After the elation of the BTB Community over Birddog's pick of David DeCastro for the Dallas Cowboys, things must keep moving forward. The hated, rival Philadelphia Eagles are now on the clock and working to fix what went wrong with their dream of a 2011 season. If you were disappointed with the Cowboys 8-8 finish, imagine what fans of the Eagles must be feeling about their .500 finish? And they don't even have any Lombardi's to console themselves with.
Cheap dig? You betcha.
It has now been 52 years since the city of Philadelphia has celebrated a professional football championship, unless you want to count the one obtained by the Soul of the Arena Football League in 2008. Yes, that league did fold for three years after that occurred, why do you ask? 52 years... that's a long time. How many teams were in the NFL back then anyway? 13!?!?! It was Dallas first season in existence! Let's all point and laugh at Philly fans and their inadequacy complexes... hahaha!
OK, now that we have that out of the way, let's allow closet Cowboys fan JimmyK to the podium to make the selection for the team he covers.
Selection: (WR) Michael Floyd
Follow the jump for Jimmy's excellent pick justification, the team needs and a prospect profile.
JimmyK's Pick Justification
Cox... gone, Kuechly... gone. Ingram... gone. Coples... gone. Crap. Looks like I'm going BPA luxury, and in my opinion, that's Michael Floyd.
I covered the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last year. At the time, the Eagles didn’t have Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Nnamdi Asomugha. They had Asante Samuel, and then a pile of garbage at CB. And so, I paid particular attention to the interviews given by the CB’s. A few of them were very complimentary of Michael Floyd.
Here’s what Utah CB Brandon Burton had to say about Floyd:
Reporter: Did you give up any touchdowns last year?
Burton: I did. I gave up one to Michael Floyd. He had one touchdown. I was responsible 100 percent for him. I played man to man on him the whole game.
Reporter: Who’s the best receiver you’ve faced?
Burton: Probably Michael.
That’s a kid that played against the following players his Senior year in college:
- Jonathan Baldwin – First round pick with the Chiefs
- Titus Young – 48 catches, 607 yards an 6 TD’s as a rookie in the NFL
- Vincent Brown – 329 yards and 3 TD’s as a rookie with San Diego
- Jeremy Kerley – 29 for 314 and a TD with the Jets
So it’s not like Burton was facing mid-major scrubs all year. He faced legitimate pro level receivers his entire Senior season.
Here’s what Miami CB Brandon Harris had to say:
It was a learning experience playing against Notre Dame. Unfortunately we came out on the short end of that game. Michael Floyd had a couple good plays on us and he’s a talented receiver… I gave up one touchdown all season and it was to Michael Floyd. - Brandon Harris
With DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, WR isn't a need by any stretch, but when you look at the Eagles depth chart, aside from a glaring hole at SLB, and some other spots where they could use some help (WLB, S, slot CB, etc), for an 8-8 team, the Eagles don't really have many true needs.
Unlike the current group, Floyd is a big target at 6’3, 222. Snatches the ball out of the air with his hands, wins battles for the ball with defenders, great speed at 4.43 for a guy his size, and excellent production (100 catches his senior season at Notre Dame), and can break tackles. He's the exact kind of legitimate red zone threat the Eagles could use. Floyd has 3 incidents involving alcohol to his credit already, so if the investigative work teams do on his background don't yield any wild concerns, this is an excellent spot to land him. Jackson-Maclin-Floyd-Avant-
Celek would be a very deep, talented, Packers-esque receiving group that most teams would struggle handling.
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS according to Drafttek.com
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): 43 Outside Linebacker
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): 43 Defensive Tackle, 43 Defensive End, Cornerback, Possession Receiver, Feature Back, Guard, Tight End, Center, Free Safety, Strong Safety
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): Quarterback, Right Tackle, Left Tackle, 43 Middle Backer
-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): COP Back, Feature Receiver, Slot Receiver
-- Drafttek.com ranked #11 Overall, #2 at the position
-- Wes Bunting, National Football Post: #21 Overall, #2 at the position
When this guy is 100% healthy, look out because he possesses the kind of athletic and physical skill set needed to consistently win on the outside at the next level. Blessed with a thick, well-built frame, Floyd does an excellent job using his quickness and strength to slip/shrug cornerbacks off the line vs. press and gets into his routes quickly. He showcases impressive overall body control and balance as a route runner and knows how to set up defenders and cleanly change directions out of his breaks. Displays a real suddenness to his game for such a physical specimen and really impressed me with his overall lateral coordination on all levels of the field. Plus, he's a load to bring down after the catch and runs with great power, accelerating quickly into daylight.
-- Scout.com ranked #15 overall, #2 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #1 at the position
Release: Does not explode off the line of scrimmage and runs with long strides. His size and strength make him tough to press, however, and he is capable of separating with physicality -- but not pure speed.
Hands: Has strong hands, but scouts have questions about his consistency as a receiver. Excellent vertical and ability to adjust to high throws, and also snatches wide throws near the sideline or over the middle. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder (or head), though he will lose sideline awareness in some cases. Too often lets the ball get into his body.
Route running: Needs to tighten up his routes, but has the quick feet and balance to cut or come back to the ball. Should excel in a West Coast or timing-type of offense. Lined up at every receiver position to take advantage of the best matchup. Solid threat on slants, shallow crosses and in the red zone.
After the catch: More of a bull than a cheetah. Will not outrun NFL defensive backs, but has more than enough speed to turn short passes into long gains when his quarterback leads him. Can make a quick inside move on an out route to get additional yardage, but won't outrun NFL defenders from a standstill. Looks best when plowing over corners one-on-one in space or carrying multiple defenders down the middle.
Blocking: Has the size to handle defensive backs, but needs to be more consistent here to give backs a chance to break off big runs. When ready to go on screens and run plays to his side, he is capable of a strong punch and sustaining the block. Often misses his target or fails to sustain by not giving full effort if the play is designed to go away from him.
The GM's for the Jets at 16 and the Bengals at 17 did not check in. To keep things moving, I will simply make those picks without a thread. Here is a listing of the picks with San Diego now on the clock at pick #18.
|5||Tampa Bay||Richardson, Trent|
|6||St. Louis||Blackmon, Justin|
|11||Kansas City||Poe, Dontari|
|16||NY Jets||Barron, Mark|