Saturday, April 26, 2008

2008 Draft Eagles Day 1 Picks

Trevor Laws

College: Notre Dame
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 304
40 Yrd Dash: 5.09
20 Yrd Dash: 2.90
10 Yrd Dash: 1.72
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 35
Vertical Jump: 30 1/2
Broad Jump: 8'7"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.49
3-Cone Drill: 7.37
Arms: 33-3/8"
Hands: 9-3/4" scouting report

Strengths: Plays with outstanding motor. Is at his best when on the move. Will never give up on a play and makes a lot of tackles in pursuit for an interior defensive lineman. Plays with very good leverage, discipline and technique. Gets good forward lean in stance, anticipates the snap well and can get into the backfield. Moves well laterally, slants well and runs line stunts well. Works from snap to whistle and takes sound angles to the ball. Very good spin move. Shows great awareness. Reads keys fairly well and can sniff out screens. Stays balanced, uses hands to protect legs and rarely gets knocked to the ground by cut blocks. Wraps up upon contact, shows good body control and is an effective open field tackler. Hands are active, flashes good power at the point of attack and flashes effective rip move. Times jumps well and gets hands up when isn't going to get to the quarterback.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal height and lower body strength. Can get driven back when he doesn't win with first step and struggles to hold ground against double teams. Though never stops working, lacks the power to consistently collapse the pocket and isn't a great bull rusher. Is very quick but lacks great closing burst and there are concerns about ability to get to the quarterback at the NFL level. Sat out the 2003 season with an injury and durability is somewhat of a concern.

Overall: Laws arrived at Notre Dame in 2003 but sat out the entire season because of an injury. In his first three active seasons (2004-'06), he played in 37 games (25 starts) and amassed 112 tackles (14.5 for losses), six sacks and three blocked kicks. He was a terror as a senior last season, starting all 12 games and turning in 112 tackles (eight for losses), four sacks, five pass breakups and three blocked kicks. Laws was college football's only defensive lineman to record 100 or more tackles in 2007. Laws is a three-technique prospect that lacks ideal height but makes up for it with good quickness, technique, upper-body power and a non-stop motor. Laws built on a strong senior season by turning in impressive showings at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine. His draft stock is soaring as a result. In a weak class of defensive tackles, Laws could come off the board as high as the second round.

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compares to

- luis castillo
- kelly gregg

DeSean Jackson

College: California
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 178
40 Yrd Dash: 4.35
20 Yrd Dash: 2.52
10 Yrd Dash: 1.53
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump: 34-1/2"
Broad Jump: 10'00"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.19
3-Cone Drill: 6.82
Arms: 29-3/4"
Hands: 9-3/8" scouting report

Strengths: Possesses excellent top-end speed, does a good job of tracking the ball downfield and is a vertical threat. Changes directions smoothly, explodes out of cuts and can run crisp short-to-intermediate routes. Reads defenses well and locates seams working against zone coverage. Drives corners off the line with excellent initial quickness and does a nice job of getting turned around when running come-back routes. Has excellent body control and can make the tough catch in traffic. Times jumps well and is tall enough to compete for jump balls. Isn't afraid to go over the middle and flashes the ability to hold onto the ball after taking a big hit. Makes defenders miss in traffic and is fast enough to go the distance. Runs with balance, flashes an effective spin move and can pick up yards after contact. Is a dangerous return man that reads blocks well and shows a second gear when gets a seam.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal bulk and can get pushed around by bigger corners. Appears to lose focus at times and drops too many passes that he should catch. Footwork is inconsistent and rounds off cuts at times. Effort is inconsistent and appears to pull up when isn't going to get the ball. Doesn't lock onto defenders and struggles to sustain blocks. Doesn't play with a mean streak, doesn't deliver a powerful punch and isn't going to knock defenders back at the point of attack. Missed 2005 Washington State game with an injury, hindered by a thumb injury in 2007, hindered by a thigh injury in 2007 and lack of ideal bulk makes durability that much more of a concern.

Overall: Jackson started ten of the 11 games he played in during his true freshman season in 2005 finishing with 38 catches, 601 receiving yards, seven receiving touchdowns, eight carries and 48 rushing yards. He also returned a punt 49 yards for a touchdown that year. Jackson started all 13 games of the 2006 season finishing with 59 catches, 1,060 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns, five carries and 19 rushing yards. He also returned 25 punts for a total of 455 yards and four touchdowns that year. Jackson started 11 of the 12 games he appeared in during the 2007 season finishing with 65 catches, 762 receiving yards, six receiving touchdowns, 11 carries, 132 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. He also returned 12 punts for a total of 129 yards and one touchdown last year. Jackson would benefit from adding some weight and needs to show the thumb injury played a big role in his numerous drops in 2007. However, there's a reason he should be one of if not the first receiver to come of the board. Jackson can stretch the field vertically, he excels at turning catches underneath into long gains and he is the most dangerous punt return specialist in the 2008 class. It may take Jackson a year or two before emerging as a No. 2 starter on offense, but he should make an immediate impact on special teams.

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compares to

- santana moss
- steve smith

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

well at least they have the market cornered on 240 pound DE.


10:13 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

That's always been a strength of this team.

4:01 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's interesting to read how disappointed Westbrook and McNabb seem to be with the Birds off season. This locker room seems to be on the brink of blowing up.


2:53 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TMG has pointed this out before, but the 610 mornign crew is just awful. Angelo is destructive and uninformed, Rhea brings no discernable talent or useful insight, Morganti is asleep half the time, and the ex-athletes are there for comic relief only. Listening to Angelo rip on the Birds and Mcnabb today after a meaningless weekend mini camp and hearing G Cobb basically shoot down hsi every opinion and theory makes me long for some local competition in the mornign sports radio market. TMG-there's still time to switch careers.


9:50 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, TMG. Just negotiate in some extra pay for your staff -- me and Bumble will be happy to be you lackeys.


5:22 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this site stilla ctive or is it in the process of being shut down?


8:17 PM EDT  

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