June 02, 2007

Draft Review: DE Victor Abiamiri

Some people wonder, why the Eagles would select a defensive end in the second round., but not me. Jevon Kearse is now 30 years old, coming off a serious knee injury, and has been pretty much average on the field. Darren Howard is also 30, dealing with nagging injuries, and has not played well since the 04-05 season. Juqua Thomas is more of a situational pass rusher, and Jerome McDougle is just a flat out bust. The only young talented DE on the roster, is Trent Cole, and that is not very good for the future.

So looking ahead as the Eagles often do with the draft, the Eagles selected Victor Abiamiri with the 57th pick in this years NFL draft. I like this pick a lot, and I hope he will be a force to deal with for many years. Abiamiri already brings has more of one thing, than any other defensive end on the team, and that is size. At 6'4" 270 lbs, he is the biggest of the group. That will hopefully improve the Eagles run defense, as he seems stout against the run. He will also be able to provide a pass rush, as he had 11 sacks this past season at ND. He is the balanced player the Eagles have really lacked at end.

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