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.
|Trevard Lindley||5th Yr||48|
|Keenan Clayton||5th Yr||54|
|Mike Kafka||5th Yr||30|
|Clay Harbor||5th Yr||43|
|Jamar Chaney||5th Yr||49|
|Jeff Owens||5th Yr||52|
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.