10 Current Philadelphia Eagles Players Who Likely Won't Return As a Result of the 2011 NFL Draft

By Bryn Swartz

Yesterday I listed my predicted 53-man roster for the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles. The list included three free agent signings and 10 of the 11 draft picks, with Greg Lloyd Jr being the only drafted player who did not make the team.

As a result of the ten draft picks likely making the roster, ten players currently on the roster will likely be out of a job, or at least on another team, for next season.

They are as follows, in no particular order:

Kevin Kolb, Quarterback.

We’ve known for months that Kevin Kolb will be traded and the draft showed which team he will likely go to after the lockout ends. Yesterday I highlighted in an article exactly where Kevin Kolb will go and who he will be traded for.

Jerome Harrison, Running Back.

Harrison is an unrestricted free agent. When the Eagles drafted speedy running back Dion Lewis in the fifth round, it likely signaled the end of Harrison’s time in Philly. Harrison wants to start somewhere, not receive 40 carries as LeSean McCoy’s backup. He won’t be around next season.

Eldra Buckley, Running Back.

Buckley is below average, even for a third-string running back. He is a good special teams played but I think the Eagles will keep Owen Schmitt and Stanley Havili next season. Weaver will likely never play in the NFL again. Schmitt showed that he is a capable fullback with a solid 2010 campaign. The Eagles like Havili because he is an all-purpose back. There’s no point in keeping Buckley.

Nick Cole, Offensive Guard.

Cole has been with the Eagles since the 2006 season but he is a free agent now and will likely not be resigned. The team brought in Danny Watkins to play right guard. Julian Vandervelde will back up Watkins.

Victor Abiamiri, Defensive End.

The 25-year old Abiamiri has played in just 29 games, starting six, over his four-year career. He missed all of 2010 with a knee injury. He is an unrestricted free agent. The Eagles will likely sign a defensive end in the offseason. There’s need to keep an unproductive injury-prone defensive end for 2011.

Ernie Sims, Outside Linebacker.

Sims was the big trade acquisition from the Detroit Lions before the 2010 season but he didn’t contribute much in 2010. He is a free agent and won’t be returning next season.

Omar Gaither, Middle Linebacker.

Gaither has been with the team for his whole career but he’s currently the third-string middle linebacker, behind Stewart Bradley and Jamar Chaney. He’s also a free agent and with all of the new linebackers the team has brought in, he’s probably going to leave.

Dimitri Patterson, Cornerback.

Patterson was pretty awful at the right cornerback position last year. He doesn’t deserve to start again and won’t. He’s not a free agent but with the Eagles likely trading for a star cornerback, plus the Curtis Marsh Jr pick in the draft, there’s no room for Patterson on the team.

Quintin Mikell, Strong Safety.

Mikell is tied with Jamaal Jackson as the longest tenured position player on the Eagles (since 2003). He’s been the cornerstone of the Eagles defense for the past few years. But he will be 31 during the 2011 season and was probably leaving via free agency even before the draft. When the team drafted Jaiquawn Jarrett, they said goodbye to Quintin Mikell.

David Akers, Kicker.

It’s unfortunate but Akers is never going to kick again for the Eagles. His lasting memory should be his five Pro Bowl seasons, not his missed kicks in the 2010 wild-card playoff game. The team drafted Alex Henery, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, in the fourth round. He’s going to play. Don’t forget that Akers is also a free agent and has not yet signed his transition tag, likely signaling that he does not wish to return to the Eagles.

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