Taking Another Look At The 2012 Draft Class.
1st Fletcher Cox: Took over the starting job in week 8 and for the most part has played okay. He arguably had his best game as an Eagle verses the Redskins. He still hasn't been the disruptive force in the backfield as I thought he would be by now, but perhaps in a new system and out of the wide 9 he could become a more dominant player. If I were to grade Cox I could only give him a C+ right now, but he is trending upward.
2nd Mychal Kendricks: The good news is that he's started every game, but the disciplinary one. The bad news is that right now he's considered one of the worst outside linebackers in football. "PFF rates Mychal Kendricks as the league's worst outside linebacker. The rookie has more missed tackles and penalty flags to his name than any other player at the position and has been equally as terrible in coverage."
Kendricks could become a better player eventually and due to the fact so many other players around him (higher paid veterans) are playing terrible football, his bad play has been kind of ignored by fans. If I were to grade him right now he would get a D.
2nd Vinny Curry: The arrogance of the Eagles.... How do you pick a player in the 2nd round that you have no intentions of playing? The truth is they had every intention of playing Vinny Curry in their rotation, but he simply wasn't good enough to get into it. For all intent and purposes Vinny Curry was supposed to push Tapp out the door, but he didn't. What makes matters worse is Vinny Curry hasn't suited up in one game up to this point. Apparently he is supposed to get some time against the Panthers. We'll see if he actually plays. If I were going to grade Curry it would be an incomplete or just an F.
3rd Nick Foles: I wasn't surprised with the pick of a quarterback high in the draft, but this is a classic example of the Eagles front office not fully understanding their team. Foles like Vinny Curry is a luxury pick here. These are the guys they are grooming, but you don't waste picks in the first to third rounds on guys to groom when the team has so many holes to fill. The safeties prior to the start of the season were a liability. The Weakside linebacker was another liability. Another guard could have been drafted to push Danny Watkins here as Danny has been a disappointment so far. Anyways getting to Foles.... I think there are things I like about him as a player, but we really aren't going to know if he can play unless he gets multiple reps as the starter. Ironically if Andy Reid plays it right Nick Foles could be the key to him keeping his job. Most likely Reid will play it wrong and get fired. If I were to grade Foles it would be a C-, but in his defense he hasn't been playing up to this point so he could improve.
4th Brandon Boykin: Started the season somewhat strong like Kendricks, but is now looking worse than Joselio Hanson. The kid can maybe turn things around, but right now he's a liability out there in coverage and his tackling has been awful. He scores also poorly as a return man. He's only averaging about 22 yards a return. He might as well take a touch back every time. At least there is less likely a chance he will fumble. Maybe they should give Bryce Brown a chance to return kicks. His grade is a D.
5th Dennis Kelly: The fact they got a few starts out of this kid is surprising. The fact he wasn't all that good in them wasn't. Another too tall late round tackle with bad feet that Andy Reid seems to love. These guys never seem to work yet Andy is always willing to try them out. His grade is a D.
6th Marvin McNutt: Supposedly the Red Zone threat we finally needed. He couldn't even make the roster. A sixth round pick could at least be contributing on special teams. Something this team sorely needed and he's not. He gets a failing grade.
6th Brandon Washington: He's no longer an Eagle. He gets an F.
7th Bryce Brown: For a pick this late who didn't even play football last year he hasn't been that bad. He also hasn't done that much, but he has supplanted Dion Lewis as the backup to Shady McCoy. By Dion Lewis must really suck to lose both his back up running back job and his return job to rookies. Bryce Brown is set to get his first start against the Panthers. It will be interesting to see what happens. Bryce gets a C+
As a whole for this draft I give it a D so far. Fortunately many of these kids will get chances to improve as the time goes on, but there have been no immediate stars or standouts and this team needed them to be considering how much they have been playing. On a side note the fact there are playing a lot says a lot about the Eagles recent drafts as a whole. A new talent evaluator needs to be hired. Howie Roseman isn't getting it done.
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