Before the 2012 NFL Draft, the Eagles were adamant that they would remain true to the board and select the best player available.
There was no surprise that the Eagles selected a defensive tackle in
"There's no way we could pass him up," said head coach Andy Reid of Curry.
The Eagles have two Pro Bowl defensive ends in
Reid insisted that using the team's first three picks on defense wasn't the plan. He said that it's simply the way the draft played out.
"However, it's welcomed," Reid said.
The Eagles have added three athletic players who will boost a defense that greatly improved towards the end of the 2011 season.
With Kendricks, Reid said that the Eagles are "getting a phenomenal pass rusher off that strong side. You're getting somebody who can cover the tight end. His pass cover skills are really strong."
Kendricks was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Even though Kendricks is 5-11 and will battle against taller tight ends, Reid said that the ball was thrown around quite a bit in the Pac-12 and that area of his game is strong.
"He's the type of player that doesn't present you with a lot of weaknesses," Reid said.
With Curry, Reid said the Eagles had a late first/early second-round grade on the Neptune, N.J. native, who is a die-hard Eagles fan.
"He's got one speed and that's 100 miles an hour," Reid said. "That's how he plays."
The Eagles didn't "need" a defensive end. But now the Eagles have increased the competition greatly on the defensive side of the ball. It will only make training camp, and eventually this team, that much improved.
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