The past two seasons, the one thing most experts agreed the Eagles probably would go for pretty high in the draft was a safety. Last year, Mike Lewis had left in free agency and Brian Dawkins was turning 34. A year later, C.J. Gaddis, the safety the Birds took in the fifth round, is long gone, and Dawkins is turning 35. People figured the Eagles would go first or second round for a safety.
Finally today, in the fourth round, the Eagles took a safety -- Quintin Demps from Texas-El Paso, whose 17 interceptions in 2007 were counterbalanced by draft appraisals that questioned his hitting prowess. He is related neither to Will Demps nor Quintin Mikell, but he says he remembers picking off Eagles QB Kevin Kolb twice in a game, when Kolb played for Houston.
Demps, who told a conference call with reporters that he expected to go earlier in the draft, vowed: "I ain't a Pro Bowl player, I'm a Super Bowl player." He identified himself as "a playmaker" and noted that he also can return kicks.
I'm a little worried that he lacks confidence.
I'm also wondering how many more guys with this name the Birds might be bringing in.
Here is more from Demps via the transcript of his conference call with Philadelphia-area reporters:
On whether he will play safety or cornerback:
On whether he was surprised when the Eagles called him today:
“Yeah, a little bit. I was hoping to get in a little earlier, but yeah.”
On how familiar he is with the Eagles:
“They are my favorite team on [video game] Madden. [Jokingly] I was kind of mad when they got rid of [former Eagles SS] Michael Lewis. I dominated in Madden with him. They’ve got [FS Brian] Dawkins, [RB Brian] Westbrook and [QB] Donovan McNabb. [Jokingly] I picked off [QB] Kevin Kolb a couple of times in college, so I am very familiar with him.”
On whether he had one of Kolb’s four interceptions in Kolb’s senior season:
“Yeah, I had two of them as a matter of fact. I picked him off twice in one game.”
On his production in college:
“I am a playmaker. If the Eagles wanted a playmaker, they got one as a steal in the draft. I am going to take what I can from Dawkins and just come in there to play with passion. I am not a Pro Bowl player; I’m a Super Bowl player. I am ready to go. I am fired up.”
On how much he is looking forward to working with Brian Dawkins:
“I am very much looking forward to that. I heard he’s a big Christian guy too, so I am really looking forward to that.”
On whether it bothers him that people say he’s not a physical player:
“No, not at all. I am just going to have to prove it to them. I am going to come out there and hit everything that comes my way.”
On his contact with the team leading up to the draft:
“I spoke with them at the combine. They were one of my meetings there.”
On why he thinks he did slip in the draft:
“That is not for me to answer. I really don’t know. I really can’t answer that.”
On whether he enjoys the return game and whether he sees himself doing that for the Eagles:
On whether Kevin Kolb was worth a 2nd round pick last year:
“Yeah, he’s real good. I can’t wait to talk to him.”
On what he will say to Kolb when he sees him:
“I am going to be like, ‘What’s up, man?’’ I picked him off in overtime to win the game in my sophomore year. That’s cool, man, that’s cool.”