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WR Elvis Akpla (6-1, 190, Montana State) ... pronounced ACK-pluh

Posted a school record with 2,270 career receiving yards on 126 receptions, including 18 touchdowns

LS Matt Camilli (6-4, 245, UTEP)

Earned first-team, All-Conference USA honors in 2011
Same college as Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos

TE Chase Ford (6-6, 245, Miami, FL)

Caught 16 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in two-year career for the Hurricanes
Transferred from Kilgore Junior College, where he earned 2nd-team All-American honors

CB Cliff Harris (5-11, 180, Oregon)

Was a consensus All-America selection in 2010 for Oregon with six interceptions (1 TD) and an 18.8-yard average on 29 punt returns (4 TDs)
Played at Edison High School in Fresno, CA, for head coach Tim McDonald, a former NFL safety

FB Emil Igwenagu (6-2, 245, Massachusetts) ... pronounced eh-MEAL ig-wen-AH-goo

A two-year team captain at UMass and a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection in 2011
Had 38 receptions for 375 yards and three TDs for the Minutemen last year. Also played running back, tight end, and linebacker during his college career.

WR McKay Jacobson (5-11, 199, BYU)

Caught 113 career passes for 1,836 yards and 9 TDs at BYU

WR Damaris Johnson (5-8, 170, Tulsa)

As a junior, became the NCAA's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage (7,796) and kickoff return yardage (3,417) and earned 2nd-team All-America honors
Had 150 plays of over 20 yards during his college career

WR Aaron Pflugrad (5-10, 182, Arizona State) ... pronounced FLU-grad

Totaled 96 catches for 1,241 yards and 8 scores in NCAA career at Arizona State (2010 -11) and Oregon (2007-08)

RB Chris Polk (5-11, 222, Washington)

Rushed for 4,049 yards during his Huskies career, 2nd most ever school history. Topped the 1,400-yard mark in his junior and senior seasons.
Earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors in 2011 with 1,488 rushing yards and 12 TDs. Averaged 5.1 yards per carry and also grabbed 31 passes.

FB Jeremy Stewart (6-1, 218, Stanford)

Was a fifth-year senior in 2011, playing in all 13 games (55-257-9TDs rushing, 7-79-1TD receiving)

FS Phillip Thomas (5-11, 198, Syracuse)

Led the Orange in tackles (82) and interceptions (6) in 2011 and finished career with 135 tackles and nine INTs
Competed in the 800-meter event for the United States track team that won the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship

P Ryan Tydlacka (6-1, 190, Kentucky) ... pronounced tid-LOTCH-ka

Averaged 43.6 yards per punt for the Wildcats in 2011, including a 39.6 net yard average (2nd in SEC).
Had 20 punts of at least 50 yards, leading the SEC in that category, and he also placed 19 punts inside the 20-yard line.

WR Darnell Williams (6-2, 195, Louisiana College)

Led the Wildcats with 62 catches for 1,101 yards and 10 TDs in 2011

via press release
The consensus on Polk seems to be concern that he was used so much at Washington that he's already somewhat worn down. Had ~800 career carries there + 79 receptions.

QUOTE (TGryn @ Apr 28 2012, 10:05 PM) *
The consensus on Polk seems to be concern that he was used so much at Washington that he's already somewhat worn down. Had ~800 career carries there + 79 receptions.

well that'll work perfectly then have polk as the #2 now...while IR ing and getting Brown up to speed...great move by the FO
Our back up RBs don''t get a lot of action, which will help Polk. Should be an interesting competition between him and Brown for the #3 spot.
Flying Dutchman
Polk, Johnson, Harris and Thomas all very interesting UDFAs.
This kid sounds like a great compliment to Shady if he's healthy and can play. If he's healthy he may play more than the usual backups in an effort to keep McCoy healthy.

Polk also sounds like a recurring theme by the Eagles in this draft: select a player that dropped for some reason. Cox should have gone in the top 10, Kendricks and Curry were slotted by many as a potential first rounders, Boykin reportedly could have been a second rounder and now Polk was considered a second or third rounder if not for injury concerns.

Not a lot of reaching this year. Maybe Foles, but with Reidinwheg's record for developing QBs they earn some slack there.

Chris Polk:
Inside: Strong interior runner. Quickly presses the line of scrimmage and has the burst to get through the line of scrimmage and into the second level quickly. A classic North/South runner who doesn't waste time moving laterally. Good vision to set up cutback lanes as he gets to the open field. Doesn't possess elite breakaway speed, but is fast enough to gain yardage in chunks when he finds a seam. Fights for extra yardage and is a reliable short-yardage runner. Good forward lean. Keeps his legs churning on contact. Protects the ball with both hands. Outside: Not truly explosive, but possesses enough speed to beat the linebacker to the edge. Looks to get upfield. Won't rely on his speed torun around defenders. Looks for the hole and can stick his foot in the ground and cut upfield quickly. Does not possess top breakaway speed, though he's rarely caught from behind. Breaking tackles: Unquestionably his best attribute. Very physical runner who keeps his legs churning on contact. Rarely goes down with the first hit. Lowers his shoulder into defenders and shows a variety of natural running skills to break free, including a stiff-arm, spin move and pure determination. Runs low to the ground and with good forward lean to generate the tough yards. Keeps his arms wrapped securely around the ball. Blocking: An underrated component of his game. Cognizant pass defender who is willing to take on the hard-charging linebacker head on. Keeps his shoulders square and brings his hips to jolt the defender. Will resort to cut-blocks, on occasion, and could use some technical work, as he'll lunge low. NFL pass rushers may be able to leap over him... Willing to help teammates downfield. Receiving: Became more of a weapon out of the backfield in 2011 for the Huskies, catching passes out of the backfield on simple swing passes, as well as more complicated wheel routes and even occasionally lining up outside. Possesses the athleticism and soft hands to contribute to an NFL passing attack. Reliable hands out of the backfield, demonstrating the ability to quickly secure the pass and turn upfield. Demonstrated the ability to track the ball over his shoulder. Good flexibility, balance to adjust to the poorly thrown pass. Good vision and patience for screens. Intangibles: Doubled as a kick returner as a redshirt freshman, averaging 19.8 yards a return on 12 attempts... Final pro grade may not be determined until the Combine as team doctors will want to check out his medical... Has already undergone two shoulder surgeries and a knee scope, a concern considering Polk's highly physical running style... Signed with Washington largely due to the fact that it was where his mother wanted him to go... Graduated in June, 2011.
Not a lot of reaching this year. Maybe Foles

AF hates the pick but I think it is great value. He's a big, smart guy who can make all the throws and he put up good numbers with zero talent around him in a super simple, gimmicky scheme. He's also very raw and had some injuries. Give Reid and Marty a couple of years to work with him and he might yet develop. If we even get a quality backup that is well worth a 3rd rounder.
Cliff Harris ... a signing that shows that the Eagles are moving away from their stringent requirement for "character" players. This guy has character, apparently "bad" but he also has undeniable talent. Are there bad apples that are immune to change or can a kid like Harris be influenced by good character people on the team?

I heard someone on the radio yesterday say that Dawk wants to coach. Is there any chance the Eagles could bring him in to work with Bowles and double as an assistant to Carmichael to help with guys like Harris and Polk? Here's two very talented football players who, for some reason haven't "got it." It would be nice if the Eagles could find a way to "give it" to them.
On ESPN's list of top undrafted players, they listed Polk #1 and Philip Thomas #9.

Polk will get his shot here. The thing that might differentiate Lewis/Brown/Polk/Cooper is which one picks up pass blocking the best. If you're a RB and can't pass block in this offense, you won't be playing much.
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