3, 314) played against Kelly in the Pac-12 and tested well at the Combine, showing good athleticism. He can play guard or center and has a “mean streak” according to Cosell. Could be a third-round option.

Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee – One more offensive lineman the Eagles could take a look at on Day 2. Thomas (6-5, 300) spent two years at tackle, before switching to guard his senior season. He was reportedly one of the team’s 30 official visits to the NovaCare Complex.

Others: Terron Armstead (tackle, Arkansas-Pine Bluff), Brian Winters (guard, Kent State), Menelik Watson (tackle, Florida State).


Jesse Williams, DL, Alabama – We know the Eagles are in the market for versatile defensive linemen, and Williams (6-3, 323) falls into that category, with the ability to play nose tackle or the 5-technique. Keep an eye on the 49ers though. They could take Williams with the 34th pick, one ahead of the Eagles.

Margus Hunt, DL, SMU – If Kelly really likes long players on defense, he has to be intrigued by Hunt (6-8, 277). A physical specimen, Hunt ran a 4.60 at the Combine and benched 225 pounds 38 times. Originally coming to America from Estonia with track and field aspirations, Hunt is still relatively new to the game and will be 26 in July. But he had eight sacks last season, blocked 17 (!!!) kicks in college and has a blend of length and athleticism that is unmatched. Hunt projects as a 5-technique in a 3-4 and figures to go off the board some time in the second round.

John Jenkins, DL, Georgia – Kelly said earlier this offseason that the reason he likes size on defense is because big people beat up little people. Jenkins (6-4, 346) is one of the bigger people in the draft, but he has some athleticism. Could certainly line up at nose tackle, but showed the ability to play the 5-technique also. Could be a second- or third-round target.


Tank Carradine, OLB/DE Florida State – At 6-4, 276 (34 3/4-inch arms), he has size and versatility. But Carradine suffered a torn ACL in November, which could explain why he’s still available. And he might be a better fit as a 4-3 defensive end. The Eagles had him in for an official visit to the team facility. Kelly said Thursday night that Dion Jordan was an option with the No. 4 pick. While Carradine’s a different player, perhaps he will be the outside linebacker the Eagles end up with. He’s likely to go in the second round. Update: Bad news on Carradine’s medical. Could cause him to drop.

Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi – In addition to his height (6-3, 250), Collins has long arms (33 3/4 inches). He had 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a senior and tested well at the Combine (4.64 40, 41.5-inch vertical).

Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia – Production did not match the talent. Washington (6-4, 264) tested well at the Combine, running a 4.55 40 and benching 225 pounds 36 times. But he only had 22 tackles and half-a-sack last season for the Bulldogs. He also has a DUI on his record. Could be a third-round target.

Quanterus Smith, OLB, Western Kentucky – He had 12.5 sacks through 10 games last season before tearing his ACL. The Eagles had Smith (6-5, 250) in for an official visit. Could be a third-round target.

Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State – If the Eagles spend a second-round pick on Brown (6-0, 241 and brother of Bryce), it would fall in the “best player available” category. With Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans on the roster, they have starting inside linebackers in place. But they don’t have a lot of depth, and the Eagles could find Brown’s production and versatility appealing.


Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State – Have to think he won’t be on the board for long. Taylor (5-11, 192) ran a 4.39 40 at the Combine, and many projected him to be a first-round pick. Four cornerbacks were taken Thursday, and there figures to be a run on the next tier in the second round. Taylor could be an option at No. 35.

Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi StatePro Football Talk reported recently that Slay is dealing with a torn meniscus, which could affect his stock. With his size (6-0, 192) and speed (4.36 40), Slay will be an attractive option, if healthy. The Eagles reportedly had him in for an official visit.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn – The Eagles signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, who are 6-1 and 6-0, respectively. Wreh-Wilson (6-1, 195) is one of the longer cornerback prospects available, and he ran a 4.53 at the Combine. Could be an option at No. 35, or perhaps more likely, if the Eagles trade down.

Others: Jordan Poyer (Oregon State), Sanders Commings (Georgia), Robert Alford (SE Louisiana State).


Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International – Will the Eagles use a second-round pick on a safety for the third time in four years? If so, Cyprien could fit the bill. The 6-foot, 217-pounder possesses an array of skills and could be on the short list at No. 35.

D.J. Swearinger, S. South Carolina – Another safety to keep in mind. Swearinger is a big hitter and was a four-year starter for the Gamecocks. At 5-10, 208 (4.67 40), he might not possess the measurables that Kelly is looking for, but Swearinger could still be a target in the second or third rounds.

Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State – He led the nation with eight interceptions last year and also showed the ability to play up near the line of scrimmage with 12 tackles for loss, third among all defensive backs. Thomas (6-0, 208) reportedly had a private workout with the Eagles. Could be a third-round target.

Others: Bacarri Rambo (Georgia), JJ Wilcox (Georgia Southern), Shamark Thomas (Syracuse).

** Note: I did not include any running backs on the list. I’ve been wrong before, but don’t see the Eagles going that route until Day 3.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Five Options At No. 35

The Eagles landed offensive tackle Lane Johnson with the No. 4 pick.

But there’s still plenty of work to be done. Here are five options for Birds with the 35th pick:

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – I’ll admit I didn’t see this coming. The West Virginia QB spent all of Thursday night in the green room without a team taking him. Only one signal-caller was selected in the first round, and that was Florida State’s EJ Manuel, who went to the Bills at No. 16. The Eagles did plenty of homework on Smith, and as I’ve written, there are likely aspects of his game that Kelly finds appealing. There are two picks before the Eagles are on the clock: Jacksonville and San Francisco. The Jaguars could certainly take Smith, or a team could trade up. If the Birds have the chance to take Smith at 35 and pass, it’s probably fair to say he’s not on their board at all. And that has to be considered a possibility at this point.

Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International – I thought he would go in the first round, but Cyprien is still available. Three safeties went off the board on Thursday: Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro (No. 15 to the Saints), LSU’s Eric Reid (No. 18 to the 49ers) and Florida’s Matt Elam (No. 32 to the Ravens). Cyprien (6-0, 217) and South Carolina’s DJ Swearinger are probably the top two safeties still available. It’s a need area for the Eagles, and there are still good players on the board.

Tank Carradine, OLB/DL Florida State – I was way off on my projection here, thinking Carradine would go in the top half of the first round. At 6-4, 276 (34 3/4-inch arms), he has size and versatility. But Carradine suffered a torn ACL in November, which could explain why he’s still available. The Eagles had him in for an official visit to the team facility. Chip Kelly said Thursday night that Dion Jordan was an option with the No. 4 pick. While Carradine’s a different player, perhaps he will be the outside linebacker the Eagles end up with. Update: Bad news on Carradine’s medical could cause him to drop.

Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State – He could be the best cornerback on the board. Taylor (5-11, 192) ran a 4.39 40 at the Combine, and many projected him to be a first-round pick. Four cornerbacks were taken Thursday night: Alabama’s Dee Milliner (No. 9 to the Jets), Houston’s D.J. Hayden (No. 12 to the Raiders), Washington’s Desmond Trufant (No. 22 to the Falcons) and Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes (No. 25 to the Vikings).

Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford – The Eagles did plenty of work on tight ends during the pre-draft process. Ertz (6-5, 249) had 69 catches for 898 yards and six touchdowns last season. And Kelly knows his talents all too well. Against Oregon last season, Ertz caught 11 balls for 106 yards and a score. He could be an option at No. 35.


T-Mac has the full story on the Birds going with Johnson.

And here is what Johnson had to say about being selected fourth.


Tommy Lawlor of offers his take on Johnson:

Johnson is a great athlete. His Combine workout would have been solid for a running back or linebacker, but it was phenomenal for an offensive tackle. He ran faster in the 40-yard dash than Anquan Boldin did at the Combine. Johnson is also strong, agile and explosive. His arms are 35 inches long, giving him an ideal frame for the offensive tackle position. Don’t think of Johnson as a finesse athlete. He has a big-time mean streak. He loves to run block and wants to bury his opponent in the ground. Johnson has excellent potential and could develop into a Pro Bowl player.

Rich Hofmann of the Daily News thinks the Eagles made the right choice:

I like it. We all have seen this team, in past seasons, attempt to prove that they were the smartest people in the room. To be fair, they did some smart things in the past. The way they have manipulated their picks in the later rounds of the draft really has been smart and profitable.

But in their first big spot together, Roseman and Kelly chose a solid, sensible guy who fit both the coach’s philosophy and the long-term needs of the franchise. We don’t know if Johnson can play, obviously, but the reviews have been good and the athletic potential is interesting.


More reaction on the Johnson pick, and we’ll look ahead to the rest of the draft.

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Johnson Goes From Junior College To No. 4 Pick

When the Dolphins traded up to the No. 3 spot, Lane Johnson thought he was headed to Miami.

And he wasn’t the only one. Jake Long signed with St. Louis in free agency, and the Dolphins desperately needed an offensive tackle to protect Ryan Tannehill. But when Roger Goodell got to the podium to announce the No. 3 pick, the name that came out of his mouth was Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan.

“So after that took place, I knew I had a good vibe for Philly,” Johnson said. “After I got a phone call from a Pennsylvania number, I knew it was time.”

It’s been quite the journey for the Eagles’ first-round pick. He started his college career at Kilgore (junior) college, playing quarterback and weighing 220 pounds. He started bulking up and caught the attention of Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners.

They tried him out at tight end and then defensive end. But Johnson continued to grow, and because of injuries, they moved him to the offensive line.

“The toughest was actually from quarterback to tight end,” Johnson said. “From being such a glorified position and then going to tight end where your hand’s in the dirt, and there’s a lot of physicality involved, that was probably the toughest transition.

“Going to tackle my first year, junior year, was a learning experience, and it kind of felt weird because I had been a skill position player my whole life. And then going to tackle was just kind of a weird experience. Going into my senior year, I knew I had the talent. I just kept on working and developing, and things went well for me.”

That qualifies as an understatement.

Johnson was on the radar of NFL teams back in January, but he had no clue back then that he would be a first-round pick. The pre-draft process was crucial for him.

“One of my main areas of focus was to have a good Senior Bowl,” Johnson said. “I wanted to show people that I’m a good football player and not just a test athlete. And so once I had a good week there, I knew the Combine was going to be kind of icing on the cake with the tests and numbers and stuff. So it’s all part of the process, and it’s finally over.”

In Indianapolis, Johnson put together perhaps the most impressive testing performance ever by an offensive lineman.

“I think Lane Johnson had the freakiest Combine in the history of our coverage of the Combine,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.

He ran a 4.71 40 and displayed a 34-inch vertical (more details here).

Chip Kelly said the Combine was just part of the evaluation and stressed that Johnson is far from a finished product, going as far as to call him “raw.” But he explained that’s part of what the Eagles loved about him – his upside.

Asked if he’s ready to start right away, Johnson said, “I think I am. Yes sir.”

Kelly made a point to mention that jobs will be won and lost on the field. But barring injuries, the Eagles’ offensive line will likely feature Johnson at right tackle, Todd Herremans at right guard, Jason Kelce at center, Evan Mathis at left guard and Jason Peters at left tackle.

Johnson played right tackle his junior year and moved to the left side as a senior. Asked if he has a preference, he said, “I really don’t care. I try to be as balanced as possible. Whatever Coach Kelly and them need, I’m going to do.”

One part of the Eagles’ program that shouldn’t be too tough for Johnson to adjust to is tempo. Oklahoma ran 77.3 plays per game last season, while Kelly’s Oregon squad ran 81.5.

From junior college to the No. 4 pick, from Kilgore, Texas to Philadelphia, Johnson is excited about taking the next step.

“I’m ready to get started,” he said. “And I’m very fortunate to be with the Eagles.”

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Live Eagles/NFL Draft Chat: Round One

Join Tim and Sheil for a live chat during the first round of the NFL draft. They’ll be providing updates live from the NovaCare Complex.

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Eagles Draft Essentials: Picks, Times, Etc.

Some Eagles draft essentials for you to keep handy the next several days. Note that we’ll do our best to keep this post updated if they make trades.


1st round (No. 4)
2nd round (No. 35)
3rd round (No. 67)
4th round (No. 101)
5th round (No. 136)
7th round (No. 210)
7th round (No. 212)
7th round (No. 218)
7th round (No. 239)


Round 1: 8 p.m. Thursday
Rounds 2 and 3: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Rounds 4-7: Noon Saturday

Teams get 10 minutes in between picks in the first round, seven minutes in the second round and five minutes in rounds three through seven.

The draft will be broadcast on both NFL Network and ESPN.

BIRDS 24/7

We’ll have a live chat during all seven rounds of the draft. Some previous posts worth mentioning:

* Draft predictions from McManus and Kapadia.
* Mock draft from Kapadia.
* Top-40 cheat sheet on defensive prospects.
* Top-40 cheat sheet on offensive prospects.
* Day 2 Eagles draft targets: 15 names to know.
* Trade value notes if the Eagles move down.

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