Philadelphia Eagles 2013 NFL Draft Review

Lane Johnson

Lane Johnson demonstrated his athletic ability in OTAs and the Eagles are impressed that he is picking up the system quickly. They also like the fact that he played in an up-tempo no huddle based system. A tough kid, he can play multiple positions. He has shown outstanding pass blocking ability. Aggressive in the run game, he has been rotating at right tackle with Dennis Kelly. Johnson plays with attitude and aggression to engage initial contact with base, balance, and knee bend. Zach Ertz has been running pass routes like a seasoned veteran. The most polished tight end pro prospect in the draft, he is a sure-handed catcher who runs fluid and sharp routes. He is an effective and scrappy blocker on the move and is athletic enough to win the one-on-one matchups. Bennie Logan was characterized by the Eagles as a leader, winner, and high character player during OTAs. As a college player he was quick to diagnose the play after controlling his opponent. He has quick reactions, instincts, and the ability to find the ball and react on the move. Logan has fringe size for an interior tackle and is currently getting reps at nose tackle. Matt Barkley has been accurate in his throws during OTAs. He demonstrated the ability to pass on the run and make good decisions while doing so. He’s shown good leadership and a sense of timing when throwing the ball. He features a quick compact arm and release with good ball placement. A disciplined ball control passer, he has good footwork and balance in his variety of throws – left, right, and drop back. Earl Wolff has been a huge surprise in the rookie mini camp and OTAs. The coaches say they have put a lot on his plate and he learned it all. Wolff is a good sized and athletic safety who is smart and very competitive. An impact player, he is a wrap tackler on run support. In college he played the boundary safety. He can pattern read and anticipate with quick reactions and should make a strong run to start in the fall. Joe Kruger is a developmental outside linebacker with a strong work ethic. He comes from a family of hard working defensive linemen and has the size and strength to stack a double team. For a big man he moves well and has a motor that runs hot. He is the youngest player on the Eagles’ roster. Jordan Poyer is clearly the sleeper of the Eagles’ draft. A good man-to-man and press corner, he has quick feet and makes plays. Confident and football smart, he was second in the country last year with seven interceptions. He is a gunner on the punt team. Active in run support, he is instinctive with good ball skills. David King (6042, 275) was drafted as a developmental defensive end. He started 13 games last year for the Sooners. His pro day measurables were 4.75/ 40, 1.66/10, 27/BP, 32/VJ, and 9-6/BJ. GRADE: GOOD.

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