Matt Tucker is Happy

Posted: April 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 189 Comments »

Chris Polk was going to be the #4 RB, looking up at DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Right now, Polk is looking for a job.


I wondered if the Eagles might try to save money at that spot when they took a look at Bengals RB Cedric Peerman. He was a UFA and would have cost less than Polk.

I think the Eagles like Polk. The problem is that you can’t pay that much money to your #4 RB. Heck, do you even want to carry 4 RBs? Maybe you go with 3 RBs, knowing that Josh Huff or Trey Burton could play RB in a game emergency.

The happiest guy in all of this has to be Matthew Tucker. He spent the last 2 years on the practice squad. He saw the changes made at RB and they would have only made things more difficult for him. Now, Tucker might have a real shot to make the roster.

The Eagles also have Kenjon Barner on the roster. He could be in the mix. They might still add a veteran or could go for a UDFA. I tend to doubt they’ll draft a RB.

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Jimmy Bama has your Marcus Mariota rumor of the day, via Mike Francesa of WFAN.

This one would involve the Eagles getting Mariota and Johnny Manziel (to take on his contract). There aren’t specifics as to what the move up would cost, but you can bet it wouldn’t be cheap.

No idea if this has any hint of reality to it, but figured I’d pass it along.

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The Eagles went up to UConn to check out some prospects. BGN has the details.  The players were:

CB Byron Jones

WR Geremy Davis

DL BJ McBride

The Eagles have already shown interest in Jones and McBride, so this is a case of them being really thorough. Jones is in play for pick 20. McBride is a late round target.

Davis could be a good mid-round prospect for the Eagles.

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Anyone who was a long distance fan of the Eagles back in the late 80’s or early 90’s (like me) lived for Eagles Digest.

Former Eagles C David Alexander posted that on Twitter the other day. Good trip down memory lane.


189 Comments on “Matt Tucker is Happy”

  1. 1 midnitemud said at 9:26 PM on April 24th, 2015:

    I do still think they may take a RB in this draft. Its a talented group this year. Maybe Abdullah as Sproles eventual replacement, or someone like David Johnson in the later rounds to be Mathews eventual replacement (can’t see the Eagles holding on to Mathews very long).

    Concerning all the Mariota talk… I don’t see Bradford as part of the deal, and not just because of Chips’ “he is not a trade chip.” comment. Demarco Murray is the reason why I don’t think Bradford will be part of the deal. It was Bradford who lobbied Murray to the Eagles, they are great friends, and they wanted to be teammates again. Wouldn’t a Bradford trade piss off Demarco? I know he knows its a business, I know he is making a load of money, and so on and so forth… but I just think it could be an issue that not many people are mentioning. I think they would trade Cox before Bradford, as crazy as that sounds…

  2. 2 EaglesFan1 said at 10:02 PM on April 24th, 2015:

    I want to get Ezekiel Elliot next year even though it won’t make much sense. What I really want is for us to draft a RB in 2017. Nick Chubb, leonard Fournette, Royce Freeman and the other stud fresham RBs from this past year will eligible.

  3. 3 midnitemud said at 10:18 PM on April 24th, 2015:

    Agree… There are some great RBs coming out over the next few years. That’s why I’m surprised the Eagles are so heavily invested in the position this year. I don’t think Chip will keep that amount of investment for longer than 1 year (beyond 2015). Mathews and Sproles could be let go after this upcoming season. So, it wouldn’t be a stretch for the Eagles to add some younger/cheaper RB options over the next couple drafts (possibly starting this year).

  4. 4 EaglesFan1 said at 11:04 PM on April 24th, 2015:

    Well I figured in 2 years Sproles will probably be gone, mathews has a 3 yr contract so he’ll have 1 yr left on his deal, and Murray will be 29 so it would be an excellent time to draft one

  5. 5 anon said at 12:34 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    mathews contract is a head scratcher

  6. 6 Mitchell said at 7:20 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Anyone with the last name Chubb can be on this team any time. Perfect to go along with Cox, Johnson and Peters!

  7. 7 EaglesFan1 said at 8:21 AM on April 25th, 2015:


  8. 8 sonofdman said at 11:28 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    I gotta say, I’ve gained some weight lately and would look great in a “Chubb” Jersey.

  9. 9 GEAGLE said at 5:47 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    id draft Zeke Next year. dude runs angry.. sense be damned!

  10. 10 daveH said at 10:15 PM on April 24th, 2015:

    I think he will get his money and have a few very good years. good luck!!

  11. 11 anon said at 12:34 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    i think he’ll be back at a reduced rate after the draft

  12. 12 shah8 said at 10:49 PM on April 24th, 2015:

    Johnny Manziel will definitely get along with Tim Tebow, right?

  13. 13 CrackSammich said at 12:56 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Didn’t they do some college football broadcast together, actually?

  14. 14 dislikedisqus said at 5:45 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Well, they have a few things in common – Heismans and professional embarrassments.

  15. 15 ICDogg said at 12:00 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Pretty sure I bought a copy of Eagles Digest in 2004 at an airport news stand to have something to kill time reading.

  16. 16 ICDogg said at 1:22 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    One of my favorite draft memories

  17. 17 Media Mike said at 7:58 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Love how Mel was right here. Trev Alberts sucked. Nebraska sucks.

  18. 18 ICDogg said at 10:50 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    I like Buddy Ryan taking a shot at Tobin at the end. BTW the Eagles selection that Kiper liked was Bernard Williams.

  19. 19 FairOaks said at 12:22 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I believe Ryan was Arizona’s coach that year. They picked Jamir Miller 10th overall. Looks like he became a starter for several years and was All-Pro his last year, then ruptured his Achilles in his prime.

  20. 20 James said at 8:01 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    LOL this is great, thanks for posting.

  21. 21 Gary Barnes said at 2:09 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Tebow is the #4 RB….sorry could not resist

  22. 22 T_S_O_P said at 2:17 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    The only face I recognised was David Alexander even before I read whose Twitter feed it came from. Can anyone help with the other faces?

  23. 23 Media Mike said at 6:28 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Most. Antoine Davis as you said. Also Bernard Williams and Lester Holmes. I don’t know who the last guy is.

  24. 24 T_S_O_P said at 2:36 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Anthone Davis over Alexander’s right shoulder?

  25. 25 Media Mike said at 7:59 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    G Cobb has murdered Davis over the years for being a horrible waste of talent due to never really caring about football that much.

  26. 26 Media Mike said at 7:53 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Sad to see Polk go, but if it means Tucker makes the 53 or they add a draft pick of quality at RB, I can see it being fine.

    If they bring back Josey, it’ll be fine.

    If Barner makes the 53; IT WILL SUCK!

    Barner sucks and shouldn’t be on this roster.

  27. 27 A_T_G said at 8:00 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Does anyone know where Josey is this offseason? He got signed last year I thought (TB?) but don’t know if he stuck.

  28. 28 Media Mike said at 8:02 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Just looked him up. He’s on the Vikings roster. He should be in a good spot there after Peterson is traded.

  29. 29 Media Mike said at 7:53 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Round 1 Pick 6 (NYJ): Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (A+)
    Round 2 Pick 24 (PITT): Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California (A)
    Round 3 Pick 20: Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 23 (PITT): Hau’oli Kikaha, OLB/DE, Washington (B)
    Round 4 Pick 14: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 9: Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska (B)
    Round 5 Pick 20: Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 20: Bryce Hager, ILB, Baylor (B-)
    Round 7 Pick 20: Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware (A+)

  30. 30 billycuth said at 8:39 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    What is this? Eagles draft? How do they pull this off?

  31. 31 Media Mike said at 8:44 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    I just did it on first pick. I had to trade up with the Jets to get Mariota. I used 20, next year’s 1, and 2017 1.

    In theory I would want to use 20, Kendricks, and something else.

    But in either case, it is a draft I did for the Eagles.

  32. 32 billycuth said at 8:45 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    I don’t see Agholor being there in the second. And quite frankly if they do make the move up for Mariota, I hope they can do it with assets from just this year. We shall see. It’s still very unlikely even though I am hoping.

  33. 33 Media Mike said at 8:50 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    I think you’re correct in both cases, but I can only draft (or not draft) the players there in that particular run of the draft.

  34. 34 Dominik said at 8:18 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Re: Manziels contract

    Quick question. Before we even talk about Manziel #culture and if the other teams would do such a trade etc etc. Isn’t it the case that the team who trades away a player has to take the dead money in their books? As far as I know, trading a player only means you get some value in return. You can’t get rid of dead money.

    That’s why teams will never trade away a “contract” in the NFL. If you trade a player or cut a player, dead money is the same. You trade a player to get something in return. It makes no sense at all to trade a player just so his contract is off your books, because the contract won’t be off the books.

    Now: am I correct with that assumption? It worked this way with the Bradford deal, at least. Rams have the dead money, we would have no dead money if we cut/trade him. Could be the case because of his last contract year, but it does make some sense if it isn’t the last contract year.

  35. 35 Media Mike said at 8:37 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    yes / no.

    Any singing bonus money that was pro rated stays with the team that signed him to the contract.

    The new way of guarantees with roster bonus money, game played bonus money, and future guaranteed salary goes to the new team.

    Here are his contract particulars.

  36. 36 Dominik said at 11:17 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    So, what would happen if the Eagles “take on his contract” and release him after camp? Or simply the minute after they traded for him (because there could be camp bonuses etc. in the contract and if Chip doesn’t want him in the building, which would make total sense)?

    Would the Eagles get any dead money in their books then? Because if they would get no dead money, then it simply wouldn’t make a difference if the Browns cut him or trade him to us and we cut him, right?

    It’s not about Manziel for me, it’s more about understanding the contract situation if a trade happens.

  37. 37 GEAGLE said at 9:08 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    manziel as an eagle? yeah right….are pigs flying?

  38. 38 ICDogg said at 11:05 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Next thing you know JFF announces that he has found Jesus thanks to Brother Tebow…

  39. 39 Dominik said at 11:20 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    The Eagles with the rights on Manziel for a few days, before they cut him, I could see that (if it leads Chip to Mariota, which it wouldn’t, but just for the sake of the argument). Manziel ever in the Eagles QB room? I don’t see that happening. Chip would have to be totally sure that he changed his behavior and I simply don’t see it.

  40. 40 GEAGLE said at 2:31 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    i dont know where this crap comes from that taking Manziel off the browns hands is a deal breaker for the browns.. sounds ridiculous to me when they can just cut him… Ill need to see that one to believe it…

  41. 41 GEAGLE said at 9:12 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    rather draft WR Ty Montgomery in like round 6 and move him to emergency RB and key ST contributor. Kid has potential to be serious kick and punt returner and sproles wont be here forever…. Ty Montgomery can replace the ST contributions polk gave us… and if a RB gets hurt and we need a RB, if you arent comfortable with Montgomery you can just dust off trey Burton as a RB
    i would be annoyed if they took a RB before the 6th round

  42. 42 GEAGLE said at 9:13 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles have “great interest” in UConn CB Byron Jones.
    New Eagles personnel man Ed Marynowitz recently outlined Philly’s draft approach and how they will use size-speed baselines to determine player targets. Jones stands 6-foot-1, 199 and blew up the Combine. He certainly fits the Eagles’ cornerback mold with an ability to excel in press-man coverage.-roto

  43. 43 James said at 10:52 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Im pretty sure they dont like Byron Jones at all. Hurry… spread the rumor….

  44. 44 ICDogg said at 11:03 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Byron Jones would seem to be a great fit for lots of press Cover-3

  45. 45 Anders said at 12:48 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Yep, after I heard those comments. I had Jones locked in at 20 for us.

  46. 46 GEAGLE said at 3:02 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    im all about defense, which im sure you know by now… but if we stay at #20, other then Bud Dupree, Byron Jones, or maybe Arik Armstead, I cant even think of another defender I would be happy seeing us draft in the 20’s, and Bud probably wont last til 20 with Gregory falling and Shane Ray questions about his injured toe…

    i cant even see another realistic defender worth spending the 20th pick on. I like Rowe, but #20 just feels too high for him.. If they want to trade back, pick up an extra 3rd, then I would feel better about taking Rowe that high

  47. 47 Anders said at 3:17 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Kevin Johnson and Eric Rowe, but any of those 3 CBs will do it for me.

    I still want Bud the most, but I cant see him falling to 20 (unless its Mel Kiper troll mock with Beasley falling to the 2nd round scenario)

  48. 48 Avery Greene said at 4:24 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I’m with you on Armstead. If he drops, I’d take him over Jones. That would be a killer DL with Cox/Logan/Armstead, all of whom are young.

  49. 49 GEAGLE said at 8:05 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    i dont know if we take him at 20… but possible if we trade back I would think…

    prob better waiting til next year for the other Oregon DE Buckner

  50. 50 GEAGLE said at 11:04 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    almost made it to the draft without the public finding out…

    NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports LSU CB Jalen Collins had “multiple” failed drug tests while in college.

    These are headline-grabbing revelations, but the teams considering Collins have likely known about the failed tests for quite some time. A long corner with 4.48 speed, Collins is the prototype NFL teams are looking for on the outside, but his production in college did not match up with his physical gifts. He is still a work in progress, but his physical traits make him a good bet to come off the board late on Day 1.-roto

  51. 51 EaglesFan1 said at 11:54 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    It seems like every LSU player fails drug tests

  52. 52 Bert's Bells said at 11:31 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Eagles need to draft BJ McBride to go with Cox on the DL.

    Somebody had to say it.

  53. 53 Dominik said at 11:44 AM on April 25th, 2015:

    Re: pre draft vitits:

    Birds 24/7 have the final (?) list of visits. Since Chip is here those mattered a lot.

    Will be interesting to see how many draft picks in the first five rounds have visited. After the 5th, I think they are more going into the direction of athletic traits and upside, despite rawness (otherwise they wouldn’t be 6th or 7th rounders, wouldn’t they?). Of course, every eligible Oregon, Bama and Ohio State prospect won’t have to visit with us, and since we’re talking about the probably three best teams in the country, there’s a lot of potential who we know inside out and don’t have to “get to know”.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if a max of one of our picks inside the first five rounds haven’t been here for a visit or are from Oregon/Bama/OSU. Because of course, you’ll never know who falls pre draft and there are other ways to get to know a player (Senior Bowl, Combine, Pro Days, visits at their university…)

  54. 54 GEAGLE said at 2:28 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    there are visits and meetings that the media doesnt find out about. I doubt any site knows exactly every meeting, interview or workout the eagles conducted the past few months..

  55. 55 Anders said at 1:50 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Im not a big Perriman fan, but he does play up to his timed speed.

    and yes that is Byron Jones who is plenty fast, but I zero clue who he is 10 yards off instead of jamming

  56. 56 GEAGLE said at 2:25 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    NFL Films’ Greg Cosell believes UCF WR Breshad Perriman is in the top tier of wide receivers in this year’s draft.
    Cosell believes Perriman is in the same tier as Alabama WR Amari Cooper and West Virginia WR Kevin White, and even “see ranking Perriman even with or ahead of White.” Perriman has been shooting up draft boards since running in the low 4.2s at his Pro Day. Perriman is could be selected in the first half of Day 1.

  57. 57 Alistair Middlemiss said at 3:11 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Perriman has the highest risk/reward of almost any player in the draft. His speed/size is exceptional and IF he can put it together as a pro he is going to be a game changing play maker.

    But there is a lot of projection to that – he needs to improve hands and route running massively to be a success at the NFL level and there are no guarantees he can do that.

    If Chip drafts him i will be excited but a little scared. Honestly hope he goes before us to push another prospect down.

  58. 58 GEAGLE said at 3:52 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    so many good WR prospects, and they are coming into the NFL better prepared and with less Bust potential then ever that there are plenty of WR’s I would be happy to end up with.. no point in fixating on one or two…

    Its pretty obvious that they are forced to add Wideouts in this draft,. we only really have Jordan and Huff we can count on past this year. Can anyone say with certainty if Coop will be here next year when his dead money goes down enabling us to cut him? Is anyone really counting on Jeff Maehl this year or next year?
    we are so low on WR’s, and we felt the need to offer Maclin 10mil, that I feel like I can safely assume WR will be addressed in the draft… and last time Chip needed to draft WR’s he seemed to do pretty well with Jordan and even Huff who looks like he can be a player. Im also sure that he learned a little bit from drafting WR’s last year, so I would expect chip to be a little better at identifying WR talent that will thrive at the next level…
    Chip basically admitted that we had to draft WR’s this year. Curious to see how he goes about adsdressing it.. Im hoping we spend a top 100 pick on a WR, but thats not a given…
    For me, I think its crucial to trade back and pick up an extra 3rd rd pick so we can pick 4 times in the first 3 rounds.. In no particular order, spend out top 100 picks on:

  59. 59 Alistair Middlemiss said at 4:10 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    There are so many WR’s i like in rounds 3-5, i really don’t feel the need to draft one early ideally. Players like Conley, Dres Anderson, Kenny Ball, DeAndre Smelter, Tony Lippett and Tre McBride should all be available in that range – and those are players i think can be good in the NFL.

    Having said that… IF Parker drops (and i have a feeling he might due to teams thinking they can get another WR later) i will be screaming for him to be the pick at 20.

  60. 60 GEAGLE said at 5:34 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    i dont disagree at all…. but i would prefer drafting 2..
    I dont think we have starting needs necessarily. but I do think we lack serious depth at a few spots, and I would hope to never see us piss away another season due to lack of depth because of injuries..
    so I dont really care as much about starters, I would like to load up on WR, DB, OL…. because there are some other positions that are crowded and I want to see how they shake out before dumping more assets into the position… for example, we have to be bat shit crazy to draft a RB in the first 3 rounds.. Id be Ok with drafting a RB that high as early as Next year, but for at least NOW we dumped enough assets into the RB position to not take a top 100 pick away from some other positions..
    I could also see Parker falling and I like the kid, but personally I doubt there is anyone available at #20 that i want so bad that I would turn down a trade back.. in this draft, I hope to trade back as much as teams allow us to… I doubt I want a player at 20, more then I would want a player at #26 plus a 3rd round pick… figure we can trade back a few spots and still get a kid we love like byron Jones, agholar, fisher, Rowe…
    if we cant get one of the true 10-15 first round prospects, then I really hope to see us pick 4 times in the first 3 rounds and doubt a player I love so much is available at #20 that would make me turn down trading back to like #26

  61. 61 wee2424 said at 4:20 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I really want Perriman but I think DGB has the highest risk/reward scenario. Perriman has a chance to not be good, DGB seems to have a chance of getting suspended or kicked out of the league real quick. If it weren’t for his massive off field issues I think he would be arguably the best WR in the draft. He could be the next Josh Gordan, or he could be the next Calvin Johnson possibly.

  62. 62 GEAGLE said at 5:24 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    19 scouts or GMs or something voted… and DGB was voted the most likely WR to be a bust, and then Funchess came in second..

  63. 63 wee2424 said at 9:04 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    And I’m sure that has more to do with his character then anything else. Due to this I don’t want DGB unless he somehow gets to the 3rd round, in which I doubt. I really like Perriman, but if it’s between him, Jones, or one of the elite OL I would take Jones or the elite OL. This draft is rich in WR.

  64. 64 GEAGLE said at 9:10 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    the seahawks allegedly are hoping for DGB in round 2

  65. 65 wee2424 said at 10:07 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Not surprised. They don’t exactly have the most dangerous WRs. Seems with the Graham trade they are trying to get more dangerous on the outside.

  66. 66 Media Mike said at 5:50 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    The “hands” issue with his has been looked at by a few guys at roto (Evan Silva mostly) and he hasn’t been making bad Kelvin Benjamin level drops, his “drops” have been mostly due to poor throws by a bad QB.

    I’m 100% confident taking Perriman at this point. All of the right people seem to like him.

  67. 67 Anders said at 5:25 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    I admit, Perriman has grown on me the more I watch, but I still do not want him in the 1st. His timed speed is real and oppose a Dorsett or Desean, Perriman is much tougher to jam at the LoS

  68. 68 GEAGLE said at 2:37 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Like our stable of RBs, tho I think paying more for RBs then any other franchise is foolish, but whatever….. as much as Im happy to pound the ball down teams throats, cant help but wonder what this offense could look like with Gurly.
    I like Melvin, but Gurley is just SPECIAL…
    Kid carried the ball like 580 times and ONLY has 3 fumbles to his name….
    sounds like medically teams are very pleased with his recovery.. kids going to go top 12

  69. 69 wee2424 said at 4:16 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Alot of people thought it was foolish to invest alot of money and players into ST. It won’t be foolish if we consistently pound teams with our ground game, and then get a good player in place of a RB we would have had to possibly pick in the draft. Sometimes you get what you pay for. Other times you don’t, but let’s hope this is one of those times.

  70. 70 GEAGLE said at 4:37 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I disagree.. your point sounds nice, but today most franchises dont do the “franchise back”.. Most franchises today are starting to go with the stable of RB’s.. So most teams have depth like we do… I LOVE THE RB DEPTH. But we could achieve that DEPTH without allocating so much of our salary cap in the position is all Im saying…
    For example. I love having Demarco and Sproles…but Those two alone are expensive enough.
    we could have achieved the same pound the ball down your throat with our depth if for example, we did something like:
    #1 Demarco
    #2 Gurley, Melvin Gordon, or even cheaper a 2nd Rd back
    #3 Polk
    #4 Sproles
    Sure we would have to spend a pick on a RB this way, but we could have given Ryan Mathews money to a free agent that plays the position you were going to draft before we spent it on a RB/…. Of course with the way everything unfolded I understand Why it had to be this way. But Im hoping that we dump Ryan Mathews as soon as we can and get a stud young back….If we dont have too many glaring holes going into next years draft, I would LOVE to draft ZEKE and just cut Ryan Mathews as soon as we can..
    a Zeke Elliot/Demarco Murray two headed Monster would be badass…
    how much would the 20th pick in the draft next year to get a guy like Zeke cost compared to what we will have to pay Ryan?

  71. 71 Anders said at 5:02 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Polk+Gurley would cost more than Matthews+Tucker

  72. 72 GEAGLE said at 5:37 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    i hope we still work something out with Polk at a cheaper price

  73. 73 wee2424 said at 11:49 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    According to a Bleacher Report there are currently 5 teams in the running for him right now. He is a very effective back, some team will have a bigger plan for him then we did, and will pay him slightly more. Apparently one of the teams is in the NFCE. Wouldn’t surprise me if it’s the Cowboys.

  74. 74 Anders said at 5:18 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Polk’s problem was his health and you do not pay the 4th RB 1.5 million.

    Polk would potential be really good on that Cowboys team

  75. 75 wee2424 said at 10:59 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    I think he would be too. I think Polk could turn out to be a very good back.

  76. 76 wee2424 said at 9:38 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I understand your thinking 100%. I do have to say alot of this is really based on your view of Ryan Mathews. I know I am alot higher on Mathews then you and others. Respect that 100%.

    Mathews will average 3.66m over his 3 years with us. For example last years 20th pick Brandon Cooks will average 2.095 over 4 years. There is a difference but not much. Now factor in the money we are not paying Polk. The combo of Mathews plus Sproles may be slightly cheaper then the combo of new pick plus Sproles plus Polk.

    Now with the scenario you have are you really willing to pay your 4th RB/PR the kind of money Sproles is getting? Not to mention carrying 4 RBs on game day.

    Now also keep in mind it is very possible Sproles may be the first RB out of the group that leaves the team, not Mathews. Sproles is getting old and Huff may be the guy that takes his PR duties. Saves you alot of money with Huff doing that, not Sproles. Whether Mathews or a higher pick RB is on team, Sproles carries may be even less then last year.

  77. 77 GEAGLE said at 2:50 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    the media both local and National have put us in a bad position come draft night.. Basically at this point, no matter what the Eagles do on Thursday, If Marriota isnt an Eagles whoever we draft is going to get a ignorant “Negdelphian welcome” on thursday night… If we dont draft Marriota, I feel bad for the kid that ends up getting drafted by the eagles… The media has built this up so much, that basically nothing the eagle can do short of getting Marriota is going to make this fanbase happy, and it really sucks to see these kids drafted into a city that hates them from the moment the commissioner calls their name..
    The worst part is whoever we draft gets the Booooing of his life from the fans that probably have no idea if its a good pick or not. They will just know that its Not Marriota and no one we draft will be given a chance after how this has been built up. Fans are jackasses, so there is nothing we can do about it, but I hope, i really hope that if we dont draft Marriota, the Media doesnt join the fans and trash whoever we draft just because he isnt Marcus..
    as someone that isnt thrilled by the idea of trading for Marcus, Im almost afraid of what this city will be like if we dont draft Marcus, thanks to how crazy this has been built up…

  78. 78 Anders said at 2:52 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I think a large portion is happy with Byron Jones or Landon Collins

  79. 79 GEAGLE said at 2:56 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    well Landon isnt going to be an eagle so a large portion isnt going to be very happy either lol….. but even fans that are realistic and understand if we cant get him, we will be so out-numbered by the “Marriota or Bust” noise…
    If a fan has put in some work, and has a really good understanding of a prospect and they dont like the kid, and the eagles draft him… they have every right to hate the pick,.
    I just despise fans crapping all over a player they have no clue about, just because the player doesnt meet the expectations the media led us to believe..
    If a Fan, watched MS2 closely and hated the pick, i understand not being hppy that we drafted them, but it so ignorant to crap on these young men the moment we draft them just because we dont know their name as much as other names media put in our head..whats booooing the heck out of a kid the moment he is drafted accomplish? have some class… there are so many good prspects that can help us, just because we dont get the one name we fixate on, doesnt mean we automatically drafted some hack that shiould be boooed the moment we call his name.
    lets at least have the class to let these young men enjoy one night they worked their entire lives for… what does welcoming a kid to philly with Boooos accomplish?

  80. 80 RC5000 said at 4:44 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I hope fans don’t boo the pick.

  81. 81 GEAGLE said at 5:20 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    i just hate what boooing the pick really means…
    when you Booo the pick, it says that you automatically assume that mel Kiper, and uneducated media talking heads know better than your Headcoach/GM and scouting department, and I dont understand how anyone can give Mike MIssanelli, Dereck Gunn, or whoever the hell they listen too that much credit that you would automatically assume what they were telling you is better then what our personell department was telling us, especially when we have had 3 pretty solid drafts in a row…
    A hardworking Dedicated kid is having a special night. These are the young men we are counting on to become players for us, dont crap on them the moment they become eagles…you want to rip a kid because of his rookie year, I think its foolish but at least you are doing so because of what your eyes see.. to do it on draft night or crap on them when they first come to philly is just trashy and ridiculous.. dont take mel kipers side over the philadelphia eagles immediately..our coaching staff and scouting department should know better then him in the long run… at least we hope,.,.

  82. 82 Avery Greene said at 4:17 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I wouldn’t be happy with Landon. Jones, Dorsett, Armstead (doubt he drops), or Fisher if there’s a run on OL.

  83. 83 D3FB said at 7:00 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Armstead is more likely to go in the second round than be taken before we pick.

  84. 84 Avery Greene said at 7:07 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Interesting (only going by other mocks). Do you think the Eagles take him in Rd 2 if he’s there? Or if they have interest?

  85. 85 D3FB said at 7:17 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Armstead is the Jalen Collins of 34 DEs. All measurables, 3/4th round tape. (There are elements of draftnik twitter that semi-seriously want to draft him and force him to play LT, thats the level of tape/athleticism desparity) Add in the fact he plays a relatively devalued position and only half the teams in the league even have that position, and I just don’t see how you take him in the first, just look at Hageman last year.

    I’ll be genuinely annoyed if we took him in round one. I would be more ambivalent in round 2.

    Granted the new Donovan Smith rumor has me eying the cyanide capsules.

  86. 86 Mac said at 12:43 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Don’t do it! It’s only a rumor.

  87. 87 RC5000 said at 3:50 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Dammit who spilled the beans about our interest in Mariota

  88. 88 Alistair Middlemiss said at 3:52 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Damn i was sure we were well under the raider with interest, thought we could have got him in the 7th or as a priority underafted free agent.

  89. 89 wee2424 said at 4:10 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    The Eagles are interested in Mariota? Holly shit.

  90. 90 wee2424 said at 4:12 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I don’t know about that. I think the majority of the fan base that wants the Eagles to get MM also knows it may be very unrealistic. Expect the average fan to be pissed if we don’t go S or WR in the first though.

  91. 91 Alistair Middlemiss said at 4:14 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I don’t know…. I know a fair few people who are really all aboard the Mariota train, and feel if the Eagles don’t pull off a trade they will have failed and that no cost is too much.

  92. 92 GEAGLE said at 4:26 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    i am hearing a ton of that too…. there are people, even in the media talking about NO COST being Too much to get your franchise QB that will win multiple superbowls with, and the thought of Nothing being Too Much scares the crap out of me..

  93. 93 wee2424 said at 9:55 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Your right. There are those people, I think there are even more people that realize it would be great to have him but it may just not be realistic or worth it. I think most people realize Chip wants him, but if we don’t walk away with him it is because it’s either just not possible or even Chip knows the price isn’t worth it.

  94. 94 SteveH said at 3:08 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Poop, always liked Polk and his style seems to fit us perfectly. Would have loved to have seen him get a couple games as the featured back and see what he could have done.

    So when do you think the announcement will come that we’re trading half the roster for Mariota?

  95. 95 Anders said at 3:16 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    After the Bucs pick Winston

  96. 96 Alistair Middlemiss said at 3:18 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    IF it happens will not be till 8.10 on Thursday, although i think i will giggle when the Bucs take Mariota at no.1

    The reality is we have no idea who is taking who – the Jags kept the Bortles pick on lock down all the way till the comish announced his name.

    I love all 3 days of the NFL draft every year…. but this is the most interesting /exciting draft i have ever been watching.

    To Quote WIP – Drama Guaranteed!

  97. 97 HawaiianEagle said at 3:40 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    A source not close to the fact tells me that Sanchez went to the local clinic to get some anti-Tebow ointment. Seems that no matter how hard he tries he can’t get rid of that rash…And each time it comes back it gets stronger.

  98. 98 Media Mike said at 6:26 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    So the Tebow rash is born again? That sounds very annoying.

  99. 99 GEAGLE said at 4:20 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Plan B “if the city doesnt get its golden boy”:
    For starters I think its CRUCIAL to try and get an extra 2nd or 3rd round pick so that we can draft 4 times in the first 3 rounds.. I would even trade back twice and not pick in the first round if that meant we could end up with 5 picks in rounds 2 and 3… but Assuming we can only trade back once and get an extra 3rd, I would want to come away with a WR, Byron Jones, Bud Dupree, or a OT, but I WAnt no parts OF 300LB man with a stress fracture in his foot so NO TJ CLEMMINGS IN ROUND 1!!

    If “we want to make 8 picks if not more”-Marynowitz, is true, then for me I think we have to try and come away with:
    1) two Defensive backs, and ONLY draft DB’s with Safety AND CB versatility.

    2) Two Offensive lineman with positional versatility. Ideally a T/G and a G/C. At the very least, one of the offensive lineman we draft should be able to play right away if need be, so I can live with them drafting their 2nd OLineman later in the draft getting someone they can groom for the future, but Im not against two OL early either…IDEALLY the 300lb men we draft are experienced playing in an Offense that uses a lot of tempo. I really would like not having to guess how a 3oolb slob handles the transition to our “football on meth tempo”..
    3) Two WR’s..Hopefully at least 1 in the top 100 picks..
    4) TE who stylistically can eventually replace Celek..
    5) Edge Rusher.. now with this position I dont LOVE many of the kids available in the #20-#100 Range, so unless they can get Bud Dupree, I dont mind if they take an edge rusher Early, or they wait til rounds 5-7 and take a flier on an edge rusher. If we can get a good enough edge rusher, its such an important position that I would HAPPILY draft one in rounbd 1 even if he is going to be #4 on our Depth chart. But its NOT such a NEED that we have to force a pick. If we have to wait til round 5 or 6 to get one, Im fine with that
    Thats 7 player. the 8th or 9th? 10th?(depending how many picks we end up with) but Hopefully we get 4 kids in the top 100…
    IDEAL DRAFT BLUE PRINT for trade back Scenario like moving to #25 and getting an extra 3rd round pick in the 20’s:

    We need to make 4 picks in the top 100, ideally spending them on(in no order):
    1) OL
    2) WR
    3) DB
    4) OLB, WR, DB, OL ??? which ever one we take here, we will take the other 3 positions with our 2 5th round picks and the 6th round pick
    Round 4: Ideally find a way to snatch up TE Jesse James, Celeks eventual backup..
    two 5th round picks and one 6th round pick I want spent on:
    the 2nd WR,OL DB or the edge rusher depending on which we drafted with our 4th pick in the top 100
    so after round 6, we should have:
    2 WRs
    2 OL (T/G and G/C)
    2 DB’s who both can play Safety or CB
    we then have at least 1 7th round pick back maybe more depending on any early trades to take a flier on something like a RB, QB or DL
    So THATs my Ideal Blueprint for NO MARRIOTA SCENARIO.. Crucial IMO to trade back at least once, if not twice (making your first pick in round 2), so at the very least we make four picks in the first 3 rounds…since at #20 we arent going to get one of the 10 true elite first round prospects..

  100. 100 Alistair Middlemiss said at 4:29 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I think going after needs is a little over stated. WR will come to us in this draft – there are like 40 draftable guys plus another 20+ interesting UDFA’s.

    OL is a need in the next 2 years and getting guys now allows them to develop year 1 and not force us to reach in 2016 draft possibly, but if the right guy is not there at the right spot we can make do this year.

    CB is a sneakily big need (maybe the biggest) – we have nothing outside of Byron next year at CB who has shown anything you can believe in long term. However worse case again we go out and spend in FA next year.

    Safety i am happier than most with our roster, think Wolff/Watkins are better options at FS than people think. Teams are going to reach on Safeties all draft and i don’t want to be one of them.

    If they took a DE, LB and RB first 3 rounds i would be fine with it – building on strengths is not a bad long term process.

  101. 101 GEAGLE said at 4:48 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    its not really going after a need if you say, I hope we get an edge rusher at some point in between rounds 1 and 6th…
    we dont have a 4th OLB, the most important position on defense,
    we dont even have 5 WR’s on this roster i dont think LOL
    we OBVIOUSLY NEED at least 1 OL, considering we lost an OL from last years mess and some key guys are a year older
    I dont mind our safeties either, thats why I dont care about drafting Safeties or drafting CB’s.. Id rather draft a kid or two that are capable of doing both, and figure out where to play them at the NFL later… so when i say draft two DBs, we may not even end up with a safety… both could end up being better NFL corners

    i wouldnt want to target specific positions in a certain round, but I DO THINK its important for us to anticipate the strengths of the draft in each round near the range of our picks and whats the best way we can go about accomplishing as many of the things we want to take care of in this draft…
    You can bet Chip, Marynowitz and the coaches/personnel departments will have strategy meetings next week to talk about all these types of scenarios trying to figure out how to go about getting as many of the players they LOVE..

  102. 102 Alistair Middlemiss said at 4:52 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Last year was not so much a mess as an injury disaster. Continuity is the most important thing on the OL and we were chopping and changing all season. I think players like Tolbin and Babre are better than a lot of people think and if they are starting with the right prep will be solid this year.

  103. 103 GEAGLE said at 5:02 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I agree.. but Barbre is now penciled in to start, and Tobin is the ONLY backup I really trust.. we dont know whats up with Evan Mathis, Kelce has been hurt like two of the past 3 years, mathis is older and coming off an injury and will probably want out of here by the end of next year at the latest due to contract issues.. Jason Peters was all types of banged up last year and warriored thru it….. Lane is like your only starter that you dont give any injury thought to,, when you have an injury prone center, older Left side of your line, you are crazy to go into the seasonn with ONLY 1 Quality backup that you can really trust… Molk cant be here next year. He isnt an NFL center…. Gardner and Dennis Kelly are OK backups, maybe… but we better find some starting caliber young men…
    when you are as old and injury prone as we are on the OL and are already penciling in your best backup Barbre to start next year after being a career long backup, and you only have Tobin on the bench who you are confident filling in for lime 6 weeks due to injury, you BETTER get some lineman that can step in early… Last year was an injury mess, and we didnt have the depth to handle it… since then we lost a starter, added NOTHING… there is NO SHOT IN HELL that Chip kelly isnt drafting at least 1 OL and WR
    and I dont even think we have 6th WR on the roster. Maehl is our 4th WR and the new ST WR fringe roster player is poenciled in as a 5th… we dont even have a 6th WR, when Maehl is your #4, YOU NEED TO DRAFT A WR.
    i dont bet, but I wish vegas offered odds on roster prop bets, Id bet anything a WR and OL will be drafted next week

  104. 104 GEAGLE said at 5:07 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    chip kelly watched an OL that couldnt even run the ball… I doubt he ever allows that to happen again now that he spent more money then ANYONE on RBs

    we didnt have the depth to handle last years injuries, and we have less depth now…no way chip ever gets caught with his pants down like that again, sitting on the sideline watching a backup OL that cant get its star RB a 50 yard game…we didnt have depth last year, we are now older, and we lost a starter…. I assume chip will never allow last year to happen again and we will see him go overboard with OL depth in the next two years, but we’ll see
    we dont have an OL in place adequate enough for the most expensive stable of veteran RBs in the NFL

  105. 105 GEAGLE said at 4:54 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    e lost the ability and right to go BPA when we decided to go into a draft with glaring roster holes that you cant just take care of with an undrafted player. you better have a plan about how you are going to go about filling some major needs… when you dont handle your business in free agency and you go into a draft with multiple glaring needs, you better have a plan

  106. 106 Alistair Middlemiss said at 5:02 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    But this is where i disagree – we do not have ‘glaring needs’ as much as people think. Our secondary is what it is at this point – expecting draft pick contribution is unlikely in year 1. CB is a critical situation in 2016 but again we have FA if we shoot blanks.

    OL is functional this year – we need to get younger but we have time and another draft/FA cycle before it becomes a crushing need.

    WR is ‘ok’ with Huff, Matthews, Cooper and Austin as a starting 4. Would love to draft Coopers and Austins replacements this year- but we wont be crushed without WR rookie contributions this year.

    Now i am not saying we dont need to draft any OG’s, WR’s or DB’s this year, and if we missed on all 3 that is a problem in 2016, but we can still take the BPA.

  107. 107 GEAGLE said at 5:13 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    i dont look at things in terms of a starting lineup..
    I look at depth, i look at grooming youth for holes that will pop up next year.
    you dont even have 6 WR’s on the Roster LOL..
    Your OL depth isnt adequate for the most expensive stable of veteran RB’s in the NFL
    you dont have a single young outside CB being groomed. and while I have more faith in wolff and Jaylen Watkins then most, we cant pretend we are automatically going to be ok at that spot…
    Im a big MS2 fan, but I have NO CLUE what he will be ready to do in September, and as we stand he is the #3 OLB, the single most important position on the entire defense.. YOU ONLY have 2 OLBs with NFL games under their belt. MS2 is your #3, and your 4th is Braman who is ONLY a ST player and Long who has gotten hurt 3 of the last 3 years… You cant say you dont have Needs at edge rusher, thats crazy…
    but we can agree to disagree

  108. 108 mksp said at 4:40 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I see the spam filter on the board is still set to “Off.”


  109. 109 GEAGLE said at 5:41 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    any chance Marriota hired chip’s agent?
    Chip already has the same agent as Barkley and Sanchez, conflict of interest?
    Id laugh if Dunn represents MM too…
    The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to place Dion Jordan on the trade block.
    Jordan was a no-show for the start of offseason workouts, leading some to question his commitment to the team. In two years since Miami took him third overall, Jordan has been suspended twice and failed to establish a meaningful role on defense. The Dolphins have no choice but to stay the course with Jordan at this point. Miami would lose $1 million in cap space by trading Jordan.-roto
    Isnt losing 1mil for trading him much less then what it was supposed to be had he not been suspended?

  110. 110 Greg Richards said at 6:12 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Interesting that he represents Barkley. While not starting Barkley Week 17 last year seems to indicate that Kelly isn’t high on Barkley, it could just be that Chip thinks that teams should try to win every game. Perhaps the attempts to trade him were more about Chip doing his agent a solid and giving Barkley a better chance to start than it is the Eagles’ dislike for him.

  111. 111 dislikedisqus said at 5:43 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Geremy Davis seems like a perfect fit – size, speed, hands.

  112. 112 Media Mike said at 5:51 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    “Some” trade down fun.

    Round 1 Pick 27 (DAL): Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 20: A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina (A-)
    Round 2 Pick 28 (DAL): Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 13 (CLE): Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State (B)
    Round 3 Pick 17 (BUF): Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB/DE, Louisville (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 20: Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 14: David Cobb, RB, Minnesota (A)
    Round 4 Pick 16 (CLE): Jesse James, TE, Penn State (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 9: Clayton Geathers, SS, UCF (A)
    Round 5 Pick 20: Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska (A-)
    Round 6 Pick 20: Zach Wagenmann, DE/OLB, Montana (B-)
    Round 7 Pick 20: Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State (A-)

  113. 113 Greg Richards said at 6:06 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Hey, guys, on twitter I was previously eaglesnut. I don’t know if any of the guys who post here were guys that followed me, but if so, I had to deactivate my account and start a new one. My new handle is igglesnut.

  114. 114 Media Mike said at 6:25 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    hacked or banned? My old Media Mike handle was banned because I keep saying “kill yourself” to every person who was badmouthing Philly when the team bus for Dallas was egged last season.

  115. 115 Greg Richards said at 6:38 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    It was temporarily blocked for my own “safety”. It said I had to change my password but the problem was that the e-mail address that I had first registered with was inactive. I was finally able to change my e-mail address after multiple attempts to remember it but then when I tried to change the password it said I had made too many attempts and had to wait. The help guide said I should be able to try again in an hour but I wasn’t. I couldn’t figure out how to remove widgets and other 3rd party applications as it suggested so I just decided to start anew.

    It’s my own dumbass fault. Saw someone named “Leah Green” favorite my geek opinion and thought “She sounds hot. Let me check her profile. Wow, this girl is hot! What chick posts pics of hot girls that aren’t themselves on their twitter account! Hey, wait a minute, she wants me to click this link to chat….” No, I wasn’t a big enough idiot to actually link to anything from her profile, but I think the damage was done. Lesson learned: Real girls don’t care about football opinions.

  116. 116 D3FB said at 6:56 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    You mean she didn’t want to have you come to the facility for a private visit?

  117. 117 Greg Richards said at 7:46 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I opted for a private workout instead.

  118. 118 370HSSV 0773H said at 6:50 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    All this talk about the Eagles and Byron Jones – I think we’re being set up for some team to jump ahead of us and take him.

  119. 119 Alistair Middlemiss said at 7:23 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    The question is- Is he worth a 1st and a 3rd/4th to another team to jump ahead to take him? I don’t know if he is a guy people will be willing to give up extra picks to jump up and grab.

  120. 120 Anders said at 4:57 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Agree, there is too many CBs in the same range that Jones isnt the end for the Eagles. Johnson, Rowe and Jones all sit around the same tier for me

  121. 121 Avery Greene said at 7:06 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Football timeout (semi-rant):

    First round playoff series. In the NBA, 2 out of 8 series are competitive and interesting to watch. In the NHL 2 out of the 8 series were not competitive.

    The NBA had roughly 1/2 the teams in the playoffs that don’t belong there. One of the products is superior, but makes less money. At least the NHL series are good to watch at this point.

    Okay back to football.

  122. 122 Media Mike said at 7:10 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    The NBA has sucked for a while. I haven’t really cared since Iverson’s Sixers started to slide down into a slow death.

  123. 123 GEAGLE said at 8:08 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Steph Curry is must see Tv!!!

  124. 124 oreofestar said at 8:27 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I disagree all but 2 of these series are competitive if you actually watched the games and don’t just look at 3-0, and who are the 8 teams that don’t belong in the playoffs cuz I count 3

  125. 125 Avery Greene said at 8:36 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I exaggerated. But I’ll break it down.
    The Bucks don’t belong, and they got lucky tonight.
    The Nets don’t belong, they got lucky too. Especially with Korver scoring only 5 points.
    Boston doesn’t belong and Cleveland is barely trying.
    Washington/Toronto is the only good series in the East, and it’s just because the Wizards remembered they were playing for a full season (not sure the whole losing thing to end the season).
    Out West, yeah they all belong, but there is a talent gap in the some of the series. That’s clear.

    Round 2 will be far more competitive and interesting to watch, but it shouldn’t be like that. That’s my main gripe.

  126. 126 BobSmith77 said at 8:40 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Argue pretty strongly that NHL playoffs are typically the best professional playoffs in terms of competitiveness from start to finish.

    It is also the one part where it is notably better live if you are close to the ice and really get a sense of how much energy is expended in the corners with players cycling.

    Going to the ballpark for baseball on a nice day is great but unless you have good seats it is better on HDTV. Ditto NFL and NBA.

  127. 127 Avery Greene said at 8:43 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Yeah I agree. I love seeing hockey live. While I do try to hit one game a year per team, hockey and basketball are better in person.

  128. 128 BobSmith77 said at 8:48 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I went to BU undegrad and for part of grad school so I was a college hockey junkie. Brown Arena (where BU used to play before moving to the generic Agganis Center) was an awesome place to catch a game although my favorite stadium where I have seen a a college hockey game at was University of Michigan at the Yost Arena.

  129. 129 Avery Greene said at 8:51 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I watched the Frozen Four this year for the first time, but honestly it was because of Ghost Bear.

  130. 130 GEAGLE said at 8:51 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    there is a dude named Ghost Bear?

  131. 131 Avery Greene said at 8:52 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Shane Gostisbere (goss-tis-bear), but we all call him Ghost Bear. The kid has the makings of a stud defenseman.

  132. 132 GEAGLE said at 8:53 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    oh I was about to say, draft him on name alone!

  133. 133 Avery Greene said at 8:55 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Hahahaha. He was drafted the year before I think. The Flyers have this kid, Morin, Sanheim, and Hagg who I think can all be top flight defenseman. Lauridsen hasn’t put it together, but I’m hoping a light switch goes on in his head cuz he’s got the size.

  134. 134 Anders said at 4:53 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    The size argument. Funny is in hockey size is not the best proxy for success (just look at the Finnish god of defense or Orange Jesus)

  135. 135 CrackSammich said at 10:50 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    From what I’m reading, Sanheim might be the best of the bunch. It’d be nice to have some decent defense for once…

  136. 136 BobSmith77 said at 9:01 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Shayne Gostisbehere?

    That was last year. College hockey has been growing a lot of changes even the last several years. A lot more programs in regions including the Pac-10 and Big Ten have added Div I programs.

    When I went to BU in the late 90s for undegrad, college hockey was only really relevant where it had always been – Upper Midwest and New England. You had a handful of exceptions (University of Denver, several schools in NY) but Hockey East and WCHA were the only conferences that mattered really. Even the ECAC was kind of an after thought with smaller schools on the East Coast.

    Last 2 years too absolutely tiny programs (Union College, Providence College) have won the title and it is really the only major men’s college sport besides soccer where small schools can legitimately contend for the Div 1 title and routinely upset big schools in the playoffs.

  137. 137 Avery Greene said at 9:05 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    That’s right it was. My concept of time is terrible.
    The growth of the game in college probably means the growth of the game in the NHL.

    I think the NHL sold itself short with the exclusive NBC contract.

  138. 138 BobSmith77 said at 9:12 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Several reasons but I would say the talent in US college hockey is still inferior overall to better Canadian juniors teams. Still is a fair amount of talent though in US college hockey and almost all American kids who are fast tracked to the NHL will play at least a portion of their time there for at least a year or two (usually two years if not three).

    They do get some more European talent too than say 20 years ago but a lot of that stays overseas yet too.

    Hockey is a niche sport and always will be. Just a shame Bettman was such a terrible comissioner and NHL owners got so damn greedy & stupid in the late 90s/early 00s. Diluted the product too much and put in too many teams in places where people could care less about hockey.

  139. 139 Avery Greene said at 9:22 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I read Bettman is thinking about trying to expand to Mexico. I agree that he’s terrible.

    So who do you want as the new coach?

  140. 140 oreofestar said at 8:42 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I had the same 3 teams but the only series that dont seen competing are GS, MEM, and to a lesser extent CLE and even those arent that lopsided

  141. 141 Avery Greene said at 8:48 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I think Cleveland’s problem is disinterest. I like the Pelicans actually, but GS is a better team. I haven’t watched much of Memphis this year so I won’t speak on them.

    I love the sport, but I think the product is lacking.

  142. 142 GEAGLE said at 9:08 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Hoping the Bulls stay healthy to give us a good series vs, the Cavs
    I also want to see the old champion Spurs vs. the explosive Warrios…
    the NBA is bad right now, but once Philly gets Embiid and Noel on the court and Philly meets Emmanuel Mudiay, basketball in this city will quickly explode

  143. 143 Avery Greene said at 9:09 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    With Embiid starting next year, Mudiay or Russell as the PG is going to be nice. Saric needs to get over here.

  144. 144 GEAGLE said at 9:13 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    hinkie wont draft Russell in the top 5…. small discrepency between how scouting community view russell and how the media is selling him..
    Mudiay is a much better PG prospect, the best to come in the nba since Kyrie. Mudiay will easily be the best PG in the 2013, 14, 15 and 16 draft classes..
    I dont even like russell as an NBA point. better at SG run him off a bunch of screens to get open without worrying about his lack of ath;leticism watering down his game at the next level..
    Mudiay is the ONLY PG for us
    Hezonja and winslow are the top 2 SG, Russell is 3
    the media will find this out closer to the draft

  145. 145 Avery Greene said at 9:19 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    So Hinkie picks Mudiay at 3 and Hezonja at 6.

  146. 146 GEAGLE said at 9:25 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    If we get the 6th pick YES.. If not we will draft Malik Newman next year who won’t be a top 5 pick so we can get him even tho we won’t tank next year. He is Mudiays old AAU backcourt mate, shoots the lights out. 4 state championships, 2 gold medals and an MVP for team USA… Expecting Malik Newman and cheik diallo as our serge IBakas next year, neither will be a top 6 pick so both we can probably get our hands on. Figure good chance the heat, sixer and laker picks are all In the 6-14 range next year unless we get lucky and get the heat pick this year

  147. 147 Avery Greene said at 9:27 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    I’m holding out hope that we get it. But I think if not, they are still a lottery team next year picking around 8 or 9.

  148. 148 GEAGLE said at 9:29 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Absolutely. If we don’t get it this year, even tho I can easily see us get it. Crazy ish happens in the lottery all the time..
    Figure our pick, lakers pick and heat pick wort case will be in the 6-15 range next year with the Thinder being like 23..
    Can’t wait til philly finds out how good Mudiay is…

  149. 149 Anders said at 4:51 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Heat next year will be 15-20 range if Bosh is healthy.

    Lakers pick shouldnt be worse than 8 next year as Lakers still have Kobe who adds negative wins right now

  150. 150 GEAGLE said at 9:31 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Btw, Brett brown comes home tomorrow. He has spent the past week with Dario Saric watching him in the Euroleague playoffs. Brett was in the stands when Dario had his career high 15 rebound game… Saric is going to be better then mirotic. What’s scary is we may have already drafted the 2015 and 2016 rookies of the year in Embiid and Saric lol

  151. 151 GEAGLE said at 8:51 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    clippers should tank and avoid goldenstate..
    Every time chris paul has to try and defend Curry, steph completely embarresses him… you ever watch a steph curry highlight? i swear half the plays are Curry making Chris Paul fall or look stupid… the self proclaimed “point GOD” has nightmares about defending steph curry… for chris pauls sake, i hope he doesnt have to play goldenstate…might as well let the spurs send you home

  152. 152 GEAGLE said at 10:05 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    The Pelicans are so stupid for trading for Jrue holiday. Imagine this Pelicans team minis Jrue Holiday, but with the addition of Nerlens Noel and Saric or PG Elfryd Peyton… Pelicans GM hit robbed by hinkie

  153. 153 wee2424 said at 10:41 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Was just talking about that with my friend. I love Bball playoffs, but with how talent is so unevenly stacked on the NBA, alot of times the good series don’t take place untill the 2nd round.

  154. 154 Tumtum said at 9:19 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Expand playoffs in the NFL and this is what you will get.

  155. 155 Anders said at 10:07 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Funny thing is, the NHL has the play offs where the biggest percentage of teams get in and yet they have the best play offs of the 4 major sports.

  156. 156 Media Mike said at 7:11 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Do you guys think I got enough value in trade downs?

    Round 3 Pick 20: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor (A)
    Round 3 Pick 21 (CINN): Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 22 (ARI): Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 25 (CAR): Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State (B)
    Round 4 Pick 5 (NYJ): Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 8 (ATL): Mike Hull, ILB/OLB, Penn State (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 13 (SEA): Davis Tull, OLB, Chattanooga (A)
    Round 4 Pick 15 (MIA): Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford (A-)
    Round 4 Pick 16 (CLE): Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State (B)
    Round 4 Pick 19 (K.C.): Max Garcia, C, Florida (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 25 (CAR): Clayton Geathers, SS, UCF (B)
    Round 4 Pick 29 (IND): Josue Matias, OG, Florida State (B)
    Round 4 Pick 30 (G.B.): Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State (B)
    Round 4 Pick 31 (SEA): Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin (A)
    Round 4 Pick 32 (N.E.): Jalston Fowler, FB, Alabama (A)
    Round 5 Pick 1 (MINN): Chris Conley, WR, Georgia (A)
    Round 5 Pick 2 (TENN): David Cobb, RB, Minnesota (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 3 (JAX): Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma (A)
    Round 5 Pick 4 (OAK): Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska (B)
    Round 5 Pick 5 (WASH): Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 6 (CHI): Shaquille Mason, OG/C, Georgia Tech (B)
    Round 5 Pick 7 (DEN): Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 8 (NYG): Durrell Eskridge, FS/SS, Syracuse (A)
    Round 5 Pick 9: Anthony Jefferson, SS, UCLA (B)
    Round 5 Pick 10 (ATL): Kevin White, CB, TCU (A)
    Round 5 Pick 11 (CLE): Lynden Trail, DE/TE, Norfolk State (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 12 (N.O.): Markus Golden, OLB/DE, Missouri (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 13 (MIA): Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 15 (S.F.): Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 17 (S.D.): Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan (B)
    Round 5 Pick 18 (N.O.): Zach Zenner, FB/RB, South Dakota State (A)
    Round 5 Pick 19 (BUF): Andy Gallik, C, Boston College (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 20: Jamil Douglas, OG, Arizona State (B-)
    Round 5 Pick 21 (CINN): Terrance Magee, RB, LSU (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 22 (BALT): Alani Fua, OLB, Brigham Young (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 23 (ARI): Zach Hodges, OLB, Harvard (B)
    Round 5 Pick 24 (PITT): Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State (A)
    Round 5 Pick 25 (CAR): Jordan Richards, SS, Stanford (B-)
    Round 5 Pick 26 (T.B.): Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 27 (DAL): Ben Heeney, ILB, Kansas (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 28 (DEN): Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 29 (IND): Derrick Lott, DT, Chattanooga (B)
    Round 5 Pick 31 (SEA): Martrell Spaight, OLB, Arkansas (A)
    Round 5 Pick 32 (DET): Gerod Holliman, FS, Louisville (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 1 (TENN): Zach Vigil, ILB, Utah State (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 2 (N.E.): Jake Ryan, OLB/ILB, Michigan (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 4 (JAX): Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 5 (SEA): Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 6 (WASH): Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 7 (CHI): Hayes Pullard, ILB, Southern California (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 8 (T.B.): Bryce Hager, ILB, Baylor (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 9 (ATL): Kyle Loomis, P, Portland State (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 10 (NYG): Justin Manton, K, Louisiana-Monroe (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 11 (N.O.): Max Valles, OLB, Virginia (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 12 (BUF): Corey Crawford, DE, Clemson (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 13 (CLE): Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 14 (S.F.): Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 16 (S.D.): Zach Wagenmann, DE/OLB, Montana (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 19 (HOU): Kyle Emanuel, OLB, North Dakota State (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 20: Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 21 (CINN): Darren Waller, WR/TE, Georgia Tech (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 22 (ARI): Anthony Harris, SS/FS, Virginia (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 23 (PITT): Brandon Bridge, QB, South Alabama (B)
    Round 6 Pick 24 (DET): Tyler Varga, FB, Yale (B)
    Round 6 Pick 25 (CAR): Kristjan Sokoli, DT/DE, Buffalo (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 26 (CLE): Titus Davis, WR, Central Michigan (A+)
    Round 6 Pick 29 (IND): Jeff Luc, ILB, Cincinnati (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 30 (G.B.): Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 31 (IND): Kaleb Eulls, DT/DE, Mississippi State (C+)
    Round 7 Pick 1 (T.B.): Tony Washington, OLB, Oregon (C)
    Round 7 Pick 3 (JAX): Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, Stanford (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 5 (WASH): Brock Hekking, DE/OLB, Nevada (C+)
    Round 7 Pick 7 (NYJ): J.R. Tavai, OLB, Southern California (A-)
    Round 7 Pick 8 (ATL): Louis Trinca-Pasat, DT, Iowa (C+)
    Round 7 Pick 10 (STL): Bryce Callahan, CB, Rice (C)
    Round 7 Pick 13 (N.O.): Cody Wichmann, OG, Fresno State (C+)
    Round 7 Pick 14 (T.B.): Jarvis Harrison, OG, Texas A&M (C-)
    Round 7 Pick 15 (MINN): Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 16 (K.C.): Darryl Baldwin, OT, Ohio State (C+)
    Round 7 Pick 20: Trenton Brown, OT, Florida (B)
    Round 7 Pick 22 (PITT): Edmond Robinson, OLB, Newberry (C)
    Round 7 Pick 24 (ARI): Erick Dargan, SS, Oregon (C+)
    Round 7 Pick 25 (CAR): Deiontrez Mount, DE, Louisville (B-)
    Round 7 Pick 30 (G.B.): Ladarius Gunter, CB, Miami (Fla.) (C)
    Round 7 Pick 32 (ATL): Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville (C)

  157. 157 D3FB said at 7:19 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Couldn’t get pick 7-31?

    You got fleeced.

  158. 158 Media Mike said at 7:21 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Oddly enough on a few of the trade downs I was giving up a 4th and 2 7ths for lower 4ths and 5ths and 6ths.

  159. 159 Alistair Middlemiss said at 7:21 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    There are going to be some epic camp battles lol, so pleased Eagles got a special exception to extend Training Camp to 200 players lol!

  160. 160 Media Mike said at 7:21 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Yeah, very busy process.

  161. 161 ICDogg said at 7:32 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    So you got all but 2 of the picks in the 5th round?

  162. 162 Media Mike said at 7:21 AM on April 26th, 2015:


  163. 163 Mac said at 1:50 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    I petty the fool.

  164. 164 Media Mike said at 7:21 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    I was damn foolish, but I wanted to see what would happen.

  165. 165 76mustang said at 8:22 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    The draft is nearly upon us…finally

    Round 2 Pick 1 (TENN): Jake Fisher, OT/OG, Oregon (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 20: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida (A+)
    Round 2 Pick 24 (PITT): Quinten Rollins, CB/FS, Miami (Ohio) (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 2 (TENN): Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California (A+)
    Round 3 Pick 20: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 1 (TENN): Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 14: Cody Prewitt, FS, Ole Miss (A)
    Round 5 Pick 9: Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers (A)
    Round 5 Pick 20: Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 20: Anthony Harris, SS/FS, Virginia (C+)
    Round 7 Pick 20: Jarvis Harrison, OG, Texas A&M (C)

  166. 166 OregonDucker said at 9:46 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Great effort and good draft!

  167. 167 76mustang said at 9:56 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Thanks ODer…if MM’s out of play, would love to see the Eagles trade back and pick up an extra 2nd and/or 3rd – feel there’s good value in those rounds…

  168. 168 Mitchell said at 11:15 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Replace Funchess with Kenny Bell and Prewitt with Geathers or vice versa and I am on board, matey.

  169. 169 Media Mike said at 7:31 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Did you like how I added Bell and Geathers?

  170. 170 Media Mike said at 7:30 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    How about this:

    Round 1 Pick 6 (NYJ): Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (A+)
    Round 2 Pick 23 (ARI): Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California (A)
    Round 3 Pick 22 (ARI): Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 26 (BALT): Clive Walford, TE, Miami (Fla.) (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 14: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford (A-)
    Round 4 Pick 22 (PITT): Mitch Morse, OT/OG, Missouri (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 26 (BALT): Obum Gwacham, DE, Oregon State (B)
    Round 5 Pick 9: Clayton Geathers, SS, UCF (A)
    Round 5 Pick 20: Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska (A-)
    Round 6 Pick 20: Zach Wagenmann, DE/OLB, Montana (B-)
    Round 7 Pick 20: Trey DePriest, ILB, Alabama (C)

  171. 171 GEAGLE said at 8:45 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    just saw an old article from 2010, and I had no idea that poeple like Adam Shefter say that one of the reasons the Eagles decided to trade McNabb in the division to the skins was because the eagles coaches were worried shannahan would trade up to #4 to draft sam Bradford who eagles coaches had him rated as one of the top 2 QB prospects of the past decade.. accepting the 2nd rounder for McNabb meant the skins didnt have the 2nd round pick to trade up for Bradford who eagle coaches wanted to avoid playing against twice a year for the past decade….
    I never heard any of this, but its not like its a fluff piece that is coming out now… this was just some small article quoting Shefter from 2010 who cited his sources on

  172. 172 GEAGLE said at 10:02 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    Anyone know around what time the dude from philly is fighting Klitchko tonight? If the broadcast starts at 10pm, around what time would the main event start? Trying to time everything so I can watch as much of the NBA playoffs as possible while catching the UFC fights AND the boxing fight lol sports overdose

  173. 173 Media Mike said at 7:20 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Sorry I missed this. It was around 11:15 ish start.

  174. 174 GEAGLE said at 8:27 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    i caught it. kid from philly had a heckuva chin. fought with heart

  175. 175 wee2424 said at 11:54 PM on April 25th, 2015:

    According to Bleacher Report there are 5 teams pursuing Polk. One is reported to be in the NFCE. Wouldn’t surprise me if it was the Cowboys.

  176. 176 Media Mike said at 7:20 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    I actually wouldn’t mind him there. I’d be livid if he was a Giant however. I will eternally hate the Giants more than any team we play.

  177. 177 Greg Richards said at 9:23 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    I can’t hate the Giants as much as the Redskins and Cowboys. At least they don’t have obnoxious, jackass owners. Plus at least when their fans talk trash about how the Eagles have never had a Super Bowl they can actually point to Giants’ accomplishments in this millenium. Yes, the Giants got lucky and yes Eli is an overrated and stupid looking. Still not as bad as the Cowboys or Redskins.

  178. 178 Media Mike said at 10:02 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    The only thing I want to see Giants fans accomplish is mass suicide.

  179. 179 Greg Richards said at 10:40 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Let me guess. You live in New York or Northern New Jersey?

  180. 180 Avery Greene said at 10:42 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    I wouldn’t be surprised. I used to be ambivalent about the Redskins until I moved in the DC area. These fans have no room to talk about any other fans being obnoxious.

    That said, I do hate the Giants as much as I do the Cowboys.

  181. 181 wee2424 said at 11:00 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Well the other team in the NFCE I figured he would land would actually be the giants. They make just as much sense as the Cowboys. Out of curiosity, why do you hate the Giants more then the Cowboys?

  182. 182 Tumtum said at 9:22 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    So PFT randomly posts that the Dolphins would love to move Jordan to the Eagles. Of course they don’t have any sources or anything, so it is more of the speculation we were hearing earlier in the off-season.

    I wouldn’t pay much for him.

    Really just posting this to let it sink in for Lane Johnson haters that it could of been much much worse.

  183. 183 Greg Richards said at 9:23 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    If they did over that draft, Lane Johnson would probably go 1st or 2nd overall. Sheldon Richardson would be in the equation.

  184. 184 Media Mike said at 9:51 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    GEAGLE wrote that article. You need to do a better job of reading bylines.

  185. 185 Mitchell said at 11:17 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    With all this smoke, there must be some fire. Im with you, I wouldn’t trade much but I would trade for him. He’s just too intriguing, especially because he wasn’t out in a good position at Miami.

  186. 186 Anders said at 10:09 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Right now we are in the news cycles where Mariota isnt a top 20 pick in this draft (again after been slam dunk top 2, 1 week ago).

  187. 187 Media Mike said at 10:11 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    That’s quite the cycle.

  188. 188 Avery Greene said at 10:45 AM on April 26th, 2015:

    Saw this on reddit and needed to share.

  189. 189 A_T_G said at 12:19 PM on April 26th, 2015:

    Timothy Rapp at BR still thinks Collins is the pick, but not for the lack of research reason:

    “The questions about Landon Collins don’t have to do with his toughness, physicality, playmaking ability or even his football IQ. The questions about Collins, and the reason he likely won’t go higher in this draft, all relate to his coverage abilities or the perception that he lacks them.

    “The thing is, we don’t know if that perception holds any merit because Collins wasn’t asked to be a pure coverage safety at Alabama. He was allowed to play in the box quite often and get after people.”

    “Because of the uncertainty in that regard, he’s being considered a player likely to go between No. 20 and No. 32 overall. But given the time to develop in the right scheme, he could ultimately be looked back upon as a top-10 player from this draft.”