Philadelphia Eagles - NFC East
Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin
Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin
Posted Apr 27, 2009

Philadelphia Eagles - NFC East, 2009 Draft Selections & Prospects


Philadelphia Eagles

- 2009 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
1st Round
| 2nd Round | 3rd Round | 4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Rd | 7th Rd

CFN 2009 Draft Central & Team-by-Team Picks and Analysis


19 19 1st Round (from Tampa Bay through Cleveland)
Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri 6-1, 210 (3rd year Soph.)
Does he have the ability to stay healthy and get more physical? While he’s tough, he played through an ankle injury, he’s mostly been a finesse target who’s been great on the move and in space. He has the hands, he has the top-end speed, and he has the return ability to become an instant impact playmaker in a variety of ways. It’s his speed that sets him apart with an extra gear when he gets going. How fast is he? He tore off a “disappointing” 4.4 at the Combine even though he had a dinged up leg. When he’s right, he’ll be a No. 1 receiver and a big-time playmaker, but he can’t be counted on for a full 16-game season.
CFN Value Rank: First Round
   CFN Position Rank: 1    
21 53 2nd Round  
eSean McCoy, RB Pitt 5-11, 200 (Soph.)
“Shady” will be the ideal back for anyone with another back on the roster with some power. McCoy is a quick back who can seamlessly slide in and out of the hole, can cut on a dime, and proved he can be used as a workhorse, a receiver, and do everything needed to help out an offense. While he can cut in a Houston Texan-like, zone-blocking offense like Steve Slaton, he doesn’t have the same blazing burst that Slaton and other smaller backs have at the next level. While he won’t block anyone and he’s too small to not get help from a second runner in a rotation, he’s a natural producer who’ll make a big splash and be a very, very good pro for a long time.
CFN Value Rank: First Round
   CFN Position Rank: 3
17 153 5th Round (from NY Jets)
Cornelius Ingram, TE Florida 6-4, 245
As far as receiving skills, he could be far and away the best tight end prospect in the draft if he can stay healthy. While he timed slow at the Combine, he plays fast and is like a big wide receiver. The torn ACL suffered last year doesn't appear to be a problem now and he should be a ready-made target who can create some major mismatches. He's not the best blocker around and he's a bit lanky, but he could be a fantastic fit for anyone who wants to stretch the field.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 2
21 157 5th Round
Victor "Macho" Harris, Virginia Tech  5-11, 198
Macho was a tremendous producer for a great Hokie defense. He made all the plays, has no problems coming up in run support, and is great when he has the ball in his hands. An instinctive, aggressive corner, he loves to take on big challenges and seems to rise to the moment when the spotlight is on. While he blasted the agility drills at the Combine, coming up with a sub-4.0 in the shuttle drill and a corner-best 6.68 in the cone, he only ran a 4.68 forever dooming him to certain schemes where he'll need a ton of help from the safeties.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 11
23 159 5th Round (from New England)
Fenuki Tupou, OT Oregon 6-5, 314
If he's asked to plow ahead and pound away for the running game, he'll be great. If he's asked to become a consistent left tackle who can neutralize a top pass rusher, forget about it. Likely to grow into a guard, if he doesn't stick at right tackle, he's a run blocker who needs to get a fire lit under him. On the plus side, he's big, can push some people around, and will open up some holes.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 13
21 194 6th Round
Brandon Gibson, WR Washington State 6-0, 200
Very productive despite all his limitations, Gibson works hard, was productive for some bad teams, and is tough. He'll be a good possession receiver who'll block anyone needed to be hit, but he doesn't have enough speed to be anything more than a complementary target. While he didn't stand out this off-season, he could be a big surprise once he gets an NFL quarterback throwing his way.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 20
4 213 7th Round (from Seattle)
Paul Fanaika, OG Arizona State 6-6, 325
Extremely big, he has gotten by on being a decent phone booth blocker. While he's a good player who got the job done at a high level, he doesn't have the raw skills to do much in the NFL unless he gets a lot stronger in a big hurry. He was awful on the bench in the Combine and doesn't have much in the way of athleticism to even think about moving out to tackle. Because of his size he'll get a few chances to make a roster, but he doesn't have the strength to stick.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: 17
21 230 7th Round
Moise Fokou, LB Maryland 6-1 233
While he won't be a star defender, he should be a terrific special teamer and a good enough backup to sit on a roster for a long time. He plays faster than he is, but his lack of a top-end gear to go along with a lack of bulk will limit on what he can become. He's not strong, benching 225 pounds a mere 12 times at the Combine, but he ran a 4.65 and was fluid in the agility drills. If he hits the weights hard and gets bigger and stronger, he could be a steal.
CFN Value Rank: Seventh Round
   CFN Position Rank: 17


The Draft Was ... Excellent. Not only did the Eagles get a ton of prospects and plenty of value, they got RB Lorenzo Booker from the Dolphins and Carolina's 2009 first round draft pick. DT Trevor Laws and WR DeSean Jackson were first round picks taken in the second round, while CB Jack Ikegwuonu and OT King Dunlap were fantastic finds on the second day.
Best Value Pick: Jack Ikegwuonu, CB Wisconsin. 4th round. Give him a year to recover from his torn ACL and he'll be like getting a high draft pick in 2009. Even if it takes him two years to fully recover, it'll be worth it; he would've been a second rounder this year if healthy.
Biggest Reach: Andy Studebaker, LB Wheaton. 6th round. There's no faulting a flier on a late pick, but Studebaker doesn't have the talent to fill the hole the Eagles hopefully took care of with Bryan Smith in the third round. .
They Should've ... Taken Early Doucet or Harry Douglas over Smith in the third. Yeah, Philly needed Smith, but getting a second receiver to pair with DeSean Jackson would've made Donovan McNabb ecstatic, and much better, and would allow for the Kevin Kolb era, once that kicks in, to get off to a big start.

# Pick  
16 47 2nd Round (from Minnesota)     Trevor Laws, DT Notre Dame
112 tackles as a senior. For a tackle. Again, 112 tackles in one season. While he's not necessarily a tackle to build a defense around, he has the drive and the fire to become a bear of a starter and a phenomenal second interior option next to a bigger established starter. Very active and with a great motor, he can be used in a variety of ways and will still produce. At only six-feet tall, he's a bit of a bowling ball and he isn't a good interior pass rusher, but he'll make plays and will always keep working.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round     CFN Position Rank: 3
18 49 2nd Round     DeSean Jackson, WR California
If you're asking Jackson to be a star target to revolve an NFL offense around, he's not going to be it. If you're asking him to go deep five times a game to clear out the safeties and have a gaudy yard-per-catch average, he's your guy. Make him a No. 2 or No. 3 target against a relatively slow defensive back and he'll hit home run after home run. The problem is his size. He's never going to be big, he's always going to be too thin, and he's not going to be a smallish physical receiver, like a Steve Smith. Banged up at times, he was a major disappointment in 2007; he didn't make the Cal offense better. Still, his blinding speed and electrifying return skills make him a fun weapon to have in the arsenal.
CFN Value Rank: Late First to Second Round     CFN Position Rank:
17 80 3rd Round    Bryan Smith, DE/LB McNeese State
Extremely athletic and a terrific pass rusher at the lower level, Smith cranked out 24 sacks in the last two years and is great at making every tackle. He's not really a linebacker, but at only 6-2 and 231 pounds, he's not an end. Despite his lack of size, he'll be a fun toy for a defensive coordinator to play with.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round    CFN Position Rank: 17 (as a DE)
10 109 4th Round (from Buffalo)  Mike McGlynn, OG/OT Pitt
A brutish run blocker who has been one of the most consistent players on an inconsistent Pitt team over the last three years, McGlynn did everything asked of him and played hurt when most would've been on the sidelines. The problem is his quickness; he doesn't have any. While he was a great tackle at the collegiate level, he could be a star at guard if allowed a while to develop. He'll have a long career on want-to, but there's a ceiling on what he can do.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round   CFN Position Rank: 7 (as a OG)
18 117 4th Round  (from trade)     Quintin Demps, FS UTEP
An excellent four-year starter for UTEP with good ball-hawking skills and cornerback coverage ability in a safety body, Demps is a seasoned veteran who can step in right away. He has the 4.41 speed to play corner, but he's a free safety and can be used from time to time as a punt returner. Consistent tackling ability is an issue and will be the difference between starting and being used as a nickelback.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round to Fourth    CFN Position Rank:
32 131 4th Round  Jack Ikegwuonu, CB Wisconsin
If he can be consistent and if he can become tougher, he has the potential to be a great pro. The first issue is a knee injury suffered right after the season ended in a pre-draft workout. The second issue is his character. He got in trouble off the field and the coaching staff openly questioned his toughness in a few big games when he got dinged up. Outside of allowing a huge pass play to Michigan's Mario Manningham last year, he shut down most of the top receivers and showed off his speed by chasing down Darren McFadden in the 2007 Capital One Bowl.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round to Fourth Round   CFN Position Rank:
18 184 6th Round   Mike Gibson, OT/OG California
A former JUCO transfer who stepped in and did a nice job as a two-yard starter for the Bears. A great run blocker who'll power over anyone who isn't going 100 miles per hour, he might project to be a guard if he can't prove he can handle an NFL caliber pass rusher. He'll need a while to improve his overall technique if he's going to be a tackle.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round  
CFN Position Rank: 14
34 200 6th Round  Joe Mays, LB North Dakota State
A late arriver on the draft scene after a good pro day, he's on the map as a possible special teamer with good size and decent speed. The knock on him seems to be his height, but at 5-11 he's an inch shorter than Curtis Lofton; it doesn't matter. While he's a bit limited as an NFL defender, he has enough skills to be worked on as a project.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent    CFN Position Rank: 36
37 203 6th Round  Andy Studebaker, DE/LB Wheaton
More than just a great name, Studebaker is a hybrid outside defender who'll likely find a permanent home at linebacker if he ends up making a team. Very strong with room to add at least 15 pounds to his 245-pound frame, he's a productive player with big potential. He would've been an early second day pick if he hadn't torn a tendon in his foot.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent    CFN Position Rank: 31
23 230 7th Round  King Dunlap, OT Auburn
If he plays every game and every down like he looks, he'll be a dominator. He's a tall, strong, quick 6-8 and 310 pounds, but he doesn't play up to his talent level and got the hook last year when he should've been crushing and killing.. If he decides he wants to be a top pro and if a coaching staff can fire him up and show him how to be a Pro Bowl blocker, it could happen for him. He's a chance on greatness.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round  
CFN Position Rank: 13


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