The Eagles entered the day with two picks. The day ended with them selecting two new players. That’s the abbreviated version of what actually occurred.
I’m not going to rewind the insanity blow by blow, but to sum up, the Birds traded back three times and acquired a third-round selection, two fourth-rounders and two fifth-rounders which will be used in some capacity tomorrow.
So, now they have nine total picks heading into Saturday. I doubt they keep all those spots, but we can probably expect at least five to be used on actual human beings. Before I discuss what they still need, I’ll take a look at who they got on this crazy Friday night.
Nate Allen – A good sized and very productive free safety who can also play cornerback. Has a reputation of being very intelligent and technically sound. Most pundits had him rated at the third or fourth best at his position. Where will he play? At this point, it’s unclear. The defense is crowded with safeties/corners. Someone, like say Quintin Demps, is likely to be traded or released. Overall, I like the the pick because it fills a need.
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim – The name Chris Gocong has been conjured with this unexpected choice. That ain’t a good thing. Daniel is 6’3″ 263 pounds, which is big enough to play end, but he could compete at SAM. I hope they just leave him at end. He compiled 47 tackles for loss and 30 sacks as a four-year starter at Washington. He has pass rush skills, but was considered a late-round prospect. Ugh. Sounds like a reach. He better show something in August or this was a wasted pick, kinda like Bryan Smith a couple years ago.
What about a pure cornerback? There aren’t many good ones left. Maybe Reid/Roseman are looking to add a veteran. It worked last year when they landed Ellis Hobbs. They certainly have the ammo to do it again, should they so choose.
They could also use a center, running back, defensive tackle, backup right tackle and a quarterback. They can get all of that, but what kind of value will they be getting is the question. The good news is they have had lots of success in the fifth-round in recent years. Fingers crossed lightning will strike again.
Thus far they have done what needed to be done. Address a floundering defense by injecting it with young, aggressive defenders who are known to be disruptive playmakers. Toss in Darryl Tapp, Ernie Sims and Marlin Jackson, and you have six new additions that will hopefully make an impact in 2010.