Eagles Add Some Late Round Help in the Draft
In addition to adding quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round, the Eagles added four other players on the drafts final day, all of which play on the defensive side of the ball.
The Eagles took North Carolina State safety Earl Wolff in the fifth round and three seventh rounders with Utah defensive end Joe Kruger, Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer and Oklahoma defensive end David King being added.
Of this group, Wolff and Poyer standout and could play a lot right off the bat. Wolff was a guy the Eagles thought could have gone higher in this draft, Poyer had a second or third round grade by some draft experts.
NFL Network's Mike Mayock has pegged Wolff as his top sleeper at safety in the 2013 draft.
"If you go back and watch the tape, this kid is a good football player," said Mayock. "To most of America, he’s a sleeper. To NFL teams, he’s not. And he could’ve worked his way up to the third round."
As for Poyer, Kelly was surprised that he was still available in the seventh round, his combination of size and speed led many NFL teams to project him as a future No. 2-caliber corner starter.
“I don’t know," Kelly said about why Poyer fell into the seventh round. "You see it all the time. How they fall, I don’t know. To think, as the names were picking off, I’m looking at them and it’s the only name that’s that high on our board and it’s sitting there and we had two names going into that were clumped up near the top – Kruger and him. Both of those guys in our opinion were fourth round picks and you’re sitting in the seventh [round] and they’re there."
Both Kruger and King add depth to the Eagles new look 3-4 defensive front and could make the team and play right away due to lack of depth on the line. Kruger should line up at the five technique position in the Eagles new three man front, while King has experience playing on both the inside and outside,
"We really think he’s (Kruger) going to grow into his body," Kelly explained. "He’s just 21-years-old and we think he has a huge upside. [Utah head coach] Kyle Whittingham really spoke very, very highly of him. I thought maybe if he did come back for another year, he would be a very high draft pick next year."
"He’s a physical, tough, hard-nosed player," Kelly said about King.