The Eagles began a run of three selections in five picks late in the fourth round by selecting Oklahoma linebacker Keenen Clayton, at No. 121 overall. He is the fifth consecutive defensive player that the Eagles have selected thus far.
They finally broke the string of defensive players by selecting Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka at No. 122 and Missouri State tight end Clay Harbor at No. 125.
Keenan is a smaller linebacker at 6-1, 229 and could potentially be more of a strong safety. A two-year starter at Oklahoma, he made 75 tackles in 2009 in 13 games and had 84 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 14 games as a junior.
Kafka will be the Eagles’ third quarterback behind Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, or if Vick is traded, another veteran. Kafka got his starting job back last season and threw for 3,480 yards with a .648 completion percentage. He threw 16 touchdowns but also 12 interceptions.
Kafka is a mobile quarterback who throws well in the spread offense and made a strong impression at the scouting combine. He is the fifth quarterback selected.
Kafka said the Eagles came to his Pro Day and talked to him at the combine. He said the Northwestern offense is based on West Coast concepts. “I’m so happy to be there,” he said.
He largely played behind C.J. Bacher for 3 years. "It was definitely tough. As a competitor, you never want to hear the words, 'be patient.' "
He was asked if he thought he'd fit right in with Andy Reid, since he once threw 78 passes in a NW game. "That's great," he said. "That's exactly what I look for."
Harbor, 6-3, 252, had 59 receptions for 729 yards with four touchdowns as a senior. In 43 career games, he had 150 receptions for 1,906 yards and 10 touchdowns.
"I think I'm a great fit for the organization," Harbor said.
He was a high school wide receiver who long jumped 22-2 and then gained 50 pounds in college and was moved to tight end.
The Eagles used a fifth-round pick last year to select Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram, but he suffered a knee injury during training camp, requiring a second surgery in 2 years on the same knee. The initial injury cost Ingram his senior year at Florida.
No. 121 is actually the only one of the Eagles’ original selections among their scheduled nine picks today.
Earlier in the fourth round, the Eagles selected Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley.
The Eagles' pick at No. 122 was acquired from Green Bay, and No. 125 was acquired from Cleveland. Both those picks were part of trades Friday night as the Eagles moved down.
They also pick in the fifth round at Nos. 134 and 146, at No. 200 in the sixth round and Nos. 243 and 244 in the seventh.
More to come ...
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