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Mammoth Mihalik Is An Eagle Again

Posted May 2, 2015

The Eagles used their final pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on the largest of their six selections, the 6-9, 295-pound Brian Mihalik out of Boston College.

While he may be an Ohio native, Mihalik brings with him plenty of ties to the Eagles' organization.

Mihalik played for outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern, assistant defensive line coach Mike Dawson and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day during their respective days at Boston College. When he visited the Eagles before the draft, Mihalik said, he enjoyed seeing his former coaches again.

"When I visited Philadelphia, I really felt comfortable with (his former coaches) and what they were doing," Mihalik said, "and I think they felt comfortable with me. I think that was a big part of it.”

During his time at Boston College, Mihalik said he played a little bit of 3-4, and said he always felt he was better suited to play in a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Now that he's heading to a defense that employs the 3-4, Mihalik will have a chance to test that theory out, and he's excited.

"It will definitely be a little bit of a learning curve, some stuff I have to pick up, but I think overall it should be a pretty smooth transition," Mihalik said.

“I think playing in the two-gap scheme like Philadelphia plays, you look for taller ends. I’m able to use my length pretty well when I can get guys extended. The only drawback is making sure I’m playing well, playing with a good base and staying balanced with stuff like that.”

As the draft began to wind down, Mihalik said his phone was ringing with calls from a number of teams asking about potential undrafted free agency signings. But instead he got the call from Chip Kelly and the Eagles, and now Mihalik is heading to the City of Brotherly Love.

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