About the Eagles' Day 2 picks
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About the Eagles' Day 2 picks
Daily News staff
UPDATED THROUGH END: Here is a capsule look at the SIX players the Eagles have selected thus far today, three in the fifth round and one in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Position: Tight end
Pick: 5th round, 153 overall
Hometown: Hawthorne, Fla.
Breakdown: Missed all of last season with a torn left ACL suffered in fall drills, but looked strong at the Scouting Combine, including a 40-yard dash time of 4.68 seconds and a 33-inch vertical jump ... Came to Florida as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation. Became a full-time receiver in 2006, used in a number of formations ... Moved to tight end in 2007, playing in 13 games, with five starts. Caught 34 passes for 508 yards with seven touchdowns (tied for first on the team) for the 2007 national champions ... For his career, he had 64 catches for 888 yards with eight touchdowns ... Played basketball in 2004-05, appearing in 19 games as a shooting guard.
On whether he felt that he was going to be drafted higher:
“You know, I was thinking that I would but at the same time I know the knee problem was a question to a lot of teams. I’m at the point in my life where I am happy for the opportunity and for Philadelphia giving me this chance because I am definitely going to take advantage of it. I’m going to be one of the hardest working guys out there on the field and I am ready to get started.”
On how he would describe himself as a tight end:
“I think I am definitely more of a vertical tight end, receiver tight end because of the style of offense we ran at Florida. At the same time, I know I did not do a whole lot of blocking as far as being an attached tight end because we were so into the spread. But I know I can do it and I know I can stretch the field vertically so I am just ready to start.”
On whether the injury will hinder his ability to adjust or get back into action:
“Not really. I think it is just more of a mental thing coming off of an injury like this. Nine times out of ten with some guys it might happen differently as far as getting hit a certain way but when I got hurt it was just me catching the ball and someone pulling my shoulder pads. It’s more mental so I think once I start playing and I get going I will be fine because it wasn’t a drastic hit or a blow to the knee or anything like that, it just got stuck in the ground. I will have no fear of going out there and just turning loose and being myself.”
Victor “Macho” Harris
Pick: 5th round, 157 overall
Hometown: Highland Springs, Va.
College: Virginia Tech
Breakdown: Did a little bit of everything for the Hokies, including playing cornerback and safety, returning kicks and punts and playing on offense as a receiver and tailback ... Was a second-team All-American and first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference at cornerback ... Finished with 15 career interceptions (third in Va. Tech history) for 278 yards (third all time in the ACC) ... Returned four picks for TDs ... Started 13 games as a senior with 46 tackles, two forced fumbles and one recovery. Broke up eight passes and had six interceptions ... Averaged 9.3 yards on 25 punt returns.
On being drafted by the Eagles:
“I feel great. I thank God for this opportunity. I’ve been waiting, it’s been a long ride and to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, I’m close to home. The Philadelphia Eagles are going to have great player. I’m going to be coachable and a game-changer, so they don’t have to worry about that. I’m so excited man.”
On playing both offense and defense in college and being able to focus on defense in the NFL:
“Doing it in college I had to make my mind up and do it all to help the team. We wanted to go out as a team and win the BCS or what not and it’s exciting. Just to come back and be drafted by the Eagles, it’s exciting.”
On his draft-day experience:
“My day has been long but very blessed. I’m happy now. I’m glad and like I said, I’m an Eagle now so I’m not worried about it. I’m excited to go up there and play with all these great guys like [CB] Asante Samuel and [CB] [Ellis] Hobbs. Those guys are great veterans in the game and I’m excited to come in and learn from those guys because those guys right there are some great guys. I’m ready to go in and listen and play my role and come in and play ball.”
On how he got his nickname, ‘Macho’:
“When I was two years old my dad said I was very challenging. I was running around the house with my bike and stuff being a little challenging boy and he wanted to name a challenging name, a tough name, a masculine name like Macho. It’s stuck with me ever since.”
Position: Offensive tackle
Pick: 5th round, 159
Hometown: Elverta, Calif.
Breakdown: Pronounced fen-UU-kee TUU-puu ... Started 23 of the 24 games he played at Oregon after a stellar career at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. ... Was second-team All-Pac-10 as a junior, allowing only two sacks on 413 pass plays as Oregon lead the conference in totals offense and points per game ... Suspended for the season opener as a senior for accepting a meal and $100 from a sports agent ... Started 10 games and was named third-team All-American and All-Pac 10 first team as Ducks again led the league in total offense.
On how he feels about being drafted by the Eagles:
“It’s a dream come true. It finally happened. It’s a good feeling. Nothing in the world like it.”
On where he thinks he will fit in on the team:
“Wherever they have me at. I’m just looking to come in and contribute any way possible whether it’s at guard or tackle. I really like the way offensive line coach [Juan] Castillo’s coaching style is. Wherever he has me at, I’m going to put forth 110 percent and do my best to contribute in any way possible.”
On whether they have talked to him about playing guard:
“That’s been the rumors with my agent and other teams that talked to me at the combine. Possibly look at me playing guard, either guard, or switching me over to right tackle. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know I learned from one of the best coaches in the league, so they prepared me well.”
On not seeming to be excited after getting drafted:
“Oh no, I’m just trying to hold back. All my family is inside, I’m in the room. I’m just trying to keep my composure. Just trying not to shed some tears; just trying to hold it in. I’ve never been one to really show emotion. I’m at a loss for words. I’m just trying to hold it in, I guess. I’m real excited. I can’t wait to get over there.”
Position: Wide receiver
Pick: 6th round, 194
Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.
College: Washington State
Breakdown: Tops in school history with 2,756 receiving yards and second with 182 catches, including 57 as a senior ... Playing for a new coach in a new system, his production dropped from 1,180 yards as a junior to 673 in 2008 and his TDs fell from nine to two ... Was All-Pac-10 first team and third-team All-America as a junior ... Started the first three games as a senior at the flanker position and then moved to the slot ... Nephew of former NFL cornerback Vaughn Williams.
Pick: 7th round, 213 overall
Hometown: Milbrae, Calif.
College: Arizona State
Breakdown: A former walk-on, started the final 35 games of his career, all at right guard. According to NFL.com, there are questions about how well his skills translate to the pros, especially against shorter and powerful defensive tackles.
Position: Outside linebacker
Pick: 7th round, 230 overall
Hometown: Rockville, Md.
Breakdown: Ran a 4.76 at the combine ... Switched from the weak side to the strong side after his sophomore season and became a starter. Started 35 of his 49 career games for the Terps ... Had 77 tackles, five sacks as a senior and finished his career with 252 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
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