After selecting a pair of offensive players with their first two picks of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Eagles turned to the other side of the line of scrimmage in the third round with the addition of defensive tackle Bennie Logan. With the fifth pick of the third round, the 67th selection overall, the Eagles tapped Logan, an LSU product who will compete immediately for playing time alongside the likes of Fletcher Cox, Isaac Sopoaga, Cedric Thornton and Antonio Dixon, among others.
Since taking over as head coach of the Eagles, Chip Kelly has repeatedly demonstrated an affinity for players with versatility. Logan, like so many of the Eagles' offseason additions before him, fits that bill. A two-year starter at LSU, Edwards moved along the defensive line for the Tigers. For the Eagles, he is expected to do the same, though Kelly said following the pick that Logan is likely to be "an interior player."
"The Eagles, when I met with them at the Combine, they told me I was versatile," Logan said in a conference call. "I could play the nose, the three-technique, the one-technique or even defensive end. So that's why they were interested in me because I could play more than one position on the D-line.
"I prefer inside but whatever the Eagles are asking me to do, whatever position they're asking me to play, I'm willing to learn the position. I just want to contribute to the team whatever way I can."
Logan was a highly-thought-of player inside the LSU program, so much so that he was befitted with the program's revered No. 18 jersey. At LSU, the No. 18 is worn by a player who, in Logan's description, "displays great leadership on and off the field." It's an honor bestowed by a vote of the coaching staff, training staff and equipment staff and it's an honor that fit Logan well. Often overshadowed by his flashier defensive line mates like Barkevious Mingo (the sixth overall pick in this same draft) and Sam Montgomery, Logan was happy to be charged with the dirty work.
"I wasn't a Sam Montgomery or a Barkevious Mingo, guys who are known for their speed and getting sacks and what-not," Logan said. "I was more of an interior guy. You know, taking on the double teams, doing all the dirty work in the trenches. But it's something I grew accustomed to, not getting a lot of attention and being underrated, basically. I just took it as I went on through my career year by year."
For their part, the Eagles apparently gave Logan plenty of attention. Kelly said following the pick that the team had a second-round grade on Logan and the newest member of the Eagles defense has the tools to be an every-down player.
"We think he has the ability to be a three-down player," Kelly said. "I think he's stout against the run but I also think on third down he can be an inside pass rusher for us. So that's what we really liked about him and getting him in [the third round], we were really fortunate. We had him in the second round and we were fortunate that he fell to us."
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