Monday, April 27, 2009
Draft Breakdown: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles went in to the draft with needs, they addressed them. The Eagles have needed a big time wide out since T.O. departed. They got a lot of help from DeSean Jackson last year, but one receiver is not enough in the NFL. In my opinion Maclin was the second best receiver available behind Crabtree. The Eagles got lucky that the Raiders reached for Heyward-Bey so early (typical draft day antics from Al Davis). Don't get me wrong I really like Heyward-Bey but not that high. Maclin fell right into the Eagles lap, and he will definitely be able to help them out right away. Maclin can play on special teams as he has a quick 4.48 second 40 yard dash, and obviously play wide out. The Eagles took Maclin with their first pick, and then made two more solid picks after Jeremy.
With their second pick they took LeSean McCoy from Pittsburgh. McCoy is a solid runner, with great college statistics to back it up. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry his senior year and reached the end zone 21 times. He needs to add some bulk to his frame as he weighed 198lbs at the combine. I would like to see him add at least 10 pounds, but their is no doubt he can be a solid third down back for the eagles this season. With Westbrook aging McCoy will have a year long tryout for major time in years to come.
The Eagles 5th round pick was Victor "Macho" Harris out of Virginia Tech. Harris ran a 4.68 second 40 yard dash, slower then I expected and that definitely hurt his draft stock a bit. Even with the slow 40 yard dash time I am still looking for Harris to do some things on special teams. I like Harris because he sometimes played both ways at Virginia Tech and that is always fun to see. I also like Harris because he can do this. Philadelphia also picked up a solid tight end in Cornelius Ingram from Florida.
Overall Draft Grade: B