Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Eagles take a QB in fourth round
By Dan Graziano
Because new general manager Howie Roseman traded down at every opportunity Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles are having a busy fourth round. We've talked about how the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys believed there was tremendous value in the fourth. Well, so far that's turning out to be correct.
With the 122nd pick overall, the Eagles selected Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka. I think Kafka is one of the most intriguing players in this draft. He only started for one year at Northwestern, so no one knows where his career's headed. But he's tall enough (6-3) and has the mobility to make plays on the run. He's a little too inaccurate for me, but he has the tools to really improve in that area.
I just think he's a cerebral player who could manage a game in a pinch. He'll eventually be a serviceable No. 2 quarterback, and there's no shame in that. If he's more than that, the Eagles could flip him for a draft pick down the road. Andy Reid learned from the great Ron Wolf about taking talented quarterbacks in the draft.
The Eagles also selected linebacker Keenan Clayton out of Oklahoma and Missouri State tight end Clay Harbor. Clayton's an excellent athlete who will help on special teams. Tight end was a "need" position.
The Cowboys selected cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah with the 126th overall pick. Owusu-Ansah was getting a ton of publicity as a potential sleeper pick. Excellent value with that pick in the fourth. I know some folks had him with an early third-round grade.