Philadelphia Eagles Draft Picks

The 2013 NFL Draft was the first Eagles Draft without Andy Reid at the helm since 1998.  Needing to fill a lot of holes after finishing 8-8 last year, and most likely wanting to install his system into the team, who would coach Chip Kelly make a priority in this draft?  Below, learn more about 5 of the newest members of the Eagles.

 

Round 1, 4th Pick
Name:  Lane Johnson
School:  Oklahoma
Position:  Offensive Tackle

Johnson played quarterback in junior college prior to transferring to Oklahoma and playing tight end and on the defensive line before settling in on the offensive line.  At the combine, Johnson impressed with a 4.72 40-yard dash, second fastest among offensive linemen.  He was also a top performer in the vertical jump and 3-cone drill. His speed and athleticism will help fuel Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.

Round 2, 3rd Pick (35)
Name:  Zach Ertz
School:  Stanford
Position:  Tight End

Ertz once thought he would play college basketball but once he starting lifting and playing football, everything came natural to him.  During his junior season at Stanford, he was a unanimous All-American and led all FBS tight ends in receiving yards and total receptions.  Ertz is known for his strong hands, which he formed by using one hand to catch tennis balls shot out of a ball machine.  He’s also not afraid to get physical, whether it’s after the catch or as a blocker.

Round 3, 5th Pick (67)
Name:  Bennie Logan
School:  LSU
Position:  Defensive Tackle

As a junior, Logan was named to the second-team All-SEC while recording 45 tackles, two sacks, three pass breakups and two blocked field goals. He has solid lateral quickness and good leverage against double-teams. At LSU, the coaching staff chooses a player with a selfless attitude, strong leadership and good character to wear number 18.  Logan was presented with that honor ahead of the 2012 season.

Round 4, 1st Pick (98)
Name:  Matt Barkley
College:  University of Southern California
Position:  Quarterback

Barkley finished his college career as the all-time leading passer in the Pac-12 Conference and in USC history.  He also set USC single-game passing and touchdown records at 493 yards and six touchdowns.  The selection of Barkley by the Eagles puzzled a lot of pundits since he is a pocket passer and not a threat to run the ball.  It is assumed that Kelly will install his spread offense and that is typically done with a dual-threat quarterback.

Round 5, 3rd Pick (136)
Name:  Earl Wolff
College:  North Carolina State
Position:  Strong Safety

Wolff earned a starting spot at NC State as a sophomore and hasn’t looked back since.  As a senior he was named to the first-team All-ACC and left NC State as the all-time leader in career games played and games started.  Wolff is known for his relentless pursuit of the ball carrier – even if he is on the other side of the field.  The Eagles are weak at safety so Wolff can compete immediately for a starting spot.

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

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Kira Weinstein

Kira Weinstein currently works in sales and marketing for PMA Philadelphia, a professional development organization. Although not currently working in sports, Kira has a varied background within the sports industry. While studying Sports Management at the University of Michigan, Kira interned with the Sports Marketing Department and spent a summer as a public relations intern with Major League Baseball. After graduating in 2008, Kira worked for the NFL in New York before making the move to Philadelphia. A passionate writer, Kira is currently taking night classes to fine-tune her craft. Kira is excited to share her other passion, football, with the readers of Heels & Helmets. Follow her on twitter @kbweinstein.
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