I did a post-draft podcast with the guys from EaglesFanCast. It went over an hour so Chuck split the show into a couple of segments. The first one is posted.
One of the cool things about the internet is the ability to see highlights of draft prospects. A few years back a guy named Toby and I would scour the web in search of videos. They were hard to find. Now you just go to YouTube. Agents, schools, and fans put out some really cool vids.
Derek at IgglesBlog found a real fun video of OT Jeraill McCuller. Check it out and it will get you excited.
The one thing you have to remember with most videos is that they are highlights. The point is to show you the player at his best. That video doesn't show McCuller in pass pro against top competition very much. Ultimately, that is what will decide whether he makes it in the NFL or not. Watching McCuller mash on undersized LBs is great fun, but doesn't really help you judge him as a prospect.
I do think Jeraill has a shot to make the team, but it will be tough because he doesn't have good feet. Pass blocking is real tough for him. We'll see how he takes to pro coaching. He played in a pro style system at NC State and got good coaching. What we see may be as good as he's gonna get. You just never know how a guy will handle the NFL. I remember watching Todd Herremans back in 2005 in the Cactus Bowl (D2 all star game). He struggled with edge rushers in that game and I gave up on him as an OT. We drafted him and Juan coached him up. I got to Training Camp and Todd was the #1 LT because Tra was having back issues. Pro coaching made a huge difference with Todd. He was nowhere near his ceiling when we got him. McCuller might be.
Kevin Kolb signed a 1-year extension that keeps him here for 2010 and 2011. He wasn't due to make much money in '09 and the Eagles wanted to pay him like a starting QB. He's now making more than Mike Vick so that will eliminate some potentially annoying questions from the SalPals of the world. Kevin made a comment about "being able to put this behind us". Mike Florio of PFT instantly assumed that meant the contract had been an issue. Is everything a friggin' conspiracy? Do we really have to read into every comment, looking for the most negative possibility? Maybe Kevin hates the business side of football and is happy that he doesn't have to worry about any contract issues for 12-18 months. It doesn't necessarily mean that he was upset with the Eagles or that he was overly-focused on his deal. I love Florio and PFT, but the desire to find some hidden meaning in every set of comments does drive me a bit crazy.
I'll write out some thoughts on this subject on Friday.
Macho Harris will play CB this year. Is he fast enough for the outside? Maybe. Macho ran 4.68 at the Combine. That isn't fast enough for CB. However, if you remember last year all of the DBs at the Combine ran slow. It seemed like something was wrong with the timing system. At his Pro Day Macho ran better. Here's the info from Gil Brandt:
Virginia Tech CB Victor ‘Macho’ Harris (5-foot-11 1/8, 197 pounds) does not have the fastest straight-line speed of those in this year’s defensive back class, but he relies on his quickness. He posted a senstational 4.0-second short shuttle at the Hokies’ pro day on Thursday. This ran a 3.98-second short shuttle at the combine last month that placed him second among all participants. Harris’ other numbers were also solid. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.50 seconds, had a 34-inch vertical, a 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump and did 13 bench-press reps.
I honestly don't know what I think of Macho as a CB. I loved him at Va Tech, but he was very similar to Asante in terms of gambling. Can we afford 2 CBs that play like that? Heck, maybe that's what they want. I'm as confused as everyone when it comes to RCB and what will happen.