Three AFC scouts analyze Eagles' draft class

Three AFC scouts analyze Eagles' draft class

May 17, 2013, 10:15 am
Share This Post asked three NFL area college scouts to size up the Eagles’ 2013 draft class. All three scouts -- we’ll refer to them as “Scout A,” “Scout B” and “Scout C” -- work for AFC teams and had their names withheld in order to get their most objective analysis. We asked that they report only on prospects that they had scouted.

Here are their reports:

Round 1
Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, fourth overall

Scout B: “Love him. I’ll tell you this: I think he was the best tackle in the draft. Athletic as hell, physical as [heck]. He wants to hurt everyone. I think he’s gonna be fine at right tackle, because he’s a physical guy. The reason I say I think he’ll be better than those other two guys (Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel) is because he has upside. The other guys are tapped out. This kid will get better every year for a couple years.”

Scout C: “He’s going to fit really well. Really athletic kid. He put together a phenomenal showing at the Combine. The question is obviously experience and, really, that lack of lower body mass to anchor. But given the system he’s playing in -- up-tempo, fast-pace -- I think he’s a perfect need. You can very well make the argument that he was the perfect fit for what they want to do. Some of the things you worry about may not be an issue because of the up-tempo style.”

Round 2
Zach Ertz, tight end, 35th overall

Scout B: “Good athlete that can catch the ball. People may not say he’s a good blocker, but he showed he can do it. I gave him a second-round grade, so that was a perfect pick for them. I would have taken that guy late in the first. He’s going to get stronger, but you want him stronger just for blocking, for the NFL grind. One thing I know about Chip, just going off what I saw at Oregon, he never wanted his tight ends to be big; he wanted them to be able to run.”

Scout C: “A lot of people had Ertz as a second-round pick. He doesn’t really do much in the run [blocking] game, but they didn’t really use him much. You can compare him to [Coby] Fleener, another long, athletic kid with phenomenal hands, phenomenal work ethic. We had him right there with where the Eagles had him.”

Round 3
Bennie Logan, defensive tackle, 67th overall

Scout A: “Good player, good in terms of anchoring vs. the run, holding his own inside and I think he's gap sound 1 on 1. He's A to A gap. He's going to be a 3-4 guy. He's a 3-technique more than anything. The Eagles probably could have gotten him a little lower, as he needs added strength. But coaching at the next level and a good training table should help him.”

Round 4
Matt Barkley, quarterback, 98th overall

Scout B: “They got a steal. To be honest, I thought he was the best pure quarterback [in the draft]. Everyone questioned his arm strength. I didn’t think he had bad arm strength. I thought he could put the ball in holes, he had good placement, good anticipation, good velocity. He might not have an arm that can throw 60, 70 yards downfield, but who does? And how many times are you throwing the ball 60 or 70 yards downfield? We had him as third-round, but I honestly believe if we had needed a quarterback, he would have been in our first round.”

Scout C:  “It’s all who you talk to. Even within our own department, it ranged from second and fifth [rounds]. Nobody knows him better than Chip. He has a lot of the stuff -- the mental makeup that you need that will compensate for not being a phenomenal athlete with phenomenal arm strength. But fourth-round quarterback, you can’t go wrong.”

Round 5
Earl Wolff, safety, 136th

Scout A: “The Eagles got a really good athlete. Great kid. Very intelligent. Is always around the ball and can run very well. He struggles with his tackling and on the back-end at times. He's a good player with good upside. He's a good fifth-round pick.”

Round 7
Joe Kruger, defensive end, 212th

Scout A: “I think Kruger has really good upside. He could possibly fit as a 5-technique for them. He's a good athlete who has good genes with his brother having played. His motor can be a little inconsistent at times but he plays hard to the whistle. He's effective at setting the edge and can give you something rushing the passer. The reason he dropped may have been because of health concerns and wearing down at times, but he should get better with coaching.”

Scout B: “Hate it. He’s stiff, plays high. No strength. No power. He can run, but he can only run straight lines, no lateral quickness, no change in direction. We had an argument about him, so I stood up and said, ‘Why are we arguing about someone who’s going to be a [rookie] free agent?’ I was shocked as hell [when Kruger left early]. Watching tape, I was even more surprised.”

Jordan Poyer, cornerback, 218th

Scout B: “I wasn’t big on him. I gave him sixth-round grade. He’s going to try to be a tough guy but he can’t run, he’s stiff. His movement isn’t that good. But he’s going to play hard for you. He’s going to try to be a tough guy, but he’s not really a tough guy. At the end of a play, he’ll push you back or retaliate when the ref doesn’t see him. When you put the tape on, what he is is a good short-area corner - can cover the flat, the curl. Any man coverage, he struggles. He can’t turn and run. He’s stiff."

David King, defensive end, 239th

Scout B: “He’ll be all right. I don’t think he’ll be great. he has some talent. They’ll have to coach him up. He’s a one-play [on], take-two-off-type player, but he was athletically gifted.”