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When the dust had settled, the Eagles had drafted eight players, made six trades and added three picks for next season.


When the dust had settled, the Eagles had drafted eight players, made six trades and added three picks for next season.

We won't know the impact of all these moves for quite some time, but the first look at coach Andy Reid's 2009 Eagles will come Friday when the team opens a mandatory post-draft camp at the NovaCare Complex.

The most significant move on the second day of the draft was the deal that sent two fifth-round picks to the New England Patriots for veteran cornerback/kick returner Ellis Hobbs.

Cornelius Ingram, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end from Florida, was the Eagles' first pick on the second day of the draft and he's also the one most likely to have some sort of impact as a rookie. Playing in the Gators' spread offense, he caught 64 passes for 888 yards and eight touchdowns during his career. He did not play at all last season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He admitted that blocking is not his strength.

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"I think I am definitely more of a vertical tight end, a receiver tight end because of the style of offense we ran at Florida," Ingram said. "I know I didn't do a whole lot of blocking ... but I know I can do it and I know I can stretch the field, so I am just ready to start."

The Eagles also took Virginia Tech cornerback Victor Harri and Oregon offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou with fifth-round picks. Reid said Harris, 5-11  and 187 pounds, can play both cornerback and safety. Tupou, 6-5 and 314 pounds, is a potential backup tackle or guard.

With their only sixth-round selection, the Eagles took wide receiver Brandon Gibson from Washington State. Gibson caught 182 passes for a school-record 2,756 yards. He also scored 17 touchdowns.

Guard Paul Fanaika from Arizona State and linebacker Moise Fokou from Maryland were seventh-round selections.

The Eagles did not draft a defensive lineman for the first time since 2004 and selected just two defensive players overall, the fewest since 2001.

HAPPY QB. Eagles coach Andy Reid said he talked to Donovan McNabb during the draft and the quarterback was happy with the team's acquistions. He said he didn't discuss the quarterback's contract.

"I didn't ask him about (the contract)," Reid said. "He was very interested in the draft, which he is every year. We talked during the draft."


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