My PE.com column this week took a look at the Eagles and potentially trading up for DT Fletcher Cox.
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For those who like listening to me ramble on about the Eagles and the draft, I did a podcast last night with the guys from Eagles Fancast. I did guarantee an Eagles Super Bowl win…some time in the next 300-500 years. Ya gotta believe!!!
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In a previous comments section a reader named Jason made a fantastic point. Jason made mention that new DBs coach Todd Bowles just came from Miami, where he coached Vontae Davis. For those who don’t remember, there were some pre-draft concerns about Davis. He reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the Combine. There were some questions about Davis possibly falling in the draft, but the Dolphins took a chance and Davis has been outstanding for them.
Could Bowles push the Eagles to go for Janoris Jenkins in the 2nd round? There is no way he’s in play at pick 15, but if he has a strong advocate in the NovaCare pushing for him…who knows. On the field Jenkins does make sense. He can play the slot or outside. He has outstanding man cover skills. He also has some RS ability. If Jenkins can control his smoking, he could be a heck of a player. I’m still not a fan of drafting him. Andy and Howie may still say “no thanks”, but Jason’s point about the presence of Bowles is something to keep in mind.
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Could Cedric Benson be backup RB target? I doubt it, but that is just a guess. I think of Benson as a workhorse RB. He needs lots of carries to be an effective player. Our backup RB will get limited touches. Not a good match. I also don’t think of Benson as much of a receiver. He would be a good insurance policy in case anything happened to Shady, but just not a good fit.
Should the Eagles target Kellen Moore in the 6th round? I very much go back and forth on Moore. I love the fact that he is so smart and so accurate. Moore showed in the Senior Bowl that he can put the ball on the money. He hit a couple of WRs with strikes that should have been TDs, but the passes were dropped. That said…he’s about 5-11, skinny, and has a mediocre arm. I’d love to have a super-smart backup QB, but I’m not sure Moore has the physical gifts needed for the NFL. If you purely want a #3 guy, then he would make some sense. I admit that I’m utterly fascinated by Moore and it won’t entirely shock me if he’s able to have a Ty Detmer kind of career. I love watching him play and will be pulling for him to make it, Eagle or not.
Can CB Alfonzo Dennard play the slot? I don’t think of him as a good slot corner. Dennard seems at his best playing off and then breaking on the ball. The slot corner needs to be able to press and then run with the receiver.
How does BPA work when management has differently valued positions? The Eagles draft board will be “stacked” in a certain way. The scouts will have graded hundreds of players, but that will be whittled down to about 125 names. Then the Eagles put the players in a certain order in each round, according to grade. Sometimes the order of players is altered due to position. You know that a QB and FB with the same grade won’t be looked at the same. Nor a DL and LB. There are times when the team is particularly weak that the board will be stacked in such a way that guys with lower grades will jump ahead of others due to need. Not substantial, but within the same round.
All of this is done prior to the draft and the Eagles will stay true to the board they put together. That keeps emotion out of it. This process also rewards the scouts and all their work. If you set aside their grades at the last minute and started shuffling things around, that would piss off the scouts and create some real tension. I have talked to scouts from another NFC team where this happened and it drove them nuts.
Which CBs could be converted to Safeties? Here are the top few that make sense to me:
Trumaine Johnson – Montana
DeQuan Menzie – Alabama
Josh Norman – Coastal Carolina
Tavon Wilson – Illinois