Draft Grades – Philadelphia Eagles
“The end is in the beginning and yet you go on.” ― Samuel Beckett, Endgame
I’ve been looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’m also examining overall positional value and strategy. Some of the grades are not for the faint of heart. A complete list of teams already covered can be found at my author archive.
No. 29 Philadelphia Eagles Grade: F
By the time the Eagles selected at No. 4, the overvaluing of offensive tackles was reaching such theater of the absurd proportions you almost expected Lane Johnson to pop out of a trash can and shake hands with the commissioner. After watching the Giants win two recent Super Bowls by sending wave upon wave of pass rushers at the quarterback, it was disappointing to see Philadelphia pass on players like Ezekial Ansah and Barkevious Mingo.
The Eagles selected Zach Ertz at 35, a media favorite with an arguably inferior resume to some of the tight ends selected after him. In terms of athleticism and career production, he’s a big step down from Tyler Eifert. It’s become chic to contend he’s a slightly better prospect than former Cardinal tight end Coby Fleener, but such reviews again ignore athleticism and production, making them necessarily revisionist.
Philadelphia followed that up by muddling their quarterback depth chart further. Matt Barkley may have been excellent in difficult situations the last several years, but he did not profile out as an NFL prospect in easy ones. Of course, there’s always a slight chance this is a Russell Wilson scenario where the rookie will easily vanquish the underwhelming incumbents in a three-way training camp battle. I remain more excited to watch the Eagles in 2013 than any other team, but this wasn’t a very auspicious beginning to the Chip Kelly era.