Projections for the Philadelphia Eagles Rookie Class

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 2, 2013

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces offensive tackle Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) as the fourth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up one of the most important drafts in team history on Saturday. And now that we've had a chance to reflect on the eight players they selected at Radio City Music Hall, we're ready to bust out some predictions regarding what those eight draft picks might do in 2013. 


Lane Johnson: 2.0 PFF rating in 16 starts at right tackle

The Eagles spent a fourth overall pick on the Oklahoma product, which means he'll start from the get-go if he's healthy. However, I do think the rather raw Johnson will have some growing pains during his rookie campaign.

The 16 starts is ambitious because I could see him taking a seat for a week or two, but I believe that Todd Herremans would step in at left tackle if Jason Peters were to go down, so I'm going with it. 

For those not familiar with PFF ratings, I'm essentially predicting that Johnson will be very average in his first season. Far from a bust, but far from a star.


Zach Ertz: 30 receptions, 335 yards, 2 TD

Again, the Eagles wouldn't have invested in a high pick in Ertz if they didn't plan on getting a lot out of him right away, so expect the second-round Stanford product to supplant Clay Harbor as the No. 2 tight end behind Brent Celek. He'll still have trouble putting up big numbers while surrounded by so many weapons (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Celek, James Casey, Harbor, LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown), but look for him to cut into Celek's totals.


Bennie Logan: 2 sacks, 18 tackles in 16 games (three starts)

Logan's fit is questionable. Will he be a 5-technique end or a nose tackle? Either way, expect the third-round pick out of LSU to get plenty of opportunities in that hybrid defensive front. Coming from that stacked Tigers defense in the SEC, he's ready.


Matt Barkley: 60 percent, 450 yards, 7.0 YPA, 1 TD, 2 INT (zero starts)

This one's unpredictable, but I've made this projection assuming they won't trade Nick Foles. So long as that's the case and Michael Vick is on the roster, the fourth-round pick out of USC is destined to be a third-stringer all year. He'll likely get some mock-up work, but that's about it. Of course, that changes if Foles is dealt away or cut and Vick gets hurt again.


Earl Wolff: 2 INT, 30 tackles in six starts at safety and on special teams

With Kenny Phillips injury prone and Patrick Chung a questionable starter, it might only be a matter of time before the seasoned North Carolina State product gets a chance to take some major snaps at safety. 


Joe Kruger: 10 tackles on special teams and as a rotational end

The seventh-round pick could end up on the practice squad because quite the crowd is forming at defensive end. But even if he does make the 53-man roster, expect the Utah product to chip in on special teams and only deep in the defensive line rotation.


Jordan Poyer: 1 INT, 12 tackles in 16 games as a backup

The seventh-rounder out of Oregon State was my favorite pick of the draft for Philadelphia. He's got the ability to step in and make an impact as a rookie and could even start the season as the No. 4 corner. 


David King: N/A

The seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma has little chance of making the final roster. He'll likely spend all or most of the year on the practice squad but is a versatile option along the defensive line in a pinch.