Eagles draft pair of cornerbacks on Day 2 of draft
- Author: Julie Sanders May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 13:01
"Reggie White is one of the great linemen to ever play the game".
Even though the Eagles really needed some corners in the draft that were going to be ready to play day one, it looks like they are going to be patient and develop their new corners for the years to come. It's not a home run class, but the Eagles got better. They will grow to fall in love with Barnett. He stuck the landing on the ending. The verdict is in: Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett. "But that's not the only thing I'm going to be remembered for by the time I leave this game".
"My mom raised me, so she taught me to stay humble, put my head down and work", Barnett said. They also cheered when the team selected injured Washington cornerback Sidney Jones in the second round.
If the kid recovers and becomes the elite player every one expected him to be before he blew out his Achilles' at his pro day last month, this draft will be remembered as a tremendous success and vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and vice president of of player personnel Joe Douglas will be hailed as freaking geniuses. Eagles scouting director Anthony Patch was at the workout.
Oklahoma's All-America wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting, went to Jacksonville.
The Eagles rolled the dice with Jones, with the aid of positive medical reports. "For us it had to be a very, very good chance he'd be the same before the injury".
For the players in the Draft, walking the Red Carpet and hearing Commissioner Goodell call their names and bring them to the Art Museum Stage is the culmination of a lifelong dream.
"The plan is to not rush back at all, to take it slow", Jones said.
In the sixth round the Eagles tabbed Elijah Qualls (6-1, 310), a defensive tackle out of Washington.
"I was a bit perplexed with the Eagles pick", Schweim said. "I can't wait until we start rookie camp and get around ball some more". "At San Diego State, they motioned me out a lot". We don't get out of our apartments much, honestly.
I imagine I'm not alone in liking this pick for Philadelphia. I agree, cornerback is the biggest need, but in a zone scheme like Schwartz's, pass rush is more important, and the Eagles struggled with it past year.
Numbers wise, Douglas had some of the best of any corner in the draft. Coincidentally, perhaps, he has a lot of Mountaineers company with the Birds.
"This is a very good running back draft. Fifth-round receiver Shelton Gibson can fly". "That's something we've been looking for", Roseman said. "We've talked about that with the offensive line, for example". After his trip to Philly he felt it was the place to be if he had to take the priority free agent route.
Fans in the draft theatre booed lustily when Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz announced the choice. The product of Rockville, Md. and Fork Union Military Academy likes football, fishing and exotic animals. The former Tennessee star was greeted with a huge ovation from the home crowd after being drafted by the Eagles with the no. 14 overall pick. He makes tough catches and displays good football character.
Hollins is a fan of exotic pets and says he has a couple of snakes - a boa and a python. He makes you feel comfortable. "I think it couldn't have worked out any better for the Vikings with what happened in the first round if (running back) is going to be a focus moving forward".
Round 3/99 - Rasul Douglas, CB, 6-2, 209, West Virginia. And don't let the size fool you, this guy, he's a little dog that thinks he's a big dog, and he plays that way.
Nothing against Pumphrey, who I'm sure will be a fine player. He broke the South Dakota state record for the 100-meter dash, clocking a 10.3.
The Eagles want Gerry to play linebacker.