Birds add 6 players, 3 future picks

Posted: April 27, 2009

When the dust had settled, the Eagles had drafted eight players, made six trades, and added three picks for next season.

We won't know the impact of these moves for quite some time, but the first look at coach Andy Reid's 2009 Eagles will come Friday when the team opens a mandatory post-draft camp at the NovaCare Complex.

The most significant move on the second day of the draft yesterday was the deal that sent two fifth-round picks to the New England Patriots for veteran cornerback/kick returner Ellis Hobbs.

Fifth-round draft pick Cornelius Ingram, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end from Florida, was the Eagles' first pick on the second day of the draft - they traded away two third-rounders - and he's also the one most likely to have some sort of impact as a rookie. Playing in the Gators' spread offense, he caught 64 passes for 888 yards and eight touchdowns during his career.

He did not play at all last season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He admitted that blocking is not his strength.

"I think I am definitely more of a vertical tight end, a receiver tight end because of the style of offense we ran at Florida," Ingram said. "I know I didn't do a whole lot of blocking . . . but I know I can do it and I know I can stretch the field, so I am just ready to start."

The Eagles also took Virginia Tech cornerback Victor Harris and Oregon offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou with fifth-round picks. Reid said Harris can play both cornerback and safety, while Tupou is a potential backup tackle or guard.

With their only sixth-round selection, the Eagles took wide receiver Brandon Gibson from Washington State. Gibson caught 182 passes for a school-record 2,756 yards. He also scored 17 touchdowns.

Guard Paul Fanaika from Arizona State and linebacker Moise Fokou from Maryland were seventh-round selections.

Happy quarterback. Eagles coach Andy Reid said he talked to Donovan McNabb during the draft and the quarterback was happy with the team's acquistions. He said he didn't discuss the quarterback's contract.

"I didn't ask him about" the contract, Reid said. "He was very interested in the draft, which he is every year. We talked during the draft."

Extra points. Before yesterday, the Eagles had just six picks for the 2010 draft, but they now have nine. They acquired additional picks in the third round, fifth round and seventh round for next year in deals with the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. Depending on how much Lito Sheppard plays with the New York Jets, they could have three third-round picks next year.

The Eagles did not draft a defensive lineman for the first time since 2004 and selected just two defensive players, the fewest since 2001 (Quinton Caver, Derrick Burgess).

- Bob Brookover

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