Bacon, Eggs and Eagles: Reviewing 2015 NFL Draft
Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books and the Philadelphia Eagles have also announced 15 undrafted free agent signings, it’s time to recap the event. In his first performance as “general manager”, head coach Chip Kelly did well and surprisingly didn’t make a big splash. Outside of trading up for cornerback Eric Rowe in the second round and trading out of the forth round for a 2016 third round pick, Kelly didn’t make any other moves. But Kelly did focus on the defensive side of the ball, specifically in the secondary, where he spent three of the team’s six draft picks on cornerbacks in Rowe, JaCorey Shepherd and Randall Evans. Now it’s time to take a look at what everyone else thinks of Kelly and the Eagles’ picks from the draft and their undrafted free agent signings as well. All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Draft Highlights Chip Kelly’s Philosophy – Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"In Chip Kelly’s debut draft with, as the media like to emphasize, “the final say” on personnel, we learned a lot about his vision for the Eagles in 2015 and years to come.Kelly is the story, of course, and has been since becoming the Eagles’ head coach prior to the 2013 season. The attention he generates is remarkable, highlighted by a hilarious in-draft interview on Saturday with the NFL Network during which host Rich Eisen asked Kelly if he is “aware of how much we think about what you think.” Isn’t that the truth? Doesn’t everyone — Eagles fan or not — wonder what is going on with Kelly and his thoughts on football?"
Eagles draft grades, with smiley faces and Christmas gift comps – Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com
"There’s a feeling that you can never really evaluate a draft class until three years have gone by, but that’s not going to stop me and my media ilk from judging the draft less than a day after it has wrapped up. In this case, we’ll spare you the letter grades, and instead grade the Eagles’ picks on the much more scientific smiley face scale."
Evaluating the Eagles’ Undrafted Free Agent Signings – Ray Butler of SidelinesandHeadlines.com
"Devante Davis, 6’3 220lbs, UNLVIn all likelihood, Davis is the Eagles’ best undrafted free agent signing. Davis has plus size for his possession, a plus catch radius, and plus hands. He has at-best average top end speed and struggles at times to separate against press coverage. His athleticism ranks 58th amongst other receivers in the draft (53.3 percentile amongst current NFL wide receivers). I gave Davis a sixth round grade in my evaluation, and I definitely expect him to compete for a spot on the Eagles’ regular season roster."
Philadelphia Eagles draft wrap-up – Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com
"Best move: Moving up five spots in the second round to get defensive back Eric Rowe was big. The Eagles had to get help for their secondary in this draft. They had added cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond in free agency, but were unable to land New England safety Devin McCourty. With the departure of safety Nate Allen and cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, the Eagles needed more help. By going with wide receiver Nelson Agholor in the first round, Chip Kelly left himself little margin for error. He knew it, too, giving up two fifth-round picks to move up to pick No. 47 overall for Rowe."
Draft 2015: NFC Draft Grades – Evan Silva of RotoWorld.com
"Even after whiffing on Marcus Mariota, the Eagles kept their cool and made a lot of good draft-weekend moves. Not included here was a deal with Detroit that netted Philadelphia the Lions’ 2016 third-round pick in exchange for the Eagles’ 2015 fourth-rounder. I think it’s good forward-thinking process for teams to make moves like that. Agholor will seamlessly replace Jeremy Maclin. Rowe was seen by some as a safety in the pre-draft phase, but will be a press corner in Philadelphia and is a good bet to start opposite Byron Maxwell right away."
Once again, Kelly referred to one of his most popular phrases, “big people beat up little people” when discussing the team’s final pick of the draft, Boston College defensive end Brian Mihalik:
Next: Philadelphia Eagles: Undrafted Free Agent Tracker
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