So in the final rounds of the draft, the Eagles really impressed me and Eagles nation with the picks thaey drafted. Two in particular that I’m excited about, is corner back / kick returner Brandon Boykin from Georgia, and wide receiver Marvin McNutt from Iowa.
With the Eagles drating Boykin, they can now have a solid return game in the kickoff’s and he can also play solid in the slot. Joseilo Hanson will have some competition this year because the young man out of Georgia is coming and he’s coming hard to see if he can make an impact on this team. I give this pick by the Eagles a A+
Now, drafting Dennis Kelly offensive tackle out of Purdue, was kind of a lop sided pick for most Eagles fans, in large part because of his lack of experience in the offensive tackle roll and he isn’t the best pass blocker by a long shot. his main strength is with his run blocking ability.
Kelly is definitely a project in the works because he was mainly used to add depth in the offensive line. I wouldn’t be surprised if offensive line coach Howard Mudd made him into a fine offensive tackle for the Eagles because if you look at it strongly enough, he has brought certain individuals to this team, and others, and has made them into some of the most outstanding players in this league. I’m going to have to give this selection a B+, only because it was only use to add depth to the offensive line. He also needs to work on getting lower than the opposing teams defensive tackle, and end. That in large part is because of his height being 6’8 306 pounds.
In 2010 he was named the most valuable offensive player of the game for offense after starting every game an helping the offensive line out that lead the way for a powerful rushing attack, gaining over 200 yards on the ground.
With the 194th overall pick the Eagles decided to draft Marvin McNutt from the University of Iowa. I was certainly surprised McNutt dropped down this far, because I thought and many other Eagles fans thought that he was going to be taken in the early parts of the 3rd round, mid 4th round. When the Eagles found out that he was still on the board in the 6th round, they had no choice but to take him, in large part because of his height being 6’4 and being a huge redzone threat in the passing game. So overall, I to give this pick an A+.
Acquiring Brandon Washington from the university of Miami was a solid pick. Obviously he’s not coming here to be a starter by any means, because first pff, he has to make the team, but with this selection, the Eagles where once again using this pick to add some solid depth to the offensive tackle position.
Thing about Brandon Washington, is that he’s a kind of “Get it done” offensive lineman, that can play offensive tackle and guard. Kind of like Eagles starting right tackle Todd Herremans, that is very versatile and can play both guard and tackle. Washington is the kind of player where he excells as a brutal run blocker, and has incredible hands. The reason he dropped down so far in the draft, was because he needed to improve on his pass blocking a lot more to be considered a dominating presence on the offensive line. At the end of the day, this draft pick up receives a B+, in main part because if the Eagles want to develop a young kid into a hell of a pass and run blocker. Since that’s the case, they brought him to the right place having offensive line coach Howard Mudd at his disposal.
With the final pick of the 2012 NFL draft chosen 229th overall, the Eagles chose Bryce Brown from Kansas State. While he will be looking to make the roster, Brown will have to make incredible strides to make this roster. He will most likely be the 3rd running back behind Deion Lewis and pro bowl running back LeSean McCoy. Bown was honored that the Eagles chose him and said on the conference call that he was ecstatic to be part of a winning organization. He quoted, “To have an organization go out on a limb,” Brown said, “… for them to really believe in me, that makes me feel good and makes me want to go out and work even harder for those guys.” Brown has incredible hands for a running back, also has the lights out speed that will leave someone in his dust in a heart beat. The reason why he dropped down so low, is because his pass blocking ability was judge to be mediocre by draft experts. I like this pick by the Eagles, but me and the whole Eagles nation was hoping for a player that was huge, great speed and can be used for redzone situations. Maybe the Eagles can use fullback Stanley Havili for short yardages, remains to be seen.
Overall, the draft picks by the Eagles where outstanding. This draft in my opinion was a B+. The only thing keeping it from being an A, was the pick up of Mychal Kendricks out of Cal. He’s very strong and has great speed, and tackling ability, but his weight and height concerns me a lot. Hopefully he’ll be able to pack on some more muscle with OTA’s and the upcoming training camp set to take off in June