Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/30/12
There has been a ton of talk about how well teams did in this years draft. I've decided to grade two teams, one AFC and one NFC. The AFC team will be covered next article. The NFC team I decided upon was none other than the Philadelphia Eagles.

Eagles selected Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St, 12th overall (from Seahawks)

This was one of the best picks of the first round. Cox is a big, fast, and athletic DT. I saw Cox going top 10 definitely, needless to say, I was wrong. Cox is arguably the best all around defensive player in the draft. All this, plus the fact that the Eagles needed help defending against the run makes this pick a great one.

Grade for this pick - A

Eagles selected Mychal Kendricks, LB, California, 46th overall

This pick is another standout pick. While Kendricks is a bit undersized at 5'11, he has the athleticism to be a premier pass rusher if the Eagles put Kendricks on the outside. However, Kendricks is a formidable run stop LB too. Kendricks should definitely help the Eagles handle opposing running games, an area where they struggled at many times last year.

Grade for this pick - B

Eagles selected Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall, 59th overall (from Packers)

I was scratching my head at first to this pick, the Eagles didn't need a DE, especially not this early. However, after thinking about it, I realized Curry has potential to be a top 10 pass rusher. However, Curry isn't great at stopping the run, but he is good at getting around OTs. I suspect Curry will sit behind Trent Cole and Jason Babin this year, meaning we'll probably only see him as a special steamer this year.

Grade for this pick - B

Eagles selected Nick Foles, QB, Arizona, 88th overall (from Texans)

Not the biggest fan of this pick. Foles is a bit slow when in the pocket, which can cause him to get sacked frequently at the pro-level. However, the Eagles coaching staff has shown that they can make the most out of quarterbacks. Foles should provide a better backup than Vince Young, Mike Kafka, and Trent Edwards. Seeing how often Michael Vick is injured, that may make Foles a better pick than anyone could've imagined.

Grade for this pick - C

Eagles selected Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia, 123rd overall (from Packers)

Boykin is an amazing athlete. Boykin also played in the SEC, which is arguably the best conference in the NCAA and has the best defenses by far. Boykin's major downfalls are his size(he is only 5'9) and he is a poor tackler. However, he can make up for his poor tackling with his play making ability. Another upside to Boykin is that he played slot receiver some plays at Georgia and returned kicks. This should add Boykin to the Eagles plethora of multi-threat players.

Grade for this pick - B

Eagles selected Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue, 153rd overall

This is easily the Eagle's worst pick of the draft. Kelly is pretty much an unknown prospect. At Purdue's pro-day, he didn't standout at all really and was average at best. Why the Eagles would select a player like this in the 5th round when there was players like George Lloka, Tommy Streeter, Billy Winn, Emmanuel Acho, Alfonzo Dennard(can't believe he went in the seventh), and Chris Polk still available.

Grade for this pick - F

Eagles selected Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa, 194th overall (from Broncos)

The Eagles made a good investment in this pick. McNutt is a big, strong receiver. He also has good hands. McNutt has several technique problems, but they can be fixed by good coaching. If these problems are fixed, McNutt could be an elite number two receiver, but would probably be put into a slot position or only used in 4 wideout situations. 

Grade for this pick - B

Eagles selected Brandon Washington, G, Miami, 200th overall (from Patriots)

Wow! This guy was a freak in college. Washington has very good speed for a OL and understands blocking assignments very well. He also has pretty good size and strength. If given time to develop and transition to the pro-level, Washington should become an all-pro G. Not to mention, he never missed a game and even filled in at RT sometimes.

Grade for this pick - B

Eagles selected Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas St., 229th overall (from Falcons)

This pick is as to be expected of 7th round picks, nothing special. Brown has good size, but other than that, he is nothing too special. His speed is average, his ability to utilize blocks is average at best, and isn't much of a threat outside the hashes. However, Brown should provide a power back should the Eagles find themselves in 3rd and short situations.

Grade for this pick - D+

Overall Grade - B

The Eagles selected many players who should become good to very good pros. The obvious standout was Fletcher Cox, he should be a great DT for the Eagles and be a front-runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The most lackluster pick was easily Dennis Kelly, he is player who really doesn't have much to offer and would've likely went undrafted if not picked by the Eagles. The pick most likely to surprise most is Marvin McNutt, he has extreme athleticism. The only thing holding McNutt back is his technique issues, should they get fixed, he will be a force. Overall, the Eagles had one of the best drafts out of every team, if not the best. The Eagles filled every whole on their team but safety, which may be tended to later. Regardless, the Eagles should have incredible depth now at positions like WR, RB, DE, G, and CB. I predict the Eagles to rise from their ashes, and be a stronger force than ever. Can you say dream team...... what? Too soon?


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