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Tupou’s Rise Causes Eagles to Lay Low in Draft

The Eagles had 13 picks in the 2010 draft. They took four defensive linemen, three defensive backs, two linebackers, a tight end, a running back, a wide receiver and a quarterback. They took everything, it seems, except an offensive lineman.

I know this wasn’t considered a great draft at that position, but to have 13 picks, most in the league, and not select even one guy on the O-line? It was rather puzzling. But general manager Howie Roseman felt in Fenuki Tupou, the Eagles already had a solid prospect in the fold.

Roseman said the Eagles view the 6-5, 325-pound Tupou almost as a bonus pick for this season. They drafted him in the fifth round last year, but he sat out the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Now he’s healthy and ready to compete for a job as a swing man playing both guard and tackle.

“We feel good about Fenuki,” Roseman said. “We liked him a lot in last year’s draft. He has good size and good feet. He has a great punch when he fires out. It’s unfortunate he was injured, but we look for him to take a big step forward this year.”