The only real holes left on the roster are RB/FB and TE. The Eagles have done a good job in FA of filling whatever holes there were. Now the team should have a lot of freedom on draft day. That gives them the ability to go CB or TE or OT in the 1st round. They can grab a WR. They could take a DL if they happened to love a certain player even though we appear set up front. And this could be the year that Big Red actually takes a RB in the 1st round.
The roster still does have holes, but these are areas that we anticipated addressing through the draft. That was in part because we wanted young guys or there simply weren't good FA targets.
Klecko back to DT
One thing a lot of people forget is that Dan was getting DT snaps when Abiamiri was hurt. His move to FB coincided with Victor getting healthy. Victor played LDT in the Nickel and Dime. That is really the spot Klecko played. If we make Victor the starting LDE, then I'm fine with Klecko moving back to DT. We want Victor on the field quite a bit because of his potential. Klecko is valuable because of his versatility, character, and the fact he's solid on STs.
I'd pass on him. Has nothing to do with his ability. Andre is a very gifted player. My concern is his character. He's not a criminal or anything like that, but he comes across as very immature and naive based on the last 3 months. We don't do well with guys like that (Justice, McCoy, Moats). We need guys that are disciplined and motivated (like Trent, Stewart, and Celek).
Pass. He needs some special handling. He's very talented, but isn't a guy you just look and say "Here's the playbook. Study it and be ready for practice tomorrow." Oher needs hands-on coaching, both on and off the field. I just don't see him as an Eagles target.
I need to go watch some tape of him. In the past he was a very good blocker. Adequate receiver. If that is still true, then I'd be fine with signing him to be our blocker. We could get a blocking TE for the Practice Squad and develop that guy for 2010. Obviously we'd still spend a high pick on a pass catching TE.
I do like him. I think he's the best C prospect. I don't think the Eagles will take a C in the 1st or 2nd.
Blocking TEs in the draft
Pettigrew is the best. Shawn Nelson is a good blocker/receiver. Anthony Hill is a very good blocker. He's a mid-round target. Richard Quinn is a good blocker. He's a mid to late round guy. Those are the standouts. Travis McCall of 'Bama has potential. Nick Walker of 'Bama is a solid blocker. David Johnson of Arkansas State is short, but a good blocker. He might be a FB or H-back.
The Eagles could take a receiver early and a blocker in the middle of the draft.
Our OL wore down as the season went on. They came up short in the playoffs. Compare that to the Cards. Their OL was okay in the season, but got better in the postseason. Todd was our best run blocker. JJ was okay. Max didn't do a lot for me. I thought Cole was the better RG. The run blocking from TE and FB was adequate, on a good day. Tra and Jon were inconsistent as run blockers.
There is a reason I wanted some new blood up front. Get some younger guys who will last the whole season and will do a better job of opening holes.
He has been a good LB in Buffalo. He's played ILB and OLB. I think he'd play WLB for us. I'm not sure if the Eagles are genuinely interested or just checking with his agent to see who else is talking to Crowell.
When healthy, Angelo is a good player. He's flown under the radar for most of his career. This is a complete LB. He can hit and tackle. He can rush the passer. He can cover for a LB. He knows how to make plays.
Knowing who is interested would help you in regard to making draft plans. Or maybe the Eagles want Akeem Jordan to spend another year on the bench getting ready. Crowell would sign a 1-year deal so that he could get exposure and look for a big deal in 2010. I wouldn't object to going after a guy like Crowell. He'd come cheap and would play with a chip on his shoulder. That would also free us to trade Omar Gaither if we wanted.