Saturday, April 30, 2011

Eagles Select Center, Jason Kelce And Linebacker, Brian Rolle In Round Six

Last year the Eagles went into the draft with the mission of improving their defensive line. This year they’ve gone in the draft with the purpose of improving their offensive line.

he started out by taking Baylor guard/tackle Danny Watkins in the first round, then Iowa guard Julian Vandervelde in the fifth round, now they’ve drafted center Jason Kelce of Cincinnati.

Kelce is somewhat undersized to play that position in the NFL. He’s 6’3″ but he only weighs 280 pounds. Most of the centers in the league are 300 and above, so don’t be surprised if they ask him to put on a few pounds.

He’s a very good athlete for a center, who gets the job done with speed and quickness rather than size and strength. Kelce has the same committed and disciplined attitude of the other Eagles picks. He walked on as a freshman linebacker and out worked everybody to get on the field.

A couple of picks later, the Eagles drafted undersized Ohio State linebacker, Brian Rolle, who stands 5’10″ and weighs 228 pounds. He supposedly makes up for what he lacks in size and strength with speed and enthusiasm. According to scouting various reports, this young man loves to hit.

Rolle runs a 4.5 in the forty-yard dash. He bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times, which is quite impressive for a guy his size.

He wants to play linebacker but he won’t have a problem if the Birds want him to be a safety. I could see them using him in much the same way that they used Keenan Clayton last year. He was like a linebacker/safety and he specialized in playing in nickel coverages.

Rolle will have to come in here and contribute on the special teams.

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