Will training camp erase Eagles' 2010 draft?

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Will training camp erase Eagles' 2010 draft?

July 14, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Conventional wisdom suggests it takes about three years to judge a draft class. The Eagles' 2010 picks are entering their fourth season. Seven of the 13 remain, but by the time camp concludes, will there be any left? There are no locks.

Here's a look:

1. DE/LB Brandon Graham (13th overall)
Just when it looked like Graham had solidified his spot, the fourth-year pro is once again fighting for his job. He began last season as a sub, finished as a starter and tied for the team lead in sacks with 5.5.

New coach plus a new system equals a new position for Graham: a stand-up pass-rusher in a 3-4 scheme.

"Yeah, it's a whole new slate for me," Graham said this spring. "Shoot, I'm just going to make the best of it.”

To do so, Graham will have to beat out Trent Cole or Connor Barwin for a starting spot.  

Make the team? Probably.

2. Safety Nate Allen (second round, 37th overall)
Super nice guy. Talented too. But a safety has to have a little crazy in him. Contact is limited in camp, but this preseason I want to see Nate Allen hit someone. And I don't want to see him get beat on play-action.

The wide nine is out. Linebackers are in. Allen can focus on coverage and not have one eye in the backfield.

The starting spot once again is likely his to lose, but unlike last year, the Eagles have viable contenders to take his spot in veterans Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung.

If he loses his spot on the first team, look out. He's not a special-teamer (needs some crazy, remember?), so his spot on any team could be in jeopardy.

Make the team? Probably.

3. CB Trevard Lindley (fourth round, 105th overall)
Yep, he's still on the roster.

Lindley has spent training camp with the Eagles in each of the past two seasons only to be cut before the season each time. Don't be shocked if it happens again this time.

Better yet, be shocked if it doesn't.

Cary Williams, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin and Jordan Poyer are all ahead of him on the depth chart.

Make the team? No.

4. TE Clay Harbor (fourth round, 125th overall)
How many tight ends will Chip Kelly keep? Not enough for Harbor to remain in Philly.

Remember, Harbor was working at linebacker this spring.

Barring injury, Brent Celek, free-agent signee James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz are your three tight ends.

Make the team? No.

5. WR Riley Cooper (fifth round, 159th overall)
Cooper begins camp squarely on the bubble.

DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are locks. Despite the fact that he did something at D-back this spring, Jason Avant is in too. Damaris Johnson and Arrelious Benn? Johnson fits this offense, and the Eagles didn't trade for Benn and then give him a one-year extension to cut him.

That leaves Cooper as the sixth wide receiver. Unless Harold Carmichael's 6-foot-7 project, Ifeanyi Momah, beats him out.

Make the team? Yes, no, maybe, yes ... eh ... OK, no.

6. LB Jamar Chaney (seventh round, 220th overall)
As the starting middle linebacker in 2011, Chaney led the team with 104 tackles (according to team's count).

Last year, started only five games -- two on the weak side and three on the strong side.

So what happens this year? Chaney probably won't start -- DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks are your first-team inside linebackers -- but is a young, physical and experienced backup.

Make the team? Probably.

7. Safety Kurt Coleman (seventh round, 244th overall)
Odd to think that a guy who started 27 games the last two seasons probably will be cut, but the additions of Phillips, Chung and fifth-round pick Earl Wolff have put Coleman on the outer edge of the bubble.

Coleman gets an A for effort the last three seasons, and if he doesn't make this team, don't be surprised if he finds a spot as a backup somewhere else.

Make the team? No.

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