Saturday, April 29, 2006

No. 2 By Eagles Has No. 1 Ability

NEW YORK -- Winston Justice was a No. 2 draft choice with a No. 1 grade. And that's why the Eagles made a trade to move up and take the USC offensive tackle in the second round with the 39th pick.
Justice is 6-foot-6, 319-pounds and has good athletic ability. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.19 seconds, and has a 35 inch vertical leap.
Whether that means he can block NFL defensive ends remains to be seen, but Justice was one of those draft-day droppers.
He was projected by many to be a first-rounder, and that is why the Eagles moved up six picks to draft him. The Birds swapped No. 2 picks with Tennessee and threw in a No. 4 (116 overall pick).
Now the Eagles have drafted two players who they graded as first round talents, Justice and Brodrick Bunkley, the defensive tackle from Florida State.
Bunkley was considered a Top 10 pick, who dropped to No. 14. With the unknown status of Tre Thomas' back and the aging of Jon Runyan, the Eagles need to groom a young offensive tackle and Justice has the ability to be a major contributor, if not immediately than certainly not that far down the line.
Right now, the Eagles have to be pretty happy with their first two picks.
There is, however, still need for depth at receiver.
The Eagles can't be happy to see that Denver acquired Jevon Walker from Green Bay for a second round pick, but for a 6-10 team that needs to reestablish itself in the NFC East, the Eagles have gotten off to a good start in this draft.


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