EAGLES DRAFT 2013

With the first pick in the 1997 draft…The Philadelphia Eagles take John Harris from the University of West Virginia…who…who…who the hell is that?!!!!!! Jon Harris…I did not even see him on the draft board. WTF! Years earlier…with the 12th pick in the draft…wait wait wait. The Eagles have traded the 12th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the seventh pick in the draft. They have also given up their two 2nd Round Picks!!!! WTF! With the Seventh pick in the 1995 Draft…the Eagles select Mike Mamula.

Mike Mamula will probably go down as the Eagles worst first round draft pick ever especially because if what they gave up to get him. I mean, Mamula did have an average NFL career with over 30 career sacks, however, a first and two second rounders for him. Are you kidding me?!
Tampa Bay went on to draft Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, and Ronde Barber with those three picks! Holy Mistake Rhodes!

In 2003, Andy Reid have up the 30th and 62nd pick to move up to the 15th pick and selected Jerome McDougle. Who? Terrell Suggs, Troy Polamolu, and Kevin Williams were all taken after the Eagles would have picked at 30. Wow! Definitely Andy Reid’s worst draft pick, even more worse than Freddie Mitchell.

My how things change. Andy Reid is now the Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and inherited the First Pick in the Draft. Chip Kelly, the Eagles new head coach inherited the fourth pick. Ironically, both coaches drafted an offensive lineman with their first pick. By the time The Eagles could make their pick…Lineman Eric Fischer had been snagged by Reid and the Chiefs, Lineman Luke Joekel had been drafted by the Jaguars, and the Miami Dolphins had traded up to draft Linebacker Dion Jordan, who had donned the other green of Oregon, yes that’s right, Chip Kelly’s Oregon.

Ok, well the Eagles feel that they got the steal of the draft and very well may have. Lane Johnson may have the most upside of the three Offensive Tackles drafted in the first round. In the second round, the Eagles drafted huge Tight End Zach Ertz. Ertz will ad to an already skilled Tight End position. Chip Kelly uses a lot of three tight end sets. In the third round, the Eagles took Defensive Tackle Bennie Logan. And in a pleasant surprise, traded up to the first pick in the fourth round to get Matt Barkley. Barkley, from USC, would have been the Number 1 Quarterback drafted last season but decided against coming out. So, in turn had a bad season and his stock dropped.

With Johnson, Ertz, and Barkley…the Eagles actually have three potential first round picks. In the fifth round, they took hard hitting safety Earl Wolff in what many analysts have named the best draft class of safety’s in over a decade. They rounded out the draft with two defensive lineman and a cornerback.

Well, we have all been here many times. We all know that draft classes sometimes take years to fully grade. However, the Eagles this season have a renewed passion and this draft looks very good on the outside looking in. The Eagles have drafted a bookend Offensive Tackle who could be a potential Pro Bowler, a Tight End who will definitely start in year one, a Defensive Tackle who will be in the mix, a future number one signal caller, and a safety that will probably start. This is excellent for Chip Kelly. Who better to know this talent anyway other than a coach coming from college!

Anyways, it’s too early to judge but I have a good feeling about this draft. For the first time in years it felt like the Eagles carefully planned their draft strategy. Chip Kelly knows most of these players and should have been able to get some steals. I cannot wait for training camp. The starting offensive line will now feature perennial pro bowler Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, and Todd Herremans will be able to go back to guard. This team will also feature a three tight end attack. With a running game and a middle game, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin should be able to go deep. Finally, Michael Vick should be able to have a descent season with some better protection. To Be Continued….

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EARLY SUPER BOWL PREDICTION/ EAGLES TOP PRIORITIES

Well folks, the Super Bowl is still two weeks away and a lot can change in fifteen minutes…just ask GEICO. My pick for the Super Bowl before this season was of course The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Yes, every year I think it’s Philly’s year to win the Big One. Those hopes faded fast in what has turned out to be one of the worst Eagles seasons in recent memory, which led to the firing of its all time winningest coach Andy Reid. Andy was great in Philly, but enough is enough and it is time to move on. Anyways, when the playoff teams were seeded, my early pick for the Super Bowl was the Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos. Well, both the Seahawks and Broncos lost in last minute fashion so that also went out the window.

This brings us to now. The two teams that are left standing are the surprise San Francisco 49ers (who lost the NFC Championship game a year ago) and the Baltimore Ravens who some experts did have reaching the big dance at the beginning of the year. A real quick analysis of this game and my prediction to follow. Both of these teams come into the game being coached by Brother’s John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh making this the Super Baugh…lol. Secondly, both of these teams are predicated on tough defense and a strong running game. Lets break it down by position. At Quarterback, we have Joe Flacco for the Baltimore Ravens who has come into his own the past few years and developed into a solid Signal Caller. On the other side, the 49ers will be led by Colin Kapernick, an amazing story in itself, who will be making his tenth NFL start in the Super Bowl. I like Kapernick’s pocket presence and skill set but the advantage definitely goes to Flacco and the Ravens.

At Running Back, the Ravens are powered by perennial all-pro Ray Rice who is capable of carrying the team in his shoulders by himself. However, Do not underestimate Frank Gore for the 49ers, who when healthy, is capable of putting up huge numbers. Slight advantage Ravens but not by much. In the Receiving/Tight End set the Ravens are fueled by Tory Smith and giant receiver Anquan Boldin. The 49ers have a few star receivers to go along with veteran Randy Moss, who could be an xfactor. The 49ers trump the Ravens on this side of the ball if Vernon Davis decides to bring his AGAME. Advantage 49ers. On Defense, these two teams play different styles but have similar results. I think both defenses are good but once again, the XFACTOR here is Ray Lewis. Ray is on a mission in his last season to go out with a bang. Advantage Ravens. The Special Teams on these teams are even. So this brings us to the intangibles…both Harbaugh’s are smart but John has more playoff experience and I always believe that is an important area to look at when analyzing these big game match ups.

Ok…so this brings me to my pick. I feel that this Super Bowl will be a competitive game with a lot of hard hitting, tough running, and some exciting offensive plays. I do not see this game becoming a blow out like many of these contests of the past, the two defenses are just too good. I am going to say that the Baltimore Ravens will win the Super Bowl 27-23 in a very close game…both teams will show heart and in the end the better team will come out on top, as Ray Lewis goes out with a bang. Real Quick, Pop Star Beyonce will be performing the Halftime Show and 50 contestants will be picked to join her on stage. This should be quite a scene and I am looking forward to that.

Now into the state of the Eagles. With the hiring if Chip Kelly, it’s obvious that the Eagles are looking to mirror the rest of the league in becoming a quick strike high powered offense. Well, my argument as always has been that the Eagles have been pretty decent in Offense the past few years, last year as an exception, but that had to do with the offensive line debacle in an injury plagued season. I have said it before, and I will say it again, I do not care if Tom Brady had played behind the Eagles line instead of Michael Vick, the team still would have ended up with the same record.

No, my argument with this team is consistently on the Defensive Side of the ball where they have no identity. Well, they can quickly fix this in the draft with their first three picks. The Eagles have the Fourth Pick in the First Round. If I were the Eagles, I would jump at the chance to draft Jarvis Jones, OLB from Georgia with the Fourth Pick. He is a special player that would bring not only leadership on the field, but also in the locker room. He is a DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKER. Seriously, he is a low risk, high reward pick as many analysts say he could be the top impact player in the entire draft. Ok second move, cut Nhamdi Asamough and cut your losses. In the second round, I am taking local Rutgers product Logan Ryan. Not only is Ryan big, tough, and physical, but he also has the speed to be a shut down corner. This is what the Eagles need that they never got from Nhamdi. Thirdly, I’m taking Free Safety D.J. Swearinger out of South Carolina who can cover, but he hits like a Brian Dawkins. I repeat, this is what the Eagles need, true playmakers that make a difference on Defense.

On offense, they have LeSean McCoy who is already a top 3 RB in the NFL. They just need to use him. They will be getting their star Offensive Tackle back from injury and some other key components to their OLine. Mix in a free agent or two and I think you sure up this position. At receiver, the Eagles still have talent with DJAX and Jeremy Maclin. They also have Jason Avant who I believe is underrated and underused. Wether they stick with Michael Vick one more year or go to Nick Foles, this offense can put up some points. It’s the Defense that has failed is year in and year out. Stay Tuned.

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