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Intrigue, Value In Final Four Picks

The Eagles had four picks in the final three rounds and used each of them to bolster the offensive side of the ball. Here are some notes regarding the newest Eagles …

Dennis Kelly, OT, Iowa

Dennis Kelly is a mountain of a man at 6-8, 321 pounds, but don't let that fool you. The Eagles' fifth-round pick says that he can move for a big man.

"I move very well for how big I am. I've grown into my body and my size. I feel I move pretty fluidly," said Kelly, an offensive tackle from Purdue and the 153rd overall pick.

Kelly was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He did not attend the regional combine in Detroit, Mich. after both he and his agent decided to stand on what Kelly described as a strong pro day at Purdue.

In 2010, Kelly was voted Purdue's offensive most valuable player and was chosen as a team captain for his senior season in 2011.

Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

With their first pick of the sixth round, the Eagles drafted a big target for the Eagles quarterbacks to throw to. Marvin McNutt is a 6-3, 216-pound wide receiver from Iowa. He was chosen No. 194 overall.

While not the fastest wide receiver (he has been clocked at 4.54 in the 40-yard dash), McNutt has been described as a "fluid" athlete who takes long strides to create space. He said he views himself as someone who can make any catch.

"I see myself as a playmaker. I make plays and do whatever's necessary to get a victory," McNutt said.

In his senior season, McNutt had 78 catches for 1,269 catches and 12 touchdowns. McNutt finished his career at Iowa with 166 catches, 2,815 yards and 28 touchdowns. 

McNutt said he was surprised to end up in Philadelphia, but that it didn't take the thrill out of being drafted by an NFL team.

Brandon Washington, OG, Miami

The Eagles added another competitor to the offensive line mix with their second pick of the sixth round, drafting Brandon Washington from Miami with the 200th overall selection.

Washington, an offensive guard, was very effective his junior year at Miami. He shifted from guard to tackle for his final season, yet was called for only 3 penalties. He started all 12 games for the Hurricanes. He was twice named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week during his career.

Washington said he expects to play more at guard with the Eagles after working out and watching film with coaches in pre-draft workouts. While he said he loves to run block, Washington knows he'll have to be strong in pass protection as well and looked forward to the prospect of blocking for the Eagles' offensive stars.

"I feel perfect. Getting an opportunity to say I had a chance to block for Michael Vick or (LeSean) McCoy," Washington said.

After playing every position on the offensive line except for center during his career at Miami, Washington was considered one of the most versatile linemen in the draft.

Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State

After waiting through nearly seven rounds of the draft, Bryce Brown will get his chance in the NFL with the Eagles after he was chosen in the seventh round (No. 229 overall).

Brown entered the draft this year after a college career that saw him bounce around. He was a top recruit coming out of high school and originally committed to Miami, then signed with Tennessee. Following his only season at Tennessee, he transferred to Kansas State to be closer to family.

"To have an organization go out on a limb … for them to really believe in me, that makes me feel good and makes me want to go out and work even harder for those guys," Brown said.

In the months leading up to the draft, Brown met with running backs coach Ted Williams and said those meetings were productive, making him feel even more comfortable with the organization.

Brown described himself as a versatile back that can carry the ball and make catches out of the backfield. He said he's willing and ready to provide backfield blocking and hopes to be a complete back.

"Being willing and wanting to do it is what I think the great ones have," Brown said.

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