Derek Barnett didn't play quarterback in high school. He didn't have to transfer from offense to defense early in his collegiate career. He didn't play several positions in different schemes during his three years at Tennessee. And he didn't have just one productive season - he had three.
The Eagles selected Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett with the No. 14 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night in front of a spirited crowd along the Art Museum steps that heard that music from Rocky as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took the stage.
The defensive end from Tennessee needlessly worried he wouldnt get a rousing reception from Eagles fans.
It was no secret the Eagles were interested in the defensive end from Tennessee. But there was no guarantee he would be there at 14
Despite all the unexpected moves in the draft, Eagles real excited to land Tennessee defensive end
The former walk-on played defensive end for the Owls but is expected to be a linebacker with Arizona.
Here's what the top TV analysts at ESPN and NFL Network had to say about the Eagles' choice of Derek Barnett.
Barnett has some shortcomings, but powerful hands and a non-stop motor make up for his deficiencies.
Derek Barnett did not hide his excitement after hearing his name called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at Thursday night's draft.
Carson Wentz's success with the Eagles - who also moved up to take him at No.2 - likely influenced Chicago's draft decision.
I love the Philadelphia fans, the former Eagles quarterback said on a visit to the Parkway.
What will the board look like when the 14th pick comes around? Plus, the outlook at several positions.
Zach Berman, Les Bowen, Paul Domowitch and Jeff McLane predict which players will go where in the first round Thursday night.
The 2017 NFL draft starts Thursday night in Philadelphia.
The 2017 NFL draft begins Thursday night in Philadelphia.