With their first season in the books, the draft class of 2010 looks a lot different now than it did back on draft weekend in April. The Eagles drafted 13 players over the three-day weekend, 12 of whom are still on the roster. Those rookies didn't just occupy space on the roster though, they contributed a good amount. In all, eight different rookies started a combined total 34 games for the team in 2010.
So how has the perception of the Eagles' draft class changed in about 11 months? According to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., the reviews have only gotten better. In his re-grading of the 2010 draft, Kiper bumped the Eagles up from a B-plus to an A-minus.
"The Eagles drafted guys they felt could help right away, and it showed, because it seems like nearly every guy they picked started in some capacity," Kiper wrote. "Highlighting that is the good season turned in by safety Nate Allen, a guy picked with the pick that Philly nabbed in the Donovan McNabb deal. (Allen got hurt, but he'll be back.) Riley Cooper was a surprise, Mike Kafka looks like a good bet to be a second-stringer soon and Brandon Graham will keep getting better when he's healthy. Another late steal was Kurt Coleman, who saw a lot of time at safety."
Kiper didn't even mention middle linebacker Jamar Chaney, a seventh-rounder who impressed as the starting middle linebacker to close the season, or contributors Clay Harbor, Trevard Lindley and Keenan Clayton.
For the record, Kiper's re-do A-minus would tie with three other teams for the fifth-best mark. The New England Patriots were the only team to receive an A-plus.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:01 a.m., February 1