Visits and Workouts Update

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 140 Comments »

Let’s take a look at the players the Eagles are showing some interest in.


WR John Ross
WR Corey Davis
WR Mike Williams
RB Leonard Fournette
RB Dalvin Cook

DE Ryan Anderson
LB Reuben Foster
CB Marlon Humphrey


WR Chris Godwin – Penn State
RB Jahad Thomas – Temple
RB Elijah Hood – UNC … Duce Staley ran his Pro Day
RB T.J. Logan – UNC … Duce Staley ran his Pro Day
RB Matt Dayes – NC State … Duce Staley at his Pro day
TE Blake Jarwin  – Oklahoma State
TE Michael Roberts – Toledo
TE Adam Shaheen – Ashland
OT Olakunle Salako – Oklahoma State
OT Antonio Garcia – Troy … Jeff Stoutland at his Pro Day
OL Ethan Cooper – IUP
QB Nathan Peterman – Pitt

DT Elijah Qualls – Washington
DE Jordan Willis – Kansas State … DL coach at his Pro Day
DE T.J. Watt – Wisconsin … DL coach at his Pro Day
DE Derek Rivers – Youngstown State …assistant DL coach at his Pro Day
DE Avery Moss – Youngstown State … assistant DL coach at his Pro Day
LB Brandon Bell – Penn State … has visit, but local kid so not as meaningful
CB Chidobe Awuzie – Colorado


Multiple people at Oklahoma State Pro Day

Multiple people at Penn State Pro Day, but that’s somewhat local

Multiple people at Wisconsin Pro Day

Small School Pro Days (more noteworthy than a scout at Stanford or Florida)

Scout at UNC-Charlotte
Scout at Richmond
Scout at JMU
Scout at Harvard
Scout at Missouri State


So what does all of this mean?

Nothing definitively. These are hints about the players and positions the Eagles are interested in.

We know the Eagles need a DE and RB, and they have checked out those positions. We don’t think of TE as a need, but Brent Celek is probably entering his last season and this is a deep group of TEs so the Eagles could jump on someone if the right guy fell to them. Would they take O.J. Howard at 14? I’ve wondered about that. The Eagles haven’t shown public interest in him, but he is a terrific prospect and would be an interesting choice. I’m not advocating for the Eagles to take him, but it is good to consider all the possibilities.

I think it is interesting that the Eagles had Jeff Stoutland at Antonio Garcia’s Pro Day. Garcia is projected to be a 2nd round pick. Would the Eagles take a future LT with their 2nd rounder? That wouldn’t make many fans happy, but Jason Peters might be in his final season so this is another possibility. One thing did occur to me about the O-line. UDFAs won’t be coming to Philly. They’ll see how deep the line is already and go somewhere that gives them a better chance of making the roster. The Eagles will need to draft an OL if they want one, or go for small school UDFAs who will be less choosy.

Always keep in mind that the draft should be as much about the future as the upcoming season.

There are plenty of Pro Days still to come so the Eagles will be doing more scouting in the next week or so. And more prospects will be visiting the NovaCare Complex to meet with the Eagles. The team can bring in 30 players for visits, plus all the local guys they want. Players have to live in or go to college in the metropolitan area to be considered local. Temple is local, Penn State isn’t. Unless you are a kid from Philly who went to PSU.


Here is a quick look at Awuzie from Colorado. I think a 3-4 team that does a lot of blitzing would love him. Great off the edge. Good cover guy as well.


140 Comments on “Visits and Workouts Update”

  1. 1 Greg Tulino said at 1:26 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I honestly can’t wait for the draft. I would pay $100 for the draft to be tomorrow.

  2. 2 Anders said at 4:06 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    The Eagles was also at UConn pro day:

    Thx again to the 20 @NFL teams for being here today; @Patriots @packers @Eagles @Browns @TBBuccaneers @Giants @Lions @Jaguars @steelers 1/2— UConn Football (@UConnFootball) 22. marts 2017

    Most of them was most likely there for Obi Melifonwu, but there is also Andreas Knappe (potential UDFA or low round target at tackle)

  3. 3 D3FB said at 9:31 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Noel Thomas Jr is a comically similar player to JMatt and can be had as a UDFA

  4. 4 Mac said at 9:53 AM on March 24th, 2017:


  5. 5 D3FB said at 10:07 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I was watching a Knappe tape back in the fall and number five has a couple of nice plays early including a jet sweep so I start paying attention to him a bit.

    He’s not really getting much seperation. Hmmm ok. Plays mostly out of the slot. Goes 6’0 205. And then he has a couple of dogshit drops in short succession and I’m laughing at my computer at 3 oclock in the afternoon muttering to myself about how this is uncanny. My girlfriend is a saint for tolerating me.

    But I’m not wrong:

  6. 6 ChoTime said at 10:48 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Easier to be JMatt-like in the minor leagues than in the NFL.

  7. 7 Mac said at 12:15 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    If you ever compile a list of Eagles players who could be replaced by UDFAs, please call them “The Expendables” and photoshop in some cigars, oversized knives, and enormous guns.

  8. 8 Niels Rosenquist said at 6:31 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    “One thing did occur to me about the O-line. UDFAs won’t be coming to Philly. They’ll see how deep the line is already and go somewhere that gives them a better chance of making the roster.” This is why I love this blog. Great point that I would have never thought of.

  9. 9 Froogal Stoodent said at 12:28 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Yep, that’s why Tommy’s one of the best! 🙂

  10. 10 GermanEagle said at 6:39 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Please add Mixon to this list, Tommy.

  11. 11 Rellihcs said at 6:52 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Protip fellas and gals – DO NOT forget

    Tommy’s been busy over there and (duh) it’s some great stuff.

  12. 12 xmbk said at 7:43 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Where do I look on there? Don’t see anything since 2/27. Thanks.

  13. 13 Rellihcs said at 8:12 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Yeah, not a ton, i may have misled a bit on quantity, but adjust for Lawlor factor…

    Funny to see rankings of years past though.

  14. 14 aron said at 9:16 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    you should understand something,on this board I run the show, are we clear?

  15. 15 meteorologist said at 6:09 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Good look

  16. 16 Rellihcs said at 7:12 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    For RB, I see a whole bunch of guys I’d be more than happy with given that we have Sproles, Marshall, and I really like Smallwood.

    Any of these and I’d be happy:
    (no particular order)


    And I bet there’s more I’d be satisfied with.

    I’m fine not taking an RB till at least round 3.

  17. 17 D3FB said at 9:29 AM on March 24th, 2017:

  18. 18 Rellihcs said at 10:00 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Oh wow. Many thanks. YES PLEASE.

    Very impressive balance and ability to get skinny through the hole.

    See this gives me another name to get excited about and keep my fingers crossed for while stalking lists during day 2.

  19. 19 D3FB said at 10:09 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I think he’s got some Devonta Freeman in him. His Clemson tape is GOOD. Others who aren’t as high on him don’t think he has enough power to be a primary back still project him to be a really good 3rd down back.

  20. 20 Rellihcs said at 10:29 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Mmm. Not a bad comp. It seems like a good Rmat replacement to me. Use the big uglies to make the holes.

  21. 21 BreakinAnklez said at 10:32 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I raise you…

  22. 22 Rellihcs said at 10:50 AM on March 24th, 2017:


  23. 23 D3FB said at 10:53 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    There are some fun UDFA RBs

  24. 24 BreakinAnklez said at 10:56 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I don’t think he’s getting credit. ~2000 total yards and 25 TDs. What’s not to like with a 220 lb RB who has good vision, balance, and can catch? He ran a 4.6 at his pro day and most of his other numbers put him in the top half of the other RBs from the combine. Hands down the best RB in FCS.

    Granted I went there so there is some bias…

  25. 25 D3FB said at 11:09 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    He went 4.69 at 211.

    His shuttle is in the 15th percent historically. The 3 cone is 13th percent.

    The highlight tape is impressive but a small school guy with those numbers probably isn’t getting drafted. I’d have to have game cuts to have any more of an opinion beyond that.

  26. 26 BreakinAnklez said at 11:35 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Everyone reported 4.60 from the pro day. I won’t argue over .09. He had plenty of long runs and I don’t remember he being caught often from behind.

    He outperformed Cook in everything but the 40. Again, not saying he’s anywhere near Cook, but his tape is better than his workout (like Cook). I think he’s an interesting late rounder UDFA guy.

    The most obvious games to watch to me would be UNC and NDSU. Ok, I’m done pounding the table for my guy 😉

  27. 27 Ankerstjernen said at 5:40 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    If he is not ‘cut on a dime’ he at least cut on a quarter. Does he ever run routes?

  28. 28 D3FB said at 6:12 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    He finished his career with 800 receiving yards but NC State mainly used him on screens and swing passes.

  29. 29 Meh said at 3:19 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    I think Perine will be a monster here.

  30. 30 eagleyankfan said at 8:08 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I’m not sure why people would be upset at taking a tackle in round 2. If that player will improve the team, why wouldn’t they take him?

    At 14, do the Eagles concentrate on 3 players they really want and assume 1 of them will be there? Another words, will the Eagles have a list of 1, 2, 3 and if that “1” is there, there is not question, he’s their choice. If 1 is gone, then they go to choice “2”?
    That would be a life dream for me. Be part of a draft process, from beginning to end. I don’t have to say anything, I just want to be at the meetings and draft room. I can’t imagine what it would be like in scenarios like “ok, we’re up next and target 2 is on the board. Let’s get him”. Phone rings. Can’t pass that trade offer up. Does chaos follow?(lol) I know it doesn’t but, there has to be a minute of “ok, what do we do now”. I know there are charts/trade matrix etc. but that’s all a crap shoot. To know the right choice…

  31. 31 xmbk said at 9:29 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Have you met Philly fans? I agree with you, just reference the Hicks pick and all the furor about wasting a 3rd round pick. Turned out ok. The draft is about adding talent. Though I am a little scared for next year if they don’t find defensive talent at least a couple of times. 😉

  32. 32 Insomniac said at 9:37 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I don’t think Hicks was ever a question about talent, it didn’t make such sense since he most likely wouldn’t have gotten much playing time due to who was ahead of him. We still had some faith in Kendricks. Barwin was still productive. We traded for Kiko earlier that offseason and he was supposed to be the heir to Demeco.

  33. 33 xmbk said at 10:27 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Right, wouldn’t that be the same complaint about drafting a T in the 2nd?

  34. 34 Insomniac said at 10:38 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Yup but some OTs can play guard to start out.

  35. 35 Jernst said at 4:19 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    We should all prepare ourselves for atrocious CB play next year regardless of who we draft or where we draft them.

    Hopefully we find at least one capable starting CB in the draft this year. Next year we’all have ample cap space to supplement with a FA CB if we have to. But even if we take three CBs with our first three picks I’d expect a lot of growing pains and more than a few big plays as guys like Mills get burned deep by any WR with speed.

    That being said, given the large amount of the roster already locked up long term, if we come out of this draft with 3 future starters that we’re happy with, we’ll have very few immediately pressing needs to address next offseason and can focus on just getting a much needed young talent infusion at spots needing depth that can take over at spots like, DE, CB, S, LB, WR, T (or whatever spots are still open after this draft next season.

  36. 36 D3FB said at 9:37 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I like Garcia. I think he’s a good T. I also would probably be a bit annoyed if they picked him at 43. That’s a premium pick and should be going to a guy who should be if not starting year 1, at least be a a significant contributor.

  37. 37 Mac said at 9:42 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I know we have JP, Lane, and Big V… but what I don’t know (with any degree of certainty) is that we won’t need a 4th starter at OT in 2017.

    Not that I disagree with your premise. We have bigger problems to solve with that pick.

  38. 38 D3FB said at 9:55 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Barbre’s still around.

    A T is probably going to be at the top of the needs list next year, but if you’re on the clock and the top players remaining looks like:

    Treddy White
    Caleb Brantley
    Charles Harris
    Dan Feeney
    Antonio Garcia

    I just don’t see any way you can reasonably take Garcia.

    Half the league doens’t have a solid RT, let alone a competent swing tackle. Spending a high 2nd on a guy to sit the bench would be batty.

  39. 39 Sb2bowl said at 10:23 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    In your example- who would you pick, and why? Let say that they select Humphrey with pick 14. Out of those 5 options, which way do you go?

  40. 40 Insomniac said at 10:40 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    I would go


  41. 41 Sb2bowl said at 11:02 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    See above for my response to D3. I’d probably go Brantley over Harris because there is more depth at DE than depth at DT.

  42. 42 D3FB said at 10:42 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Well my mock was Humphrey and Brantley, so I’ll stick with that answer.

    I’d call it


  43. 43 Sb2bowl said at 10:59 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    The Brantley/Harris choice is where I stumble; it would surprise me if they went CB/CB for 1st and 2nd pick.

    Brantley looks like he has legit potential, and could be an impact rotation player almost immediately. While we need to stock the cupboard on DE, our DT position needs an infusion in talent.

  44. 44 Rellihcs said at 11:24 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Don’t discount Vaeo though…

  45. 45 Sb2bowl said at 11:30 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Sure, but that’s no certainty and that only gives us a rotation of Cox, Beau and Vaeo. Hopefully Shittu continues to develop, but adding more overall talent and depth to the line is never a bad option.

    I think Beau can be a solid, if unspectacular starting option. Can he get the job done? Sure. Would you add talent and put him as the first guy off of the bench? Absolutely.

    We need 5 DT’s for depth. 4 active on game days. Probably 6 DE’s for depth and 4-5 active on game days depending on special teams and secondary abilities.

  46. 46 bill said at 12:53 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Yep – I think Schwartz needs his DTs to be a strength, not just adequate. I like Beau, but he’s a good backup/adequate starter type. They need another playmaker in there. Of course, it’s possible that Curry is envisioned as a guy that moves inside on passing downs, so they can rather focus on strengthening DE, but I don’t get the feeling that’s the plan.

  47. 47 Insomniac said at 1:28 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    We do need to add a DT. A potential starter or impact player would be nice but for now I would be pretty happy with a run stuffer.

    I would be ok with our DE group right now if we draft someone like Daeshon Hall. MccAlister and Hall are some high upside guys that can develop behind Curry. Smith and Means are guys that can rotate right now.

  48. 48 Sb2bowl said at 1:34 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Agreed; I’m hoping Allen slides to within striking range and we can move up to around 9 to grab him. Would love to pair him with Cox, or as D3 stated, Brantley later on.

  49. 49 Insomniac said at 1:47 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    My preference would be Brantley later on but getting Allen would be great too.

  50. 50 Sb2bowl said at 2:26 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Agreed. Would prefer to keep our assets for the depth of this draft but if a guy is there- go get him.

  51. 51 Jernst said at 4:12 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    If he checks out medically I’d be all for it. Build the trenches. It’ll be interesting to see where Solomon falls too and if he’s a potential trade up candidate.

  52. 52 Sb2bowl said at 4:21 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Either Allen or Thomas would make me ecstatic. I’d take either one.

  53. 53 Jernst said at 4:11 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    That’s the nice thing about DTs with limited pass rush upside who specialize in run stuffing, you can typically find such guys in the 3rd round or later (like Bennie and unlike players such as Cox, who typically go in the top half of the first round.

    Stud DEs though are a whole other story. Finding Trent Coles in round 5 is super rare. I’d have no problem with taking one high in the first with both Graham and Curry around 29 years old and no depth behind them. I’m just very luke warm on Barnett. Id rather have a stud TE than an average DE that gets you 7-8 sacks per year which is where I see Barnett’s ceiling. Watching his film and seeing his lack of explosion at the combine along with stats that show 90% of his pressures came from going straight around the tackles outside shoulder definitely concern me at the top of the first where ideally I want a difference maker. If we were drafting at say 24 I’d be all about Barnett. At 14, how do you pass up Howard, Davis, Ross and/or Foster for an undersized, athletically underwhelming DE, with T-Rex arms who put up good numbers in college with one, and only one move, with no counter moves.

  54. 54 Insomniac said at 9:55 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    I’d argue you could find those guys in the 4th-5th rounds too. Heck some good run stuffers like Damon Harrison and Cedric Thornton were UDFAs.

    Exactly. Most stud DEs are picked in the top 50. Don’t reach for a guy just because he plays a premiere position.

  55. 55 Media Mike said at 9:58 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Vanderdoes in the 6th. Big Stevie in the 7th.

    We got Beau late as well.

  56. 56 D3FB said at 11:32 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    If he doesn’t figure out run leverage his Destiny isn’t on the roster.

  57. 57 Sb2bowl said at 11:36 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    For anyone interested in a quick tutorial

  58. 58 Rellihcs said at 11:58 AM on March 24th, 2017:


  59. 59 Mac said at 12:08 PM on March 24th, 2017:


  60. 60 Ray888 said at 10:38 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Yes, except that if you get a good OT now, you may not have to address the position again during Wentz’s career. That’s draft resources you don’t have to spend in the next 5-10 years searching for a competent protector against edge rushers. Better to get an outstanding OT than just a competent DE, CB, or RB. Better to use a 2nd on “outstanding” rather just “competent. Assumption here is that the evaluation process Is correct.

  61. 61 D3FB said at 10:56 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    The five guys I listed are all relatively similar talent level.

  62. 62 Jernst said at 4:01 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Agreed…although I’m expecting Wentz to start for us for another 15 years so hopefully we’ll have to address Oline at some point.

  63. 63 ChoTime said at 10:47 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    We’ve had lots of 1st round picks who never contributed!

  64. 64 anon said at 11:41 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Did I miss something or is Chase Daniel still a free agent?

  65. 65 GermanEagle said at 11:46 AM on March 24th, 2017:

    Guten Morgen.

  66. 66 Mac said at 12:09 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    He said he wanted to be a starter. Did he specify NFL?

  67. 67 Dave said at 12:26 PM on March 24th, 2017:

  68. 68 Mac said at 12:57 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Ha! Thanks for sharing.

  69. 69 ChoTime said at 7:52 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    People can really type that fast with their thumbs? I actually saw Foles use his phone up close and he does the swiping thing.

  70. 70 Dave said at 8:19 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    I’m not coordinated enough to do the swipe, I just use voice-to-text.

  71. 71 Mac said at 11:02 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Some people use muscle memory to play music or sports. Other people use it to send text messages.

  72. 72 GermanEagle said at 12:15 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Brandon Brooks may struggle from Gameday anxiety sometimes, but he seems to be a pretty awesome human being.

  73. 73 P_P_K said at 4:43 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Very cool.

  74. 74 ChoTime said at 7:51 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    That is badass!

  75. 75 Sean Stott said at 1:32 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Interesting tidbit on Foles’ contract.

    It’s a five year deal that voids after year two. So it’s actually a two year deal. Insane.

  76. 76 GermanEagle said at 1:33 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    I still strongly believe that Foles could have been had for much less $$$ than what the Eagles ended up paying.

    Similar to the Chase Daniel dilemma.

    However I am not complaining since it’s not my money..

  77. 77 Sean Stott said at 1:34 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    He’s only a 1.6 mm cap hit this year!

  78. 78 GermanEagle said at 1:48 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    I was referring to the overall (2y) contract.

  79. 79 Sean Stott said at 1:49 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    yea it’s as bad as Daniel

  80. 80 Insomniac said at 1:49 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    The only thing that could make it worse is if Howie traded Foles for Bradford next year.

  81. 81 Jernst said at 3:58 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Worse? I’d gladly ride that carousel around and around every year if we could, haha. Trade Foles and our second for Bradford and then parlay Bradford into a 1st and a 4th next year in another trade. Joking…obviously. But, it’s crazy how things turn out after only two years. We traded Foles and our second for Bradford, then a year later trade Bradford for a 1st and 4th and resign Foles.

    I’d say that convoluted series of moves worked out in our favor especially when we ended up trading up for our franchise QB in the meantime for what amounted to a 2nd, a 3rd and two contracts/players we were glad to move on from. I like this a bunch more than the mortgage the future by trading multiple firsts, seconds and thirds that some teams (*cough Redskins) decided to employ.

  82. 82 PacificPurl said at 4:54 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Yeah. It’s a good thing Teddy nearly ripped his entire lower leg right off!

  83. 83 Insomniac said at 9:48 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    I would love to do it again too but that’s not happening again.

  84. 84 Jernst said at 3:51 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Very interesting read! $11M over two years doesn’t seem too bad for a backup QB with extensive starting history like Foles these days.

    Even more interesting though was the tidbit about the obscure rule guaranteeing 50% (up to $1M) of a players salary for the following year if they are injured in the last game of the season even if they are unable to play at all or were going to be cut anyways. Anyone know how that affects us with Matthews. I knew we had to wait till he was medically cleared before cutting him, but does this mean we’re still on the hook for an extra $1M or was that $1M already counted in his projected $1M dead money of his total $5M cap hit for 2017.

  85. 85 ACViking said at 4:38 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    J –

    Great question.

    You’re referring to CBA Art. 45’s “Injury Protection Liability” provision (which, by the way, increases the salary guarantee for 2017-2018 to a max of $1.15M).

    To trigger the $1.15M IPL payment, Mathews must satisfy 5 requirements:

    (1) fail the post-season physical;
    (2) do all the team-prescribed rehab;
    (3) fail the pre-season physical next spring,
    (4) the team must *terminate* his contract because of the injury at some point prior to the next pre-season; and
    (5) He must file a claim/grievance by 10/15/17 claiming he’s still injured and can’t play.

    A player can invoke IPL protection once in their career . . .

    Any IPL payment is offset by (i) contractually agreed-on injury protection, (ii) guaranteed salary for the season following the injury, and (iii) worker’s comp monies . . .

    And the team’s payment of IPL protection monies counts against the cap — because it is, effectively, “salary” as defined in CBA Art. 1’s definitions section.

    So, bottom line, the Eagles could terminate Mathews’ contract tomorrow and gain some cap space.

    But they’re potentially on the hook for the $1.15 MM — but only if Mathews fails a pre-season physical.

    As for the argument that a team cannot cut an injured player, that’s not exactly true.

    A team can always terminate an injured player’s contract (or waive him if less than 4 vested years’ experience).

    If the player contends he’s injured, he can invoke CBA Art. 44’s “Injury Grievance” process — and collect the pro-rata amount of salary for the period he’s injured (up to one season).

    But . . . if the team informs the player his contract is terminated because of the injury, the team’s liability is capped at max of $1.15 million.

    Hope this helps.

  86. 86 Jernst said at 10:42 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    As always, AC, you are the man! Very helpful, thank you!

  87. 87 BobSmith77 said at 5:12 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    If he wears white after Labor Day and in a non-football situation, the deal can also be voided.

  88. 88 Insomniac said at 1:36 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Great read if you’re bored. Taywan Taylor is the type of WR that we could really use.

  89. 89 Dave said at 2:09 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    I got a little chuckle when I read this…”Taylor backed up his explosive ability by running a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash”.

  90. 90 Insomniac said at 2:21 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Yea that definitely was a bit of a reach. 40 times can be misleading though so he does have somewhat of an point.

  91. 91 Dave said at 2:23 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    Yeah, otherwise it was a good read to start my weekend.

  92. 92 Media Mike said at 8:44 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    If I’m reading correctly;
    – gets deep with ease
    – runs every route
    – catches the ball in traffic


    And wasn’t D3 in on this guy the other day?

  93. 93 D3FB said at 4:50 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    He’s a little Randle Cobb esque. Can play either slot or outside (which is why I like his fit for this year because theres multiple ways to get him reps)

  94. 94 Media Mike said at 9:06 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Is one of those ways trading Jordan Matthews for a 2018 3rd that can become a 2nd with certain catch numbers???????????/

  95. 95 Insomniac said at 9:44 AM on March 25th, 2017:


  96. 96 Media Mike said at 9:49 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    I’m 100% DONE with any teams in this team getting zero value from UFAs who walk away if we’re not going to win a title that year. Matthews traded for pick now or 2018 > improbable shot at 2019 comp pick.

  97. 97 Insomniac said at 10:11 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Yup. I would rather have a 4th round pick next year for Matthews instead of paying him 7-8 million a year in the future. There’s plenty of WRs in this draft that can replace him and will have better potential.

  98. 98 Media Mike said at 10:12 AM on March 25th, 2017:


  99. 99 D3FB said at 1:24 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    0% you’re getting that.

    I’d take a 4. I’d settle for a 5th and a 6th

  100. 100 Media Mike said at 2:36 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    That depressing, but I’d take that as well.

  101. 101 Insomniac said at 9:45 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Yes. Taylor got a lot of love from Tommy and a few others here.

  102. 102 Media Mike said at 9:48 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Your post shows why! Now lets get him in the 4th round!

  103. 103 Insomniac said at 10:06 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    It’s more likely that he’ll go in the 3rd round but he’ll be a steal in the 4th.

  104. 104 Media Mike said at 10:08 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    No; players I don’t want need to go in between our pick in the 3rd and the 4th.

  105. 105 BobSmith77 said at 5:11 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    I would just be entertained listening to Merrill say ‘Chidobe Awuzie’

  106. 106 Media Mike said at 9:00 PM on March 24th, 2017:

    So other than not getting impact players at CB and DE……………..I kind of went with what was there when I picked and some of the guys other folks here have been pumping up.

    Round 1 Pick 14: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama (A)
    Round 2 Pick 11: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 10: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 12: Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 32 (COMP): Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell (A)
    Round 5 Pick 11: Corn Elder, CB, Miami (Fla.) (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 10: Matthew Dayes, RB, NC State (A)
    Round 7 Pick 12: Tedric Thompson, SS, Colorado (C-)

  107. 107 Ankerstjernen said at 5:55 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Corn Elder is going to be wildly surprised by the insane cheering he will face, when the Eagles pick him in the fifth like he is a household name.

  108. 108 Dave said at 7:43 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Every time I see his name here in a mock draft, I think of that 6ABC news commercial that ran for years, “there goes that Corn Elder again”.

  109. 109 Ankerstjernen said at 8:25 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Living in Denmark, I have to go google that.. 🙂

  110. 110 Dave said at 9:49 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Lol, Just go to YouTube and paste “there goes that news van again”. You’ll see lots of commercials.

  111. 111 增达网QQ-46397172 said at 5:30 AM on March 25th, 2017:


  112. 112 John Z said at 9:54 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    During an interview with, James Conner, RB, Pitt, said he was visiting the Eagles on March 28th.

  113. 113 Media Mike said at 9:58 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Wouldn’t be a bad addition if he fell to the 6th. I’m trying to be extra cheap with RBs and draft valuation.

  114. 114 John Z said at 2:49 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Agree, runs a bit vertically, but looks like he would be good in short yardage situations.

  115. 115 Media Mike said at 2:52 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    And that’s something we lack because when Mathews is asked to do that he either falls down on is milking another soft injury.

  116. 116 John Z said at 2:59 PM on March 26th, 2017:

    I would guess he would be around the 6th round because of his 2015 bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He’s healthy now, but it certainly calls for some risk analysis. I watched some more video, and I think he would be a good catch in the 6th.

  117. 117 Mac said at 10:57 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Who wouldn’t want to draft a player who can time travel?

    He’s well worth 14 overall if he can get Reggie White back.

  118. 118 Sb2bowl said at 3:59 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    That’s the kind of quality that doesn’t show up on the scouting report

  119. 119 Media Mike said at 10:16 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    Browns – 1, 12
    Niners – 2
    Bears – 3
    Jets – 6
    Bills – 10
    Arizona – 13

    All of these teams either have no real QB (Browns, Niners, Bears, Jets, Bills) because a sucky placeholder is there or a soon to be retired QB (Arizona for sure, and I could even throw in the Saints / 11 or Chargers / 6 if they wanted to flip Brees or Rivers)

    So 3 QBs need to go before we pick or I think our fans should storm the tables of these teams on draft night if those teams skip QBs.

  120. 120 Mac said at 10:55 AM on March 25th, 2017:

    If you take away the 12 behind the browns, this could be a list of the # of wins you expect each of these teams to have in 2017.

  121. 121 Dominik said at 1:08 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    I think the Jets will trade back but want a QB in the 1st. Let’s hope the trade back is to #13 max, then it basically doesn’t matter for us. Bears are the surest bet imo to pick a QB in the 1st. I think the Niners will go for Cousins in 2018. Will take long term view this year and let Hoyer play. Won’t win much anyway.

    Browns are an option at 12 (not at #1, though), but I’m not so sure. I think they may wait for another year. Would be the smart thing to do with this bad QB class. But of course, they are in a bad situation. They NEED some hope and it starts with QB. Don’t know why they cut RGIII. They don’t want Osweiler on their roster. Maybe Kessler could be the bridge to next year?

    Cardinals are a bit of a wildcard. It’s Palmers last season and he’s in decline already. They need to pick their QB of the future this year or next year. This year has the advantage of giving him one year to sit and learn. I could see them going for a strong armed QB (so not Watson) at #13. But I could also see them taking a QB in the 2nd round. Remember: they lost like 4 or 5 starters from their Defense in FA. That could hold them back from picking a QB in the 1st. I could see Arians falling in love with Kizers potential (even though he needs to sit one year, doesn’t matter for the Cardinals), though, to counter that point.

    So realistic best case, imo:

    Bears #3, Jets #9-12, Browns #12, Cardinals #13 take a QB. If the 49ers find a good trade back option (don’t know which team they could trade for) AND they think they won’t get Cousins in 2018 then they could be picking one, too. But imo, not at #2.

    Would be 4 QB taken before #14, dream scenario is 5.

    Realistic worst case is Bears #3 as only one QB taken before #14. I do think the Jets will take one in the first, but I’m not totally sure about that. Same with the Browns at #12. So there’s a solid chance there will be 2.

    If you expect 2, you probably won’t get disappointed. Every other QB would be a bonus. Needless to say, I’d take 13 QBs taken before us instantly. It’s just not going to happen.

    And yes, the league is sometimes stupid and crazy when it comes to QBs. But not always. It could go like the 2013 draft. QB needy teams waited because there wasn’t a good QB available. Would be horrible for the Eagles, but it would be the smart thing for the teams. Even at the QB position, if there isn’t an elite talent, don’t draft one early.

  122. 122 Nick C said at 1:41 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Straight BPA:(May have forced a couple late corners)

    Your Picks:

    Round 1 Pick 14: Jamal Adams, SS, LSU (A)

    Round 2 Pick 11: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah (A)

    Round 3 Pick 10: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington (A+)

    Round 4 Pick 12: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (A+)

    Round 4 Pick 32 (COMP): Brian Allen, CB, Utah (B-)

    Round 5 Pick 11: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State (C)

    Round 6 Pick 10: Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming (A+)

    Round 7 Pick 12: Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, DT, Southern California (A)

  123. 123 Media Mike said at 2:36 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Jamaal Adams is very interesting. Safety isn’t a “need”, but that dude is WAY better than pick 14.

  124. 124 Sb2bowl said at 3:22 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Agreed. That would be an easy choice in my opinion

  125. 125 Media Mike said at 3:23 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Hopefully they’d trade Kendricks immediately after that and just start 3 safeties.

  126. 126 Sb2bowl said at 3:57 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    I’d put him down near the box early on and let him slowly move back. If he showed a better affinity for the backend, Jenkins is a great run defender and they could be interchangeable.

    People would flip if we drafted a safety but when a prospect like that falls, take him and ask questions later.

  127. 127 Media Mike said at 4:32 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    And he could 100% start in that role. It would be an upgrade from brain dead / injury milking Kendricks.

  128. 128 A_T_G said at 5:52 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    I am not sure if this comment was serious or in jest, but I think there is real appeal to using a heavy nickel and light nickel as the base defensive set.

  129. 129 Media Mike said at 6:14 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    I’m dead serious; we’d be better off in heavy nickel with Adams as the 3rd safety over that bum Kendricks.

  130. 130 Media Mike said at 2:56 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    My only negative on your draft is Bolles in round 2. This is D3’s criticism of use of that pick, but he’s not likely to play here until Peters is done………so that’s not ideal use of the pick at 43.

  131. 131 Sb2bowl said at 3:59 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Also, that would be a high pick on our replacement RT assuming Lane doesn’t take his “multivitamins” anymore and turns into our LT when Peters retires.

  132. 132 Media Mike said at 4:32 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Can you get that guy later in Davenport from Bucknell?

  133. 133 Sb2bowl said at 9:27 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    I’m not qualified to say- he looks like a project but at this point depending on how the line shakes out he’d be tackle number 5 (peters, lane, barbre, Vitai)

  134. 134 D3FB said at 8:05 AM on March 26th, 2017:

    There are 5 guys I can say are definitively better than Vaitai as T’s.

    Moton (though he’s more of a guard to me but I know enough people who like him and he tested really well athletically so I’d let him try T first).

  135. 135 Insomniac said at 7:12 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    26 year old starting RT in his second year. No thanks.

  136. 136 Nick C said at 1:21 PM on March 26th, 2017:

    I understand the logic, but cannot agree with it. When was the last time both our tackles made it through an entire season? Can we really count on Peters for another 16 games at his age? Can we count on Lane to stay healthy? Better to pick a guy a year too early than a year too late. The draft is for the future. We are not a contender this year unless our first five draft picks are pro bowlers lol. Pick the best players. Don’t end up with a Marcus Smith, Danny Watkins (the list goes on and on) because of a need. End up with another Jordan Hicks.

  137. 137 Dave said at 4:00 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    My only criticism is that that I don’t see Corn Elder in your draft.

  138. 138 D3FB said at 4:06 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    He must be team #ChildrenOfTheCorn

  139. 139 Julescat said at 7:34 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    he who walks behind the rows would not be pleased

  140. 140 Brett77 said at 9:05 PM on March 25th, 2017:

    Awuzie was horrid against Oklahoma State and Washington the WR.