Draft Daily: CB Kevin Johnson an Intriguing Option

Eagles Draft 2015
Kevin Johnson. Mark Konezny / USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Johnson. Mark Konezny / USA TODAY Sports

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

BACK STORY

When the offseason first started, buzz from draft analysts was that this was not a strong group of cornerbacks.

But in recent weeks, that perception has changed. There are now a handful of corner prospects who could possibly go off the board in the first round. Among them is Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson.

Johnson was only 96 pounds as a freshman in high school and finished at 155 pounds as a senior. He started five games as a freshman with the Demon Deacons, but was ruled academically ineligible as a sophomore. Johnson rebounded as a full-time starter his final three seasons and was a first-team All-ACC selection as a senior.

He’s got the size and athleticism to be a starting corner in the NFL, and Johnson has impressed many evaluators on film. ESPN’s Louis Riddick has him rated as the best cornerback in the draft. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: How Rivers Rumors Affect the Eagles

Eagles Draft 2015
Philip Rivers. Denny Medley / USA Today

Philip Rivers. Denny Medley / USA Today

Today’s question comes via email from reader Aadil:

Sheil and Tim – Do you think if the Mariota-Chargers trade doesn’t work out, there is room for the Eagles to trade Bradford (and maybe the insurance picks from St. Louis if he doesn’t play much) for Rivers? Even without a guarantee on an extension? Isn’t Rivers an even more accurate passer and more durable? But Bradford is similar, younger and willing to go to LA (and if he bombs, Chargers get a top pick in 2016 draft and can grab face of future QB for LA)? Make sense for both teams?

Would you do it if you were the Eagles? Chargers?

There’s been a lot of speculation in recent days about how the Philip Rivers rumors could affect the Eagles, so let’s tackle them all at once. Read more »

Draft Daily: ASU Safety Damarious Randall

Eagles Draft 2015
Arizona State safety Damarious Randall. Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Arizona State safety Damarious Randall. Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

THE BACK STORY

One move that could have completely shed a different light on the Eagles’ offseason would have been signing Patriots safety Devin McCourty.

By all accounts, Chip Kelly targeted McCourty, and the team pursued him aggressively. A McCourty/Malcolm Jenkins combination would have been one of the better ones in the league. But ultimately, McCourty decided to stay in New England.

It seems the Eagles didn’t think much of the second-level safety market because the only addition they made was CB/S E.J. Biggers, who has a less than stellar track record. That means once again the Birds will go into the draft looking for a starting safety.

Which brings us to today’s prospect, Damarious Randall. The Arizona State product played two years for the Sun Devils after transferring from junior college, where he also played baseball. The Eagles reportedly brought him in for a visit recently. Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/14

Eagles Draft 2015
John David Mercer / USA Today

John David Mercer / USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates.

1:58 p.m.: Thought this was interesting.

I really like Eric Rowe and think he will intrigue the Eagles.

12:29 p.m.: Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune seems to think the Philip Rivers-Titans rumors has legs, and he thinks the Chargers should pull the trigger on a deal.

The only real control the Chargers have with their quarterback is now, this offseason. So – and this is difficult to think, let alone write – they need to trade Rivers. If Monday night’s dinner and Tuesday’s workout in Eugene, Ore., are everything the Chargers expect, and they see in former Oregon star Marcus Mariota a possible franchise quarterback, they should do what they can to trade up and draft him.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: What About Trading Back?

Eagles Draft 2015
Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports

Today’s question comes via email from Paul:

I think we’ve covered every possible trade-up scenario for Marcus Mariota, but a lot of the prospects you’ve written about seem to have late first or early second-round projections. How likely is it that the Eagles trade back?

My initial thought is that we’re going to learn a lot about Chip Kelly’s drafting philosophy based on his willingness (or unwillingness) to trade back. Read more »

Draft Daily: Ten Offensive Linemen Who Could Fit

Eagles Draft 2015
La'el Collins, LSU. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

La’el Collins, LSU. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

In 2012, the year before Chip Kelly landed in Philadelphia, the Eagles’ offensive line was a mess.

But that was mostly due to injuries. There was still plenty of talent with guys like Jason PetersJason KelceEvan Mathis and Todd Herremans on the roster.

Kelly is now in his third offseason as the Eagles’ head coach, and he’s really only made one major addition up front: drafting Lane Johnson fourth overall.

With Herremans gone and Peters and Mathis getting older, offensive line is an area the team is expected to address in this year’s draft. Rather than go player-by-player in separate posts, we decided to take a look at the class as a whole.

Below are 10 offensive linemen who could be Eagles targets. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Making Sense Of the Mariota Noise

Eagles Draft 2015
Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Today’s question is from reader Ed, but his email was rather lengthy, so I’m going to simply include his hypothetical trade proposal and paraphrase a bit:

Per NFL.com, the Titans’ top three needs are QB, pass-rusher and CB. Chip Kelly can satisfy all three. The trade… 

Tennessee gets:
QB Sam Bradford
DE Vinny Curry (pass rusher)
CB Brandon Boykin
Eagles 2015 first-round pick (No. 20)
Eagles 2015 second-round pick (No. 52)
(If necessary to change to, or add: ILB Mychal Kendricks – or – Eagles 2016 first-round pick)

Eagles get:
2015 first-round pick (No. 2) and draft Marcus Mariota.

There have been quite a few Mariota-related reports in recent days, so let’s sort through them and then address the hypothetical trade proposal. Read more »

Draft Daily: Is UCF WR Breshad Perriman a Fit?

Eagles Draft 2015
Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

THE BACK STORY

The Eagles have ramped up their pre-draft visits this week, and one intriguing prospect who reportedly stopped in to the NovaCare Complex is Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman.

Chip Kelly has said multiple times that he believes this is a loaded class of pass catchers. And Perriman is one of the more intriguing receivers out there.

In 2014, Perriman caught 50 balls for 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns, deciding afterwards to forego his senior season. He was one of the best big-play threats in the country, averaging 20.88 YPR. And Perriman was the only player on college football who caught 50+ balls and averaged more than 20 yards per catch.

The son of former NFL wide receiver Brett Perriman, Breshad offers a unique blend of size and speed. It’s nearly impossible to discuss his game without mentioning upside, and that high ceiling could very well result in a team taking Perriman in the first round. Read more »

Draft Daily: Utah DB Rowe Will Intrigue Eagles

Eagles Draft 2015
Utah DB Eric Rowe. Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY

Utah DB Eric Rowe. Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

THE BACK STORY

When the Eagles finalize their draft board in the coming weeks, they will have certain players ranked higher than many other teams around the league.

And one of those guys very well could be Utah defensive back Eric Rowe.

Rowe was a four-year starter, appearing in 45 games for the Utes. He was a safety his first three years before transitioning to cornerback as a senior.

Rowe has very good size, athleticism and versatility. He was a Pac-12 All-Academic second-team selection last season and graduated with a degree in business.

In other words, he checks off a lot of the boxes that Chip Kelly seems to find valuable. Read more »

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