Phil Savage, the new executive director of the Senior Bowl, arrives at his new position in Mobile, AL, after two years serving as a player personnel executive for the Eagles. Savage, a native of Mobile, was a part of the draft process with general manager Howie Roseman and company for the last two seasons, during which time the Eagles selected nine Senior Bowl graduates. In April, the Eagles drafted four players who showed their stuff at this year's Senior Bowl in addition to signing two Senior Bowl graduates (
Now serving in his new role, Savage has been reviewing the fits between the players who participated in this year's Senior Bowl and the teams who selected them. Because he was involved with the Eagles' draft this year, Savage is uniquely qualified to address how certain Eagles rookies will fit in with the team. The first player selected by the Eagles in this year's draft who played in the Senior Bowl was defensive end
"Another 'value' pick was made by the Philadelphia Eagles when they selected Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry with the 59th choice," wrote Savage. "Vinny grew up as a big-time Eagles' fan and let it be known at the Senior Bowl that he would walk to the NovaCare Complex if Philadelphia chose him. The 'value' was too much to pass for the Eagles because he is an easy projection into their 4-3/wide-nine technique scheme."
In the third round, the Eagles surprised some by selecting Arizona quarterback
"Most observers will be interested to see what becomes of Arizona quarterback Nick Foles, who was taken by the Eagles at pick No. 88," wrote Savage. "He is a big-bodied thrower who will compete with
Finally, perhaps the Eagles' most universally well-received pick after the first-round selection of
"The Eagles chose cornerback/return specialist Brandon Boykin from Georgia with the 123rd selection," Savage wrote. "Last season, Philadelphia struggled to find success in their Nickel package because of insufficient play from the slot position. With his return skills, Boykin should be the fourth corner right away and should ultimately emerge as a solid cover man on inside receivers."
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