Wentz Gets a Blocker

Posted: April 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 77 Comments »

The Eagles finally added an OL in the draft, taking Isaac Seumalo from Oregon State.

Solid pick.

He’s got good size at 6-4, 303. He did very well in the agility tests at the Combine posting a 4.52 SS time and 7.40 3-cone time. Seumalo has a lot of experience. He started as a true Freshman and finished with 37 career starts.

Seumalo has the versatility the Eagles like. From his OSU bio:

23 starts at center, nine at right guard, three at left tackle and two at right tackle

That is incredibly versatility. He can come in and challenge for the LG spot right away, but also offers depth at C if that’s needed. I doubt you look at him at OT unless things are dire in the middle of a game.

This isn’t a sexy pick. Seumalo didn’t play for a great team. He didn’t dominate in an all-star game. He didn’t light up the Combine. He’s just a good, solid football player. He is a good student. His father is an assistant football coach at UNLV. Seumalo is the kind of high character player the Eagles still prefer to bring into the building. He should have the maturity to handle the transition to the NFL well.

With Seumalo, Brandon Brooks and Stefen Wisniewski, the Eagles have upgraded the interior of their OL.

I love the way he finishes blocks. Tough guy with a nasty streak.

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Day 2

Posted: April 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 483 Comments »

The Eagles don’t have a 2nd round pick, making tonight less fun. We’ll have to wait for the 3rd round. The Eagles have the 79th overall selection, which should still net the Eagles a starting caliber prospect.

The Eagles should have good options. They could go:

OL
DT
S
RB
LB
DE

They could also add a CB or WR, but I tend to think they’ll go elsewhere, unless a highly rated player is on the board and is just too good to pass up.

OL Targets

Shon Coleman
Nick Martin
Joe Dahl
Kyle Murphy
LeRaven Clark
Jerald Hawkins
Vadal Alexander
Christian Westerman
Connor McGovern
Evan Boehm
Graham Glasgow
DT Targets

Austin Johnson
Jihad Ward
Javon Hargrave
Jonathan Bullard
Sheldon Day
Maliek Collins
Hassan Ridgeway

Safety Targets

Jalen Mills
Justin Simmons
Darian Thompson
Kevin Byard

Some other guys who could be targets

RB Jordan Howard
WR Demarcus Robinson
LB Nick Kwiatkoski
LB Joe Schobert
LB Deion Jones
RB Paul Perkins
CB Cyrus Jones
DE Yannick Ngakoue
DL Dean Lowry

Can’t wait to see what happens.

Here is a link to the full Eagles Draft Preview I wrote yesterday.

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No real update on the Sam Bradford situation.

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Thursday Night Update

Posted: April 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 661 Comments »

The Eagles got their man by taking QB Carson Wentz.

But what is going on with Sam Bradford? It sounds like any hope of a deal with Denver is dead. The Broncos traded up to draft Paxton Lynch, who will be their QB of the future. They don’t have a QB of the present. Some people point out Mark Sanchez is there, but I don’t see how the defending Super Bowl champs can put Sanchez on the field as their starter. I just can’t see that.

Denver could make a run at Brian Hoyer to be their stop-gap starter until Lynch is ready to go, likely in 2017. I’m sure they would love to have Bradford for this year, but can’t see them trading good resources for him at this point.

The Jets still need a QB and something could happen there.

That said, if you listen to everything the Eagles said, they expect Bradford to stay put and be the team’s starter this year. I’m not sure how wise that is after the trade demand, but we’ll see what happens. I’m sure there will be lots of rumors floating tomorrow during the day.

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Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell did some great video pieces for PE.com on Carson Wentz. They aren’t archived yet so I can’t link to them.

They showed Wentz making pre-snap adjustments, good reads during plays and moving in the pocket. These are subtle, but crucial qualities for NFL QBs. You really need access to All-22 tape to see some of this stuff. We still don’t get much of that for prospects unfortunately so it was great to see Wentz broken down in that kind of detail. Really great pieces.

I still preferred Goff to him, but the stuff they showed did make me even more confident that Wentz can be a darn good NFL QB.

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I also enjoyed this Frank Reich interview on Wentz.

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In case you missed this, Dallas had significant interest in drafting Wentz at pick 4 if he was still on the board. The Eagles may have found their franchise QB and also blocked the Cowboys from finding theirs all at once.

That’s a heckuva 2-for-1 deal right there.

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It’s Official – Carson Wentz is an Eagle!

Posted: April 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 758 Comments »

We’ve known this was coming since news of the trade with the Browns moved the Eagles into the number two spot in the draft.

Carson Wentz is an Eagle.

You should be happy about this. Very happy.

Is there risk in moving up to take a QB in the draft? Heck yes. But we’re also talking about the player that some smart people think incredibly highly of.

That’s high praise.

Even though the Eagles had to settle for the number two pick, they may have gotten the best player or best QB in the entire draft. That doesn’t guarantee that Carson Wentz will pan out, but it makes you feel pretty good about his odds.

If you want to get a better feel for Wentz, watch his episode of Gruden’s QB Camp.

Wentz has great physical talent. He needs work, with only 23 college starts under his belt. He hasn’t thrown nearly as many passes as other QBs who went early. That’s okay. The Eagles have a plan for developing Wentz. They aren’t going to force him into the lineup.

This is also an unusual move because the Eagles aren’t a team coming off a 3 or 4-win season. They went 7-9 and were slotted at pick 13. They moved up to the 8th spot and then to number two. Most teams taking a QB super early are either coming off a terrible season or they have struggled for a while. The Rams haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. The Eagles were division champs in 2013.

Wentz will have pressure on him, but I think he’ll be put in position to succeed. This won’t be the same as JaMarcus Russell coming in to save the Raiders or Joey Harrington coming in to save the Lions. Wentz doesn’t have to carry the entire team on his back. He doesn’t have to drag an organization from years of losing into the playoffs.

The Eagles are looking for Wentz to provide stability at QB and to help the team to get back to being one of the best in the league. He has the ability to do that. He has the work ethic to adjust to the NFL and become a good starting QB. It will be fun to see how he handles this challenge and whether this move by the Eagles proves to be brilliant or back-breaking.

The Eagles didn’t just move up for a QB. They moved up for someone they think is special.

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2016 Eagles Draft Preview

Posted: April 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 169 Comments »

We are finally here.

This has been one wild offseason. From the firing of Chip Kelly to re-signing Sam Bradford to SammyGate, this has been a crazy few months. Carson Wentz went from “Who?” to “WE HAVE TO GET HIM!!!”. Howie Roseman has done a lot of good things so far, but handling the Bradford situation and running this draft will be huge challenges for him.

Before we go any further, let’s look at what the Eagles already have in place. Due to trade rumors, this could change significantly, but for now…

QB – Sam Bradford … Chase Daniel … FUTURE HOF QB
RB – Ryan Mathews … Darren Sproles … Kenjon Barner
WR – Nelson Agholor … Rueben Randle
WR – Jordan Matthews … Chris Givens
WR – Josh Huff … T.J. Graham
TE – Brent Celek … Zach Ertz … Trey Burton
LT – Jason Peters … Dennis Kelly … Brett Boyko
LG – Alan Barbre … Malcolm Bunche
OC – Jason Kelce … Stefen Wisniewski … Barrett Jones
RG – Brandon Brooks  … Matt Tobin
RT – Lane Johnson … Andrew Gardner

DE – Vinny Curry … Connor Barwin … Travis Long
NT – Bennie Logan … Beau Allen … Mike Martin
DT – Fletcher Cox  … Taylor Hart … Travis Raciti
DE – Brandon Graham … Marcus Smith … Bryan Braman
WLB – Mychal Kendricks … Najee Goode
MLB – Jordan Hicks
SLB – Nigel Bradham … Brandon Hepburn … Deontae Skinner
SS – Malcolm Jenkins … Ed Reynolds … Jerome Couplin
FS – Rodney McLeod … Chris Maragos
CB – Eric Rowe …. Nolan Carroll … Denzel Rice
CB – Leodis McKelvin … Ron Brooks … Jaylen Watkins … Aaron Grymes
NB – JaCorey Shepherd … Randall Evans

P – Donnie Jones
K – Cody Parkey … Caleb Sturgis
LS – Jon Dorenbos

That’s an interesting depth chart. The defense has a chance to be outstanding. The offense has some good pieces in place, but also needs help.

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