You may have already seen them, but I had a few things post on PE.com yesterday.
* Thoughts on the pre-draft poker faces that teams put on
* Thoughts on the Eagles at TE
* Thoughts on CB as the biggest need vs adding a DE
I also did a podcast interview last night with the guys from EaglesFanCast. The interview lasted almost 50 minutes, but it didn't feel that long. When Chuck made that comment I figured we were about half done. We talked about McNabb, the draft, and lots of Eagles stuff. I even managed to rip SalPal before we even really got going. All in all, it was a good night.
Here is a link to their site: http://eaglesfancast.net/blog/
The podcast is at the bottom of the most recent blog entry. You can listen or download.
RE: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
Good looking prospect. Has size (6'1, 207), speed, and some skill. Could go in the 2nd round. He had a shoulder injury. As long as that checks out he'll go in the 3rd or worst case early 4th. Finding big guys who can run is hard. They don't last long. The knock on him is being a D-2 guy. That is a legit concern. We didn't get to see him in an all star game so we have to project how he'll handle good competition.
Eagles could be interested. He could be a CB or FS target. The problem is that we'll address both spots early because we need starting caliber players. AOA is somewhat of a project. Do we spend a late 2nd or early 3rd on that guy, having already taken a CB and/or FS? Maybe.
RE: bust rate at DT
I think most talented DTs thrive in college because they are simply bigger, strong, quicker, and/or faster than the guys blocking them. In the NFL these DTs face blockers that are big, strong, athletic, and skilled. All of a sudden you can't get by on physical ability. You need effort, positional ability, and a gameplan. Effort is obvious. If you aren't better than the guy across from you, try to outwork him. Positional ability is having a honed skill set. In college a guy doesn't focus on hand placement, footwork, and stuff like that. He's worried about explosion or power. Gameplan is the need to know how to use moves and countermoves. You also need to know when to do certain things. On 3rd/10 you have to be alert to screens and draws. That isn't the time to recklessly fly off the ball. Be quick, but alert.