Chaney, Scott Newest Eagles To Fly Into the Nest
By Lance Epstein
In the sixth-round, with the 200th overall selection, the Eagles added a bruising running back in Charles Scott. Scott (5-11, 238) is recovering from a broke collarbone suffered in his senior season.
Before he broke his collarbone, Scott was known as a strong and physical north-south runner, but lacks the speed off the edge to be a elite running back. Nevertheless, the Eagles have LeSean 'Shady' McCoy to be the featured back, so Scott will most likely be best utilized on the goal line.
While at LSU he scored 32 career touchdowns. He is a punishing, yet explosive type of ball carrier that will be a very vital asset for the Eagles.
In a surprise move, the Eagles trade into seventh round with the Detroit Lions to acquire the 220th pick to the select inside linebacker Jamar Chaney. In return the Lions will receive the Eagles sixth-round pick in 2011.
Chaney (6-1, 240) is an undersized middle linebacker, but he was very productive even after coming back from a injury in 2008.
Still, he has nice strength and athleticism for the position. While he struggles as a run stopper or to shed tackles, but he excels in the open space and in coverage. Like a lot of the other draft picks by the Eagles, he plays with a high motor and has rare instincts for the position.
His excellent range makes Chaney a likely candidate to compete with Alex Hall and Moise Fokou for the starting SAM linebacker position. Additionally, he could replace Joe Mays as the team's backup middle linebacker. Especially since Mays severely disappointed in his role last season as the team's main backup and replacing Stewart Bradley when he went down with injury.
In the seventh round of the draft, he is an excellent value. He projected to be a third round linebacker, but fell due to a injury suffered.
Remember just because he is a seventh round pick, does not mean he will not be in the fold next season. Fokou was supposed to be just another training camp body and he wound up being the starting at SAM linebacker down the stretch for the Eagles.
The Eagles have two more picks in the seventh round as compensatory picks. They will finish the day with 13 draft choices.