Draft Q&A

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 116 Comments »

Let me respond to some recent questions about players and the Eagles.

Why don’t you write much about CJ Mosley? He is a terrific prospect, but I think he’ll be gone by 22. Mosley is smart and instinctive. He is an outstanding tackler. He wraps up his targets and puts them on the ground with authority. I think the Eagles would love to add a player like him, but he’s not the kind of guy the Eagles are likely to move up for.

What do you think of Ra’Shede Hageman? He drives me nuts. Good Hageman is something special. He can toy with blockers, using power and athletic ability. The problem is that he doesn’t consistently play to that potential. Should be a definite Top 15, if not higher, pick, but he’s so erratic that he’s not even a lock for the 1st round. I think he’s best suited for the 4-3, but he could definitely play DE for the Eagles. He’s just better attacking than playing 2-gap.

What WR do you want in the 1st round? Marqise Lee. He’s not as fast as Cooks, but I just like Lee better. Tough, clutch player. Great RAC skills. I think he’d be dynamic in the Eagles offense.

Why do you say Brandon Graham isn’t a fit in the Eagles defense? Understand this…your opinion means nothing. My opinion means nothing. This is all about the Eagles coaching staff. They could care less about PFF and pass rush percentage. Chip Kelly, Bill Davis and Bill McGovern are looking for certain players with certain skill sets for OLB.

Graham isn’t the body type they want. He’s shorter than they prefer. He doesn’t have the skill set they want. The coaches prefer an OLB that can rush and cover. They’re not asking the guy to be gifted in coverage, but he must be functional so that zone blitzes are effective. Graham spent last year looking lost in coverage.

Both at Michigan and with the Eagles from 2010-2012, Graham attacked. There was no reading plays. His job was to fly upfield. The current defense just isn’t a match for him. Could Graham be a situational 4-3 rusher? Sure, but you don’t always have the luxury of carrying guys like that. Complicating the situation is the fact that Graham is coming to the end of his rookie deal. The Eagles aren’t going to extend him. He’ll go elsewhere and play in the 4-3. Why not deal him now and get something in return?

Where will OLB Jeremiah Attaochu go? I wish I knew. Former scout Daniel Jeremiah said on Twitter recently that he and LB Marcus Smith could go earlier than expected since this isn’t a deep class of OLBs. I don’t think Attaochu is in play at pick 22, but I also don’t see him lasting to pick 54. He could be a target if the Eagles move back.

What about OG Xavier Su’a-Filo? Good player, but another tweener value wise. Probably not worth pick 22 to the Eagles, but I doubt he lasts to 54. Played LG and LT for the Bruins. Solid athlete with a good frame. Can run and pass block, but isn’t great at either.

What do you think of ILB Christian Jones? He’s become my favorite ILB from outside the 1st round. I went back and forth with him and Kyle Van Noy, but there is something about Van Noy that bugs me. He doesn’t use his hands well on a consistent basis. You have to watch Jones from 2012 to really appreciate him.

What about RB Jeremy Hill? Good RB, but he does have some character questions. I’m not sure he’s what Kelly is looking for in a RB either. Good athlete for a guy his size (about 230 pounds), but I just don’t see him being a Kelly RB.

Could CB Terrance Mitchell be of interest to the Eagles? Lacks the size they prefer (“only” 5-11, 193), but he is a terrific press corner. Excellent ball skills and an instinctive cover guy. Mid-round pick because he’s slow. Ran 4.63 at the Combine and 4.56 at his Pro Day. That can work in a system where the CBs mostly press. Not all 32 teams will have interest in Mitchell. I like him quite a bit.

Do you like NT Daniel McCullers? Not really. He is 6-8, 351. That’s great, but too often he plays like he is 6-2, 300. McCullers is a bit of a gentle giant. That’s not good. Big guys need to play big. He should have been physically dominant in college, but you just don’t see that on tape very much. Kelly will love his size, but they’ve got to be bugged by his style of play.

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One thing you have to understand this year is that confusion reigns supreme.

Will there be 4 QBs in the 1st round or none? Will any of them go in the 1st round? I hope NFL teams are as confused as I am, as well as the rest of the media. There are lots of good players, but trying to figure out who will go where even in the Top 10 is very tough.

I put together a mock draft for PE.com on what I think the Eagles could do. This isn’t my preference. I want a group that focuses on defense, but I just don’t think that is going to happen.

Later this week PE.com will post more of a scenario that I would prefer.

And I’ll post a final mock here on Wednesday that will likely involve some trades. Only having 6 picks is driving me nuts.

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  • Tyler Phillips

    Tommy, which teams do you think are most likely to trade up that are behind us? San Fran from the bottom of the 1st, or an early 2nd rd team like the Texans to jump Cleveland if neither takes a QB w their 1st pick?

    • GEAGLE

      Texans and browns are the key! If those teams don’t take QBs in the top 5…then all the QB needy teams who were greedy and decided to wait til round 2 for a QB,will assume they have to jump the Texanx and Browns at #26 to get a falling,QB…

      Teams who are considering drafting a QB at the beginning of round two, might want to trade back into round 1’for that QB so they can get him on a rookie contract for 5 years, instead of 4 years if they take him in round 2..so if we can trade down with the Niners. Good chance we can trade down again…we may not make our first pick til beginning of round 2, but we could have two extra 3rd round picks for our trouble

  • Weapon Y

    Maybe it’s PSU bias, but I honestly think Allen Robinson will be better than any of the Cooks/Lee/Beckham trio that is projected to go in the first round. A-Rob might not have elite straight line speed, but his acceleration and agility are very good if you watch his game film. IMO that’s more important at the WR position.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      between those WRs its all splitting hairs. this years WRs sre so great!!!

      I cant stand people who say “;ets wait untill the 3rd and 4th and stock up on defense”

      well if you get WR eary a couple times you will get the best WRs!!

      • Sifter

        WR is deep, so you could probably get guys in the 3rd and 4th round who would go in the 2nd round in other years. Better to get the 2xWR you want, and then find there are no LBs or DBs you like in 3rd and 4th rounds? Or better to draft the scarcer positions first before they get exhausted? I’d rather end up with a good LB and DB and a couple of 2nd round talent WRs myself.

        • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

          nah i want the best WRs possible, and a couple of them…. to put it point blank we dont need a DB. We could use a pass rushing 3-4 OLB, but barr wont be there.., get me trent murphy is the 2nd or 3rd with a 1st round WR and a 2nd or 3rd round WR.

          Top 3 picks should be WR WR OLB, in whatever order.

          • GEAGLE

            Final Mock:
            ..
            #22 traded to San Fran for #30 and #77

            #30) Cody Latimer or Alen Robinson WR
            ..
            #54) Attaucho or Marcus smith ROLB
            ….
            #77) Tre Mason RB
            ,,,
            #86) Christian Kirksey or Christian Jones ILB/LOLB

            122) Dontae Johnson S/CB

            #162) Taylor Hart or Josh Mauro or Brent Urban DE

            Trade BG to the Bucs for #185

            #185) Antone Exum CB/S
            ..
            Trade Bryce Brown to Dolphins for #191

            #191) Colt Lyerla TE

            #222) Deandre Coleman NT
            .,,
            UDFA:
            Biseko Lokombo LB Oregon
            Avery Patterson S Oregon
            Jonathon Dowling S Western Kentucky
            Beau Allen NT Wisconsin
            L’Damien Washington WR Missouri
            Kevin Pamphile OT purdue(basketball player)
            Demetri Goodson CB Baylor
            Josh Walker OG Tenn St

          • Dominik

            So, where can I sign up for that? :D

          • GEAGLE

            Don’t think it’s that far fetched of a scenario,.,
            ..
            The only unrealistic part is I don’t think we would ever stay at #30. If we are fortunate enough to have the Niners choose us as the team they want to trade up with and we trade back to #30, I think there is only like a 5%’chance we stay at 30 and pick a player….

            Whether it’s because a team wants to jump the Texans at the beginning of,round 2 for a falling QB, or a team wanting to trade up into the end of round 1 to take a QB instead of taking him at the beginning of round two so they can get the 5th year option on that QBs rookie contract, instead of taking the QB in round 2 where they only get him for 4years..there will be an opportunity to trade down from 30 and into the beginning of round two..

            So basically. I think we would either draft someone at #22 or our first pick won’t come til picks 33-40…think it’s unlikely that we would trade back to 30 and stay at 30…hopefully at this very moment, Gamble is talking Baalke into trading up to 22..if we can get to 30, think there is a great chance the jags!Vikings!Bucs,Raiders, Browns trade up to 30…
            ..,
            So my ideal,scenarios are:
            1) get Lucky and find Barr on the board at 22
            .l
            2) Trade back to 30 and get #77, then trade back to #35 and get #69.. Basically trading away 22 for #35, #69 and #77

          • Dominik

            Imho, we would be lucky if we could trade BG and BB for 6th rounders. I think we would be lucky if Atta or Smith are there at #54.

            But it’s not like there isn’t a chance for that. I just wanted to say I take that draft anytime.

          • GEAGLE

            Think we can def get a 6th for Bryce…

            BG, we may not even be able to get a 7th for him. He may be untradeable… We would be asking a team to give us a draft pick for a one year rental that they have to pay first round money to. That might be wishful thinking…..BG salary would be more for a one year rental than they would pay for 4years combined of that 7th rounder…

            The only way it makes any sense at all is a contender like Seahawks that’s trying to win a SB…a game ready passrusher may be worth more to them than a 7th…or possibly Denver…but any team that’s building, probably won’t even give up a 7th for him

            I have to pretend Marcus or attaboy will both be on the board to maintain my sanity…. A man needs hope :)

          • Sifter

            See I don’t think we need a WR either. We’re spending $5mil+ each on Cooper and Maclin this year and your slot WR is Sproles or Ertz depending on who presents the most dangerous matchup for the current opponent. WR’s an area that could be always be improved, but it’s not a hole in my view.

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            and a rookie WR will make peanuts.. lol.. all the more reason to go after WRs in the best WR draft of all time!!! (potentially) Gotta take advantage of this situation…

            like geoff moshers mock draft made me puke… well damn near… lol.. theres good defensive picks in the mid to late and IDFA too!!! There just isnt a lot of top end defensive talent. by 22 comes around they will be gone…. gotta grab at least 2 WRs in the 1st 3 rounds…. got too.. the value is so awesome… plus id add josh huff or de’anthoney or Dri Arhcer in the 5th round if possible on top of the 2 WRs.. lol

            and maybe colt lyrira in the 7th or UDFA…

            we have a genius offensive coach.. lets not “settle” for mid rounds WRs… lets invest in our coach to be GREAT!!! and have a GREAT OFFENSE!!! hell we seen last year that we arent far off from…. THE BEST OFFENSE OF ALL TIME!!!!

            Lets set the sights high!!!

            We are closer to being the best offense then we are to being the best defense.

            We have an identity.

            Let nurture that strength.. make it legendary!!!

            Like what the steelers did with their defense.. thats was their identity.

            You get me?

            I know someone else out there feels the same way…

            And his name is howie roseman… and chip kelly.

            Its a Kelly thing.

            WILDCARD!!!!

        • Weapon Y

          You can’t think of it just in terms of this year. You’re better in the long run by taking the BPA in the 1st round even if that guy is in a deep receiver class. These guys are here for the long-term. Moreover, a first round pick is worth more than a second, which is worth more than a third, etc. so it isnt worth it to take a lesser player in the first round but upgrading in the second.

          • Sifter

            Who’s talking about taking lesser players? :) I’m saying if you have a WR, a LB and a DB equal or very close to equal on your board then you afford to wait to take a WR because it’s a deep draft for WRs.

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    We hired a great offense coach, the 2014 NFL draft is best offensive weapon draft i have ever seen… its time to invest in our investment, and get chip the top notch weapons he can use and use great!! Period.

  • GEAGLE

    “You have to watch Jones from 2012 to really appreciate him” lol I could say the same exact thing about KVN..like you KVN and Jones are my ideal ILB/LOLB only I have KVN first(Kirksey,3rd)
    ..
    I go back and fourth on CJ Mosley, guys like Cossell say he is. Top 12 player who will never last til 22…I’m starting to not be so sure. I’m going to call BS. Have a feeling media is over rating him and he will fall to the 20-32 range. I like that he was a subpackage guy so it shows he can be a 3down player. But I’m going to call BS on this kid. Everyone is talking about him as if he is a like keachly type! and he can’t hold Keachlys jock strap…Not only do I think he will be on the board at 22, but my gut is saying we pass on him.

    Hageman drives me insane. At his beys he is a force, but we rarely get his best.and his age makes me in no mood to put up with his consistency.

    Think the eagles want Latimer, Moncref or A Rob more than the highly touted Lee, cooks! types…but that’s just a gut! I have no real intel to back that up

    Don’t think it’s out of the question to find Attaucho or Marcus on the board at 54, but I’m getting nervous

    • D3FB

      I’ll take that bet on Mosley. The only way he last til 23 is if the medical has teams worried. He may not be Luke but he’s the best LB to come out since Luke. He can cover. He will line up and play smash mouth football against power running teams. He can play sideline to sideline. He can call your plays and lead your defense for the next decade.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCy2Kyv52Tw

      Saying a guy isn’t as good as arguably the best, top 3 at worst, player at his position is reason not to pick him high is ridiculous logic. I mean I guess that means if none of the WR’s this year are Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, or AJ Green then teams should just not draft them and they are probably media hype. Jake Matthews isn’t Jonathan Ogden or Anthony Munoz therefore #MEDIAHYPE?

      The guy without any major holes in his game, who is going to captain your defense, lead your team, make every play you ask him to, just be a steady tackling machine with plenty of highlights? Yea I’ll take that guy way before 22 any day.

      • GEAGLE

        Some say his tape wasn’t as good this year because coaches put to much on his plate and he was thinking too much, being slowed down by having to make the checks and lead the defense. If it did slow him down I’m glad he got experience in that area,since prior to that he was a subpackage guy..

        Normally, I think the best prospect at his position will typically come off the board before #20, but this is a especially deep draft and runs on certain positions could see him,fall into the 20s” I really like his game, I just don’t quite like it as one of the 12 best players in the draft.. LBs have been getting devalued these past few years…saying a guy will go 20 instead of 12 isn’t exactly some grand indictment. And falling to 20 isn’t exactly something to be ashamed about lol….I see him as better than Manti, not on Keachlys level….like manti I think he will be a good pro, I just think a better LB will emerge from this draft…
        ..
        My guess is Mosley will be this years Manti, with KVN being this years Kiko..manti was a good pick and will have a nice career, but Kiko was taken later and will probably be a little better of a pro. I think KVN and Mosley will mirror that situation, but we shall see…

        Where are you expecting CJ to land? You thinking as high as bills/lions?
        t? Or more in the Steelers/Ravens range?….a lot of teams high in the draft can use a LB like CJ, the problem is most of those teams have Big needs in the trenches..hard for a team like the Giamts or lions to take a LB when they have issues at OL and pass rush…so I think CJ ends up going to a better team in the 20s……

        My sleeper team for CJ…see.him start to fall til around 16. And the Niners trading up for some major Navarro Bowman insurance

        • D3FB

          The Manti/Kiko comparison is debatable. Mosley is much better taking on blockers and in coverage, two areas where Teo was vastly overrated by the media, when he was considered a super high pick. Kiko/KVN doesn’t really work because Kiko played a true linebacker spot in college, KVN it’s pure projection, I don’t think KVN has played a stacked backer 50 snaps in 4 years at BYU.

          I think you are massively undervaluing a true 3 down linebacker in the modern NFL. You need more than just stuff the run, and drop into a short zone. Mosley is the only 3 down linebacker today in this draft. Everybody after him is either a two down linebacker, or a nickel guy you hope you can beef up. Scarcity should increase his demand.

          As far as where does he get drafted? I have him as the eighth best player. Detroit is a possibility. I think the Titans and Giants probably want him fairly strongly. He would be a great value play for Chicago if they don’t love any of the DB’s there. The Steelers need young defensive talent. Arthur Brown hasn’t worked out as expected in Baltimore yet. And if he gets to 21 I know the Packers draftniks absolutely adore Mosley. I would set the over under at pick 16 since Jerry won’t take him, and I would take the under that he gets drafted between 10-15.

          • GEAGLE

            No…don’t mean to compare them as linebackers….

            Meant that like,Manti, Mosley will be a quality,player that pans out as a first pick, just so happens that I think the best LB in this class will be drafted after Mosley, like Kiko being drafted after manti…
            ..
            Basically The draft place will suggest, Mosley is the best. Then probably Shazler, and than KVN so:
            1) Mosley
            2) Shazley
            3) KVN
            ..
            But after this season. When we do a redraftl we will end up listing them
            1) KVN
            2) Mosley
            3) Shazler

            That doesn’t mean I don’t think Mosley will be a great LB. I would be hype to pair him with Mykal… Now a simple argument is, if you think KVN is better, why would you draft Mosley when you can get KVN a round later? But that’s a bogus argument. If I’m fortunate enough to see Mosley at the top of my board when I pick, it’s not a lock that KVN wil
            Still be on my board when it’s time for me to pick again…

            I think all 3 are quality LB projects..I don’t view any as drastically over rated like I do Dee ford. I’d be glad to welcome any to philly…also a million factors will come into play with who develops as the best pro…coaching situation, team mates, oportunity…I certainly wouldn’t take any off my big board if I’m howie

          • GEAGLE

            Trust me, I don’t value 3 down LB at all…read any of my posts and they usually include a sentence about how hard it’s becoming for LB to play 3rd down in this new NFL…heck, I value 1 LB who can cover on 3rd down so much, that I would draft Kirksey in a heartbeat not knowing if he will ever grow into a starter in our base just because of how hard it is to find LB who can cover in today’s NFL…

            But I don’t view Mosley as the ONLY 3 down LB…I see no reason why Shazley and KVN can’t play on 3rd..i expect al 3 to be in on 3rd down…
            ..
            Kind of a silly debate because you are forcing me to split hairs and down play a player(CJ that I like a lot)…I just happen to think it’s a very Deep draft and my gut says Mosley lasts 10 spots more than the mock community who puts him at 10-12 thinks..

            If we didn’t have Mykal, I’d probably love CJ. I think LBs are going to get smaller anyway because of what we discussed above, so I do think CJ and Shazler can play with Mykal, I would just prefer KVN..

            I also saw our coaches pretend that Casey Mathews could add depth at LOLB and ILB…KVN fits that duel depth role perfectly…

            What do you think about Kirksey ability to develop

          • D3FB

            I see what your saying. Let’s not include Shazier because I don’t think he can hold up against the run in our scheme. I guess my point is that we know Chip wants to have versatile players. Part of this is to help disguise looks and part of it is to avoid being stuck in bad situations when teams go up tempo. I think Kirksey is very good at what he does. But there is very little tape to suggest that he can become an everydown backer. Mosley you just run on the field and he stays there every play. With a two down and nickel backer, you can get caught up in bad situations. Say our defense has to play our offense, Chip send the O out in 12 personnel. Defense therefore sends the base package out. First play, run for a couple of yards. Offense immediately gets up but now suddenly Ertz is lined up in the slot. Foles sends shady in motion to the opposite slot. You don’t have Kirksey on the field. Now you have an inferior coverage grouping, outmanned and outgunned. That’s the absolute value of a 3 down backer. It’s why they are so valuable because like you said finding a guy who can do it all is incredibly hard.

            I like KVN. I think he’s a good football player. I just don’t feel comfortable at all taking him as high as we are going to when he will be converting to a different position.

            Not sure what you mean by Kirksey playing a “honeybadger” role. You are only going to bring him in for nickel situations. Boykin will already be playing the slot receiver. If they are playing four wide you can shade him to the other slot but you can’t play him outright overtop of him, or the QB will just run a draw because they have 5 blockers to block the five left in the box. If you want to bring him in just to cover TE’s or RB’s out of the backfield, then I don’t know that you can justify using a third or fourth round pick on a guy like that.

            All this is to say that a guy who can truly do it all will probably be valued as high as the draftniks and media have him. It’s a rare and valuable asset.

      • Stevo

        You take any stock in the criticism of Alabama players always having injury concerns? And wonder what the justification is, does Alabama run more physical practices?

        • Anders

          Bama players are “forced” to practice injured because of the insane competition on the team

          • Stevo

            Totally get that Alabama has been head and shoulders above the rest of CFB but for that phenomenon to be just an Alabama thing sounds a little suspect to me.

          • Baloophi

            Head and shoulders above the rest? They seem to have a little difficulty with their in-state rivals…

          • Mac

            I think he was referring to the shampoo.

          • GEAGLE

            What’s Jeffrey Dahmers favorite Shampoo? Lol….head,and shoulders :)

        • D3FB

          Part of it is probably attributable to “The System”. The way Saban runs things, it’s the closest thing to a professional team you are going to see. Having nutrionists, and sports psychologist, etc. is wonderful but at the same time these kids are still 18,19, 20 years old. I would imagine it adds alot of mental stress which can lead to physical breakdowns over time.

          Anders also brings up a good point about the sheer depth of ‘Bamas roster. Just look at this year, Vinny Sunseri (who is probably going to be drafted despite an ACL tear), blows out his knee, and the defense gets better because his backup was none other than Landon Collins the former number 2 safety in his class, who is going to be a first round pick in 12 months. I mean there are maybe 3 other programs in the country that have that kind of depth.

          So players practice through minor stuff, which keeps it from healing, then they get it injured worse in a game or practice. Want to get that partially torn rotator cuff or torn meniscus in your knee repaired after the season? Can’t, you played well last year but you have a half dozen four and five star recruits behind you begging for a chance to get your reps in spring ball. So you elect to rehab it and deal with it later. Now you are overcompensating to hide the injury and get something else dinged up. It just snowballs.

          I think one way to test this hypothesis is to keep an eye on what
          happens at Florida and FSU over the next couple years. Both have Saban
          desciples running programs with deep benches. I think you are already starting to see it happen at Florida a little bit.

          • GEAGLE

            What do people think of Sunseri? Louis Riddick keeps talking about him as a sleeper steal who will be a quality pro…kid is one of those extensions of a HEADCoach, really smart, high character leader.. But he lacks the athletic ability I think we covet…no clue what round he will come off the Board

          • D3FB

            Sent this to you earlier in the week about sunseri:

            Sunseri has a solid pedigree, dad is a longtime college football/NFL
            assistant, brother was starting QB for Pitt, now in CFL. You can tell
            he’s a coaches kid, he has good instincts. Solid tackler, not afraid of
            contact. Supposedly ran a 4.48 and a 4.52 a few weeks ago, while
            impressive 6 months out from ACL surgery, that speed doesn’t show up on
            tape. Playing DB for Nick Saban is impressive by itself but he beat the
            top safety taken in next years draft (Landon Collins) out for the
            starting job last year. Coming off the knee injury and with 28 other
            5star safeties in that meeting room decided to declare a year early.
            Probably a strong safety only, doesn’t hold up well in man coverage. I
            don’t see much more than a 3rd safety/special teams captain. Late day
            3/UDFA.

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    Get me a WR… then get me another WR.. and then you can draft defense.

    • Patrick

      I disagree with that. We already have Maclin and Cooper who both have several years left in the tank, although Maclin is here on a short deal. Im absolutely OK with adding another player to the mix, even in the first round, but 2 is just overkill. If it happens that the BPA clearly is a WR both times then I can live with it, but I seriously doubt that will happen.

      Not even taking in the fact that our defense needs help, a 2nd round WR should get significant time on the field and with Mac, Coop, Shady, Celek, Ertz and the 1st round WR thats not gonna happen. Not to mention Sproles, Casey and Benn/Brad Smith/etc. it will be a seriously bad use of our resources and the only player among the 5 starters who is remotely old is Celek so the whole future thing is a moot point.

      I would however like to add a middle round WR to the corps as a developmental guy since i have zero confidence in Damaris, Momah, Cunningham and even Benn is a freaking mystery.

      My perfect scenario in the first 3 rounds is trading back in the 1st round(49ers seems like the popular trade partner) and select Cody Lattimer, then finding a way to add Jimmie Ward or Lamarcus Joyner in the 2nd and trading back up into the 2nd(presumable with our 3rd and the 3rd round pick we would get from the trade back with the 49ers) and get Jeremiah Attaochu.

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        we have coop and mac (on a ONE year deal lets not forget that)… lol… yay… we lost a 1300 yard WR that created space for the other guys, its the best WR draft of all time.. what else needs to be said.

        and you mentioned casey, benn and brad smith.. you cant win with me saying those names.. lol..

        • Patrick

          Yes, Mac is on a one year deal, but we all know that if they didn’t want him here he wouldn’t have been extended. I fully expect Maclin to be an Eagle as long as the organization wants him too. If he leaves after this year, its because we want him to. They obviously believe Maclin is our starting WR for the future, otherwise he would have been gone just like DeSean. You can disagree, but Chip Kelly made the call.

          And Yes, we lost DeSean Jackson, but we’re getting Maclin back, thats where DeSean Jackson was replaced and maybe partially by a drafted WR. Is that a good move, we will see but I’m skeptical as well.
          Thats not what this is about. You can only have 5 weapons on the field at the time. Shady will be 1 and Maclin and Cooper will be another 2. Know, I agree that since Chip likes to have 3 WRs out there, we need another one and you want to take him in the 1st round. Perfectly fine with me, now we have 4 weapons on the field and since we can pretty much guarantee a TE(presumably Celek) on the field at all times you’re on 5.
          Now we also want the other TE(Ertz) to get significant time and we traded for Sproles, he is gonna get some time. Then you want to draft a WR in the 2nd round? A 2nd round WR needs to get significant snaps, where do they come from?
          Sure as hell not from Shady, Maclin and Cooper. I doubt they will come from the WR selected in the first round or from our starting TE. There is no place to take starter snaps from now or in the future, unless Maclin stinks it up. Get a WR in the middle rounds to develop for the future and who doesnt require significant snaps right now. In the 2nd round, get me a starter(or someone who can realistically compete for a starter spot) or a key backup like a pass rush specialist.
          Do you really want to spend a second round draft pick on a player who is gonna play the role Brad Smith did this year? I want to get an offensive linemen who can replace Herrdawk, or a nose tackle who is better than Logan, or a MLB to replace DeMeco, or a OLB to bring some pass rush, or a S to bring something else than Kurt Coleman. Taking a WR just because it is a strong WR draft is just moronic if you don’t have any use for him. And we won’t have use for him this year if we already drafted one in the first round. We probably won’t have use for him in the future, because Chip chose his starters in Maclin and Cooper and the only thing changing that is injuries(or in Maclins case, returning from injury).

          And yes I mentioned Casey and Benn? They will probably get some snaps here and there, which is fine because they are here on cheaper deals(Casey is just getting Ertz’ money). You can’t get starters to play a role players role, this isn’t Madden, and Casey and Benn have the potential to be good role players in my opinion.

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            rookie WRs dont need “significant snaps” normally being a rookie WR is tough.

            Celek is prolly in his last year as an eagle, same with maclin, coopers deal can be voided after 2 seasons,

            and did u listen to howie and chip talk? they metioned rebuilding the WR spot a few times.. not adding one guy REBUILDING, and its the best WR draft ever, this is the best time EVER to rebuild a WR corp.

            NT and MLB, are not big time value positions in this defense and the draft isnt full of them, get a mid round NT and MLB.

            as for S we are currently stocked at the S position.

            If we need anything its OLB but BArr is the only guy that could fill that void.

            Best year ever for WRs, we need WRs, our GM/HC have talked about rebuilding the WRs, and let go off one of the best eagle WRs of all time.. add it all up… its time to get some WRs, and not the WRs that fall to the mid rounds, get the best ones.

          • GEAGLE

            Why do you think Maclin is in his last year as an Eagle? Howie was trying to sign him to a 5yr deal and Maclin expects to work out a long term extension mid season..

            Considering no one has any friggin clue about our sports science, I’d be careful proclaiming that our veterans have nothing left in the tank…I haven’t seen Celek run as fast as he did on that screen pass since he was a rookie. Meco just came off his best season as an Eagle…we just handed an older JP a lucrative extension….maybe this sports science does work. Maybe it extends a veterans career a year or two…Chip Kelly adores Celek who just had a drastically better season than he had in 2012 and 2011(pre Chip)..he is also a high character,guy who loves being an eagle and has roots in the community like a restaurant..who’s to say he doesn’t compromise contractually so he can be an eagle a few more years?

            Don’t believe that guys like Celek,Cary,meco are locks to be gone at the end of the season like many fans and media members are saying, but we shall see,

            Going to be an interesting year

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            Why do i think maclin is innlast year? because currently he is in last year of deal.. lol.. he turned down money, now he has to go out and ball out.. now what if does not infact ball out… but still has an ok season.. but loses ground to a new rookie WR… then adios maclin… esp if he wants #1 WR money…

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            Celek will get passed on the depth chart soon.. but hey if thats ok with him thats cool.. but im sure he will have to eventually take a pay cut.. will he? well see…

          • D3FB

            I agree. Rookie WR’s probably aren’t going to see a ton of snaps. We ran about 1100 offensive plays last year. There are five spots for that aren’t the OL or QB. That’s 5500 snaps. I’ll be conservative with Maclin and Cooper and give them each 950 snaps or about 50 fewer each than Djax and Cooper got last year. The TE’s accounted for about 1500 snaps last year and we started playing more 12 personnel down the stretch last year so you can probably expect an increase in that number. Let’s say 1800 this year. That’s 3700 total. The three backs played about 1150 last year. Let’s assume Brown and Polk start to get used more (Polk was lined up creatively as an H-Back several times down the stretch, Brown gets a few more touches) and jump that up to 1200. That’s 4900. Sproles gets 350 snaps. That brings our total up to 5250 snaps accounted for.

            That leaves about 250 snaps for the remaining WR’s. Not alot of work for receiver 3,4,5.

          • Patrick

            And in that case you didn’t even take into consideration that we had already drafted a WR in the 1st round.

            I understand Charlie Ks argument, especially if he is putting value into statements, but in the end, its just overkill.
            I don’t think Cooper will be gone anytime soon and I put 0.4 % into the statements from the Eagles right now. Its simple, they lied.
            I had the same discussion last year when someone argued that Brandon Graham was super important because Howie said he was a key building block of the defense. We all know by know that it wasn’t the case, Curry was almost a bigger part of our defense.

  • GEAGLE

    Trades!!!! Right now, GMs are all negotiating the deals we see made official on draft day, GMs reach agreements and if draft falls the way they went they pull the trigger on the deals they are negotiating this week. Obviously teams don’t have enough time when they are on the clock to negotiate deals,so teams go into the draft with deals already negotiated. GMs are also contacting the kids who may not get drafted this week so they can land them as UDFA…what I would give to be a fly on the Novacare walls this week..

    What trades will we go into the draft already having in place? Miami said they wouldn’t trade Dion for a 2nd round pick. What if the GM made Howie counter offer asking for #22? Howie could have said, he wants to see what else he can get for #22 closer to the draft before pulling the trigger on Dion(who knows)..of oculus se the June 1st deadline is always in play.
    ..,
    Id assume we work out trade back scenarios in case a certain guy we want doesn’t fall to 22. I’m assuming we have a deal in place to trade Bryce for a 6th round pick in case we see Tre Mason at the top of our board and Chip finds him irresistible.
    ..
    I’d assume we have a deal in place to Trade BG. My guess is to the Bucs for #185.. But BG is tricky. For starters I don’t think it’s a lock that he is gone. Depending how the draft goes we may have to keep him as stop gap depth for a year and take the compensatory pick walking in free agency at the end of the year..But if we can land Barr?Attaucho or Marcus Smith I think we would gladly pull the trigger on the BG deal we work out before the draft. Like Tom said, we aren’t going to sign him Longterm so why not get something for him….WARNING, it may be harder than we think to unload him. for starters he comes with a first round picks salary, and he is only under contract for one year,,.would a GM think having BG for a year is worth losing 4 years of a 6th round pick, and paying BG more in one year than all 4 years combined of that 6th round picks salary? We may find ourselves in a position where we can’t get anything at all for him and are forced tp cut him…if that’s the case, id rather Sacrafice a roster spot for a year and let him walk as a free agent and have him help out our compensatory pick equation….
    ..
    I also don’t buy the he just isn’t a fit argument, I pref Anders argument,of he just isn’t good enough..

  • SteveH

    I started noticing what Gil Brandt was saying a couple of months ago. Normally a consensus starts to form about who the top players are and where they are likely to be picked pretty far in advance of draft day but it’s all over the place this year which is pretty awesome for draft watchers. The suspense and surprise should be dialed up to 11 compared to years past.

  • nopain23

    I really hope all the WRs push a few defensive players down. Barr, Ha ha, Gilbert. Anyone of those an our defense would get a major upgrade Knv r C Jones in the second and Joyner ( my favorite player in the draft and Davis has all the resorces he needs to make this a top 15 defense this year and top 10 next year as the new guys gain experience.
    I know Barr is raw..but i belive in this coaching staff. he has no physical limitations so it’s all about technique. That can be taught. You can’t speed, size,speed and agility. You can get stronger. Which he will do in Chippa’s system

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      barr and haha im down with it, if its not any of them, then its WR all day!!!

  • GEAGLE

    Thinking Walterfootball is right and the eagles shock everyone taking Latimer at 22

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      idk… i think they could shock us by going jordan matthews or allen robinson.

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah i usually pair A-rob with latimer…thinking A-rob,Latimer or Moncreif..one of the young WR with ELITE potemtial….we wont sign 40millipn dollar free agents so you wont have any superstars unless we draft and develop them ourselves..so I see no chance we sign quality prospects. Who can be really good players but have limits that will keep them growing into the best ELITE WRs…

        NO shot in hell we draft cooks, or Lee…cooks,can become a really good NFL player, but why would we settle for a kid with Steve Smith. Desean, Randall Colbb,Ceilings, when we can coach up 21yr olds whp are 6’3 220lb, run a 4.4-4.5, and have a 35-40 inch vertical? I trust chip developing young talent, so i see no shot in hell that he settles on safer prospect with limits..,

        For example, cooks is one of the most NFL ready players. You can draft on him and count on getting a pretty good player…or you can trust your coach with special talents like Robinson or mOncreif and let him develop the, into the AJ greens, julio jpnes types of top WRs…

        • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

          i dont like Donte Moncrief at all… yeah he had a cgreat combine, but all those measurables dont show on the game tape…

          Id be happy with cooks or Lee.. i be more excited for Lee i think Lee will be great.

          and hell i wish we had desean jackson on the team.. lol.. and a young steve smith.. dont really care about cobb tho..

          • GEAGLE

            They don’t show in last years game tape playing with bum QBs…it’s all about his character and personality..,if he has that insane drive and commitment to become the best, then I would love to put his raw ability in the hands of Chip Kelly to mold…him an Allen Robinson are babies, they haven’t even turned 21yet lol…

            It’s not about who he was…it’s about what he will be. He has almost all the tools to become Elite..we have the coaching to get him there..his character and personality, will dictate if he is an Eagle target, and it will dictate how good he will eventually be…your guess is as good as mine

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            they dont show up in any game tape, ill pass on donte… he is fools gold.

      • mksp

        I guarantee you, with every ounce of my being, that the Eagles are not taking Jordan Matthews at #22. Promise. Will send you $1k if they do. Just no f’ing way.

        I don’t think he’s on our board.

        • RC5000

          Not on our board at all or just at 22? He’s played a lot of slot WR and he’s big. He is inconsistent in his route running but he is a smart, good kid, and he could fit as a solid WR. Im not high on him for first round but later yes.

          • mksp

            If he’s still there in the 4th round I’d take him.

            Love the intangibles, hate how stiff he is, hate his hands, hate his route running. Just don’t think he has enough burst and quickness to beat press coverage. Will rely on solely his size.

            I’m positive Kelly can figure out a way to put JM in position to make plays, so if we draft him I’m sure it will work out, just don’t see it happening early.

        • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

          nah, i dont know about 22, but the guy is def on their board and i can tell you why….

          the guy is a football freak, maybe the hardest working WR ion the draft, very football smart and savvy… PLUS he has the speed, AND all of the things kelly wants in a WRs body.. they guy is big long arms and has HUGE hands, biggest hands for a WR in the draft.. so theres no doubt at all he is on the board.. now how much they like him in regard to the rest of the WRs is anybodys guess…

          • GEAGLE

            Think he is def on our board, but I doubt we have him rated as a RD1 WR

  • Joe Minx

    Tommy, in reference to Marqise Lee do you put any stock in the USC WR bust factor?

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      You cant, you have to evaluate the prospect not the past prospects from the shcool

    • D3FB

      The only time you would really look at positional history from a school is if there is a long running gimmick of some sort. For example QB’s that run some crazy run n’ shoot or Air Raid. A running back playing behind an OL that’s probably better than the one he will play behind in the NFL in a power heavy scheme. Say a school has the DE’s racking up double digit sacks year after year, you need to look at the scheme and try and see, ok wow they have so many sacks because of the certain types of stunts they love to call leave their DE’s lined up against TE’s and running backs. Those kinds of things. Tom Brady’s success was no more a predictor of Chad Henne’s future than Brian Brohm’s is to Teddy Bridgewater.

      • Anders

        Yea Bama Rbs are one and for a long time spread wr and qbs was hard to evaluate because the nfl hadn’t moved to that yet

      • GEAGLE

        I dont like touching CB from Alabama..not interesting in kids who became top procpects using the crab walk technique, not having backpeddled since high school. Considering backpeddling is a pre requisite to playing CB in the NFL

  • Joe Minx

    Also apropos of nothing, I see this picture on the Eagles site & think to myself, “That’s a man that loves him some pudding.”

    http://prod.static.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/news/inside_lawlor_020112.jpg

  • Sifter

    Nice FAQ Tommy, always learn something from your writing. Props to ya!

  • tball_man

    Mr. Lawlor… Do you anticipate a top 100 release near term over at scouts notebook/somewhere?
    I also recall a value board that you’ve done in the past. Inquiring minds.

    • Patrick

      Im hoping for one of these, like the last couple of years:
      http://igglesblitz.com/2013/04/2013-eagles-draft-preview/

      • Anders

        Things like that is why tommy is the best Eagles writer

        • Patrick

          It really is. He has done post like that for a couple of years and the amount of detail is just incredible. I remember one year where every single one of our picks was mentioned in the post and I went back a couple years after and looked because I remember a name in training camp from somewhere and Tommy actually had 2-3 camp guys mention in the draft post from a couple of years ago.

          Those post, or the ones where he talk about a specific thing in depth is amazing. I remember reading the pieces on the 4-3 under defense and the level of detail in that from tons of sources and researching tape was like nothing i have ever seen. Obviously you’re danish, can you imagine anything like that in our papers or on our TV channels? Its astonishing and a big part of why i fell in love with the deeper parts of football.

  • A_T_G

    “Should be a definite Top 15, if not higher, pick…”

    Wow, it isn’t often a guy goes higher than the top 15 picks. I heard rumors there were a couple of teams looking to trade up into the negative numbers to get Luck before the Colts pick at #1, but I wasn’t able to confirm them.

    • TommyLawlor

      You have to use the Kelvin Scale.

      Dang, don’t you know anything?

      • A Roy

        Sheppard or Benjamin?

      • Anders

        The kelvin scale goes to absolut zero and have no negative degrees

        • SteveH

          He was talking about the other kelvin scale.

        • A_T_G

          Exactly. So if I was using the wrong scale, Celius, for example, what I thought was 1 would actually be something like 274, leaving plenty of room for Hageman to fit in before what I thought was the beginning.

          A pretty brilliant retort to a smart ass comment from the peanut gallery, in my opinion.

  • NinjaP

    Tommy what do you see in Lee? He is Maclin part two, already made that mistake the first time. Why double up?

    • GEAGLE

      Yeah I don’t get this line of thinking…
      ..if you aren’t going to pay for superstars in free agency, how can you settle on good safe prospects?

      We can count on Lee to safely develop into a Maclin type..
      ..
      We can count on Cooks to develop into a Steve smith, Desean type

      We can count on ODB to become a Randall Colbb
      .,.
      Al nice players, but how the hell can we settle for that in this draft? I trust the hell out of our coaches ability to develop young players..so why would we settle on those safe players when we can get our coaches young talent to mold with Elite potential? Why settle on those really nice players when you can have our coaches working with 21yr old babies who are 6’3 220lbs. Run a 4.4-4.5 and have verticals of 35-40???? I want to see what our brilliant offensive gurus can do with that type of Elite potential..
      ..,
      Doubt eagles will draft good, safe players…I’m expecting us to draft players with the highest ceilings who have the character to work to realize that ceiling…

  • GermanEagle

    Thanks T, I really feel honoured that my question made it to the top of your Q&A list. Maybe I will organise a blind cinema date with Megan Fox one day. Would the movie ‘Godzilla’ be appropriate?!

    • SteveH

      I think Piranha 3DD is more his style.

      • GermanEagle

        Or maybe ‘Chippahzilla’.

  • RC5000

    Crichton might be an okay pick but I think they want more of a coverage LB if they don’t get an elite 3-4 OLB. They have a whole lot of guys like Crichton who is slightly tweener with the stiffer hips – Cole, Curry, Graham, Barwin, Braman. They even have Travis Long.

    • Anders

      Barwin is the best cover lb on the team and Braman and long are his backups

      • RC5000

        I was talking about downfield TE coverage not coverage in the short yards. I think they are looking at players like Marcus Smith, Attaochu, Telvin Smith, Christian Jones, Jordan Tripp. Not yet another DE/LB tweener with stiff hips. Just not the time to be using resources on players who have the physical profile of Curry, Graham, Cole or a future backup for Barwin.
        If they want a guy like Crichton, Clarke, Gayle…those types they can wait until later. Travis Long is probably much further along in coverage behind Barwin anyway than Crichton will be. Just not a great use of resources. Crichton is okay. They can make better use of that pick imo.

        • Anders

          “or a future backup for Barwin. ”

          Future backup for Barwin would be able to cover TEs down the seam, so not sure why you compare Crichton to Barwin.

          That is my point, yes Crichton might reminds of Cole and Curry, but he is still far better in space than Graham (and longer and heavier).

          • RC5000

            I got you…I thought you were suggesting Crichton as a backup/future replacement for Barwin since you only brought Barwin up. My future backup term did not come out right, it was late when I posted it . I was thinking backup and future replacement.

            I would be very surprised if they took Crichton in the second round. He’s not the type of OLB prospect they are looking for at all. Tommy has discussed this since last year that they want versatile LBs and how Cole, Curry, Graham don’t fit and so I was shocked he chose Crichton. He is a 4-3, tightly wound (actually he kind of reminds me of a slightly bigger Babin) DE with a lack of change of direction and he’s not very fast either.

            He looked really bad at the combine as far as being a candidate for linebacker. I remember watching him to see if he could possibly in any way be a 3-4 OLB and absolutely no way did he look like a versatile OLB or a LB who could cover. And he’s also not an elite pass rusher.

            Even his own coach Mike Riley says he fits a 4-3 best and needs the right system (not the 3-4).

            http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000313056/article/oregon-state-de-scott-crichton-fits-in-43-defense-riley-says

          • Anders

            I agree I do not see him as a OLB for us but more of a 3-4/4-3 DE tweener like Curry or what Tank Carradine is suppose to be for the Niners (and what Justin Smith is, all those 3 are around 6-3(4) and was around 275 at the combine and played 4-3 DE in college).

            Same if we drafted Kony Ealy, he would be somebody who would play with his hands in the ground, but from different alignments. Will Clarke would be the same mold, just longer.

  • Mitchell

    Papa John’s draft party pizza update: just say a commercial for a sweet pepper chicken pizza. Just thought you guys would wanna know so you have options for Thursday.

  • GEAGLE

    Don’t sleep on Chip trying to get Nick fairly in the next 365 days…(I had a dream! In my best MLK voice)

    • oreofestar

      I always think about him for some reason being an Eagle

    • Weapon Y

      Thinking he still remembers the National Championship game, and wants those Auburn guys? Maybe he’ll try to get Cam Newton to be Nick Foles’s backup.

      • oreofestar

        nah that will be Luck’s job in 2 years

      • GEAGLE

        Yup…think he has a ton of respect for Fairly…Detroit decline to pick up his 5th year option, and now they are said to be gauging Suh’s trade value…makes me think they won’t to blow the D up and rebuild. If Fairly is made available, be interesting to see if we are interested,,,on one hand we really like Logan. But Fairly is close to developing into a special player.,However, fairly won’t be cheap so it’s prob a long shot…

        • A_T_G

          Yeah, I think someone pays Fairly fairly.

          • GEAGLE

            Interesting to see if we are interested

  • GEAGLE

    How would a team go about getting a College basketball player that didn’t play football? Would a team tell him to enter his name into the draft? Would they wait til draft over and sign him like a UDFA?

    How can Howie get Baylor basketball player Ricco Gaethers into eagles training camp?

    • oreofestar

      I like Barkley more than most still wanna keep him around

      • GEAGLE

        Like to have Chip working with Barkley and Logan…end up flipping both

        • oreofestar

          Why flip Bennie

          • GEAGLE

            Logan Thomas

          • oreofestar

            I’d rather have Bennie than Logan Thomas

          • GEAGLE

            Duh..

    • Poppi

      do you think we could trade some players or picks Barkley and Graham and /or a pick to Houston for the 1 pick and go get Clowney?

      • A_T_G

        I think it would take all of this year’s picks, as well as most of next year’s, even with a few backups thrown in.

        • GEAGLE

          Yeah, I don’t even thnk our entire 2014 draft would be enough….probably cost two 1st, two 2s

          • Poppi

            I don’t know as much as you guys do, and since Houston needs help all over, i was hoping if they got a couple proven types from another team that has some depth and a couple low picks, they could get the QB they need so badly and the other team (us) could get a ten year superstar.

      • GEAGLE

        I’d include my left arm if it would sweeten the pot :)…

  • phillychuck

    When we discuss mocks or prospects we’re always pessimistic about the guys who fit our system falling. A good way to gauge this is to use a simulator and mock versus a computer filling other teams’ needs. I’ve noticed a lot of guys falling who you wouldn’t expect. Barr and even Evans have fallen to 22 using fanspeak more than 1/3 of the time. Moseley is there a lot. I really think we should trade down a couple of times–there is a lot of talent left in round 4. Here’s my favorite mock trading down twice and trading a future 5th for a 6th:

    My favorite draft overall (versus Our Lads rankings for the rest of the NFL)—traded down twice and traded a future 5th for a 6th. I only reached down the board once for Janis. Lattimer was there at 27 if one prefers him to Beckham. I love getting the two corners close to each other in the 5th.

    27 WR BECKHAM JR., ODELL LSU

    56 DE EALY, KONY MISSOURI

    91 RB MASON, TRE AUBURN

    104 DE (OLB) CLARKE, WILL WEST VIRGINIA

    115 C STORK, BRYAN FLORIDA STATE

    122 DT MCCULLERS, DANIEL TENNESSEE

    126 WR JANIS, JEFF SAGINAW VALLEY

    162 CB COLVIN, AARON OKLAHOMA

    170 CB GAINES, EJ MISSOURI

    180 G DOZIER, DAKOTA FURMAN

    237 ILB BROWN, PRESTON LOUISVILLE

  • Ark87

    On Mosley: I’m not sure he’s a great fit for what we’re looking for anyway. He is scraping by size-wise at 6-2 with decently long arms. And I have questions about his athleticism. His shuttle and 3 cone were in the 24th percentile of other ILB’s. He did eventually run the 40 at his pro-day and did alright, would have put him in ~80th percentile of other ILB’s. Beyond that, on the tape, the only time he really looks explosive is at the point of contact (which I admit, is pretty awesome). We love Demeco, but aren’t we looking to replace him with someone more athletic to be an all downs sort of guy? He’s a good player to be sure, but when you talked about ILB’s: http://igglesblitz.com/2014/05/the-importance-ilb/ Mosley doesn’t seem to fit.

  • GEAGLE

    Something we have rarely discussed…who are the UDFA everyone has their eyes on for the Eagles? With 100 Underclassmen there will be some quality seniors who go Undrafted…basically we can get 7th round caliber talents in the UDFA market this year.. Curious to hear who fans have their eyes on

    • GEAGLE

      1) L’Damien Washington, WR/Missouri. 6’4 195lbl arm length almost 34… At 6’4 almost 200lbs kid ran a 4.46 which is crazy size/speed combo for a potential Undrafted prospect. This also isn’t some Raw Momah type who hasn’t played much. Kid has over 30 starts under his belt and was mizzou’s leading WR last year…wouldn’t be oposed to spending a 7th securing him.

      Any thoughts?

      • BreakinAnklez

        Isaiah Crowell..another talented runner with what appears the one mixup at Georgia.

    • GEAGLE

      Safeties:
      ..
      1) Avery Patterson/Oregon. Kid is only 5’8 191lbs, but he is a versatile poor mans hneybadger who has the versatility to play slot CB and ST. Kid has 4.44-4.54 speed…. Doesn’t fit our ideal measurements, but is. Versatile high character kid who I wouldn’t mind having him in camp, competing to make the roster..
      ..
      2) Jonathon Dowling Safetu out of western Kentucky. Kid has the talent to be drafted much higher, but is a knucklehead…would we touch a kid who Urban Myer kicked out of Florida? Urban has overlooked some serious knuckleheads in the past…no idea what this kid did to get kicked out. I hear he has character issues, but I can’t find out what the nature of those issues is…I hear that he was kicked off for “not complying with the coaching staff and skipping class”..feel like there has to be more to the story….this kid is a really talented prospect. Stylistically he is the type of safety we like… 6’3 190lb 33 inch arms, ran a 4.5… tall, long, rangy, good ball skills, hard hitting, playmaker…9INTs and 8FF past two years,..some BIGTIME INT and ST returns….basically about as talented of a player as you can find at the end of the draft..l

    • GEAGLE

      The Trenches: Think it’s important to take late rd/Undrafted fliers on OL every year…
      ..
      Two players who could go Undrafted that I would love to add to our camp battle in the trenches:

      1) Beau Allen, NT Wisconsin. Kid took a lot of pride in eating up blockers, keeping Boreland clean to run around and torpedo fools
      6’2 335lbs agile enough to have recorded a blocked punt(anyone have a link to the video? It was against Purdue).. Dude is known to “squat a small house” lol crazy lower body strength..dude ran 10yard splits of 1.68 at his pro day(no combine invite) which is impressive short area burst for a big body NT..dude is tough as hell, durable, and takes pride in being that grunt NT who occupies blockers and does all the dirty work. he has been connected to coach Azzinaro in the past(think he tried to recruit him)… He could possibly go in the 7th, but probably a UDFA.. I got the impression that he has signing with the eagles near the top of his wish list. Sounded like he did his homework, he talked about our scheme, spoke about Bennie Logan needing a backup and mentioned that he was happy coach Azz got to see his workout because he had a nice showing.. I got the impression that he did he homework and thinks signing with the Eagles is a good opportunity for him…so keep him in mind as an Eagle UDFA target

      2)Kevin Pamphile OT from Purdue. Kid is a basketball player so he is one of those freak athletes.. Kid is almost 6’5 310lbs and ran a 4.94 at his pro day. Problem is he is a really good athlete, teams have started to take notice and he could climb up to rounds 6, possibly even. 5. Really impressive/fluid athlete for a big boy.
      PRO DAY:
      40: 4.94 and 4.92
      10yd split: 1.69
      Vertical: 32 inch
      Broad: 9ft
      Bench reps: 25

    • Insomniac

      Ben Gardner DE (doubt he makes it to UDFA though)
      James Franklin QB
      Keith Price QB
      Deron Furr OLB/SS
      Seantavious Jones WR
      Corey Washington WR
      Damien Williams RB
      Demetrius Wright S

  • Ramsay

    Christian Jones status was about the draft on Facebook, so me and my buddy are blowing up his comment section about coming to the eagles. Seriously seeing someone i played football with in high school as an eagle would be too cool! Can’t wait for the draft! Its like Christmas for me

  • TommyLawlor

    Jimmy and I just recorded a podcast. We’re getting ready to do another one about 1:15 or so. Let me know if you have questions and I’ll see if we can answer them for you.

  • GEAGLE

    In 4’days we get to find out if Dion Jordan will be an eagle :)