The Eagles had to sit and wait until the fifth round in order to get the chance to pick another player. It seems that the one thing the Birds are thinking about is improving their ability to run the football, so they have addressed their offensive line. The ability to run the football improves a teams passing game and it also improves a team’s defense.
Third Round: No. 79 Oregon State Guard Isaac Seumalo 6’4″ 304 pounds – This young man is big and he physical at the point of attack, meaning you can run right behind him. He will add to the depth on the Eagles offensive line and they think there’s outside chance he could start. He will probably be given a chance to battle recently signed veteran Stefan Wisniewski, Allen Barbre and Malcolm Bunche for the starting left guard position.
“I think this kid can come in and compete and give us great depth at the spot,” Pederson said. “I do agree he could challenge for a starting job.”
“We’re going to start him out at guard,” Howie Roseman said shortly after drafting Seumalo on Friday evening. “He’s incredibly smart, son of a coach, and someone we had targeted all along and we were really excited to be able to pick him at 79.”
Fifth round: No. 153 – Wendell Smallwood RB West Virginia 5’11”, 202 pounds – This guy is a straight-ahead runner, who is more of a finisher than a tackle breaker. He will get the yardage that is blocked for. Smallwood is going run the play where it was called to go.
It’s not surprise that the Birds drafted a running back. The departure of DeMarco Murray left the Birds shorthanded at the running back position. Right now they have a talented but injury-prone Ryan Mathews set to start. Multi-talented veteran Darren Sproles is a situational undersized back, who is getting near the end of the road. Former free agent RB Kenjon Barner is unproven after a number of years in the league.
Fifth round: No. 164 – The Birds addressed their offensive line again by selecting Texas Christian University offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai. The youngster has great size, standing 6’6″ and he weighs 315. It’s all about versatility if you’re a backup in the NFL and that’s one characteristic which adds value to Vaitai because he play the right or left tackle position.