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I do not understand the Daniel Te'o-Nesheim pick at all. At least Gocong was a freak athlete at his size.
And DTN isn't a freak athlete? He ran a 4.73 40 time, he is 6'4" and 265 pounds, he has a 37" vertical (second highest at the combine), a 10'01" broad jump, a 4.18 shuttle time which is off the charts and third best at the combine (only notable higher was Jerry Hughes) and if I remember his 10 yard split was really good as well.
Why would we make one of our deepest positions even deeper? Especially when Austen Lane, Corey Wootton, and Everson Griffen, all superior prospects, are still available.
Because DTN fits the Eagles scheme better. I see DTN ultimately ending up at RE due to his style of play. Wootton may end up going to a 3-4 team due to his size, and even if he stays the same, will end up a LE, which the Eagles don't need. Not to mention Wootton's style of play doesn't fit with the defense at all. Griffen, IDK, something is up with him that we don't know about yet, and he is a LE anyway. And Lane is not a superior prospect to DTN. DTN was talked about possibly going in the second round, did you see anyone saying the same for Lane?
Fact of the matter is that DTN will have a TREMENDOUSLY hard time finding ANY playing time, outside of special teams, if he does make the roster. I also remember Bryan Smith being an "excellent fit" to our system. He, like DTN, was also a 3rd pick.
While I'm on the subject though, I would put Everson Griffen at RDE in a heartbeat. His speed coming off the edge would make him a great fit. Lane is also pretty versatile, but I agree on Wootton.
I just have a hard time understanding why DE is getting so much attention this offseason. We've added three players to our DE rotation, and only took one away. Our DE's weren't even the weakness of this dline.
DTN is about 30 pounds heavier than Smith was, is coming from a D-I school where he played against the top talent in the Pac-10. He is also infinitely stronger. He is nothing like Smith, not even close.
We also have no business having 9 more draft picks (two of which are compensatory) when we wont be using most of them (probably 5) and they're all late round picks. Sometimes I feel like the Eagles try too hard to find that diamond in the rough, a la Trent Cole, Brian Westbrook, etc.
DTN is rated as a late rounder/FA on almost every web site Mayock hated the pick and gave us a 2.0 grade on it. I cant understand why he is rated so low he has the production he has the combine numbers it doesn't make sense to me.