Philadelphia Eagles: Top 10 Prospects

Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series and profiles the Philadelphia Eagles. In this series, an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year in the NFL or under 25 years of age. Find out who the Eagles top 10 prospects are entering the 2010 season.

Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
5-10
175
3
23

In just two years, DeSean Jackson has developed into one of the NFL's most exciting players. As a rookie, Jackson made a great first impression in Philadelphia on his way to catching 62 passes for 912 yards and two touchdowns. But, it was his performance this past season that has turned him into a household name. Jackson caught 62 passes for the second consecutive year in '09, but increased his yardage to 1,156 and broke out for nine touchdowns. In addition to his prowess as a dangerous aerial threat, Jackson is also one of the most feared return specialists. For his efforts last year, Jackson was selected as a starter in the 2010 Pro Bowl at wide receiver and as a kick returner. It was the first time in NFL history that a player was named a starter at two positions in the Pro Bowl.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 2nd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
6-0
198
2
22

The Eagles have one of the best young wide receiver tandems in the NFL with Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The selection of Maclin was a masterful move by the Eagles, as they traded up two spots in the first round of the 2009 draft to secure the former Missouri playmaker. After a short holdout during training camp, Maclin quickly grasped the offense and took advantage of the Eagles injury situation at wide receiver. He played in 15 games, starting 13 of them, and caught 56 passes for 773 yards and four touchdowns. Maclin displayed the ability to be a big play threat and proved to be the perfect complement to Jackson. It's possible that Maclin and Jackson will both exceed 1,000 yards this season with a gunslinger like Kevin Kolb as the new signal caller in Philadelphia.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 1st Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DE
6-1
268
R
22

Defense was the obvious theme to the 2010 draft for the Eagles, and they used their deep pool of draft picks to their advantage when they moved up from No. 24 to No. 13 to select Brandon Graham. The selection of Graham was surprising, since Texas safety Earl Thomas was still on the board, but he brings the explosiveness and tenacity that the Eagles need at defensive end opposite Trent Cole. Graham is the favorite to win the starting left defensive end job this preseason, but he won't be handed anything and will have to compete with Juqua Parker.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 1st Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
RB
5-10
198
2
21

The running game in Philadelphia will have a different feel with Brian Westbrook no longer taking handoffs, but the play of LeSean McCoy in 2009 was an encouraging sight and will make the transition from No. 36 a little easier. A second round pick in the 2009 draft, McCoy played well in Westbrook's absence and appeared in all 16 games, starting four, and carried the ball 155 times for 637 yards and four touchdowns. McCoy will receive the majority of carries this season, but he will also have to share the load with Leonard Weaver and Mike Bell.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 2nd Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
FS
6-0
207
R
22

Nate Allen already has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Not only will Eagles fans compare Allen to Earl Thomas, the player they passed on when the traded up for Brandon Graham, but he was also selected with the pick the Eagles acquired from Washington for Donovan McNabb. At South Florida, Allen was known for his playmaking ability and leadership qualities; this past season, he recorded 85 tackles and four interceptions. Allen is a versatile defender who is expected to start from day one at free safety, but in certain packages he can also lineup at cornerback.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 2nd Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
OL
6-4
315
3
25

It was a surprise that the Eagles didn't draft an offensive lineman in the 2010 draft. But as surprising as it was, their decision not to draft a lineman could be a reflection of their confidence in the players they selected in previous drafts. One lineman that's ready to contribute this season is 2008 fourth round pick Mike McGlynn. With starting center Jamaal Jackson still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered towards the end of the '09 season, McGlynn is a wildcard to replace Jackson in the lineup until he's able to return. If McGlynn doesn't beat out Nick Cole for those responsibilities, he will be looked upon as a key backup at center and guard this year.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 4th Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
TE
6-4
245
2
24

The decision to put Cornelius Ingram at No. 7 on the Eagles Top 10 list may be a little controversial, since his future is in question after he tore the same ACL during training camp last year that forced him to miss his senior season at Florida. If Ingram is healthy, he could develop into a major receiving threat at the tight end position. But, if he's unable to rebound from his second ACL surgery in two consecutive years, this spot in the Top 10 could easily go to 2010 fourth round pick, tight end Clay Harbor.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 5th Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
5-11
183
R
24

An Asante Samuel clone, the selection of Trevard Lindley in the fourth round was a curious one since the Eagles needed a physical corner and not a player who has questionable toughness. It's possible that the Eagles are looking towards the future with the selection of Lindley, which could trigger the end of Samuel's days in Philadelphia as soon as the 2011 season. If Lindley had entered the draft after his junior year, he would have been a top 40 draft pick. He decided to stay in school to improve his stock, but he actually regressed, mainly because of an ankle injury. There's no doubt that Lindley has great talent and that he has the potential to be a ballhawk in the secondary. But for him to succeed in the Eagles defense, he has to be more aggressive.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 4th Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
S
5-10
192
R
21

Kurt Coleman was the most underrated safety available in this year’s draft. He was extremely productive at Ohio State and finished his senior season with 68 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, a sack and five interceptions. He’s a little undersized, but his ball skills, physical prowess and leadership qualities will be valued with a team like the Eagles, who are still trying to find a replacement for Brian Dawkins. This will sound like a reach, especially since the Eagles drafted Coleman in the seventh round, but he will remind Philadelphia fans of Dawkins and will immediately contribute on special teams.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the 7th Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
DT
6-3
322
2
24

Originally an undrafted free agent out of Miami that was signed by the Washington Redskins after the 2009 draft, Antonio Dixon was signed by the Eagles after the Redskins waived him during their final cuts. Dixon played in all 16 games last year and contributed 15 tackles and a sack. He's the big body that Philadelphia needs on the interior of their defensive line, and has the ability to take on double teams to free up others around him. With a strong preseason, Dixon could be a fixture in the Eagles defensive rotation.

Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent (2009).


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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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