My PE.com column covered the Eagles and the draft. Some good Coby Fleener and Vinny Curry talk in there.
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Here is a great piece from Rich Hoffman on the Eagles pursuit of Demetress Bell. The interesting hook is that Howie Roseman wanted him prior to JP’s injury.
At the time, we hadn’t re-signed King Dunlap and it sounds like Howie was hoping that Bell could come here as the #3 OT and be a great insurance policy.
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Adam Caplan reports the Eagles are expected to have a pre-draft meeting with C Ben Jones from Georgia. This would be curious. Maybe they love him. Jones will be a 3rd round pick at the latest. Caplan says he’s a 2nd rounder, but that’s far from a lock.
Jones could be a backup at G/C for us, but that would be a high pick for such a spot. It is possible Caplan’s wrong, but not likely. He has connections with every agent in the universe and plenty of NFL teams. His information is usually dead-on. I know the Eagles are high on Jason Kelce. They clearly love Evan Mathis. Maybe Jones would come in to push Danny Watkins. That would make some sense, but we just signed Mike Gibson and Steve Vallos for roles like that.
Could just be that the Eagles have mixed opinions on Jones between scouts and coaches and they want to come to a conclusion. I have gone back and forth with Jones. He was pedestrian at the Senior Bowl, but has good game tape.
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Aaron Wilson says the Eagles have worked out Iowa SS Jordan Bernstine. He is late round/UDFA material. Good hitter/tackler. Has KOR potential. Nothing special, but could be an NFL role player. Bernstine did have a great showing at his Pro Day. Problem is that you don’t always see the athleticism on tape.
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Covering some questions / topics from previous posts…
Give us a SAM update. I’ll write out a post on this. Right now I’m as confused as you are. The Eagles haven’t been linked closely to SAM targets, but most of the guys were at the Senior Bowl where the Eagles could see them up close and personal. Kuechly is a Junior and they met with him in Indy and worked him out in Boston. I don’t know what the plan is.
Mike Kafka. I made a joke about Mike and the excitement of seeing him vs PIT in the preseason. That wasn’t a slight at Mike so much as a poke at the way we get over-excited about any and every NFL news item. The preseason schedule? Yep.
I think we all are pretty excited to see Mike in action this summer. Is he our QB of the future or strictly a #3 type? This is a huge offseason for him.
Why do the Eagles always end the PS with the Jets? Cue up dumb UPS commercial – logistics. The NFL wants as little travel as possible for the final game. Some teams like Seattle or Arizona can’t be helped. The Eagles or Jets have a short trip home and can then quickly adjust to making cuts and moving toward the opening game.
Any similarities between Michael Vick and Russell Wilson as prospects? Both guys are mobile QBs who lacked ideal size. Neither QB was a polished passer. The big difference is that Wilson played for teams running an NFL style of offense and he got really good coaching. Vick was the VT offense back in 1999. He carried the team on his back. He led the Hokies to the title game and they lost a shootout to FSU.
Vick was young and very raw as a QB. Wilson is older and should be more polished. The fact that he’s not is a big reason I’m troubled by him. If a player has been exposed to NFL type coaching and still has basic issues, that is a major red flag to me. With Vick, we knew he was an athlete, but had no idea what kind of a passer he would be. He deserved to go high because of raw potential. Wilson isn’t nearly as talented, which hurts. He’s also more raw than a guy with his background should be.
The one thing I stress is that he’s smart, hard working, and seems coachable. The issues could go away when he is fully in an NFL environment. I’m just hesitant to believe they will.
Could the Eagles trade Bell in 2013? All the talk about Bell and the future is contingent upon the specific details of his contract. If he has high salaries, trading him wouldn’t be easy. Possible, though. We’ll figure out Bell’s future after we see his level of play and contract.
Rank Kuechly and MLBs from recent years. I’ll look into this when I get a chance. Busy, busy time right now.
Who are slot corner targets for the Eagles, aside from Boykin? I’m watching tape on them so that I can put up a post with good notes. Maybe this weekend. Maybe Monday.
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A few people wanted to know my thoughts on Matt’s mock draft over at ScoutsNotebook.
He had the Eagles take Kuechly at 15. Clearly I’d be happy with this. Love Luke. Could be a good SAM for us.
Matt then had the Eagles trade up to #31 and take TE Coby Fleener. I have written about Fleener a few times recently. He’s really grown on me. Big at 6-6. Fast. Great hands. Could be a WR/TE hybrid. Could be a better version of Todd Heap.
Matt then had the Eagles use pick 51 on DT Brandon Thompson. I wouldn’t be so keen on this move. I’d rather add a CB. Derek Wolfe is a DT I love and think would be a great fit. I’m not sure he’s going to be good enough for the 2nd round, but he could go in the 3rd. Thompson is a good player, but I think of him more as a NT in our system. We need someone behind Cullen Jenkins as the UT. Wolfe would be better there than Thompson.
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Twitter joke of the day goes to writer Eric Stangel (Letterman’s show):
When Gregg Williams eats a chocolate Easter bunny, he goes for the head first, then the outside ACL…