Grading the Draft: Philadelphia Eagles

2004 saw the Eagles finally make it to the Super Bowl. After uncharacteristically splurging on several high priced free agents before their Super Bowl run the Eagles sought to use the 2005 draft to replenish their depth. With eleven picks Philadelphia had the option of adding quality and quantity to their roster.

USC defensive tackle Mike Patterson is a smallish but productive defensive tackle and a mild surprise as a first round choice. Patterson will immediately see playing time in the teams defensive tackle rotation and could eventually take over for Corey Simon if the team parts ways with their present starter.  Patterson has the playing style and personality that perfectly fits coach Andy Reid.  Georgia wide out Reggie Brown made a big move up draft boards in the post season and was selected next.  He will immediately replace Freddie Mitchell as the teams third wide out and could excel as a third down specialist who makes plays with his size and athleticism. San Diego State linebacker Matt McCoy is a smallish weak side project that must make his presence felt on special teams. His smarts and speed are a plus though McCoy must be put in a system that protects him and allows him to freely roam to the action.  Ryan Moats is a gifted tailback that is both shifty and quick. With less than desirable size, Moats might never be a starting ball carrier but the Louisiana Tech product does have the athletic skills to be an effective third down ball handler in the NFL. Iowa safety Sean Considine will be the teams third safety and was terrific value.  With J.R. Reed possibly sustaining a career ending injury, Considine will see time as a rookie and plays a very smart brand of football, which fits the Eagles style. Saginaw Valley State  offensive tackle Todd Herremans and Washington State left tackle Calvin Armstrong give the Eagles two solid developmental prospect who along with BYU guard Scott Young, fill out the teams offensive line bench.  All three prospects have starting potential if they develop their games. Cincinnati Bearcat defensive end Trent Cole offers the team another speedy edge player. Given the teams depth at defensive end, Cole could wind up on the practice squad as will Grand Valley State defensive tackle Keyonta Marshall, a massive tackle coming off a great senior season.  David Bergeron gives the Eagles a cerebral presence at linebacker. Best in the box, Bergeron will need to excel on special teams in order to make the roster.

Philadelphia continues to demonstrate why they are a team in perpetual cap health. With eleven total selections the Eagles solidified their offensive line depth while still adding players that can be developed into future play makers for the team.  All these players will make a roster somewhere in the NFL, which is a tribute to the fine job the Eagles scouting department does every April.

RD   Pick Player POS School
1   31 (31)   Mike Patterson *   DT   USC  
2   3 (35)   Reggie Brown *   WR   Georgia  
2   31 (63)   Matthew McCoy   OLB   San Diego State  
3   13 (77)   Ryan Moats   RB   Louisiana Tech  
4   1 (102)   Sean Considine *   S   Iowa  
4   25 (126)   Todd Herremans   OT   Saginaw Valley State  
5   10 (146)   Trent Cole *   DE   Cincinnati  
5   36 (172)   Scott Young   OG   BYU  
6   37 (211)   Calvin Armstrong *   OT   Washington State  
7   33 (247)   Keyonta Marshall   DT   Grand Valley State  
7   38 (252)   David Bergeron   MLB   Stanford

UDFA Signings: WR Grant Adams, WR Jared Jones, WR Jason Peebler, WR Chauncey Stoval, WR Isaac West, TE Stephen Spach, TE Andy Thorn, LB Martin Patterson, DB Corey Peoples, S Jeremy Thornburg, CB Aric Williams, CB Domonique Dunbar

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