Eagles 2015 Pre-Draft Prospect Tracker

Eagles Draft 2015
Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

It’s information-gathering season in the NFL.

From now until the start of the draft on April 30, the Eagles and the 31 other teams will be doing all they can to learn about this year’s group of prospects.

In this space, we will keep track of the pre-draft visits. The Eagles are allowed to host 30 official visits to the NovaCare Complex, but they are allowed to hold as many private workouts as they want away from the team’s facility. And prospects from the Philadelphia area who provide their own transportation to the NovaCare Complex don’t count against the 30. Read more »

NFC East Roundup: Mocking the Other Teams

Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Here is a roundup of the picks that the other NFC East teams currently have, along with Mel Kiper’s predictions for the first three rounds, Charles Davis’ latest mock draft and mocks from the teams’ local media.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Round 1, Pick 27 (27)
Round 2, Pick 28 (60)
Round 3, Pick 27 (91)
Round 4, Pick 28 (127)
Round 5, Pick 27 (163)
Round 7, Pick 19 (236)
Round 7, Pick 26 (243)

Kiper has the Cowboys taking UConn CB Byron Jones, Ohio State DT Michael Bennett and Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford in the first three rounds:

There’s already a need at cornerback — you can’t have enough if you expect to play with some leads — and that’s before we have a resolution on Brandon Carr’s contract situation. Jones is one of the biggest sleepers in the draft, a cornerback with the ability to handle safety, an extraordinary athlete with very good instincts. He’s also a great kid. While I want to address the defensive line, I just don’t want to pass on Jones at this point. In Round 2, we get Bennett, a player with the ability to beat blockers inside and be a disruptor, and I really like the value at that point. I think Bennett has been surpassed by high-upside defensive tackles, but few players have as much quality tape as he has going back through his sophomore and junior seasons.

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Daryl Williams An O-Line Option For Eagles

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

OK, it’s not quite on par with the Oregon bias, but the Oklahoma Sooners have established a nice little presence on the Eagles roster. Former teammates Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray came aboard this offseason, joining 2013 first-round pick Lane Johnson. Oklahoma has pulled even with Cincinnati, Florida and USC  (3) as the most well-represented school outside of Oregon (8).

Might another Sooner be added in the upcoming draft? Could be.

The Eagles are in need of reinforcements along the offensive line, and one player they are checking out is Oklahoma’s Daryl Williams. Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/17

Eagles Draft 2015
Rob Kinnan / USA TODAY Sports

Rob Kinnan / USA TODAY Sports

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. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Ryans On Health, Moves

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

DeMeco Ryans continues to send out positive signals about his recovery from an Achilles tear.

During an appearance on Comcast SportsNet Thursday, the 30-year-old linebacker said his rehab is going “really great” — far better than it did back in 2010 when he suffered a similar injury  — and sounded confident that he’ll be green-lighted before long.

“I’ve been out on the field, doing some running, put the cleats on last week, doing some position drills. I’m in the weight room lifting with the guys, doing everything that they’re doing,” he said. “I feel really good with where I am right now in the recovery phase. I think with the OTAs and the minicamp, I’ll ease my way back into those. I’m not going to rush it doing things over the summer but I’ll definitely be ready to go full-go during training camp.” Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: On QBs And Marcus Peters

Scott Olmos / USA TODAY Sports

Scott Olmos / USA TODAY Sports

For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

I’d imagine the hope is that the 27-year-old Sam Bradford plays at a high level and solidifies the quarterback spot moving forward. But given his injury history and contract situation (his current deal is up at the end of the year), it would be smart of Kelly to have a contingency plan.

The question is whether this draft will allow him that luxury. Read more »

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 »

Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/16

Eagles Draft 2015
Benardrick McKinney. Spruce Derden / USA TODAY Sports

Benardrick McKinney. Spruce Derden / USA TODAY Sports

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. 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 »

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