The Eagles had a pair of Comp picks at the end of the 7th round and took two players that I'm shocked were still on the board.
DT Jeff Owens
S Kurt Coleman
Jeff is 6'1, 304. He did 44 reps at the Combine and is a really powerful guy. At the Senior Bowl he was one of the best DTs at shedding blocks. Here are notes on him:
Stout, strong DT had a solid comeback in 2009 after tearing his ACL in '08. Shorter build makes him tough to block. Owens has a big upper body and plays with a lot of power. Able to stack and shed. Uses his hands well. Effective against double teams. Knows how to hold his ground. Not much of a playmaker. Only had 13 TFLs in his career. Showed some athletic ability early in his career. Ran a sub-5.00 40 at his Pro Day. That's good speed for a DT. Did 44 reps at the Combine. Barrel chest and short arms helped.
Played in the Senior Bowl.
Mid to late round prospect. Could be a real good backup. Showed starting potential prior to ACL injury.
Kurt is one of my favorite players in the whole draft. Every time I watched Ohio State to try and study someone I would see Coleman making play after play. He lacks ideal size at 5'10, 192. He isn't a great athlete. This kid is just a tremendous football player. The Eagles should be ecstatic to have him. I think Coleman will be a starting Safety in the NFL in due time. I project him to Mikell's backup for now. Notes:
3-year starter who I like more and more as I watch him. Not a great athlete. Not a physical specimen. Just a good solid Safety who got better each season and developed into a real good player. Football player, not an athlete. And I mean that as a great compliment. Finished his career with 9 INTs, 10.5 TFLs, 5 FFs, 13 PDs, and a pair of blocked kicks. Equally good against run or pass. Smart player. Knowledge, instincts allow him to jump routes. Covers the slot receiver in some sets. Not a natural centerfielder, but he can cover some ground. Made a great play in the early 4th Qtr against Michigan when he got over to the sideline and picked off a pass. Went up high for the ball and made an impressive grab. Held on as he fell to the ground. Hits with power. Solid tackler. Takes good angles in pursuit. Coleman got suspended by the Big 10 (+1) for a questionable hit on Illinois QB Eddie McGee. Didn't look like a dirty play to me.
Kurt didn't have a great postseason. He was up and down at the Senior Bowl. That game shows which players have the most pure talent and athletic ability. That's not Kurt. He did okay at the Combine. That's not his forte either. You need to see him playing for his team in a real game to appreciate what a good player he is.
I think he'll go in the 4th or 5th round.
One thing that I really love this year is that we drafted veteran Safeties. We didn't go for athletes or projects. We added guys that know how to play the position. They just have to learn our scheme.