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Millen: Eagles Got Outstanding Player

Geoff Mosher of the *Wilmington News Journal *got in touch with the man who drafted Ernie Sims with the ninth overall selection in 2006 - former Lions general manager Matt Millen.

Now an analyst for NBC's Football Night In America, Millen said that the Eagles "did an outstanding job of getting an outstanding football player."


Millen explained that head coach Jim Schwartz's defense calls for bigger players to clog the gaps instead of quick players, which is what the Eagles defense utilizes. That is why Sims was no longer a fit in Detroit.

The best nugget that Millen provided was revealing something Sims had a problem with earlier in his career.

"He had problems with hitting so hard, he knocked himself out a bunch of times," Millen said. "Three short years ago people were talking about Ernie Sims being a Pro Bowler. Then he got beat up and they changed defenses, but that's the same Ernie Sims drafted just a few years ago."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:20 p.m., April 19

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