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Eagles Close Out Draft With DT Owens, S Coleman

The Eagles closed out their 13-man draft class with back-to-back compensatory picks. First, with the 243rd overall pick, they selected defensive tackle Jeff Owens from the University of Georgia. Then, to cap off the draft, they selected safety Kurt Coleman from Ohio State. Both Owens and Coleman were expected to be chosen earlier in the draft.

DT Jeff Owens, Georgia
Pos. Rank: 16 Grade: 3rd-4th Round Height: 6-1 Weight: 304 40: 4.97 Year: 5-Sr.

The Good: Explosive interior lineman who plays with a large degree of quickness. Fires off the snap with a nice first step, plays with good pad level, and shows a large degree of power in his lower body. Keeps his feet driving up the field, displays the ability to slide off blocks laterally, and quickly changes direction, then gets out to the flanks to make plays. Solid run defender who works his hands throughout the action.

The Bad: Controlled at the point by a single blocker and slow to shed tackles. Marginal pass rusher who loses a lot of momentum when he alters his angle of attack.

The Verdict: Owens looks the part yet does not consistently play to it on the field. His development was hampered by the knee injury suffered in 2008, yet for the most part, Owens has underachieved in college. Does offer a degree of upside at the next level as a conventional tackle in a four-man front.

S Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
Pos. Rank: 10 Grade: 3rd Round Height: 5-10 1/2 Weight: 192 40: 4.52 Year: 4-Sr.

The Good: Underrated college safety with a complete game. Smart, tough and creates opportunities for his team. Works well with cornerbacks, displays terrific awareness and solid instincts. Reads the action, recognizes routes in zone coverage and displays a nice break to the ball. Aggressive, works hard to get involved in the action and wraps up tackling. Takes good angles to plays and very efficient. Displays solid sideline to sideline range in centerfield and covers a lot of area.

The Bad: Possesses just average size and speed. Marginally explosive.

The Verdict: Coleman is one of the more complete safeties in this draft yet will be downgraded because he lacks the great measurables. He offers the ability to play in several systems and has starting potential. In many ways Coleman reminds us of Ed Reed when the All Pro entered the draft in 2002.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:49 p.m., April 24

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