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Eagles pick David Akers’ possible replacement

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With veteran kicker David Akers a free agent and subject to the transition tag, which may or may not be valid once the 2011 rules are put in place especially since the Eagles have applied the franchise tag to quarterback Mike Vick, the team is thinking about the future at the position.

And they’re sufficiently serious about it to use a fourth-round pick for Akers’ possible replacement.

Nebraska kicker Alex Henery was selected with the 20th pick in the opening round of day three of the draft, the 120th overall selection.

It’s the earliest a kicker has gone in the draft since Stephen Gostkowski in 2006.  Rosenthal recalled that Gostkowski was pick 119.  As it turns out, his Pat Patriot tattoo steered him horshoes-close to the target.

Gostkowski was the 118th pick five years ago, two spots before Henery in 2011.

To use that high of a pick on a kicker, it means that the new kicker will be the kicker, sooner rather than later.

It also means that Akers probably should have signed his transition tender.  We suspect that the first order of business for the Eagles post-lockout will be to yank it.

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  1. ninjahawk says: Apr 30, 2011 1:39 PM

    Not an Eagles fan, but this is a good pick. This guy isn’t just any kicker, he’s probably the best kicker in NCAA history. Set just about every record possible, someone was going to take him in the 4th round.

  2. eagleswin says: Apr 30, 2011 1:49 PM

    Akers had many good years with Philadelphia but it looks like he overplayed his hand. I wish him good luck in the future but such is life.

  3. gtmann says: Apr 30, 2011 1:52 PM

    I would be shocked and disappointed if the Eagles let Akers walk

  4. macjacmccoy says: Apr 30, 2011 2:12 PM

    Akers hasnt been Akers in 5 years and Im extremely happy that they Eagles have finally realized that. He no longer could make a 45 yarder on a consistent basis and cost the Eagles more then a half a dozen games the last few years. The most recent game being the one they played against the Packers in the playoffs. If he would have just made the kicks he was suppose to there would be a different super bowl champion right now. Im not saying it would have been the Eagles but it couldnt have been the Packers because they would have lost that wildcard round if it wasnt for Akers.

    Akers denied to sign his transition tag and I thank him for it. Its time to move on and Henrey is the perfect player to do it with. A 4th rounder does seem early for a kicker but in this case it wasnt he was projected as a late 4th round pick which exactly where he went. Which seems like the right slot for the most accurate kicker in NCAA history to be drafted in.

  5. footballisking says: Apr 30, 2011 2:13 PM

    what year did the jets draft nuggent?? Didnt they get him in the second round

  6. gtmann says: Apr 30, 2011 2:23 PM

    In that GB game, David had found out that his 7 year old daughter had cancer just a couple of days before. Think you may have been a bit distracted by that ?

  7. tombrookshire says: Apr 30, 2011 3:07 PM

    Overall, one of the very weakest Eagles drafts ever.

  8. polegojim says: Apr 30, 2011 4:06 PM

    Moaning about picking up Henery???

    With ice-water running through his veins, Henery is a stud kicker – this kid will WIN games for them from scary distances… and he could do it today, not next season, but today!!!

  9. gorilladunk says: Apr 30, 2011 5:05 PM

    As a Cowboys fan, this pick makes me sick. First, we have to deal with Akers for a decade where it seems he rarely, if ever, missed against Dallas and now Henery. Crap!

  10. sufferingbirdsfan says: Apr 30, 2011 9:13 PM

    Nice pick, here! Akers has been a good soldier and a hell of a kicker for a long time but this move was necessary.

  11. suhperman says: May 1, 2011 1:12 AM

    The Eagles now have the best kicker in the NFL.

  12. oldbyrd says: May 2, 2011 5:20 PM

    Come on guys…this was a no brainer. Are you forgetting that he can punt too? Even if he’s not gonna do the punting, thats another option on 4th and whatever if you fake the FG. This was a solid choice. Im a big Eagles fan always was but, I give this draft c- iF THE 26 YEAR NEEDS DEVELP. TIME LIKE MOST ROOKIES DO, THE DRAFT WAS A TOTAL FAILURE. The Temple safety they say can’t cover. You mean they couldn’t do better than him?

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