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Eagles Draft Done; 13 Picks, 9 for D

The Eagles wrapped up their 2010 draft with defensive tackle Jeff Owens from Georgia, 243rd overall, and strong safety Kurt Coleman from Ohio State, 244th.

Eagles Draft Done; 13 Picks, 9 for D

The Eagles drafted Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens with the 243rd pick overall. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The Eagles drafted Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens with the 243rd pick overall. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Eagles wrapped up their 2010 draft with defensive tackle Jeff Owens from Georgia, 243rd overall, and strong safety Kurt Coleman from Ohio State, 244th.

The Birds wound up making 13 selections in the three-day draft, nine of them on defense, including their first five and six of their first eight.

For only the third time in 12 Andy Reid drafts, the Eagles did not select an offensive lineman. But they have about nine undrafted free agents slots before minicamp starts Friday, and it'll be a shock if several of those aren't OL.

Looking at past drafts, we've been unable to find a draft that started with five defenders, though in the '50s drafts, players were labled "B," "T" and "E," which makes it hard to say for sure.

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Eagles general manager Howie Roseman had said the strength of this group of prospects was the defensive line, and the Eagles concentrated four picks there, three at DE and one at DT.

"We've added speed all the way across the defense -- speed and quickness and heart," Reid said afterward.

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Earlier: We're into the seventh round and the Eagles still haven't drafted an offensive lineman. They made another trade, sending a sixth-rounder in 2011 to Detroit to get back a piack that was involved in last week's three-way trade with the Lions, 220th overall. They took linebacker Jamar Chaney (6-1, 242) from Mississippi State, the Bulldogs' leading tackler last season, coming back from a broken leg that ended his 2008 season after one game.

The Birds still pick 243rd and 244th today. Those are compensatory picks, so the Eagles can't trade them.

In the sixth round, with the 200th overall selection, the Eagles added to their backfield depth with RB Charles Scott, 5-11, 238, from LSU.

Scott is recovering from a broken clavicle suffered last season, but before that he built a reputation as a strong north-south runner who lacks speed on the edge. He is said to be good down near the goalline, which could help the Eagles. He was Louisiana's Mr. Football as a high school senior. He scored 32 touchdowns in his LSU career.

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Earlier: It is on to Round 5 for the Eagles and they selected Clemson outside linebacker Ricky Sapp at No. 134 overall, and then Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper at No. 159, after a trade with San Diego.

Sapp, 6-4, 252, has taken a significant fall in the draft. Sapp bounced back from a torn right ACL injury during his junior year to record career highs in tackles (60), tackles for loss (5) and sacks (5) last season. He opted to skip the Senior Bowl in order to be ready for the combine and private workouts to prove the knee was healthy. The knee affected his play, though, he acknowledged in a conference call with reports after the Eagles drafted him.

"I tore my ACL in November of 2008. I came back and played a full season on my knee at about 60 percent -- I really should have sat out a couple of games, until I got that right, but I really wanted to play," Sapp said. "So it kind of hurt me a little bit."

Sapp said he played the "bandit" position at Clemson, kind of a pass-rushing linebacker. He said the Eagles haven't told him whether they see him as LB or DE.

Cooper, 6-4, 222, caught 51 passes for 961 yards with the Gators in 2009. He also played baseball at Florida -- and once was a Phils draftee -- but has indicated his intentions are to play in the NFL.

No. 134 was acquired from Cleveland yesterday.

The Birds also acquired No. 146 in Round 5 from the Browns but traded the pick to the Chargers for No. 159 in the fifith round and a fifth-rounder in 2011.

The Eagles also select at No. 200 in the sixth round and Nos. 243 and 244 in the seventh round, both are compensatory picks assigned by the league for free agent losses before last season.

With their four fourth-round picks today, the Eagles picked Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley, Oklahoma linebacker Keenan Clayton, Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka and Missouri State tight end Clay Harbor.

For those of you who are Penn State fans, the Packers selected tight end Andrew Quarless at No. 154, in the fifth round.

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In other news, the NFL Network is reporting that Brian Westbrook is in St. Louis today, visiting the Rams and is scheduled to take a physical. The Packers also have had some level of interest.

To read our recap of the fourth round, click here.
 

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