The Eagles' 2013 draft is in the books and the Eagletarian ledger counts two major surprises: The acquisition of quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round Saturday, and the fact that the Eagles never managed to come up with an extra second-, third- or fourth-round pick in a deep draft. This was something they were very interested in doing, but apparently, the right opportunity never arose.
The Birds ended up with eight selections, burning one of their four seventh-rounders Saturday in the move up to get Barkley with the first pick of the day, in the fourth. Three defensive linemen were added, all of whom new coach Chip Kelly said will play with their hand down, will not be converted to OLBs. In order, the Eagles took an offensive tackle (Lane Johnson), a tight end (Zach Ertz), a defensive tackle (Bennie Logan) a QB (Barkley), a strong safety (Earl Wolff), a defensive end (Joe Kruger), a corner (Jordan Poyer) and another defensive end (David King). Three for the offense, all in the first four rounds, everything else for the defense.
Other impressions: The Eagles did what they said they were going to do, stuck to the board even when, say, spending a second-round pick on a tight end might have seemed less crucial than adding a major cog to the secondary. Also, though general manager Howie Roseman ran the show, this year you stood a better chance of being drafted by the Eagles if you'd ever played well against the Oregon Ducks. Funny how that worked out.
"It's a very orderly process," Kelly said after his first NFL draft. "You spend so much time leading up to it, with your preparation. You just have to trust your preparation."
Kelly said he thinks some teams "panic" and move up for players, "get emotionally attached" instead of letting the draft come to them. The Eagles traded up only for the opportunity to get Barkley, and it didn't cost them much.