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2009 Draft

By Greg Garrity

The 2009 offseason has been an emotional one to say the least for Eagles fans. Now that it’s all said and done its time to evaluate the moves that have been made. The Eagles put some of the final pieces together this past weekend to move towards Super Bowl XLIV.

Lately when you hear about the birds trading in the first round it is to move down or out. Not the case this year. They moved up two spots, from 21 to 19, and took Jeremy Maclin. Maclin, a wide receiver from Missouri, in most mock drafts was a top ten pick. The 6’ 200 pound receiver only played two seasons with the Tigers before declaring for the draft. In that time he put up some astronomical numbers. He gained over 5,600 all purpose yards and in addition to his 22 receiving touchdowns he added 6 rushing and 5 in the return game. He is a guy that has the potential to put some great numbers up in the NFL also. Especially with Andy Reid and this pass happy offensive scheme. All that said he still does need some work. Coming from a spread offense he will have to get used to corners that play press coverage or bump and run, as opposed to the large cushions he often saw in college. Also he will need to develop his route-running skills a little more to be a top notch wide out at the pro level.

With 53rd overall pick another need was addressed. Pitt RB LeSean McCoy was taken off the board to serve as a compliment and eventual replacement for Westbrook. McCoy, who grew up in Harrisburg as an Eagles fan, is the versatile player that is valued in this version of the west coast offense. He, like Maclin, played just two seasons in college. In that time he amassed over 2,700 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns. McCoy also caught 64 passes in his tenure at Pitt. Many people thought that McCoy was going to be the first round pick of the Eagles.

Over the next few rounds picks were traded away in order to gain a few extra for next season. At one point Reid had 6 fifth round picks to work with. Then out of nowhere two of those picks get shipped off to the Pats in exchange for CB Ellis Hobbs. Hobbs will reunite with another former Patriot Asante Samuel. The last time these two were together they were the starting corners for a team that went undefeated in the regular season.

The next two picks were incredible value picks. First was TE Cornelious Ingram from Florida. Ingram missed all of the 2008 season with a torn ACL. At 6’4” 245 pounds, he is a freakish athlete who came to UF as a quarterback. Had it not been for the injury his senior year he most likely would have been a third or even a second round draft choice. Then they landed former Virginia Tech CB Victor “Macho” Harris. Harris was first team All-ACC in his senior season. Harris had the potential to be picked a lot higher but he fell based on a slow time in the forty yard dash. The type of defense he played in VT was an aggressive style that should only help him in his transition to the Eagles attacking scheme.

With mini camps starting within the next week we will have the chance to see all the new pieces together with the old ones. It’s easy to say that a draft, a trade, or the moves made in free agency will make a team better. All signs point to this being a more potent and high powered offense then even last years. But you never know until you see it on the field. Hopefully it looks as good on the field as it does on paper.

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2 comments:

  1. Great draft by the Eagles. Let's just hope the Sheldon situation gets resolved and Maclin doesn't hold out of camp like Bunkley did.

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  2. I have to agree. It seems like we're getting the right pieces together, hopefully to make another run this year.

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