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Draft grades (part 2)

Here are some more draft grades and evaluations from around the Internet.

Draft grades (part 2)

Here are some more draft grades and evaluations from around the Internet.

For part one of the roundup, click here.

And thanks to readers Alan, Jef, Jamie and Gary for sending some links along.

SI.com's Peter King likes the value the Eagles got on Day 1:

Now, no one knows if Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy are going to be players. But getting them at 19 and 53, respectively, constitutes the best value picking of any team on day one of the draft, as happened last year with DeSean Jackson in the middle of Round 2.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports gives the Eagles a B-minus:

Maclin should be another instant impact guy, like DeSean Jackson was last season. McCoy doesn’t have elite speed, but he can make defenders miss and could develop into an NFL starter. Ingram will be a liability in run-blocking. After Maclin and McCoy, there may not be many future starters.

SI.com's Ross Tucker lists the Eagles among three teams whose drafts he loved:

They got arguably the best receiver in the draft, Jeremy Maclin, at No. 19 and the most elusive and pure runner, LeSean McCoy, at No. 53. The Eagles also got another receiving threat in sleeper tight end Cornelius Ingram from Florida. Oh, and did I mention they got the most talented left tackle in the league in Jason Peters via trade and a guy nicknamed "Macho" (Victor Harris)? You gotta love it.

Larry Weisman of USA Today gives the Eagles an A:

Traded a No. 1 previously to Buffalo for Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters. Traded up to get WR Jeremy Maclin, who may become the weapon so often deemed lacking from this offense. First time the Eagles used a No. 1 pick since 2006. RB LeSean McCoy is much like Brian Westbrook in style and should adapt quickly to the Eagles Offense. CB Victor "Macho" Harris, taken in the fifth round, could have gone higher and ought to fit well in Philly's aggressive scheme. Got CB Ellis Hobbs from New England for two No. 5 picks. Wow.

FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez says the Eagles have a need at kicker:

David Akers made just two of his six attempts from 47 yards and beyond in 2008. The Eagles would be wise to closely monitor NFL waiver wires in the preseason for strong-legged kickers that get released by teams with established veterans.

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