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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Eagles find a playmaker in fourth round

By Dan Graziano

The Philadelphia Eagles love those dynamic athletes, and they found one late in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. With the 28th pick in the fourth round -- a pick they got from Green Bay as part of their second-round deal with the Packers -- the Eagles selected Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin.

Boykin had been rated much higher than this early in the draft process but fell due to concerns over his size (5-9, 182) and his durability (history of concussions, broke a bone in his leg at the Senior Bowl). He's not a great zone corner, but scouts like his ball skills and his speed and recovery ability as a cover man.

The Eagles likely view Boykin as a potential slot cornerback -- perhaps someone who could take that job away from Joselio Hanson in training camp -- and a kick and/or punt returner, since that's a role he filled in college and he has the speed and instincts as a runner to pull it off.