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NFL draft: Ranking all of Howie Roseman’s Eagles 6th-round picks

NFL draft: Ranking all of Howie Roseman’s Eagles 6th-round picks

As we near the 2020 NFL draft, the Eagles are expected to have 10 selections and a real opportunity to pick up some important young players for the future of the franchise. 

During his time as GM (2010-14, 2016-present), Howie Roseman has had some hits and he’s had some misses. 

We’ve been ranking all of his draft picks (excluding the 2015 year when Chip Kelly was in charge) by round. 

First round.

Second round.

Third round.

Fourth round.

Fifth round.

Here’s how I’d rank Roseman’s eight sixth-round picks: 

1. Jason Kelce (2011, No. 191)

I’d say this worked out pretty well. In a draft class that started with Danny Watkins, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Curtis Marsh in the first three rounds, Kelce ended up being the savior. The Eagles took an underweight center from Cincinnati and in his nine years with the Eagles, Kelce has been a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. He’s putting together a career that might one day be Hall of Fame worthy and he’s arguably the best offensive lineman in franchise history. The only sixth-round pick in the HOF is Lions DB Jack Christiansen, who was drafted in 1951. 

2. Brian Rolle (2011, No. 193) 

The 5-foot-9 linebacker out of Ohio State played in all 16 games as a rookie and even started 13 of them. He was fourth on the team in tackles during the Dream Team season and also had a sack and a fumble recovery touchdown. But he played in just four games in 2012 before he was released and never played in the NFL again. After an offseason stint with the Steelers, Rolle played briefly in the CFL. 

3. Matt Pryor (2018, No. 206) 

There’s plenty we still don’t know about Pryor, but the huge offensive lineman has some promise. In his second NFL season, Pryor played in 12 games and made his first NFL start in the playoffs against the Seahawks. Despite his 6-7 frame, the Eagles seem to like him at guard best. 

4. Blake Countess (2016, No. 196) 

The Eagles really liked the safety coming out of Auburn (he went there after Michigan) but they released the rookie at final cuts. Countess went to LA and joined the Rams practice squad, then played in 37 games with four starts over the next three seasons with the Rams. After coming back to the Eagles for a bit last offseason, Countess played in six games for the Jets in 2019 but was just released. So Countess found some NFL success … just not in Philadelphia. 

5. Marvin McNutt (2012, No. 194) 

Out of Iowa, McNutt was a fan favorite during training camp in 2020 and it looked like he was going to get an opportunity when Riley Cooper got hurt. He began that rookie season on the practice squad but ended up playing four games as a rookie. He bounced around to a few teams after that but never caught a single pass in the NFL. 

6. Charles Scott (2010, No. 200)

The LSU fullback was actually traded for Troy cornerback Jorrick Calvin just before final cuts in August. Scott was with the Cardinals briefly and then joined the Giants after that. Calvin played in 12 games for the Eagles that season, returning kicks and punts. So Scott never played for the Eagles but at least they got something for him. 

7. Elijah Qualls (2017, No. 214) 

In 2017, the defensive tackle from Washington played in six games for the Eagles and was a part of the Super Bowl team. But he was waived at final cuts the next season. Despite time with the Panthers, Ravens and Buccaneers, Qualls hasn’t played in the NFL since. He is currently on the DC Defenders of the XFL. 

8. Brandon Washington (2012, No. 200) 

The offensive lineman from Miami didn’t make the Eagles’ roster as a rookie so he went to the Rams. He spent the next few years in St. Louis but played in just one regular season game. He then played in the CFL and was on the 2017 Toronto Argonauts team that won the Grey Cup. 

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Ever Wonder: Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green?

Ever Wonder: Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green?

In our latest installment of Ever Wonder, we’re taking a look at one of the most puzzling questions for all Eagles fans: 

Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green? 

It’s not for lack of effort. While the Eagles haven’t worn kelly green as their primary uniform since they switched to midnight green in the mid-90s, owner Jeff Lurie has been on a mission to bring back kelly green jerseys as an alternate. It’s a mission many Eagles fans and even players support. 

So far, no luck. 

The basic reason is an NFL rule that allows just one helmet per player for safety and quality control reasons. It’s an antiquated rule but it’s the main holdup for the Eagles. 

The Eagles’ helmets are midnight green and Lurie doesn’t want midnight green helmets and kelly green jerseys. 

“To make it look really right, you should have matching helmets,” Lurie said once said. 

The Eagles even went as far as to propose a rule change during the 2017 offseason. But they withdrew the proposal before owners could vote on it because of advice from the NFL’s competition committee. It wasn’t going to pass. 

During those owners meetings, competition committee chairman Rich McKay told me he was hopeful that the rule would eventually get changed. 

A possible workaround would be for the Eagles to use decals on their existing helmets like some other teams, but Lurie doesn’t like that idea. For him, it’s kelly green helmet or bust. 

“We want a kelly green helmet to go with the kelly green jerseys,” he said. 

So, for now, the Eagles wait. 

And they’ll have to wait at least one more year. But there’s some hope for the 2021 season. 

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Is Dallas Goedert the Eagles’ most underrated player?

Is Dallas Goedert the Eagles’ most underrated player?

The folks over at ProFootballFocus recently put together a list of the most underrated player on each of the 32 NFL rosters and the choice for the Eagles wasn’t a very surprising one. 

For the Eagles, they listed tight end Dallas Goedert, the former second-round pick who will enter Year 3 of his career in 2020. 

Here’s what PFF said about Goedert: 

When you enter the NFL in the shadow of one of the league’s best tight ends, it’s easy to be somewhat overlooked. That is the case with Goedert, who was immediately thrust into a role as TE2 despite being taken in the second round out of South Dakota State. The Eagles have run a heavy dose of two tight end sets to get both him and Zach Ertz on the field, and it’s pretty clear from those snaps that Goedert is a top-end TE in the NFL.

“Since 2018, Goedert actually ranks fifth among qualifying tight ends in overall grade, ahead of Ertz. A big reason — outside of the obvious mismatch threats he poses as a receiver — is his elite play as a blocker for the position. Goedert’s 81.4 run-blocking grade sits sandwiched between Maxx Williams and George Kittle for second at the position over that same span. He is a complete tight end who would be a high-level primary option on most rosters in the NFL.

All of that is fair. And from a national perspective, I’m sure Goedert is very underrated. I don’t think he’s as underrated in Philadelphia, where Eagles fans get to watch him every weekend. 

In his first two seasons, Goedert has 91 catches for 941 yards and nine touchdowns. He made a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2 and he’s one of the better blocking tight ends in the league. So he’s a really well-rounded tight end. 

And his numbers aren’t that far off from what Zach Ertz did in his first two NFL seasons: 

Ertz: 94 catches, 1,171 yards, 7 touchdowns

Goedert: 91 catches, 941 yards, 9 touchdowns 

Heck, Goedert has been so good that he has some fans wondering if the Eagles should move on from Ertz at some point. 

So maybe from a national perspective, Goedert is underrated. But here in Philly, I don’t think he is. 

The two players I think are underrated locally are Isaac Seumalo and Derek Barnett. Neither guy is a star but both are better players than they get for. 

Seumalo has had two horrendous games in his career and it has really tainted the perception of his play. But aside from those games, he’s been a solid player. He’s still  just 26 and has become a pretty good starting left guard. 

And Barnett hasn’t lived up to his draft status as the 14th pick but he’s been better than you think when he’s on the field. The injuries are a concern, but since Barnett was drafted in 2017 he’s third on the team in sacks (14) behind Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox and second in QB hits (49) behind just Cox. And he is still just 23!

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