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1 (26) - Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville; 2 (42) - Jordan Matthews, WR,
Vanderbilt; 3 (86) - Josh Huff, WR, Oregon; 4 (101) - Jaylen Watkins, CB,
Florida; 5 (141) - Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon; 5 (162) - Ed Reynolds, FS,
Stanford; 7 (224) - Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin;
Top Picks Analysis: Philadelphia traded out of No.
22, enabling Cleveland to
select Johnny Manziel. Four spots later, the Eagles took Louisville linebacker
Malcolm Smith, perhaps the biggest reach in the first round of the 2014 draft.
However, Philadelphia's second-round pick, Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews,
probably made up for it.
In fact if you are an Eagles fan, you might want to consider Matthews, a big
receiver who is a tailor-made fit for a Chip Kelly offense, the Birds' top
choice and Smith as the second option.
"He'll fit in beautifully in Philadelphia and in Chip Kelly's offense," NFL
Network analyst Mike Mayock said when taking about Matthews. "He makes tough
catches. He has a big body. He ran faster than a lot of people anticipated
(4.46-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine)."
Matthews also excelled catching bubble screens at Vandy, something featured
heavily in Kelly's offense. On the downside Matthews needs to show a little
more consistency catching the ball after accumulating 10 drops in his final
Smith has potential as an edge rusher but carried a second- or third-round
grade depending on who you are asking. The narrative in Philly is that the
Eagles were scared Washington would take him early in the second, an
interesting spin because the Eagles didn't seem to mind when DeSean Jackson
bolted to the Beltway.
Third-round receiver Josh Huff is a Kelly acolyte from Eugene, a former
running back who is another guy who excels with manufactured touches. Unlike
Matthews, though, Huff will do little else.
Best Value Pick: Sammy Watkins' brother Jaylen was the first pick in the
fourth round and is a versatile cornerback who will add to the team's depth
and help on special teams.
Questionable Calls: Smith was an undeniable reach at No. 26 overall and a sign
the Eagles were caught off guard by the players picked between 22 and their
Summary: A .333 batting average will get you into the Hall of Fame in baseball
buy anytime you go 1-for-3 with your premium picks in the NFL Draft, you are
in deep trouble and that's what Philadelphia's effort looks like on first
FINAL GRADE: C-
Undrafted rookie free agent signings: OL Josh Andrews, Oregon State; TE Blake
Annen, Cincinnati; OL Karim Barton, Morgan State; WR Kadron Boone, LSU; TE
Trey Burton, Florida; RB David Fluellen, Toledo; CB Josh Fulton, Alabama;
OL Kevin Graf, USC; OL Donald Hawkins, Texas; RB Henry Josey, Missouri;
DT Wade Keliikipi, Oregon; S Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma State; DE Frank Mays,
Florida A&M; WR Quron Pratt, Rutgers; K Casey Spear, Vanderbilt