The Eagles, amazingly, used all four of their fourth-round selections. After snagging cornerback Trevard Lindley, they turned around and had three quick picks bunched together.
First up, undersized linebacker Keenan Clayton from Oklahoma. Another fifth-year senior who could project to strong safety due to being only 6’1″ 229 pounds. He racked up 159 tackles, six sacks and a pair of interceptions in his last two years with the Sooners. The pundits called this a reach. Could have had him in the sixth-round.
Next, they took quarterback Mike Kafka from Northwestern. He’s big (6’3″ 225), strong-armed and accurate. Started only one season but threw for over 3400 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. They needed a developmental guy behind Kevin Kolb, so I like the pick. Kafka was projected to go in the fourth.
Lastly, they added tight end Clay Harbor from Missouri State. He’s 6’2″ 250 pounds and was rated as a solid “sleeper” candidate. Also caught 150 passes in four years and scored ten touchdowns. The offense needs another tight end, especially with Cornelius Ingram‘s availability in doubt. Todd McShay called him a steal and someone who can stretch the field.
Four rounds down, three to go. Birds have five picks left. Thus far they have taken five defensive players and two offensive players. The biggest needs remaining are offensive line and defensive tackle. Another running back and wide receiver would be nice too.
The fifth-round is next. Can they find another gem? Let’s hope so.