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Eagles get solid draft grade from Kiper

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles just completed a solid draft.

Need proof?

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. gave the Eagles an overall grade of B+ in the aftermath of their seven selections.

Kiper especially liked the Eagles’ wide receiver picks at No. 42 (Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews) and No. 86 (Oregon’s Josh Huff).

“The Eagles don't just need receivers, they need projectable players that can help soon,” Kiper wrote. “I thought Jordan Matthews would have made sense at No. 22, much less 42. I love that pick. Josh Huff offers underrated after-the-catch explosiveness -- he had 24 catches of 20-plus yards in 2013 -- has obvious familiarity with (coach Chip) Kelly's methods and he's a guy who really competes and makes contested catches.”

It was the first selection the Eagles made at No. 26 that had Kiper a little perplexed. The Eagles picked Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith.

“The Eagles did a solid job of adding talent and hitting needs, making up for one questionable decision early with a number of solid ones down the board,” Kiper wrote. “Philadelphia moved down and then selected Marcus Smith, the No. 85-ranked player on my board. But while I didn't love the value, again, it came after the Eagles had moved down and accrued a little value. And he hits a need, because they're too reliant on Trent Cole as a pass-rusher and Smith can turn the corner and provide some pressure.”

Kiper also was in favor of Florida cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins (fourth round, No. 101) and Stanford safety Ed Reynolds (fifth round, No. 162).