Compiled by Paul Vigna ...
A thumbnail look at the 10 players the Eagles selected over the weekend in the NFL draft:
Round 2, No. 47 overall
DT, 6-1, 304, Notre Dame
Played defensive tackle in the Irish’s 4-3 alignment and then switched to end when that unit changed to a 3-4 ... Finished his college career in style, starting all 12 games for a Notre Dame defense that saw a lot of time on the field ... Was the only down lineman in the country with more than 100 tackles (had 112, eight for losses) in addition to four sacks, five pass breakups and three blocked kicks ... Started 25 games and played in 37 from 2004-06 ... Overlooked by some because of his height, but graded high in motor, power, technique and quickness ... Finished career with 224 tackles, the most since Chris Zorich had 219 in (1988-90) ... Zorich is a guy Irish fans compare Laws to ... Has been recognized for academics throughout his career ... Compiled a 142-5 record as a Minnesota high school wrestler, including a 49-0 season and a state title as a super-heavyweight as a junior ... Threw the shot put 58 feet ... His Web site is trevor-laws.com
Round 2, No. 49
WR, 5-10, 169, Cal
You wanted a returner ... and the Eagles took one who figured to go somewhere in the late first or early second round ... DJ’s numbers are eye-opening: owner of the Pac-10 records for punts returned for a touchdown in a season (four) and career (six) who ranks third all-time at Cal for receiving yards with 2,423 and receiving TDs with 22 ... Finished with 52 career plays of 20 yards or more ... Caught 60 passes and had 15 TDs as a high school senior, and named the 2004 Glenn Davis Award winner by the <CF5002>Los Angeles Times</CF> as Southern California’s player of the year ... Compared (and wouldn’t this be nice) to Carolina WR Steve Smith ... Left college after his junior year.
Round 3, No. 80 overall
DE, 6-2, 231, McNeese State
Is speed enough? We’ll find out with Smyth, who won’t knock over anyone with his size ... Smyth last season had 60 tackles (22.5 for losses), 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and a 6-yard fumble return for a touchdown in 12 games ... Totaled 127 tackles (34 for losses) and 20.5 sacks as a sophomore and junior after sitting out his freshman year ... Said McNeese coach Jack Morrison of Smyth: “He works so hard, practices so hard. He practices at a different level from everybody else. I think that goes back to his upbringing and that small-town upbringing \[Newton, Texas\] he has.”
Round 4, No. 109 overall
G, 6-4, 311, Pitt
His durability and technical skills have drawn plenty of praise, as well as his scrappy demeanor ... Played his entire college career at right tackle, including 31 straight starts from his freshman into his junior year ... Because he’s not an overpowering physical specimen, the feeling is that his path to the NFL makes more sense at guard ... One of three Eagles picks (Laws and Jackson being the others) on the top 100 prospects list of NFL.com’s Gil Brandt ... Also figures to compete as a long-snapper ... Told an interviewer last fall: “I am a good leader with good character. There is not a lot of trouble with me. I’m a family man who is getting married here soon.”
Round 4, No. 117 overall
S, 6-0, 206, UTEP
First time they’ve taken a Miner since Trey Darilek in 2004 ... Played 4 years in college ... Pretty nice senior year, which included 72 tackles (4.5 for losses), two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick, nine pass breakups and five interceptions (including two 100-yard returns for scores) ... Said this ESPN.com pre-draft bio: “Demps ... has a nose for the ball, displaying the ability to make momentum-shifting plays in coverage and on special teams.”
Round 4, No. 131 overall
CB, 6-1, 193, Wisconsin
Well, had he not blown out his right ACL preparing for the combine ... Originally projected as perhaps a second-rounder because of his size, cover ability and 4.4 speed; the injury simply means Ikegwuono is a reach pick who will use 2008 to rehab ... Pronounced eye-key-GWON-new ... Will likely move to safety once he does heal, some say ... Perhaps by then he’ll have resolution on charges of residential burglary and criminal trespass from an incident that occured last November.
Round 6, No. 184 overall
OT, 6-5, 302, Cal
Hmmmmmmmm, maybe better to pop the cork on this Napa, Calif., native in 2009 or ’10 after a couple years of practice-squad aging ... Played junior-college ball before transferring to Cal, where he was stationed at left tackle (and made 21 starts) over two seasons ... Part of line that allowed just 11 sacks last season ... Critics like his size and speed inside but pan his lower-body push.
Round 6, No. 200 overall
ILB, 5-11, 243, North Dakota State
Chicago native who finished as program’s all-time leader in solo tackles, with 159 ... Named the 2007 Great West Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Three-year stats: 240 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 25.5 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries, three INTs, four forced fumbles ... Coverage said to be weakness.
Round 6, No. 203 overall
DE, 6-3, 255, Wheaton
Studebaker? You’d like to say he has a high motor ... Division III Wheaton finished 8-2 in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) ... Had 17 1/2 sacks as a junior and five in five games last season before being sidelined by a torn Lisfranc ligament.
Round 7, No. 230 overall
OT, 6-8, 312, Auburn
The King’s reign soured in 2007, with injuries and performance issue reducing his to six starts after starting 13 games as a junior in ’06 ... If he can impove his footwork, his best chances to stick are on the right side of the line.