After taking a close look at the Eagles 2010 draft choices, I can see a focus on speed and improving the pass rush. ¬†The Eagles seem to believe that getting to the quarterback is the most important aspect of playing defense in the NFL.
1st Round – 13th – Brandon Graham – defensive end – First he needs to win the starting job at left defensive end. ¬†Then the Eagles need this young man to beat single-blocks by right tackles to the point where offenses can’t force teams to pay attention to him.
2nd Round – 37th – Nate Allen – safety – The Birds need Allen to win the starting job and become a playmaker in the secondary. ¬†He needs to earn the trust of the coaching staff and his teammates by shutting down big pass plays deep and making tackles in the open field.
3rd Round – 66th – Daniel Te’o Nesheim- defensive end – He needs to earn or at least contest for playing time on the defensive line. ¬†He needs to be a monster on special teams.
4th Round – 105th – Trevard Lindley – cornerback – The Birds would be elated if he were to earn a starting job but they at least need him to earn a spot on the team’s nickel and dime defenses.¬†
4th Round – 112th – Keenan Clayton – linebacker – Clayton must compete for playing time and he needs to be a contributor on the special teams. ¬†He has to show them that his tremendous speed and instincts to find the football should make them find a way to get him on the field.
4th Round – 122nd – Mike Kafka – quarterback – Kafka must learn the offense and development himself to the point where the coaches feel comfortable with him running the offense.
4th Round – 125th – Clay Harbor – tight end – Harbor must prove that he’s the best blocking tight end on the football team. ¬†He also must learn the offense, so that they feel comfortable working him in the game plan. ¬†He needs to contribute on special teams as well.
5th Round – 134th – Ricky Sapp – defensive end – Sapp must first earn a spot on the football team then press for playing time as a pass rusher. ¬†They’ll probably ask him to be able to play both the left and right defensive ends. ¬†He must be a major contributor on the special teams.
5th Round – 159th – Riley Cooper – ¬†wide receiver- Cooper must master the offense and gain the coaches confidence that he can do his job in the offense. ¬†He needs to show he can catch the football across the middle despite taking hits.
6th Round – 200th – Charles Scott – running back – Scott needs to make the football team by learning how to run routes out of the backfield and catch the football. ¬†He must learn to pass block and know what to do in all situations. ¬†He must also contribute on the special teams.¬†
7th Round – 220th – Jabar Chaney – linebacker – Like the other backers, he must make the football team by learning the defense, then compete for playing time and become a monster on the special teams. He’s got tremendous speed and athleticism for an inside linebacker.
7th Round – 243rd – Jeff Owens – defensive tackle – Owens must first earn a spot on the football team then compete for playing time as a backup defensive tackle. ¬†He must earn the right to be a backup by proving him can help the defense against the run or as a pass rusher.
7th Round – 244th – Kurt Coleman – safety – Coleman will have to make the football team by impressing the coaches immediately during training camp, needs to pick off three passes and knock somebody out. ¬†He must show he can run with NFL wide receivers and tackle running backs and tight ends in the open field.