Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Eagles sign three draft picks

By John McMullen

(The Phanatic Magazine) - The Philadelphia Eagles digned three of their 2008 draft picks on Tuesday, cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, linebacker Joe Mays, and offensive tackle King Dunlap. All three players signed four-year deals.

A fourth round draft choice in 2008, Ikegwuonu was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and three-year letterman at Wisconsin before declaring for the NFL draft following his junior season. An All-America honorable mention candidate as a sophomore in 2006, he played in 39 career games (30 starts) at Wisconsin, finishing with 91 tackles, 29 pass deflections and six interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Ikegwuonu suffered a right knee injury while working out in preparation for the NFL combine, however, and will most likely miss the 2008 season.

A sixth round draft choice, Mays was an All-America selection as a senior in 2007, leading Division I-AA North Dakota State with a career-high 90 tackles, nine TFLs and 2 1/2 sacks, en route to being named the Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year. A three-time first-team All-Great West selection, Mays played in 43 games (31 starts) and recorded 285 tackles, a school-record 159 solo tackles, 29 1/2 TFLs, 11 sacks and three INTs in his collegiate career.

A seventh round draft choice, Dunlap was a four-year letterman at Auburn. He appeared in 48 career games, including 20 starts, during his collegiate career. His best season came as a junior in 2006, as he was the starting left tackle for an offense that averaged 320.9 yards per game.

Seven of the Eagles ten 2008 draft picks have now signed with the team.

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