2013 NFL Draft Recap: Philadelphia Eagles
Round 1, Pick 4 (4): Lane Johnson/OT/Oklahoma. Star Impact: ✪✪✪✪
Ability, flexibility and athleticism make him perfect match for new head coach Chip Kelly’s fast-paced style of offense. Great lateral balance while staying in front of opponent. Utilizes long arms and wide frame to advantage. Began his collegiate career as a quarterback at Kilgore before transferring to Oklahoma as a tight end. Switched to defensive end and eventually landed at offensive tackle, where he started the past two seasons. Still improving—limited playing experience at position but physical tools provide him with greatest upside of any lineman in this draft.
Round 2, Pick 3 (35): Zach Ertz/TE/Stanford. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Versatile weapon who can line up at tight end, H-back, slot and owns a pair of sticky fingers. Outstanding route runner, subpar blocker. Missed three games due to knee injury in 2011. Two-tight end sets probably a sign of things to come with Brent Celek, James Casey and Clay Harbor currently on the roster.
Round 3, Pick 5 (67): Bennie Logan/DT/LSU. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Rare agile 300-pounder who can move well laterally. Known as high character guy and team leader. Wowed teams during interviews at combine. Will factor into the defensive front as a run gap specialist at nose tackle and defensive end. Will wear number 96.
Round 4, Pick 1 (98) (From Jax): Matt Barkley/QB/USC. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Smart decision maker and highly accurate in short-to-intermediate pass routes. Has been questioned about arm strength. With Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, the Eagles are expected to use a hybrid offense with several West Coast principles. Think Jim Kelly K-Gun.
Round 5, Pick 3 (136): Earl Wolff/SS/North Carolina State. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Undersized ball hunter who brings physicality, toughness and versatility. Has played in the box and in deep coverage. Has had 100+ tackles in each of the past two seasons. One of the Wolfpack leaders. Older rookie (23 years old). Could be an immediate plug and play starter.
Round 7, Pick 6 (212) (From CLE): Joe Kruger/DE/Utah. Star Impact: ✪✪
Lunch bucket guy. Hard worker, relentless in pursuit of the ball. When in doubt, resorts back to the bull rush. All-academic honoree. Just 14 career starts. Lists extreme sports (snowboarding, wakeboarding) as hobbies. Has two brothers in the NFL; Brother-in-law of Tony Bergstrom (Raiders). Has a similar motor to Paul, with a bigger frame. Was recruited by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to play at Oregon. Declared early. Expected to play five-technique defensive end.
Round 7, Pick 12 (218) (From TB): Jordan Poyer/CB/Oregon State. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Arrest in May for trespassing significantly slashed his draft stock. Could be a true steal of the draft, as long as he has put his past troubles behind him. Began his career as a safety. Played special teams all four years, serving as the gunner. Looks like a promising nickel corner.
Round 7, Pick 33 (239) (Compensatory): David King/DE/Oklahoma. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Versatile defensive end who fits hybrid defensive scheme with ability to play defensive end position in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. One of the better value picks in the entire draft.
UDFA Watch (O): Miguel Maysonet/RB/Stony Brook. Do it all back born in Puerto Rico.
UDFA Watch (D): Jake Knott/LB/Iowa State. All-Big 12 Selection. Missed four games to injury.
Overall Impact Factor: 3.5★