Eagles Select Clayton, Kafta and Harbor
By Lance Epstein
With the last three picks of the fourth-round the Philadelphia Eagles took Oklahoma linebacker Keenan Clayton, Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka and tight end Clay Harbor.
Clayton (6-1, 229) was a two-year starter at Oklahoma and was very productive. However, he lacks the ideal size for the linebacker position at the next level, but has good range and is a sideline-to-sideline type of player who can make a open-field tackle.
While he is undersized, he is a very competitive player, but he often gets engulfed by larger offensive lineman. Still, his agility and quickness makes him very good in coverage, but he needs to learn how to use angles and quit being faked out on play action.
The question becomes whether the Eagles will move him to strong safety due to his size or keep him at linebacker? Either way, Clayton should be able to contribute right away on special teams. Moreover, Todd McShay of ESPN.com says that he could be the steal of the draft.
The next player the Eagles selected was quarterback Kafka out of Northwestern. The Eagles had only two quarterbacks on the roster with Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, so the pick makes a lot of sense. Additionally, Vick is a free agent at the end of the year.
Kafka (6-3, 225) is a touch passers that is the prototypical west coast style quarterback. He is very accurate with his short and intermediate routes. While he does not set the world on fire with his zip on the ball, he is a very smart quarterback, who reads coverages well and goes through his progressions.
Ultimately, Kafka will need a season or two of seasoning before he is ready to contribute, but he could be a insurance policy incase Kolb turns out to be a flop.
The final player that the Eagles took in the fourth-round was a tight end in Harbor. The Southwest Missouri State product is a hybrid tight end/fullback. He could be used to be a H-back style of player much in the mold of Chris Cooley.
In his senior season, Harbor caught 59 balls for 729 yards and four went for touchdowns. His ability to stretch the field and be a motion tight end will make him a strong candidate to compete with Cornelius Ingram for the backup tight end position.
Harbor (6-3, 252) might not be a name fans have ever heard of him before the selection, but he has the talent to be a steal this late in the fourth-round. Even though he was not invited to the combine and played in a small conference, his speed and skills can make him a nice addition.