Clearly, one of the themes of the Eagles’ draft was selecting players with high character. The Eagles’ first 6 picks all received outstanding grades from ESPN’s scouting reports in the “intangibles” sections. They grade from 1 (“exceptional”) to 5 (“marginal”). I guess “marginal” is a nice way of calling somebody a jerk. Here’s what they had to say for each player the Eagles picked:
Lane Johnson: Rating: 1. Exceptional. Outstanding student. Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2011 and 2012. No off the field incidents to our knowledge. Hard worker and determined football player. Versatile athlete with experience at QB, TE, DE, ROT and LOT. Human relations major at OU.
Zach Ertz: Rating: 2. Above average. Accountable on and off the field. Active in community service. Not a partier and not a drinker. Continues to mature and develop as a leader.
Bennie Logan: Rating: 1. Exceptional. Outstanding football character. Earned right to wear prestigious No. 18 as a junior in 2012. Tradition goes back to QB Matt Mauck, who wore No. 18 during 2003 national title run. Jersey is handed down to a player best representing what it means to be a Tiger on and off the field. Coordinator John Chavis on Logan: ‘It’s important to help your young guys learn how to practice, and leadership is not just in the games. It’s every day. It’s every minute you’re on the field, and when you’ve got a guy like Bennie Logan in your room, he’s going to set the tempo’.
Matt Barkley: Rating: 1. Exceptional. Disciplined individual. Showed good leadership during transition from Pete Carroll to Lane Kiffin, in addition to severe sanctions levied on USC football program prior to the 2010 season. A three-time team captain and was the first sophomore in USC history to be named team captain. Understands the necessary sacrifices on the field, in the film room and weight room in order to be successful at the most demanding position in professional sports. Holds a career mark of 34-13 in 47 starts. Matt and his family have spent recent Christmas’ volunteering with orphans in third world countries.
Earl Wolff: Rating: 1. Exceptional. Excellent intangibles. Young man of high character. Grades out very high in terms of football character and intelligence. Graduated with a degree in sport management in December, 2011 (in three-and-a-half years). His mother, Sharon Davis, is a master sergeant in the National Guard. Davis was deployed in Kuwait, with the 113th Sustainment Brigade, for a year. She worked in logistics and acquisitions.
Joe Kruger: Rating: 2. Above average. Son of Paul and Jennifer Kruger. Father played football for Oregon State. Oldest brother Paul is 3-4 outside linebacker who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens last year and signed with the Cleveland Browns during the off-season. Older brother Dave played defensive tackle for the Utes last year. Brother-in-law Tony Bergstrom is a backup offensive tackle for Oakland Raiders. Hard worker.
Jordan Poyer: Rating: 4. Below average. Involved in an altercation this past May at a bar in Corvallis and was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
David King: No information given.