While the Eagles are holding the news conference at the NovaCare Complex for the two players they selected yesterday, they also added an offensive lineman and a safety. Two positions you had to expect them to try to fill.
The Birds selected Mike McGlynn, a 6-5, 318-pound guard/tackle from Pitt, in the fourth round, pick No. 109. That was the choice they received yesterday in the trade with Carolina.
McGlynn made 31 consecutive starts at right tackle before shifting over to right guard for the first three games of the 2007 season. When his replacement struggled, he was moved back to his original position.
He got off to a slow start in 2007 as he recovered from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He had played much of the 2006 season with the injured shoulder and a hand injury.
At No. 117, the Eagles took Quentin Demps, a safety from UTEP who made 17 career interceptions. The Birds figured to be looking into the future for a potential replacement for Brian Dawkins at safety.
Demps also is considered an exceptional special teams player, with experience as both a kickoff and punt returner.
Here is the transcript of the conference call that the Eagles had with Mike McGlynn for Philadelphia area reporters:
On whether he spoke to the Eagles coaches about what position he would be playing:
“I think [offensive line] coach [Juan] Castillo likes me inside, playing guard or possibly even center. I really don’t know. We really have not gotten into that to see where they want me to play. I will play anywhere, tackle, guard or center. It doesn’t matter. I am excited.”
On whether he was watching the draft yesterday and whether he expected the Eagles to take OT Jeff Otah:
“I knew that the coaching staff liked Jeff a lot. I also knew Carolina liked him as well. It happened the way it happened and it worked out well. I have been so caught up in this, I don’t even know who the Eagles picked in the 1st round. I was just trying to see how it would all fall out and what teams picked who. We will see how it all works out.”
On whether he is watching the draft and how he found out he was drafted:
“I have been watching the draft all day on pins and needles. When you see certain guys go at your position, obviously, you wish you were picked and all that. But, really, I got a home in Philadelphia and I just have to come in and earn my spot on the team and work my tail off. I am going to come in and try to get Philadelphia back into the Super Bowl.”
On whether he talked to the Eagles leading up to the draft:
“I talked to coach Castillo during the combine and then he came to Jeff’s [Otah] pro day. I worked out with him and he put me through some drills. I am very familiar with Philadelphia, the Eagles and their franchise. I just want to come in and work my tail off and help get us back to the Super Bowl.”
On his strengths as a lineman:
“I am just a tough, 100%, I play-hard, nasty guy that is going to come in and do the work that needs to be done. The front line guys don’t get any glory and I don’t need any glory. I just want to come in and get my job done. I describe myself as a blue-collar type of guy.”
On whether he knows Eagles RT Jon Runyan:
“Yeah, he’s had a great career in Philadelphia. He is one of the best tackles in the league. I know they have a good offensive line right now, but we will see how it all shakes out.”
On whether he feels more comfortable playing OT, OG or center:
“I think I will feel more comfortable playing inside at guard or center. It doesn’t matter to me, though. I really don’t care.”