The Philadelphia Eagles have wrapped up their first NFL draft of the Chip Kelly era, adding eight new players. Three of their first four picks were on the offensive side of the ball, but they went defense with each of their final four selections.
Here's our initial review of what went down for Philly at Radio City Music Hall.
Round 1 (4): Lane Johnson (OT, Oklahoma)
Round 2 (35): Zach Ertz (TE, Stanford)
Round 3 (67): Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
Round 4 (98): Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Round 5 (136): Earl Wolff, SS, North Carolina State
Round 7 (212): Joe Kruger (OLB, Utah)
Round 7 (218): Jordan Poyer (CB, Oregon State)
Round 7 (239): David King (DE, Oklahoma)
Best pick: Jordan Poyer
Seriously. I don't understand why Poyer's stock dropped. He's versatile and can cover all over the field, and he's got a knack for making plays. Earlier this spring, he was considered to be a second-day pick, but questions about his speed might have been why he slid so far. Still, this is a remarkably good value pick for a guy who possesses the ability to start in this league.
Other picks I liked: Joe Kruger, Lane Johnson, Bennie Logan, Matt Barkley
Kruger, who is Paul Kruger's younger brother, could take some time to develop, but he has a chance to become a solid contributor if he can adapt to being an outside linebacker in Philly's 3-4 scheme...Johnson makes the Eagles' line so much better, but he's still raw and has bust potential...Logan will have a chance to start and make an impact as a pass-rusher up front opposite Fletcher cox.
And you can never have enough quarterbacks when you don't have a clear starter, so I'm down with the Barkley pick that late.
Worst pick: Zach Ertz
A decent enough pick in this slot, Ertz gets the nod here because this looks like a great draft for Philly and because the Eagles simply didn't need a tight end that much.
Other picks I didn't like: Earl Wolff
I've seen and read a lot of good things, but the slightly undersized Wolff can be a sloppy tackler. He might compete for a starting spot, but I also fear that, too often, he'll remind us of Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman.
Don't expect him to make much of an impact early.
Left to address: quarterback, defensive line, safety
We knew the quarterback position would still be in flux after this draft. They'll likely have one hell of a competition between the five pivots on the roster this summer, but don't expect that to change for some time.
They also could have used some more bulk up front for that three-man defensive line and some support at safety.
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