2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Eagles
Oklahoma Sooners offensive tackle Lane Johnson is a NFL-ready player with excellent size who should hear his name called very early in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Johnson was a high school quarterback who transitioned to tight end and defensive end before finally finding his final position anchoring the offensive line. That athletic background is a key aspect to what makes him a great lineman. He moves very well off the line and remains under control when taking on defenders.
He shows a nice explosion out of his stance and accelerates well. Oklahoma was not afraid to pull him out in open spaces. Great extension with his arms and looks to keep guys at arm's length consistently. Must learn to keep his feet moving and can be caught flat-footed by quick changes of direction.
Still has some room to add more strength. A raw player who has more to learn at the position since he has only been an offensive lineman for two seasons with the Sooners.
Johnson projects as a first round choice in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Stanford University tight end Zach Ertz is quietly surpassing the other best TE prospect, Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, on many draft boards. What Ertz offers is a huge frame, solid straight line speed, so he can be a versatile offensive weapon.
Ertz is polished as a receiver. He runs clean routes and shows a nice snap when changing directions. He clears defenders without losing much speed and can redirect a linebacker caught flat-footed. Ertz has great hands and can snatch the ball away from his body. Not a great leaper, but with long arms and a tall frame, he doesn't necessarily need to be. Tough and willing to take big hits over the middle.
As a blocker, Ertz has a long way to go. He'll be best utilized as a receiver first and a blocker second. A potential liability against elite pass rushers. Will need at least a year before becoming close to an "every-down" type of tight end who can stay in on pass protection on occasion. Lacks the lower body strength to push a defender off his mark. Plays with a good attitude, a hard working football player.
Ertz's shortcomings as a blocker could limit where he ends up. With a more pass-heavy team, he'd make a great fit. He projects as ... [Read More
LSU Tigers defensive tackle Bennie Logan anchored a great defensive line in each of his past two seasons. The 6'3", 295 pounder is legit run-stopper who can make plays in the backfield.
Not a true nose tackle, Logan lacks the size and dominating size to handle regular double teams. He gets off the line with a great explosion and keeps his shoulders low when engaging blockers. Tough to handle when one-on-one. Still has room on his frame to add more weight if necessary. Very athletic for a defensive tackle and should be able to run a sub-5.0 40 yard dash.
Great bend and has a very high ceiling as a pass rusher. Very raw in this regard. Relies too much on a bull rush for a player with his lateral agility and short-area quickness. Stays on his assignment well and plays with a focused discipline. Never too high or too low in his energy. Uses his hands well to battle for position. Plays with a good motor, although LSU used a heavy rotation with the defensive linemen due to depth.
Logan projects as a third to fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
The assumption that Matt Barkley remains the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft is long gone. Since his decision to return to USC for his final season, Barkley's draft stock has declined. There are two general knocks on Barkley right now: arm strength and limited athleticism.
What the scouts all seem to be agreeing on is that Barkley has very good intangibles, great pocket awareness, and good accuracy on short/intermediate routes. Barkley has a lot of experience in a pro-style offense and should be ready to compete for a starting role immediately. He can read defenses, scan the field, and work through his progressions quickly. Despite lacking burst or top end speed, the 6'2", 228 lb prospect can slide and feel the rush while keeping his feet set when delivering the football inside the pocket.
Areas where he will require improvement not already mentioned include deep pass accuracy, taking care of the football with smart decision-making and learning how to keep his feet under him while moving outside the pocket.
Barkley is still looking like he could go in the first round, but there are many scouts who do not feel he is the best quarterback prospect in this class. This happe... [Read More
North Carolina St. safety Earl Wolff is a speed and athleticism prospect. Very productive in senior season. Strong build. Aggressive tackler. Downhill player who likes to play in or around the box. Great hustle in pursuit. Good, but not great footwork and lower half fluidity when in coverage. Lacks the size to challenge taller, physical receivers or tight ends. Had a great Combine week and likely forced a few teams to revisit his game tape. Can cover the deep half with ease and flashes the speed for any single high (Cover 1).... [Read More
Utah Utes defensive end Joe Kruger has excellent length and an ideal frame for a high ceiling potential. Still very raw as a prospect. Comes from a trio of brothers who played football and oldest brother Paul is on the Baltimore Ravens. Power bull-rusher. Long arms. Poor leverage and pad level. Unreliable hands, relies too much on the same move over and over. Lacks ideal bulk, will need to add at least 15 pounds of muscle. Good, consistent hustle. Likely will play very little in his rookie season and grow into a larger role in the future.... [Read More
Oregon State Beaver cornerback Jordan Poyer is a top prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft. With a solid blend of height and speed, he figures to be in the conversation as a Day 2 selection.
Poyer flows really well on the football field, displaying quick, choppy feet. He looks loose in his lower extremities and has a very good back pedal. When sitting in a zone, he can explode toward the receiver and flashes the ability to make plays on the ball. Generally plays aggressive and will need to learn how to minimize mistakes against equal or better competition. His discipline in coverage is average, only because he will sometimes try to watch the quarterback's eyes instead of playing his man.
He has plenty of room to add some girth to his frame in order to help him in run support. An average tackler and will sometimes get lazy with his wrap-up technique. Poyer can quickly find the ball in the air and has the vertical to challenge the reception.
Poyer projects as a late-second to third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Oklahoma Sooners defensive end David King is a versatile inside or outside prospect. He could provide depth in the short term anywhere along a defensive line. Would benefit most by adding more bulk, particularly in a 3-4 defense. Inconsistent disengaging out of blocks. Good contain and anchor. Two-gap defender. Nice punch and first contact with arms extension. Keeps his eyes up well and will get arms to disrupt passing lanes. Not productive enough in college. Must keep pads low and drive through his lower body. Will get eaten up by double teams. Doesn't flow to the football very well.... [Read More