I'm busy writing and updating Player Profiles over at ScoutsNotebook. Decided to take a quick break and share a couple of things.
People have asked about DE Jason Pierre-Paul. I doubt he'll be an Eagles target. I confirmed from someone that multiple teams have red flags on him due to behavior. He won't be on all 32 draft boards. I don't know what the Eagles actually think, but we tend to be pretty conservative when it comes to character so I'm guessing he'll go elsewhere. I'm now interested to see how far he falls.
One thing to remember about all the trade-up talk is that we're not the only team that could be looking to do that. The Pats have several 2nd round picks and could also be looking to draft early. I don't know if we'd have the same targets. They could be after an OLB, ILB, or RB. With Patrick Chung and Brandon Meriweather already in place I'm not sure they'd go for Berry or Thomas. It is possible they like Earl as a CB. I've mentioned that he reminds me of Asante Samuel. Well, who drafted Sammie? The Pats.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout had a report about us moving up for Rolando McClain. Rob is generally a smart guy, but I don't know who he's listening to or what he's thinking. I'd be shocked for the Eagles to deal up for McClain. Just doesn't make sense. Never say never, but....there is absolutely no way this is true. I'm 81 percent sure of that.
Let's talk about Derrick Morgan. He is 6'3, 266. That is probably our ideal size in a DE. He's big enough to play the run, but is small enough to still be a top pass rusher. Derrick is a good athlete. He has a great motor. He is pretty strong. Derrick is versatile. He played both sides and saw some snaps at DT. We love guys that can move around. Morgan is productive. He had 12.5 sacks and 2 FFs in 2009. Someone compared him to Jerome McDougle. Not exactly. Jerome was smaller at 6'1 1/2. He had 12 sacks in 2 years at Miami. Morgan had 19.5 over the last couple of years. He's a better finisher than McDougle. Morgan is more athletic. He is more relentless as a rusher. The question with Derrick is how high he goes. With McDougle we moved up to get him because we were desperate at DE. We had ND Kalu on one side and Derrick Burgess coming off an injury on the other. We reached and it blew up in our face, but it was still the right move based on circumstance.
RE: Morgan Burnett vs other Safeties
Morgan is an excellent ballhawk. He has good size and athletic ability. I don't like his tackling and run defense. Morgan wouldn't be my ideal S, but the Eagles could love him. Aside from the Big 2, I'd prefer Nate Allen and Reshad Jones for sure. Taylor Mays, Chad Jones, and Burnett are similar in grade in my mind. Each guy has good and bad qualities.
RE: Sam Bradford - spread QB
Sam does catch some flak for being a spread guy. That's one reason teams were hesitant about loving him. OU does run a slightly different spread. They mix in more intermediate routes than say Missouri, Texas Tech, or Florida. Sam has the size, ability, and skill set to make you feel he could thrive in any system (except the Wishbone).
RE: rookies on the right side of the defense
Interesting catch. I hadn't thought of that. Of course, there is no guarantee the rookies will win those jobs. We could have Trent, Akeem, Ellis, and whoever at FS. Good point to consider, though. Smart observation.
RE: Value Board
It should be good for rounds 1-3. Check it out. I've also got some notes up on guys the Eagles might be interested in.
RE: Bunk on the field as a pass rusher?
In the middle of 2007 we started playing almost exclusively DEs on the inside in Nickel and Dime situations. Bunk hadn't established anything, good or bad, at that point. I really think getting him off the field is more about wanting DEs than anything Bunk has or hasn't done.