With their fifth-round pick, No. 153 overall, the Eagles selected Purdue offensive tackle Dennis Kelly.
With the torn Achilles suffered by All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters earlier this offseason, the Eagles' depth at the tackle position has become an area of interest. The team signed Demetress Bell in free agency to handle the left tackle position to start the year, while Todd Herremans mans the right tackle position. King Dunlap, the Eagles' swing tackle over the last few seasons, is also in the fold, as is D.J. Jones.
Here's the scouting report on Kelly, courtesy of SportsIllustrated.com's Tony Pauline.
Positive: Massive college left tackle who projects to the right side in the NFL. Solid in all facets of the game. Quickly sets up in pass protection, fights with his hands and keeps defenders in front of him. Moves relatively well on his feet. Works hard to bend his knees and block with leverage. Easily controls opponents once engaged at the point of attack. Jolts defenders with good hand punch and easily turns opponents off the line of scrimmage.
Negative: Bends at the waist and overextends into blocks on occasion. Struggles to adjust and is better in a smaller area.
Analysis: Kelly has been productive and durable on the college level. He offers potential as a backup right tackle.
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