time2rock Posted June 28, 2021 Share Posted June 28, 2021 JaCoby Stevens Posted: June 25th, 2021 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 172 Comments The Eagles took JaCoby Stevens in the sixth round, with pick 224. Players taken that late aren’t guaranteed to even make the team, let alone become starters. Stevens isn’t your typical sixth rounder. He went to LSU. Good athlete. Productive player. Versatile. Smart. But for all the good things, he is tough to get a read on. Let’s hop in the WayBack Machine and go to 1998. The Eagles took an undersized LB in the fifth round (pick 224). That was Ike Reese. He never became a full time starter with the Eagles, but he played 112 games for the franchise and helped them get to the Super Bowl in 2004. They went to four NFC Championship games with him, in part because Reese was such a good role player and key STer. He found a role and became great at it. The Eagles would be lucky if Stevens turned into another Ike Reese. There is the possibility that Stevens can be better. I had a tough time evaluating him. I had him rated as a Day 3 pick, but I never felt real comfortable with that. There were so many positive things to say about him. But I had a hard time figuring out what to do with Stevens. He played safety in college. He was put at LB at the Senior Bowl and that’s what the Eagles drafted him to be. I think he can absolutely become a role player at LB. Some think he might be able to become a starter. Drew Boylhart writes for The Huddle Report and has covered the draft for decades. He loved Stevens. I mean…he LOVED Stevens. Jacoby is a leader on the field and something tells me he is a leader in the locker room also. Although Jacoby has excellent athletic talent and size, what makes him stand out in my mind is his leadership, character, and high football IQ to play more than one position on defense and act as a coach on the field. On film, it looks to me that Jacoby has the ability to be a franchise defensive player, the kind of player you build your defense around. And As of this writing, JaCoby is listed as the 151st player, on Rob’s draft board, so it is obvious that I am not only out on a limb with this profile but I’m bending that limb just inches away from breaking it right now. I’m telling you JaCoby is a top ten pick in this draft while the rest of the Draft World is suggesting that he will be lucky if he is even selected. Wow. Drew has watched a lot of football and he knows his stuff. This isn’t some young guy making a bold claim to get attention. Drew legitimately feels this way. I’m not on that limb with him, but I’m fascinated at his take. He sees a player that could turn into something special. I see all the pieces of the puzzle, but can’t put them together. I don’t know what to expect from Stevens. Here is Fran’s breakdown of Stevens. https://twitter.com/Flyeaglesfly81/status/1403796032991940611 The Eagles have struggled with drafting and developing LBs. The new scheme and the new staff might help that problem. Stevens will give them a chance to show what they can do with a smart, talented, athletic player. He’s somewhat of a project because he played mainly safety in college, but the potential is there. If you focus on his highlights, Stevens looks like a Top 10 player. Did the Eagles just find themselves a hidden gem? Can he be another Ike Reese? Please don’t be the next Nate Gerry. Please… ***** The Jerk is at it again, making all kinds of lies about our beloved Eagles. http://igglesblitz.com/2021/06/jacoby-stevens/ NOTE: CLICK ON LINK TO VIEW VIDEOS EMBEDDED IN TOMMY'S ARTICLE IF YOU WISH TO SEE THEM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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