Is It A Coincidence?

I spotted a common trait among the 13 newest Eagles that has nothing to do with having a “high motor.”  They might be young, but they sure have played a lot of football. Check out my fancy chart after the jump.

Player Class Games Played
Brandon Graham Senior 47
Nate Allen Senior 48
Te’o-Nesheim 5th Yr 49
Trevard Lindley 5th Yr 48
Keenan Clayton 5th Yr 54
Mike Kafka 5th Yr 30
Clay Harbor 5th Yr 43
Riley Cooper Senior 51
Ricky Sapp Senior 50
Charles Scott Senior 43
Jamar Chaney 5th Yr 49
Jeff Owens 5th Yr 52
Kurt Coleman Senior 44

Not one underclassman in the bunch. And is that a record for fifth-year seniors or what? Experience had to play a part in the selection process, right?

I think this can be attributed to the Howie Factor. He targeted guys from big schools with a lot of games under their belts. Maybe this is what Reid meant when he repeatedly brought up getting players who “love the game.”

There are plenty of ways to skin a draftee. Jeremy Maclin and Shady McCoy were both redshirt sophomores, but offensive playmakers are often better with more tread on the tires.

I’ll say one thing about the lucky 13. None of them are one-year wonders. Each was consistently productive throughout their collegiate careers, even those who had to battle back from season-ending injuries. I’ve always been leery of players who blow up for one season because you don’t know what you’re getting. The guy who dominated for one year, or the guy who was average for two or three? See Jason Pierre-Paul.

I’m not suggesting this will increase their chances of becoming impact players. I just found it interesting.

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  • bsencore

    Wow. Nice find. Didn’t realize this as we were going along. And only Clay Harbor was from a small school.

    In some ways when you (quickly) look back, Maclin and McCoy were the exceptions to the rule. It’ll be interesting to see how this class pans out comparatively.

  • Ajay

    Nice work dude! Good sleuthing skills. A real change from last year’s draft…

  • Scott Tunstall

    Most of the time Reid does prefer guys who graduated, but to have not one player outta 13 be an underclassmen still amazes me. Especially when you consider how many declare for the draft every year.

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  • bula

    they want their defense to be experienced soon. hopefully this means they can get the hang of things quicker and are more polished. we expect the offense to be pretty good pretty quickly so might as well get the defense going asap

  • PhxPhilly

    Most of them have the extra year / years because of injury. It was mentioned elsewhere but maybe value = was injured.