Friday, April 23, 2010

Eagles second-day draft board has significant blemishes up top

Unless some team really wants quarterback JImmy (thanks, Casey) Clausen of Notre Dame, the Eagles are going to have trouble trading the fifth pick of the second round for a first round pick in 2011 . Much like Clausen, the first-day leftovers are full of issues.
The Eagles have a big safety in Taylor Mays, a cover safety in Nate Allen, a big corner in Chris Cook  and a big question mark in pass rusher Sergio Kindle near the top of the board they reset after the first round of the NFL Draft.
Mays (6-3, 230) made a lot of big hits but nowhere near as many big plays at USC last year. He's been getting by on the All-American rep he established the previous two years. Except in the red zone, he's a liability in coverage. The production doesn't match Mays' speed, a blustery 4.3 in the 40-yard dash.
Allen (6-1, 207) is a finesse player, (Cook (6-2, 212) an interesting prospect who ran a 4.45 but whose stock is in decline.
The intriguing pick would be LB-DE Kindle (6-3. 250) , a stellar pass rusher who helped teamate Earl Thomas make a lot of plays at free safety for the Texas Longhorns. The red flag on Kindle is one of his knees could require microfracture surgery.
Defensive tackle Brian Price of UCLA and defensive end Everson Griffen of USC also are available, as is nose tackle Terrence Cody of Alabama.
Serviceable offensive linemen Roger Saffold (T, Indiana), Bruce Campbell (Maryland) and Charles Brown (USC) are available.
In addition to Clausen, Colt McCoy (Texas) can be had.
And keep your eyes on tight end Dennis Pitta (6-5, 245). He fits the Brigham Young University role Andy Reid tends to bring in every year.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that Jimmy Clausen will get drafted before Casey Clausen...

April 23, 2010 at 3:57 PM 

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