Eagles Droppings 4/14: Jackson Become Fan Favorite, Mayock Talks CB, Eagles Training Camp and Prospect Visits
By Lance Epstein
Jackson Being Recognized:
How popular is second-year wide receiver DeSean Jackson? The answer is very according to NFL jersey sales. According CNBC's Darren Rovell, Jackson ranked 15th in jersey sales on NFLshop.com, who had their fiscal year end on March 31.
One reason that Jackson's popularity has grown is because of his explosiveness on special teams and as a wide receiver. This past season, Jackson had eight touchdowns of 50 yards or more. Another reason is due to the fact he is a Pro Bowl player in only his second full season.
No other Eagles made it in the top 20 and the top five sales were Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson and Troy Polamalu. However, the only wide receiver that finished ahead of Jackson was Larry Fitzgerald, who came in at No. 14. In fact, nine quarterbacks made the top 15.
As for merchandise sold, the Eagles finished ninth. While the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints were first with Pittsburgh and Dallas right behind them.
As Jackson's stock seems to soaring, the Eagles are going to have to break the bank soon to keep their emerging star in Philadelphia. Currently, he is being grossly underpaid for his services.
Mayock on Kareem Jackson in Eagles defensive backfield?
Today NFL Network's Mike Mayock was discussed the cornerback position. He began write about Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson and said he would be a nice addition for the Philadelphia Eagles.
"He's a typical Nick Saban corner. Well-coached," Mayock wrote Physical. This kid will tackle. He'd make a great compliment to Asante Samuel if the Eagles took him. He ran better than people expected and really helped himself. Some people think he'll sneak into the first round, but I think he's a second-rounder."
While Mayock is absolutely right that Jackson should be a second round pick, his stock has been on the rise over the last couple days. A reason is due to his ability to step in from day one and start at corner. Although, he is a very physical corner and scouts do not know if he will be as affective in the NFL with their pass interference rules.
Still, he is a very good player and very similar to former Eagles Sheldon Brown. He is not a flashy guy but has fluid hips and is always in the right position. As a first round pick fans should not be disappointed, but if they could manage to acquire him with the 37th overall pick, he would be a steal.
Eagles Minicamps Announced:
If you are interested, the Eagles have announced their minicamp date for the weekend after the NFL Draft. Additionally, the team announced the dates for their team-organized activities. Those dates are: May 19-20, May 24-27, June 1-4 and Junes 7-10.
After the last team-organized activities are done, the Eagles will break. Ultimately they will regroup for training camp in Leigh. Unfortunately, the dates of training camp have not been set.
Two Draft Prospects visit:
According to NationalFootballPost.com University of Washington defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and University of Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle have visited the Eagles.
Te'o-Nasheim (6-3, 263) has been rapidly moving up team's draft boards and has even earned a third round grade according to league sources. At the combine, he ran a 4.73 40-yard dash and had a 37-inche vertical jump. A month later at his Pro Day, he ran a 4.64
He has been rising mainly because of his high motor and his versatility. Many scouts believe he can play a DE in a 4-3 defense or at OLB in a 3-4.
Te'o-Nesheimhas had a very productive college career as he posted 194 tackles, 30 sacks and 37 tackles for losses. Although, he did not arrive on the national scene until this past season when he recorded 11 sacks, 14 tackles for losses and 37 tackles.
The Eagles will have stiff competition for his services since he has also taking trips to the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders.
He is not considered to be an every down defensive end, so drafting him would not necessarily make sense for the Eagles. He is more of a speedball end much like Darryl Tapp.
As for Kindle, he is projected as a first round pick. A couple weeks ago, he was considered to be a fringe first round player. Now it appears as if he might be a lock for the first round due to his ability being a pass rushing threat at outside linebacker.
Kindle (6-3, 250) registered 168 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 34.5 tackles for losses, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 56 quarterback hurries at Texas. In addition Kindle is a two-time All-Big 12 selection.
Nevertheless, what might have put Kindle over the top was his impressive combine workout. At the combine he put up 225 pounds 25 times, ran a 4.57 40-yard dash, had a 36.5 vertical jump and a 9-10 broad jump.
ESPN.com has Kindle as the 20th-best player in the draft and the No. 2 outside linebacker. If the Eagles want Kindle they are going to have to probably invest their 24th overall pick on him, even then he might not be there. He has worked out with for the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, and New England Patriots all of whom have picks ahead for the Eagles.
Despite that, Kindle would actually be a nice pick up for the Eagles. He could develop into a very good SAM linebacker and give Philadelphia a pass rushing threat form the position.On the other hand, Kindle needs to add more bulk to his frame so he can be better against the run. Kindle is a bit of a project, but he has a very high ceiling.