Eagles Keep Working To Fill Needs

The Eagles had some very specific needs coming into the draft and moved to fill them on Sunday. They were aggressive enough to move up to get G Max Jean-Gilles and then worked to close gaps in other parts of their team, which included taking an Olympic skier to help on special teams.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 2006 DRAFT
RD/PK PLAYER POS COLLEGE
1 (14) Brodrick Bunkley DT Florida State
2 (39) from Tennessee Winston Justice OT USC
3 (71) from NY Jets Chris Gocong DE/LB Cal-Poly
4 (108) Max Jean-Gilles G Georgia
4 (127) from Indianapolis Jason Avant WR Michigan
5 (147) Jeremy Bloom WR Colorado
5 (168) compensation pick Omar Gaither LB Tennessee
6 (204) compensation pick La Juan Ramsey DT USC

SIXTH ROUND (204th OVERALL PICK)

With the 204th pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select DT LaJuan Ramsey.

WARNEST.COM ANALYSIS: Ramsey helped his cause at the USC Pro Day this spring. The Eagles knew that they had to find young, talented players for the defensive line and did a good job of that throughout the draft with Bunkley in round one and Ramsey in round six. Ramsey will need a little work, but there is a lot of talent there and the Eagles will need only to find the right situations to use Ramsey to get the most out of that talent.

FIFTH ROUND (168th OVERALL PICK)

With the 168th pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select LB Omar Gaither.

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW

Full Name: Omar Gaither School: Tennessee Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 234 40: 4.83 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his junior campaign. Senior totals were 78/7.5/4 after 92/12.5/2 the prior year. All-Academic selection in the past.

Pos: High-motor defender who elevated his game the past two years. Diagnoses the action, fast to the flanks or collapses from the outside defending the run. Disciplined in coverage, fast off the edge and displays solid range. Stands out in pursuit.

Neg: Not strong and slow shedding blocks. Does not possess sustained speed.

Analysis: A serviceable linebacker, Gaither is a backup on the weak side. Shows potential on special teams.

WARNEST.COM ANALYSIS: The Eagles had addressed their strong-side linebacker situation earlier in the draft, but needed more. Shawn Barber is only a stop gap and they will need someone to step in after his career ends. Gaither may not be an every down player, but he can help in pass situations and on special teams.

FIFTH ROUND (147th OVERALL PICK)

With the 147th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select WR Jeremy Bloom.

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW

Full Name: Jeremy Bloom School: Colorado Pos: WR

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 173 40: 4.53 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Lettered as a wide receiver and kick returner for Colorado in ‘02 and ‘03. Receiving numbers included 22/356/1 as a sophomore. Averaged 16.8 yards on 20 punt returns with two scores as a freshman. Competed in 2006 Winter Olympics as a freestyle skier.

Pos: Gifted athlete with game-changing skills as return specialist. Explosive, tough to tackle and has both size and strength. Works hard and has a terrific build.

Neg: Has not played football for two seasons. Lacks the height to be anything other than a fifth receiver.

Analysis: A solid athlete, Bloom's recent headlines are a result of what he's done off the field more than anything else. A late round choice brought into an organization as return specialist.

WARNEST.COM ANALYSIS: Yes, that Jeremy Bloom. Bloom was in the Torino Olympics this past winter and is hoping for an NFL career. Actually, he figured that he would go undrafted and sign with a team as a free agent. The Eagles need help on their return team and figure Bloom may be just the guy to provide it. At least he won't have a problem playing in the cold and snow.

FOURTH ROUND (109th OVERALL PICK)

With the 109th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select WR Jeremy Avant.

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW

Full Name: Jason Avant School: Michigan Pos: WR

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.49 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-Academic honors since his sophomore campaign. Led the team as a senior posting 87/1,007/8 after 38/447/3.

Pos: Big, soft-handed wideout with possibilities as a possession receiver. Consistent hand-catcher who extends to grab the ball away from his frame. Comes back to the ball and shields opponents away with his frame. Displays outstanding adjustment and body control grabbing the errant throw. Has both soft and strong hands. Effectively uses the sidelines and displays a sense of timing.

Neg: Lacks deep speed, cannot run to the long throw nor beat defenders down the field. Lacks quickness and sharpness running routes.

Analysis: Consistent the past three seasons, Avant is a clutch receiver with a passion for the game. Known as a player with a good work ethic, he is a good football player with potential as a second receiver in the NFL.

WARNEST.COM ANALYSIS: He's not necessarily the receiver that the Eagles were looking at, but Avant is a solid addition to a receiving corps that has some question marks. The Eagles will hope that Reggie Brown can handle a bigger responsibility next season and that Todd Pinkston comes back healthy. Avant simply steps in below the top tier of receivers and will look for chances to prove himself.

FOURTH ROUND (99th 0VERALL PICK)

With the 99th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select G Max Jean-Gilles.

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW

Full Name: Max Jean-Gilles School: Georgia Pos: G

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 355 40: 5.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and awarded All-Conference honors every season since. Played both left tackle and guard.

Pos: Big, powerful blocker who dominates the opposition. Quickly gets into blocks, explosive at the point and controls defenders or buries them into the ground. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and jolts defenders with terrific hand punch. Anchors and rarely gives up an inch of room. Plays heads-up football,

Neg: Gets lazy and sloppy at times. Struggles redirecting or adjusting.

Analysis: A dominant blocker with the versatility to be used at several spots, Jean-Gilles has immediate starting potential at the next level. Could reach All-Pro status if he consistently plays to his capabilities.

WARNEST.COM ANALYSIS: Jean-Gilles gives the Eagles some youth for their aging offensive line. He should be able to see some playing time quickly and is certainly being groomed for a full-time job somewhere down the road. His work ethic will have to improve in the NFL, but it's likely that the players around him will push him to make that happen.

THIRD ROUND (71st OVERALL PICK)

With the 71st pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select DE Chris Gocong.

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW

Full Name: Chris Gocong School: Cal-Poly Pos: DE

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 263 40: 4.79 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded the Buck Buchanan Trophy last year, given to the nation's top Division I-AA defender. Finished his senior campaign with 98/31/23.5 after totals of 71/21.5/17.5 as a junior.

Pos: Tenacious, instinctive ballplayer consistently making plays behind the line of scrimmage. Displays tremendous speed, quickness and force off the edge. Plays with excellent pad level and fast in any direction of the field. Immediately changes direction and makes tackles in pursuit.

Neg: Lacks size and bulk, and can be handled at the point by a single blocker. Takes a lot of wide angles around linemen.

Analysis: A team player who leads by example, Gocong has potential as a situational pass rusher or linebacker in the 34 defense at the next level. Tenacity and passion for the game should make him a special teams demon.

WARNEST.COM ANALYSIS: Gocong is going to be an interesting player to watch. The Eagles are going to move him to the strong side linebacker position and both the team and Gocong are positive that will work out. "I think I can make a great transition to that. The way we ran our defense at Cal Poly, I am not a straight up DE. I play a lot of stand up and even though I have never pass dropped, I think I am athletic enough to transition into it," said Gocong. The Eagles thought about higher profile, true linebackers like Chad Greenway and Ernie Sims to play on the strong-side, but bypassed them to get Brodrick Bunkley and Winston Justice, neither of whom the Eagles could pass up. The like Gocong a lot and traded up to get him. Depending on how easily he takes to his new position, Dhani Jones should be at least a little worried. And if it doesn't work out, the Eagles know Gocong can help at defensive end, so it's a win-win situation.

SECOND ROUND (45th OVERALL PICK)

With the 45th pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select OT Winston Justice

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW

Full Name: Winston Justice School: USC Pos: T

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 319 40: 5.15 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a true freshman, then awarded All-Conference honors as a sophomore and junior. Suspended in ‘04 season after a student conduct violation.

Pos: Athletic, versatile blocker who can be used at left or right tackle. Strong at the point, seals defenders from the action and pounds them into the turf when the opportunity arises. Fights with his hands, can adjust and easily anchors at the point. Controls opponents or turns them off the line once engaged in a block.

Neg: Not explosive off the snap into run blocks. Had several off-the-field incidents. Interviewed poorly at the combine.

Analysis: Combining size, strength and athleticism, Justice offers terrific upside potential for the next level. If he keeps his focus on the football field, he should only get better as he physically matures through the years.

WARNEST.COM ANALYSIS:  For the Eagles to have gotten both Bunkley and Justice is a definite coup. Either of them could have been chosen with the 14th pick and the Eagles would have been considered lucky. Instead, they come away with both. Andy Reid was justified that Justice's off-the-field problems were simply the cause of youthful indiscretion. Andy Reid did a lot of personal work to find out about Justice and was satisfied with the results. Andy Reid admitted that the Eagles actually tried to move even a little higher than number 39 to get Justice and that had Bunkley been gone, they would have even taken him at number 14.

FIRST ROUND (14th OVERALL PICK)

With the 14th pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select: DT Brodrick Bunkley

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW:

Full Name: Brodrick Bunkley School: Florida State Pos: DT

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 306 40: 5.00 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after 66/25/9. Junior totals included 12/3/1 when he played with a high ankle sprain.

Pos: Explosive interior lineman who can be used at defensive tackle or on the nose. Displays tremendous first-step quickness, plays with leverage and has a nasty attitude. Tough to handle and was consistently doubled by opponents. Keeps his feet driving up the field, has a burst of speed and is quick closing on the play.

Neg: Must use his hands better and develop more moves. Has a history of knee

Analysis: Ever-improving the past two seasons, Bunkley is a terrific one-gap lineman who can be used in different schemes. Elevated his draft stock significantly at the Senior Bowl and is now a first-round pick.

WARNEST.COM ANALYSIS: This is the guy that the Eagles wanted out of the first round. They thought they may have to trade up to get him, but as he fell through the 8 and 9 picks, the Eagles started to realize that he could fall all the way to them and took their chances. It worked out perfectly, since they got the man they wanted to get without having to give up an extra pick or a player.

 


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