It was a fun night. Great running commentary from the fan posters here, too... In the end, it looked like this:
The Eagles have bolstered their defensive resources in a huge way--- and have added a quarterback project to the mix.
Friday night, they made California linebacker Mychal Kendricks their first selection of the second round, then followed it up with a trade downward toward the bottom of the second to select Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry.
Near the end of the 3rd round, with the 88th overall pick, they selected QB Nick Foles of Arizona....did not see that one coming!
Checking the MACH 10 entries here, I notice that BROZER and DR. FUNT have hit the big time!!! Both had Mychal Kendricks and Vinny Curry on their ballots, while previously hitting on Fletcher Cox in Round 1... This means both Brozer and Dr. Funt have each hit the rare air of 3 successful picks in the MACH 10 Challenge already, and after only the first three rounds of the Draft!
Guys who hit on Mychal Kendricks included JB, Brozer, Palm Feathers, Dr. Funt, Somalia and Blas... MACHers who hit on Vinny Curry included T-Boner, Jerky, Genetic Freak, Brozer, and Dr. Funt... And only Prophet aka go_green predicted Nick Foles as ending up on the Eagles 3rd round charts.
Mychal Kendricks, ILB, Cal...
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall...
Nick Foles, QB, Arizona...
All of the defensive additions are expected to make impacts right away. In fact, Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks are expected to be in the starting lineup by the end of training camp, if not on the initial depth chart before they ever hit Lehigh University training camp in July.
Kendricks (5-11, 240) is listed as an inside linebacker but will play the strong outside spot, according to Eagles coach Andy Reid. A productive player in college, Kendricks is considered by scouts to be a balanced player, with few weaknesses but no off-the-charts exceptional strengths.
"I can play anywhere I need to play," Kendricks said. "I feel I'm versatile. ... I have a lot of energy, I don't take plays off. I'm strong at the attack and I can make tackles too."
Despite having to give up 5-6 inches against the average tight end, Kendricks has unique qualifications to handle the SAM position in the Eagles' 4-3, according to Reid. "He's played all the positions," Reid said. "The one thing that really interests me here is we're getting a phenomenal pass rusher on that side. We're getting someone who can really cover the tight end. His pass cover skills are a strong part of his game.
"When you see the way he's built, you'll understand. He plays a very physical game."
Vinny Curry (6-3, 266), who grew up an Eagles fan in Neptune, N.J., gives the Birds depth at a presumably already strong position. "He's been dreaming of playing here," coach Andy Reid said. "He's got one speed, and that's a hundred miles an hour. That's how he plays."
Curry is not bothered by the glut of defensive ends the Eagles have, and plans to work his way into the rotation as a rookie. "Oh, yes sir, I plan to do that right away," Curry said. "Right away. Trust me when I say right away."
Curry was obtained after the Eagles moved down in a trade with the Green Bay Packers— from 51st overall to 59th. In return, they added a fourth-round pick. Curry is that potential pass rusher with a knack for causing fumbles, which is one of the most valuable talents on defense. Curry is strong and relentless off the edge, and so intent on getting to the passer that he is often too upright and vulnerable to a quick cut block. However, he can get down and dirty with a decent bull rush and uses his strong hands well. Curry was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 when he had 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 22 tackles for a loss.
Curry is potentially the steal of the second round -- and another wake-up call to 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham.
As for quarterback Nick Foles?--- Foles is a developmental pick the Eagles might be able to turn into Mike Vick's successor down the road. A scouting report on NFL.com says Foles "might have been considered the top quarterback in the class" in another year [when there weren't so many talented players at the position coming out].
Foles (6-5, 245) has good size and good arm strength, but is not considered very mobile. Think of him as Joe Flacco Lite. His game is a lot like Flacco's. The main difference is Flacco got to start as a rookie QB. That is not going to happen for Foles.
The draft wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4-7. The Eagles now own the Packers' fourth-round pick (123 overall), a fifth-rounder (153), two in the sixth round (194 and 200) and one in the seventh (229).
Round 2: ESPN Grade
|1 Brian Quick||WR||Rams||79|
|2 Coby Fleener||TE||Colts||89|
|3 Courtney Upshaw||DE||Ravens||90|
|4 Derek Wolfe||DT||Broncos||84|
|5 Mitchell Schwartz||OT||Browns||81|
|6 Andre Branch||DE||Jaguars||87|
|7 Janoris Jenkins||DB||Rams||87|
|8 Amini Silatolu||OG||Panthers||87|
|9 Cordy Glenn||OT||Bills||91|
|10 Jonathan Martin||OT||Dolphins||89|
|11 Stephen Hill||WR||Jets||90|
|12 Jeff Allen||OG||Chiefs||89|
|13 Alshon Jeffery||WR||Bears||83|
|14 Mychal Kendricks||ILB||Eagles||82|
|15 Bobby Wagner||ILB||Seahawks||73|
|16 Tavon Wilson||S||Patriots||32|
|17 Kendall Reyes||DT||Chargers||86|
|18 Isaiah Pead||RB||Rams||78|
|19 Jerel Worthy||DT||Packers||91|
|20 Zach Brown||OLB||Titans||78|
|21 Devon Still||DT||Bengals||89|
|22 Ryan Broyles||WR||Lions||70|
|23 Peter Konz||C||Falcons||87|
|24 Mike Adams||OT||Steelers||86|
|25 Brock Osweiler||QB||Broncos||87|
|26 Lavonte David||OLB||Buccaneers||88|
|27 Vinny Curry||DE||Eagles||86|
|28 Kelechi Osemele||OG||Ravens||78|
|29 Lamichael James||RB||49ers||79|
|30 Casey Hayward||DB||Packers||80|
|31 Rueben Randle||WR||Giants||88|
Round 3: ESPN Grade:
|1 Dwayne Allen||TE||Colts||83|
|2 Trumaine Johnson||DB||Rams||86|
|3 Josh Robinson||DB||Vikings||82|
|4 Ronnie Hillman||RB||Broncos||59|
|5 Devier Posey||WR||Texans||57|
|6 T.j. Graham||WR||Bills||60|
|7 Bryan Anger||P||Jaguars||31|
|8 Josh Leribeus||OG||Redskins||54|
|9 Olivier Vernon||DE||Dolphins||79|
|10 Brandon Taylor||S||Chargers||78|
|11 Donald Stephenson||OT||Chiefs||71|
|12 Russell Wilson||QB||Seahawks||69|
|13 Brandon Brooks||OG||Texans||79|
|14 Demario Davis||OLB||Jets||72|
|15 Michael Egnew||TE||Dolphins||69|
|16 Brandon Hardin||S||Bears||62|
|17 Jamell Fleming||DB||Cardinals||71|
|18 Tyrone Crawford||DE||Cowboys||75|
|19 Mike Martin||DT||Titans||78|
|20 Mohamed Sanu||WR||Bengals||68|
|21 Bernard Pierce||RB||Ravens||71|
|22 Dwight Bentley||DB||Lions||81|
|23 Sean Spence||OLB||Steelers||64|
|24 John Hughes||DT||Browns||35|
|25 Nick Foles||QB||Eagles||84|
|26 Akiem Hicks||DT||Saints||63|
|27 Jake Bequette||DE||Patriots||60|
|28 Lamar Holmes||OT||Falcons||31|
|29 T.y. Hilton||WR||Colts||75|
|30 Brandon Thompson||DT||Bengals||87|
|31 Jayron Hosley||DB||Giants||70|
|32. Tony Bergstrom||OG||Raiders||60|
ahhhhh shit....I slept till 4am what a bum.... What I miss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Yawn.....scratch spit.... I need a cooffee and drop off a Jerry Jones
Wow, what the heck is wrong with these analysts? How can they justify trading away most of your picks to get RG3, then turn around and draft Cousins with your third pick, knowing you don't have a first the next two years!!! Only the rat faced Shanny can do that
@Kenemeka Cousins was good value there... but... I agree... stupid decision... there was good value at OL, RB and WR right there too... that would have better potential to support RG3... now it looks like backing up RG3 (in case he busts) was more important...
ha!!! - look at the Skinnies!!!! - they don't trust there own pick with RG3!!! - took Cousins!!! - bwahahahahahahaa!!!!
Don't get me wrong, I like cox, but Kendricks might end up being my fave from this draft class. 5'10" has been the only knockon him. I'm 5'9",and I rock!
@tboned208Kafka battles TE for #2 spot. The looser is kilted. Foles at 3.
Of course....we might use one of dem 6ffs....on a Colt...today.
@Kenemekahe looks real pissed off in all of his photos.
I like dat in a LB.
Bellevue....as head of the Mulch10 Contest.........do you personally had the trophy to the winner, or do you get a 19 year old nubile to do it....like dey do in NASCAR ?
Either one is fine wiff me !
@Brozer8 I wanna go ahead and offer my congrats to you now, in case someone else suprisingly beats you!!!!
We had a discussion a while back( cause lupes is awesome) about the eagles usi nickel as their base D. Kendrick kind of fits that. Secondary player speed that hits and covers. He allows the eagles to be creative if the want. There's all kinds of ways they can go with him. I like linebacker's.
@tboned208NO !!! It wasn't just a good dream ! We really got him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Small investment for possible future QB star ! Had to pinch myself too !
@l30p1221n1.......that's not how it works...and you KNOW it !!!!
The fax are, there has never been a QB named Nick that WASN'T good, in the last 2000 years !!!!
That's a lot of years !
QB is the position you gotta reach for... I think that's what I heard before... and Charlie Casserly loves Foles... but like I said.... at 243.... he has no shot at being a good QB... iffen he was only 230... or 225 (even better)... then he would have been a great one... and 1st round draft pick!!!
Ben Rothles......240 lbs.
....but looking at Foles....he looks like his fighting weight will be down around 235 or sumptin. Eagles will get him in tip top shape.
ATV.....BPA doesn't apply to QB's in my opinion !!! Yes...I agree that (i'll use Boykin for this argurment)...that Boykin is higher on the Bored than Foles.
But a QB is sooooooooooooooo much more valuble than a slot CB....or a 3rd WR.
Let's say Foles only has a 10% chance of working out...which is prob about right....and Boykin has a 35% chance of winning the slot CB spot...and potential future starter.
TBT...the smart money is that both will be out of the league in 5 years. But what's better, rolling the dice with a 10% chance of aquiring a starting QB (most important position in sports), or rolling the dice with a 35% chance of getting a CB that can play ?
To get QB's in this league....you HAVE to take chances....or you'll end up drafting lots of higher rated guards and safeties instead.