Draft Daily: Close-Up On Clemson WR Martavis Bryant

NCAA Football: South Carolina State at Clemson

If you took the top 10 plays of Martavis Bryant’s 2013 season and showed them to scouts and GMs across the NFL, chances are most would agree he deserves to be a no-brainer first-round pick.

But there’s obviously a lot more to scouting a player than just the highlights. And that’s why Bryant isn’t expected to go until Day 2.

At 6-4, 211, Bryant ran a 4.42 at the combine. He has arguably the best size/speed combination of any receiver in this class: Read more »

Who Will Be Available At Pick No. 54?

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Auburn

We’ve spent plenty of time in this space talking about who the Eagles might take in the first round, and that conversation will continue in the coming weeks.

But what about at pick No. 54? Last year in the second round, the team picked up TE Zach Ertz, and the year before it was inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Both have proven to be talented players with upside.

Evan Silva of Rotoworld recently put out a two-round mock draft. With the 54th pick, he has the Eagles taking Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief: Read more »

Draft Daily: WR Matthews a Day 2 Option

NCAA Football: Compass Bowl-Vanderbilt vs Houston

Jordan Matthews is 6-3 and ran a 4.46 at the combine.

He played in the SEC and finished his college career as the conference’s all-time leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). Yet somehow, when discussing the top pass-catchers in the 2014 draft, the Vanderbilt product seems to often get left out of the conversation.

“Hey, there is nothing wrong with being under the radar,” Matthews told reporters at the combine in February. “At the end of the day I only compete with myself. The radar that I worry about is the one that Jordan Matthews is worried about. As long as I go each day and am trying to be the best player that I can be, then I feel like
that is going to help me the most. As far as radars and projections and all those things are concerned, I really don’t pay that much attention. I just have to make sure I can be the best player I can be each day.”

In addition to his height (and the fact that he already has mastered the art of speaking in the third person), Matthews is long. He has 33 1/4-inch arms and giant hands (10 3/8 inches). Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Will Boykin Get a Shot?

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Towards the end of last year, Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis was asked about the way he handled Brandon Boykin’s playing time and whether there were ways to get the play-making defensive back more snaps.

“I really think, and I believe this, that one of the reasons that he’s grown like he’s grown and made the plays that he’s making is because we’ve allowed him to specialize and really focus on the nickel position and how to play,” Davis said. “He’s a young player that’s still growing and I think that is one of the things that we’ve done that I’m most happy with. And I understand he’s got a lot of interceptions and second in the league, but I think that’s a product of specialization and really knowing exactly and playing a position with confidence and that’s how you win.” Read more »

Eagles Finalize Preseason Slate

Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles announced dates and times for their preseason schedule: Read more »

Draft Daily: Close-Up On LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr.

NCAA Football: Outback Bowl-Iowa vs Louisiana State

The Eagles took five players in the first five rounds of last year’s draft.

After each selection, head coach Chip Kelly stood at the podium at the NovaCare Complex and explained the pick. When describing four of the five players, he used some version of one of his favorite words: versatile. The only player who didn’t draw the label was QB Matt Barkley.

So it stands to reason that the guy who won college football’s Hornung Award, given to the nation’s most versatile player, would be on the Eagles’ radar heading into May’s draft. That player is LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly’s Tweaks In Year 2

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

When Chip Kelly took a seat inside a Ritz-Carlton ballroom in Orlando last month and was surrounded by reporters, he knew DeSean Jackson was not going to be back with the Eagles.

Jackson’s release was the biggest move the team made this offseason, and undoubtedly, Kelly had already given a lot of thought about what the Eagles’ offense would like without the speedy wide receiver.

Year 1 under Kelly was a clear success. By just about any statistical measure, the Eagles had a top-five offense that included a quarterback reaching heights even his biggest supporters never envisioned. The team set record after record, the offensive line stayed healthy, and the skill-position players nearly all put up career numbers.

Now perhaps the biggest question facing the team going into 2014 is: How will Kelly alter the scheme to fit different personnel? Read more »

Draft Daily: Close-Up On Louisville OLB Marcus Smith

NCAA Football: Louisville at Connecticut

The Eagles have done little to hide the fact that they’re big fans of Dolphins edge defender Dion Jordan.

Last year, Chip Kelly indicated that Jordan was high on the team’s board and would have been the pick had Miami not traded up to the No. 3 spot. And more recently, the Birds have been rumored to be looking to trade for Jordan in his second season.

Connor Barwin and Trent Cole manned the OLB spots in the Eagles’ 3-4 last year. The defense could use more pass-rush from that pair, but overall, the transition to a new scheme was smoother than expected. Cole, however, will turn 32 next season, and the Eagles have little in the pipeline to eventually replace him.

That brings us to May’s draft and a player who in some ways could be described as a poor man’s Dion Jordan: Louisville’s Marcus Smith. Smith is one of 30 prospects to make an official visit to Philadelphia, per FoxSports.com. Read more »

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