2004 BC NFL Draft Preview

EI.com Publisher
Posted Apr 24, 2004

Last year the Eagles had three players selected on day two of the NFL Draft. This year, with guard Chris Snee projected to go much earlier in the draft, BC fans will be tuning in to see where the standout lineman may end up. A look at the BC players who should get drafted, scouting reports on them, and where they may end up in the draft.

Chris Snee: Guard. 6-2, 311 pounds, 5.10 40-yard dash.

Scouting Report

As any BC fan will tell you, Snee was an absolute monster at the guard position over the course of his BC career. His low center of gravity at 6-2 makes him an excellent run blocker who can push the pile. Some NFL scouts feel that Snee is a bit weak in pass coverage due to the lack of an explosive first step, but the pros certainly outweigh the cons as far as scouts are concerned.

Where He Might Go

Before the New England Patriots moved their second round pick (56 overall) to the Bengals for Corey Dillon, this is where I saw Snee going. His stock is on the rise of late, as certain prognosticators have him going to the Pats at 32. If he doesn't go in the first round, look for the Giants to snatch him up at 35 or the Cowboys at 52.

Sean Ryan: Tight End. 6-4, 261 pounds, 4.96 40-yard dash.

Scouting Report

A converted defensive player, Ryan will have an opportunity to make an NFL roster as a special teams player and could develop into a nice blocking tight end in the future. He is good on short passes and really developed good pass-catching hands in his senior season. With the tight end position generally getting faster around the league, Ryan will have a hard time becoming a starter unless he can improve his speed. Some scouts knock his elusiveness and ability after the catch, but anyone who was in Alumni Stadium on November 15, 2002 remembers Ryan's hurdle after the catch against the Syracuse Orangemen.

Where He Might Go

Ryan likely won't get snatched up on day one, but should be an early selection on day two in either the fourth or fifth round. Ryan would fit in nicely with his hometown Bills but they will likely grab a tight end earlier in the draft. The Steelers or Lions could take Ryan on day two.

Derrick Knight: Running Back. 5-8, 200 pounds, 4.48 40-yard dash.

Scouting Report

Knight has drawn comparisons to former Steelers' running back Amos Zereoue with his blend of shiftiness and speed through the initial holes. His work ethic is second to none, as he proved to be durable throughout his two years as starter for the Eagles, missing zero games due to injury. He is not a short-yardage runner, even though he runs tough for his size. He has pretty good hands when it comes to holding onto the football in run and pass situations. He'll only get better as he learns a system; he could be an effective third-down back and special teams player.

Where He Might Go

Knight and Sean Ryan will likely go around the same time: late-fourth, early fifth round. Not many teams are in the market for feature running backs, but Knight would fit nicely behind a Clinton Portis in Washington or Deuce McAllister in New Orleans.

Other Eagles

Linebacker Josh Ott, defensive tackle Doug Goodwin and offensive guard Augie Hoffmann will get looks in the seventh round but might not get drafted. Offensive tackle Keith Leavitt and fullback Greg Toal have a chance to be in a training camp come July.

Michael Chevallier is the publisher of EagleInsider.com. He can be reached at EagleInsiderGuru@aol.com.

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