• For the second straight year, the Eagles Almanac has received a ton of support. We’ve raised almost $5,500 in just a couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone who contributed. I can safely say that those of you who contributed are going to get our A+++ game.
• I’m not sure if I’ve pointed this site out yet, but if you’re an Eagles fan, a must read is EaglesRewind.com. Great stuff, and Brent writes pretty much every day.
• Chris Gocong is trying out with the Eagles this weekend. I was never a big fan. I can only think of one big play he ever made in Philly… a FF on Brandon Jacobs. Can anyone think of any others? It is notable, as Jason from BGN points out, that Eagles DC Billy Davis was Gocong’s LB coach in Cleveland.
Here’s Part I and Part II in case you missed them. We’ll do a complete analysis at the very end of the series. Part III will review Moore’s games against Louisiana Tech and Arkansas. And as always, kudos to the greatness of DraftBreakdown.com for cutting up these videos.
According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles had Felix Jones in for a workout today:
The Eagles did not draft a RB this year, which came as a mild surprise. I thought that RB was a deep and talented position in this year’s draft, but that is not how it played out for the Eagles. Over at the Morning Call, I wrote that the Eagles could be in the market for a veteran back, depending on what they thought of current #3 RB Chris Polk:
LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown may eventually form one of the best 1-2 combos in the NFL, but Chris Polk is still very much an unknown quantity. The #3 RB may get more work under Chip Kelly than an Eagles’ #3 back ever did under Andy Reid. Don’t be surprised to see the Eagles add a veteran RB if either Chip Kelly, or perhaps more importantly, special teams coordinator Dave Fipp doesn’t believe in Polk.
After his first two seasons in the NFL, Felix Jones looked like he was going to be scary good:
Here’s Part I in case you missed it. Go read the intro there before moving on to Part II, which will be nothing more than notes/video from 3 of his games. We’ll do a complete analysis of Moore at the very end of the series. Part II will review Moore’s games against Mississippi State, LSU, and Florida. And as always, kudos to the greatness of DraftBreakdown.com for cutting up these videos.
With their 2nd pick in the 7th round of the 2013 draft, the Eagles selected former Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer with the 218th overall pick. That pick may turn out to be an absolute steal. Prior to the draft, a number of draftniks had Poyer rated somewhere in the 2nd-4th round range on their “big boards:”
Poyer was thought of even more highly prior to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. After the 2012 season, he garnered a place on the NCAA All American team. Among the All Americans declaring for the draft, Poyer was the only player drafted after the 4th round:
And not only that, he missed on each pick by an average of 19.1 draft spots. I like mock drafts, and I like Kiper. I just like them both a lot more after free agency and the Combine have taken place, and after legitimate journalists have gotten a sniff of what teams have interest in specific positions/players.
In February, Mel Kiper had Giants 3rd round pick (81st overall) Damontre Moore going 2nd overall to the Jaguars in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Moore is a big name who played on an extremely high-profile team with Johnny Football down at Texas A&M. Many draftniks in addition to Kiper had him as high as the Top 5 a few months ago, but he slipped to the 3rd round for a reason, the same way Marvin Austin slipped deep into the 2nd a few years ago. Moore’s production was good in college, as he was tied for 9th in the nation with 12.5 sacks:
However, a big question became his work ethic, which showed in his embarrassing 12 reps on the bench press at the Combine. By comparison, 21 CBs did more. Moore also ran an extremely unimpressive 4.95 40 time. Here are how his measurables compare to other DEs since 1999: