Coleman, Owens Finish Off Eagles Draft
By Lance Epstein
With the last two picks the Eagles had in the 2010 NFL Draft at No. 243, 244 (compensatory picks), the Eagles selected Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens and Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman.
Owens (6-1, 304) is coming off a nice 2009 campaign, but did not live up to the lofty expectations placed upon him heading into the 2009 season. He is a short, but a strong interior defensive lineman that is more of a run stuffing tackle than a pass rushing threat. At the combine, Owens put on a show as he lifted 225-pounds 44 times to demonstrate just what kind of power impact he could be.
Even though he was a three-year productive starter at Georgia, he saw his draft stock drop because of a knee injury that hampered his play over the course of the past two-years. Still, he fires off the line of scrimmage, plays with good pad level and has a non-stop motor. Also, he has been the leader of the Bulldogs defense over the past two seasons.
If Owens does not catch on with the Eagles do not be surprised if he is playing somewhere in the NFL.
As for the final Eagles draft pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, they got a undersized safety, who is a natural leader and highly productive player in Buckeyes' Coleman. While Coleman (5-10, 192) does not have the prototypical size or speed for the position at the next level, he is a fierce competitor that does not mind coming up and making a tackle in the running game.
Coleman is a intelligent player, who plays much bigger than his measurables. In college, he was the leader of the Ohio State defense for multiple seasons. With Quintin Mikell on the last year of his contract and at 30 years old, Coleman might be a project and develop into a starting caliber strong safety.
Regardless of the negative knocks on him, Coleman is good enough to play in the NFL and if he makes the roster he will certainly help the Eagles out on special teams.
Moreover, scouts such as Tone Pauline of Sports Illustrated have compared Coleman to a poor man's Ed Reed. The reason is that when Reed entered the draft in 2002, he was also undersized, a natural leader and just has a knack to make plays.
Many fans will overlook this pick, but Coleman has all the potential to eventually replace Mikell as the starting strong safety and excel at it as well.