Feeling Drafty #23: Philadelphia Eagles

April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , )

When I Google Imaged Michael Vick, some of the pictures that I saw can only be described as "f'd up", so can I move on, please?

The Philadelphia Eagles have some of the best scouts in the NFL.  These guys know how to get the most out of their late round picks.  Remember Brian Westbrook, he was a third round pick out of a Division 1-AA team (Villanova). Brent Celek was a fifth round pick.  Trent Cole was a fifth rounder.  Quintin Mikell was undrafted.  You get the picture, their scouts are top-notch.

Before we get too far into this article let me just say this:  I hate Eagles’ fans.  I’m not talking about typical fans who don’t cause problems.  I’m not even talking about the ones who booed Donovan McNabb on Draft Day ’99.  Ricky Williams was still on the board, and he was projected to be the next great runner.  But, the ones who kept booing years later, when McNabb was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and Ricky Williams wanted out of the NFL because he just wanted to smoke weed, just because McNabb didn’t win a Super Bowl, those are the ones I hate.  The ones who cheered when Austin Collie got a concussion and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher, those are the ones I hate.  Now that I got that out of the way, we now return to your regularly scheduled article.

Another person I hate:  Michael Vick (now that’s what we call a segue).  I’m always going to hold a grudge against Michael Vick, but we’ve already had enough hate speech for one article.  From a purely fantasy football perspective, Vick had an outstanding year.  In just 12 starts, he set new career highs in completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and rushing touchdowns, and he was in the running for MVP.  Good for him, still hate him.

Now, to the positives for this team, because after everything that I said, you’d think that I’d want to take a baseball bat to Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie.  But, this team has some great players.  LeSean McCoy had a breakout year.  DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin became one of the most potent receiver twosome in the NFL.  Trent Cole had double-digit sacks.  Asante Samuel came in second in NFL in interceptions.

Jimmy Smith is the all-time leader in receiving yards for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Oops, wrong Jimmy Smith, sorry. This guy is good, too.

But, despite the fact that Asante Samuel and Quintin Mikell had good seasons, the Eagles need help on the other side of the field at corner.  Opposing quarterbacks won’t throw the ball on Samuel’s side of the field, so they need to put a solid player of the other side.  And the best solution is Colorado CB Jimmy Smith.  He was named to the 2nd-team All-Big 12 (behind Prince Amukamara).  He didn’t have big numbers, but that was because he was blanketing wide receivers so well, quarterbacks threw away from him.  He had a good combine, and odds are, he won’t fall outside the top 50 picks, and he’ll probably stay inside the first round.

Now, that I’m done bashing Philadelphia in every way I can think of, let’s move on to my hometown team, New Orleans.

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