After trading out of many of their early picks, the Eagles finally got to reap the rewards from those moves and picked up some quality players with their three fourth-round selections.
Philadelphia's first pick of the fourth-round came from the trade they made with Carolina in round one, and at 109th overall, the selected former Pitt tackle Mike McGlynn.
McGlynn play mostly right tackle in college, but also saw some action at guard. At 6-foot-5, 318-pounds, McGlynn is a physical player with great toughness (he started 31 consecutive games at tackle, some through injury). With the Eagles, McGlynn should add depth along most of the offensive line, but will probably find a home at guard.
Scout.com's Thomas Marino, a former NFL scout, offered his opinion on the former Pitt standout: " Is a big sucker who impressed me with his work at OG during Senior Bowl workouts. Strong and efficient in a limited area. Not as nifty or quick as one would want, but was physical and was an adequate to good finisher. Struggled with the quick edge rusher (gets his feet crossed some) and had some block point balance problem. Solid journeyman prospect who should become a very steady pro."
The Eagles received another fourth-round pick in a trade with Minnesota in round two, and with the 18th pick in the fourth-round (117th overall), they selected safety Quintin Demps out of UTEP. Demps was a three-year starter at Texas-El Paso at safety and also saw time at cornerback and on special teams returning kicks. He recorded 17 interceptions in his career with the Miners and was a team captain and first-team All-Conference USA selection during his senior year.
At 6-feet, 206-pounds, Demps has adequate size for the next level, and his speed is intriguing as he ran a time of 4.39 second in the 40-yard dash at the combine.
Quintin Demps at the Scouting Combine
Here is what Marino had to say about Demps: "Is a good looking athlete from a physical standpoint and made plays on the ball in flight. Reads the QB's eyes & shoulders and moves to the football. Has excellent speed anticipation and playing range (speed to play half coverage). The major negative that I saw with this player was his total lack of interest and production within the running game (was neither physical or very tough). Has tools, but will need to become a more willing participant."
The team's final selection in round four was a compensatory pick from the NFL, and with it they picked former Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu 131st overall.
Ikegwuonu was a strange pick for the Eagles considering his off-field legal troubles, and the fact that the team did not trade Lito Sheppard yet. He also tore his ACL while working out for the Combine, and could miss the entire 2008 season.
CB Jack Ikegwuonu
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The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Ikegwuonu declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season, when he was named to the All-Big Ten Conference first-team despite recording just 24 tackles and one interception. In his career with the Badgers, Ikegwuonu started 30-of-39 games and recorded 91 tackles (77 solo) with six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
Marino's thoughts on the former Wisconsin corner were: "Good player with impressive press corner skills. Suffered a serious ACL injury to his right knee in pre-Combine training which may well affect his value and draft standing. Is a fluid athlete with quick feet. He gets an excellent break, but made few plays on the football (1 int. in 07). Very physical in press coverage. Involved in an off the field incident in Illinois that will be scrutinized by the pro clubs."
The Eagles would have had still another pick in the fourth round (their original pick), but they traded it on the first day of the draft to the Dolphins in exchange for running back Lorenzo Booker.
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