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870 Pounds of meat

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That's what we added today in 3 players. That's the number I have been computing in my head as I sit in a hotel room in Pittsburgh at midnight after watching the Phillies lose their second in a row to maybe the worst team in baseball... Cleary, Andy Reid & Co decided that building the lines for both right now and the future was the most pressing need... and they brought in 870 pounds of meat to fill need.

First off, Broderick Bunkley. We all know how big a need DT was, and while I prefered Haloti Ngata I'm not in the least bit dissapointed with Bunkley. This was a guy projected by many to go top 10 and graded by several experts as one of the top 10 players in the draft. The Eagles stood pat at #14 and thanks to the seemingly most inexplicable pick of the draft by the Bills, they got their man. This defense had 26 sacks last year which is woefully inadequate. Bunkley is a pass rushing specialist. Add him to Kearse, Howard, & Patterson and I think it's pretty safe to say that the Eagles defensive line is going to give opposing QBs nightmares. I'm a bit afraid that they they could be vulnerable to the run, but Bunkley did lead the entire nation in tackles for a loss last year... This guys gets into the backfield and creates havoc.

One draftnik described the pick of Bunkley as the giving the Eagles "one of the better sets of young tackles in the league". I don't think there's any debating that it was a homerun of a pick.

The Eagles' 2nd round pick was probably one of the best value picks in the entire draft. Countless draftniks and scouts had Winston Justice going to the Eagles at #14 overall... So to get him in round 2 at pick #39 after trading up with Tennesee is being called "a tremendous value pick". With 10 total picks, I think we all knew it was just a matter of time before the Eagles got aggressive and moved up. I was sure when it was announced that the Browns had traded their pick, it was the Eagles jumping up 2 to grab Bunkley. Instead, they stayed pat got their man at #14 and moved up in the 2nd to get the guy who was quite possibly their second choice at #14.

How good is Winston Justice? Matt Leinart was barely ever touched in his college career with Winston guarding his backside, Reggie Bush ran wild through defenses rarely ever seeing contact until he was beyond the line of scrimmage, and Lendale White rushed for over 50 TDs. You can't tell me that the dominating right tackle had nothing to do with that... While he played RT in college because Leinart is left handed and they wanted Justice protecting his blind side, all reports say that he could play either side. Clearly, this is Tra Thomas's replacement next year... or maybe this one.

Draftnik reaction :" projected by many to be a top 20 pick and the Eagles stole him at 39."

In the 3rd round, the Eagles picked Chris Gocong a defensive end out of Cal Poly. A quick scouting report on him is that he has an uncanny ability to get to the QB and is always finding his way into the backfield thanks to his nonstop motor and incredibly ferocious work ethic. The knock on him is that he's probably too small to play DE in the pros. He projects as one of those OLB/DE tweener types. My guess is that he'll play OLB almost exclusively and be a pass rushing specialist. He doesn't really have the tools to be an every down OLB. He's racked up 36.5 sacks over the past two seasons, although he did play against inferior competition at division 1-AA. The encouraging news is that he absolutely dominated at the lower level. Lining him up as an OLB to come off the edge on a passing down with the line that the Eagles have built, is potentially devastating. I say this with some caution, because this guy is clearly very raw and has to prove that he can make the jump to the pro level. That is a legitimate question mark. He is considered a guy that should excel on special teams as well...

Draftnik reaction: "
A great pass rusher and top sleeper who was dominant in college against inferior competition" Sports Illustrated called him a "Hidden Gem"

The early consensus among the different draft experts grading the first day put the Eagles as one of the top winners so far(and the Giants and Cowboys as some of the big "losers!"). Now in reality, we all know nothing about how this draft will actually turn out in 3-5 years... but it's nice to patted on the back and have something to feel hopeful and positive about after a year of a nothing but negativity and dissapointment. Nice job big red...

1 Responses to “870 Pounds of meat”

  1. Anonymous BrianS 

    Jason, nice column again. When the Ravens took Ngata, my friends and I thought the Browns would take Bunkley and the Eagles get Justice at 14...we were thrilled to get Bunkley AND Justice.

    I'm not as familiar with the guys they picked on the 2nd day, except Avant seemed like a good possession-type WR at Michigan and Bloom's skiing career. The Eagles sure did need a mogul skiier. :-) I'm glad to see them add a return specialist.

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