Revisiting the 2010 Draft

via (AP Photo/Mark Stehle)

via (AP Photo/Mark Stehle)

Since Hank posted his recap of mock drafters the other day, I decided that it’s time to revisit the draft grades for the Eagles after the 2010 draft. It’s always fun to grade draft classes, and given that 2010 has had enough time to develop, it’s a fine time to see how they stacked up.

The grades (via Bleeding Green Nation):

Pete Prisco: A+ A+
ProFootballWeekly: A-
NFL Draft Insider: A-
Paul Domowich: A-
Mel Kiper: B+
Sporting News: B+
Rob Rang: B
Fox Sports: B
USA Today: B-
Rick Gosselin: C

Overall, the grades for the class come out as an A-/B+. Also, if you can recall, this was a bit of a wild class from Andy and Co. that included the curveball picks of Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Ricky Sapp, and Clay Harbor. Hell, even Brandon Graham was a surprise. The Eagles were expected to draft Earl Thomas when they traded up. As a sum, 2010 had an intriguing level of upside at the time with 13 players selected. How has it panned out so far? Let’s take a look:

Round 1, pick 13: DE Brandon Graham. Graham has had an up and down career in Philly so far. After a rough rookie season and a torn ACL in 2011, rumblings of being a bust began to surface. He responded with an awesome 2012 season in which he was rated the second best defensive end in the league (though he played half the snaps of most other top ten players). At this point, it’s pretty safe to say Graham’s not a bust and has a future with this team.

Round 2, pick 37: FS Nate Allen. Allen, who was famously drafted with the “Donovan McNabb pick”, hasn’t lived up to expectations. He’s been a starter with the Eagles from the get-go but has been underwhelming. He has five interceptions for his entire career and missed thirteen tackles last season, a career high. While Allen hasn’t excelled, he’ll be in the competition to start this year.

Round 3, pick 86: DT Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. DTO wasn’t productive at all for the Eagles. He played in six games and had two tackles his rookie year. He was then signed off of the Eagles practice squad by the Buccaneers in 2011.

Round 4, pick 105: CB Trevard Lindley. Lindley played one season for the Eagles in which he had 22 tackles and one interception. He was cut during the 2011 preseason, but is currently on the Eagles’ 90-man preseason roster.

Round 4, pick 121: LB Keenan Clayton. Clayton was a tweener that had some time playing time with the Eagles as a WILL. He was used as a platoon player and special teams guy. He joined the Oakland Raiders after the 2011 season.

Round 4, pick 122: QB Mike Kafka. Kafka was the odd man out after Nick Foles’  great preseason last year. Over Kafka’s two years in Philly he only registered 16 passes, two for interceptions.

Round 4, pick 125: TE Clay Harbor. Harbor has had limited exposure over his three seasons here. Though last year’s 25 catches, 186 yards and 2 TDs were all career highs. If he stays with the team, he’ll be the fourth tight end.

Round 5, pick 134: LB Ricky Sapp. Sapp was considered to be one of the potential steals of the draft. He demonstrated a great ability to rush the passer at Clemson, but had injury issues. He was placed on IR in 2010 and was cut during the 2011 preseason. He didn’t play a snap for the team and now resides on the Jets (of course).

Round 5, pick 159: WR Riley Cooper. Cooper has hardly been used as the Eagles fourth receiver due to his inability to utilize his 6’4″ frame. However, he’s earned his keep as a special teams player. That will likely be his best shot to remain with the club in 2013.

Round 6, pick 200: RB Charles Scott. Scott was traded to Arizona during his rookie preseason for Jorrick Calvin. He ultimately never recorded a stat.

Round 7, pick 220: LB Jamar Chaney. Chaney has started at SAM, MIKE, and WILL for the Eagles over his three seasons here, though his switching around is indicative enough of how he’s performed. He’ll be competing for a reserve/special teams role this year.

Round 7, pick 243: DT Jeff Owens. Owens played one game for the Eagles, tore his patellar tendon and was never in the league again.

Round 7, pick 244: SS Kurt Coleman. Coleman was a surprise starter for the Eagles at strong safety but has struggled mightily thus far. Often prone to biting on play action and missing tackles, Coleman will compete with 2012 pick Earl Wolff for the fourth safety spot.

To review, out of the thirteen players that the Eagles took during the 2010 draft six are still with the team. That’s pretty good and will prove to be beneficial for Chip Kelly as he shapes this team. He inherited a solid starter in Graham as well as experienced depth from the later rounds. For example, while Kurt Coleman and Chaney aren’t starting caliber players they’re young and have plenty of starting experience which is good for a reserve role. Harbor would be a good option as a reserve in Kelly’s diverse TE corps.

For grading this draft, I’d have to say it’s now a C+. Graham so far has shown promise, but needs to demonstrate growth in what will really be his third season. As a first round pick, he’s the most defining factor. Also, I’m not quite ready to quit on Allen, who had a decent 2011, and an awful 2012. Outside of that, this draft has developed into a middle class of NFL talent that doesn’t stick out, but can produce on special teams and spot duty. For any pick outside of the top 90-100, that’s really all you can ask for and the Eagles got that from four different picks.

Posted on May 9, 2013, in Eagles, Posts, Vince Quinn and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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