2011 NFL Draft Grades: Philadelphia Eagles Take Chances Late in Sixth Round

May 1, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Eagles get undersized linebacker, versatile lineman
Grades: B (Brian Rolle), C- (Jason Kelce)
This late in the draft your picks can become crapshoots in a way.
If the players pan out? Great. That's tremendous. If not? Coaches and general managers don't lose tons of sleep.
On one hand, I think Philadelphia may have found a gem in Ohio State outside linebacker Brian Rolle, but also could have a tossup pick in Cincinnati center Jason Kelce.
Kelce (6'2'',280 pounds) began his career as a walk-on linebacker for the Bearcats and was a two-time second-team All-Big East Conference selection. In 38 starts, he played guard for two years, but then went to center last year. Last year, Cincinnati's offense had a 1,000-yard rusher, and set school records for points scored and touchdowns.
Rolle is a different matter.
His only downfall? His height. Keep in mind, Zach Thomas had to fight the same issue coming out of Texas Tech. I think he had a long and pretty success...

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