Wake-Up Call: A Search For Brawn And Brains

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Chip Kelly
‘s “big people beat up little people” line is a popular one, and will be recited plenty in the coming days with the combine getting underway later this week. Height, weight, hand size, wing span…all of these measurables mean something to Kelly, and can help lead us towards the players that may be of interest to the Eagles. But there’s another, less heralded quote that should also be kept in mind as the powers that be descend on Indianapolis to get up close and personal with the draft prospects.

“There’s a very cerebral part to this game that I don’t know if people give enough credit to. It’s about making good decisions. Dumb people do dumb things and smart people rarely do dumb things,” he said last April.

Academics are “a huge part” of the evaluation, according to Kelly. A quick look at the 2013 draft class backs his claim up. Lane Johnson was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Football Team (minimum grade point average of 3.2) in 2012. Stanford product Zach Ertz was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection and posted a 3.4 GPA in his final year while majoring in Management Science and Engineering. Matt Barkley, a second team Academic All-Pac-12 selection, was the recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy, handed to the college player “who best combines scholarship, community service and play on the field.” Earl Wolff graduated from N.C. State in just 3 1/2 years.




Several of the draft picks reportedly ranked near the top when it came to the Wonderlic test.

"I think the evaluation of them making and processing decisions, knowing whether or not you can count on them, and if they’re dependable are huge components to making decisions," said Kelly. "It’s not just a stop watch and a bench press, there’s so much more that goes into it. I heard a guy and I’m not taking credit for it, but when people fail or high draft picks fail, it’s one or two reasons—usually intelligence or intangibles. We could spend a lot of time during our evaluations on the intelligence and the intangibles.

"These guys fit what we’re looking for. Now it’s our job as coaches to get them in here and teach them the scheme and get them moving, but that’s a huge part of it. We have to make good decisions—split second decisions when you’re on the football field. So, understanding on how they can handle things, how they can learn and if they understand the scheme is important to us.”

Kelly, Roseman and company will have a chance to sit down with a bunch of the draft hopefuls at the combine. It was an important part of the process for them last year. The meetings with Barkley and Bennie Logan in particular influenced their thinking. It's an opportunity to not just get a feel for the player's personality, but their football acumen as well.

It's about brawn, yes, but it's also about brains to this regime. Kelly will be on the lookout for both in Indy.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Jeremy Maclin says "this is where I want to be."

Could it be Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix at 22? Sheil with some draft notes. 

Kelly may hold an edge when it comes to the draft.

From T.J. Ward to Louis Delmas, safety is the topic of the latest Twitter Mailbag.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Chris Steuber says Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman could be a draft target for the Eagles.

Selecting a defensive lineman with the 22nd pick isn’t a high priority, but adding more depth off the edge or a bigger, stronger interior force at nose tackle would provide defensive coordinator Billy Davis with more options, and Hageman is a name to keep an eye on.

He would give the Eagles another lineman with great length, who can impact the game at the line of scrimmage. Not to mention, he can be stout inside and command the attention from the opposition that will make others around him better.

Jimmy Kempski lists Ted Ginn Jr. as a possible free-agent target.

Last season, Ginn was 6th in the NFL in punt return average, with an average of 12.2 yards per return. By comparison, the Eagles as a team averaged 6.6 yards per return, which was 27th in the league. He also averaged 23.8 yards per kick return, which was 16th in the NFL. The Eagles averaged 21.4 yards per return, which was 26th in the league. Ginn has 6 kick/punt returns for TDs for his career. Here's one last season against the Ravens during the preseason. Ginn will turn 29 in April, but he still has jets.

Ginn also had a nice year with the Panthers as a receiver, catching 36 passes for 556 yards (15.4 per recpetion), and 5 TDs. More importantly, he excelled at getting yards after the catch, averaging 6.3 yards after the catch on his receptions. That would have led Eagles receivers last year, who, with the exception of Jason Avant. all had YAC averages in 2013 that were higher than their career YAC averages. Ginn could significantly upgrade the Eagles return units and give them another very speedy weapon in their offense.

COMING UP

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  • UKEagle99

    I’m definitely looking forward to the combine more this year than ever before. In part due to the names you guys on here have brought to my attention and educated me about and in part due to the fact I actually feel like the front office may finally have a handle on the draft.

    It will be interesting to see which prospects move up & down as a result of their combine performance.

    • JofreyRice

      I’m intrigued by this guy Tyler Starr I read about on CBS Sports

      http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/writer/bruce-feldman/24441428/small-school-starr-ready-to-shine-at-nfl-combine

      Very Small school guy (South Dakota) with nice size 6’4 1/2 and 250, that is supposedly going to blow the combine away. I guess he’s shooting for a 3 cone drill in the 6.3-6.4 range, which is just sick COD ability. This article says he’s projected to perform well in a bunch of areas, and had production at his tiny school. Could be a guy that rises like Jamie Collins, who played really well for the Patriots–although Collins had the benefit of playing all over the defense, from Safety up to defensive end. I haven’t seen Starr play at all, just interested at the idea of adding a big athlete at OLB like that. I think Cole’s going to start at ROLB in 2014 due to money, so we may be looking at drafting/developing an heir apparent there no matter how you cut it. Maybe this guy is late 2nd/early 3rd, with a really nice combine.

      In terms of being smart and all that, I dunno. This says that he had a lot of trouble with academics and made some decisions that put him in a tough position. Maybe he was just immature. I’m sure Chip takes it on a case by case basis and will make a smart decision.

      • NickS1

        Great read, thanks for sharing. Seems like a good character guy after having a son that changed his perspective on life. If I had to guess, he was probably the stud HS kid who got away with everything. He might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but it takes character to make those kinds of life changes at such a young age. Probably going to be a really hard worker. I don’t know if I’d take him as high as the 2/3 round, but in the 4th or 5th, if he has the combine he’s expected to, I’d take a shot for sure. I don’t know where he’ll end up on our big board, but I just think there’s too many other players earlier on who are probably much easier to project given the competition level.

      • Tom W

        Dunno sounds like an Andy Reid pick … maybe in the 6th. Wonder if he can cover the Colt jesus that kid looks amazing even as a rb.

  • GEAGLE

    This article is exactly why Kyle Van Noy is going to really apeal to Kelly. I’m sure his interview will dazzle us… The disguise he provides across from Barwin will appeal to cool ass Billy Dee, and the versatility of playing ILB/OLB is going to appeal to Chip…KVN will be someone to really keep an eye on. Hoping he has a bad combine, because I would love to get him somewhere in round 2…

  • anon

    Man we’ve been talking about who we’ll draft but we really have no clue — never would have thought the academic side was so huge — but then again i understand why Kelly likes Foles so much.

    • GEAGLE

      Easier to figure out who we draft now, then it was under Andy who had NO Ryme or reason…he was just always trying to outsmart everyone…put it to you this way, when we are in round two of an NFL. Draft and the name is called, we won’t be saying “WHO? They drafted WHO? From Bumble F*** Universty? A 6ft 270lb DT who is a fastball?”…

      After 14years of Andy drafting, you still couldn’t make any sense of who we would draft…Chip seems more simple: Size matters, big school competition matters, LOGIC and COMMON sense matter more then proving how much smarter he is than everyone…..we only had Kelly for a year! and I feel like he is already easier to figure out then Andy was

      • anon

        You’re right! Gotta find the academic / personality all stars and we’ll have a better understanding. I think this was probably the most important draft article we’ve read.

        Also — Kelly’s “decision” based system does require a certain level of intelligence to read the D and make the right decision. Smart people will pick up the system better.

        • GEAGLE

          Kyle Van Noy is going to knock our socks off in interviews. I can see Chip loving him..problem is, I think Bellicek will love him too,…still pissed that the pats stole Jamie Collins..really wanted to add Collins or Kiko last year

          • Explorer51

            Not a Ravens fan…it’s really hard to like that team…but I do live down here. Arthur Brown, Bryce’s brother, didn’t play much this season but Harbaugh really likes him and says he will be a strong candidate to start next year at ILB.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      but then again i understand why Kelly likes Foles so much.

      why, because he’s so good throwing the football?

  • GEAGLE

    Ravens reached a Multi year extension for T Suggs that frees up a lot of cap space..
    ..
    We are kind of stuck with Cole, not being able to cut him because the dead money is Absurd..wonder if we approach him and ask him to restructure? I’m worthless when it comes to salary cap matters, so hopefully someone more well versed in Cap matters chimes in…if we are stuck with Cole anyway, restructuring a Multi year extension might make him a little more manageable…if we planned on signing FA OLB, then Cole is an obstacle. If we plan on drafting our OLB, then Cole does have value because rookie OLB typically need to spend their first year as Nickle pass rushers while they add weight, and when opponents run the ball, Cole is an ELITE defender…but we HAVE TO, Find someone who can get after QBs and help us get off the field on 3rd and 8…..Had we gotten off the field at an acceptable rate on third down, our defensive numbers would have been GREAT!!! This defense needs players who can cover and play in different sub packages, and a 3rd down pass rusher…Improve our 3rd down defense and we will be THAT much better as a defense

    • UKEagle99

      I guess that depends on what he values himself at.

      I think the only reason the Eagles do that is if they want him around for more than this upcoming season. He’s been a great player for us over the years however I think it is probably time to move on as soon as it is feasible to do so, unless he want to retire an Eagle and is will to re-structure to a backup type contract.

      I can’t believe that the Eagles won’t have an upgrade at that position ready to go for the 2015 season.

      • GEAGLE

        I look at it this way…if we are OK with cutting him after this year and taking the cap hit, then leave his contract alone..but if 365 days from now, we are talking about keeping Cole because we don’t wanna take the Cap hit, then I hope he gets restructured NOW…I can live with Cole playing the Run THIS year, I don’t know that I can live with him for two more years, especially at that price

        • UKEagle99

          I agree however I think they cut him after this season and eat $3.2m in dead money. Hopefully they draft his replacement in May and have a year to bring him along. The $3.2m dead + new guy year 2 salary & bonuses will be less than we are paying Trent this year.

          Like I said, he has been a great player for us in many ways and it will be sad to see it end like that, time to roll out the football is a business line. Suggs got lucky, not that many get to retire with the team that drafted them these days.

          • GEAGLE

            Completely agree. Barwin/BG/Coles salaries mean we aren’t paying for an OLB in FA…so trent Cole will have value this year while we ease the rookie OLB along Iike we did with Ertz. But if the OLB we draft pans out, then he should be ready to be a 3 down OLB in 2015, which means Cole won’t have the value he has this year for us…

    • NickS1

      Restructuring Cole this year really just doesn’t make sense. His salary (5mil, 6.6 cap, 4.8 dead), despite him being a little overpaid, isn’t terrible at all. His base next year is 10mil, 11.6 in total cap, 3.2 in dead money. If he’s cut or restructured, it’s after the season. My guess at what the FO would do is add a lower level FA and draft an OLB.

      • GEAGLE

        Thanks….I assume this will be his last year here, but who knows maybe he has more left in the tank then we think and has a good year two In the scheme…I don’t know that I see us carrying 5OLBs next year, so I’m not really seeing how they could add a low level FA unless they plan on getting rid of BG…We carried 3olbs and a Casey Mathews last year, so I don’t know if we will carry and extra linebacker and a half (Casey only count has half an OLB) next year…

        .IF BG and Cole stay, then I think we will skip the OLB FA market, which kinda sucks so I hope I’m wrong. But an OLB will certainly be drafted…
        ..Cole may not make too much. But you are investing a lot of money in the position with Barwin. Cole and Graham’s first round money..I don’t know that we are getting our money’s worth in terms of pass rush..Hopefully BG and Cole turn in up a notch next year

        • NickS1

          Dude, you can’t insult RColton’s boy, Casey Matthews, like that! …. I forgot about BG in the equation, so, you’re right there, probably just an OLB drafted.

          • GEAGLE

            Me and Colt traded whipping boys for the day..he let me borrow ugly ducking Mathews and I let my “gimp” aka the blogger formerly known as Dutch, out of my basemen for the day…and if we trade BG, or we are ok with signing an OLB anyway, it would be Everson Griffin unless they wanted to go all out for MJ

  • GEAGLE

    Chris Stueber actually provides decent local draft coverage.. He is one of the few who has a clue about what he is talking about,,,Shede Hagemen definitely fits the Bill as a potential eagles draft target:
    1) Super athlete
    2) Scheme/positional versatility
    3) If his Charecter/intelligence is up to par, then he very well could be someone we draft…Some question sheeds motor, but we have literally heard that about a zillion prospects in the past

    • CJ

      I’ve had my eye on him but he’s all over the place in mocks. Wouldn’t mind him in the 2nd, but I’ve seen some put him in the 1st and that’s a little high for me. Man in this draft I really wish we had like 5 2nd rounders lol.

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah Right now I wouldn’t want him at 22, but if we were to trade down to the beginning of round 2, I’d probably have him high on you list..like haha Dix and Louis Nix, I think those dudes belong in the 35-45 range. I don’t see them as the top 20 players most people view them as, but what do I know?
        ..
        I will say Sheed is a candidate for someone who could have a monster showing at the combine, making his stock soar to 15-25 range

    • NickS1

      I wouldn’t mind this pick. Would sure up an already pretty solid d-line. 10-20lbs and this kid is monster at NT.

    • Tom W

      Athletically he is a freak and his measurables are ridiculous. However, his production is lacking and his tape isn’t that great at times … disappears for long stretches. Alot scouts say he is ideally a 3-4 end but sounds like he wants to play 3tech or nose. Watched his Michigan game

      Not just the lack of motor or hustle, just looks like he gets winded easy and can’t battle play after play. double teams wear him down but atleast he draws constant double teams. Didn’t impress in couple games I watched. Maybe someone can light a fire under his ass.

      In depth scouting profile by charles davis … concludes he looks like a boom or bust guy w second rd value who will be drafted much higher based on his combine and athletic upside.

      http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000304465/article/film-room-dt-rashede-hageman-is-a-boomorbust-prospect

  • anon

    Going to throw out Earl Mitchell’s name just b/c he’s another guy that the Texans are letting go. He’s basically Benny Logan in terms of measurables with more experience, played all over the line, including back up NT — age 26.

    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/members/ratings/pyrnotes.php?pyid=65931

    Anyone with more in depth knowledge?

    • GEAGLE

      Comes from the Texans who run a single gap scheme. only 6’3 like 305lbs, no idea how long his arms are. He probably appeals more to 4-3 teams, but I have seen him called one of the sleepers in this FA market. Don’t know if he ever two gapped in college, and his arms will have to be longer than average if we are going to sign him to help Logan at NT.. No idea what his price tag will look like. I dunno, I would think that if we add a 26yr old he would have experience two gaping but who knows…no idea what type of contract he will command. Reminds me of this years RGF, rotation guy who might project as a starter and get paid as one

    • GEAGLE

      You wanna know the DL we sign in FA? His name is Alex Carrington and he plays for the bills..tKe that to the bank GEAGLE certified

  • Mugshot Magoo

    I guess this means Colt Lyerla has no shot ?

  • Myke Lowery

    Just saw a article that said the five highest wonderlic scores were QB Fitzpatrick, TE Ben Watson, WR Kevin Curtis, Mike MAMULA, and some punter. Not sure what that means if anything.just thought it was interesting.

    • anon

      Yeah I saw the list too and wasn’t super impressed with the names i saw on there…

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      I don’t think Chip’s looking for the greatest scores as much as avoiding those guys who get single digit scores (aka, the bottom of the barrel). Worst 5 I found were Darren Davis, Morris Claiborne (may be why he sucks, LOL dallas), Edward Prather, Frank Gore, and Oscar Davenport.
      Let DAL and WAS draft the dummies

      • sprawl

        This is exactly right.

        Being at the top of the list doesn’t guarantee you don’t get rattled and make dumb decisions but if you’re at the bottom of the list there’s no way you get rattled and then start making SMART decisions.

    • reb

      That’s some real déjà vu! Mamula?! Obviously the wonderlic doesn’t test for good judgment, playing ability or behavior at local bars.

  • NickS1

    I said it earlier in the offseason, but I really I wouldn’t mind the addition of Ginn, and I like it even more if Cooper or Maclin were to not return. He’s an upgrade over Brad Smith to say the least, and in certain packages could sub for Cooper. I think Chip would have a field day with the speed lineup of D-Jax, Mac, Ginn, and Shady, with Ertz/Celek in there, as well. This certainly doesn’t solve everything and I’d want to still add a WR, preferably two, through the draft, but I think Chip and Howie at least have to take a look at Ginn.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      I like Ginn as well. Don’t think he’d be too expensive, and I’d say right away he’s better than DJ2, Maehl, Benn, Avant, and Brad Smith. Maybe end up as the 4th or 5th, plus RS duties, like Smith this year.

  • Adam

    So I guess that means we won’t be resigning Rod “He Hate Me” Smart this off-season?Bummer.

  • Richard Colton

    For those of you who don’t read Josh Norris – he’s worth a look. JR turned me on to him a while back. Not a Philly guy – he scouted for the Rams. Here’s his latest mock draft – it’s not the same old “Eagles address secondary needs here” nonsense.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/46266/344/norris-mock-draft-feb-17

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      Interesting article. I’d take Barr in a heartbeat, but don’t know about trading up 10 spots (I imagine that costs the 2nd and maybe a 4th? 3rd??) Also, doubt NYG would trade with us

      • Richard Colton

        Well – no idea what the price would be. If we’re just using “the chart” it would take our 1st and 2nd. Too high a price to pay for Barr? Maybe. But he seems to fit the mold. If the Eagles think he’s a star in the making, I’d think about it.

        As far as trading within the division? We’ve traded high pics with Dallas and Redskins in the last few years. Why not NYG for the sweep?

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          I divisional rival thing is important, but Jersey-B really needs to nail that pick. They are aging fast, and that OL has to improve (I do credit Norris with mocking them Lewan after the trade).
          Also, from my standpoint, I’m just not trying to trade up in this draft. I’m high on Barr (smoked some just this morning), but no so much to cost the 1st and 2nd at least. Just my take.
          You and JR were right, though, much better read than Kiper et al

          • GEAGLE

            This draft is too deep to be giving up picks even for a stud like my beloved Barr. Probably won’t be happy paying the price to get all the way up to 12..but if he gets to 19, I’d probably make that trade with Miami to not risk Green Bay stealing him. They will be desperate to upgrade their defensive speed and athleticism. Can’t think who is running the cardinals defense these days? If they play a similar scheme to what Billy Davis and Horton used to run in Arizona, they could also want Barr…

      • UKEagle99

        I think NYG would make that trade in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t be willing to give up the picks after seeing how well our coaches did with the mid round talent last year.

      • GEAGLE

        I may be wrong, but I thought the dolphins only gave up a 2nd to go from 12 to 3 to steal Dion…. But even giving up just a 2nd is steep in this draft..If our front office really does know how to draft now then using our first two picks to get Barr is foolish! and he is probably my favorite prospect in this entire draft….I would Love Barr, but would I love him more then having say KB or Mike Evans AND Marcus Smith. Maybe KVN?
        ..
        Curious to hear what people say about Ebron? Can’t think of who said this, but Rotoworld reported it yesterday, that their were concerns if Ebron was tough enough to make catches in the middle of an NFL field? Citing the speed and the hands are amazing but had serious questions about if he was tough enough to make catches across the middle and run Seam routes? I know what kind of athlete he is, I seen the highlights but I haven’t watched him close enough yet to have an opinion on it

    • UKEagle99

      Interesting but I think the price is too steep to move from 22 to 12. According to the value chart that’s swapping 1sts and us giving them our 2nd & 4th. I guess it comes down to who they had on the board in those rounds and is it a price worth paying…

    • JofreyRice

      Yeah, he’s always worth checking out. Really thinks things through, even if he’s not always right. I love this mock. I think somewhere in that article he addresses the idea that division rivals have traded with each other–it would probably come down to NY’s opinion on Barr. If they think of him as highly as I do, I don’t guess they’d do it, but if they think he’s just a raw former running back, they might.

    • Tom W

      yea we threw the idea around before in january about trading up w the titans to 11 to get Barr (or Mack at the time). Really doubt we would make a deal w the Giants who themselves need a otackle or any lb bad. Titans at 11 makes more sense. Cost is a 1 and 3 and 2 next year. seems like too much in this draft w guys like ford, attaboy, marcus smith, van noy, christian jones floating around later and stud wrs.

      But since Barr is dropping in mocks lately once the scouts are looking at this tape he may fall outta the top 15 or 20 … doubt he gets past the pack or cowboys to us … but more he falls the better and makes the cost less.

    • Tom W

      Norris is legit. Jeremiah and Caplan and mayock are my other player eval guys. They don’t also so great mocks but they understand what nfl wants and doesn’t want.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Sports Illustrated just ran an article about Myron Rolle, who accepted a Rhodes Scholarship and was downgraded by NFL front offices as a result. Too bad Rolle missed a chance to play for CK.

  • GEAGLE

    FINALLY!!! It’s combine week!!! Which mean not only will we get to see these athletes in action, but we finally will get all types of juicy NFL news this week. Agents and Teams get to talk, we probably will see a contract extension for Kelce, start seeing some movement on the Maclim and Cooper contracts…Who knows, maybe talk a few trades…if I’m not mistaken, I think you can start Tagging players today,,,

    Even if you aren’t a draft junkie and don’t get into the combine, you still finally get a week of some NFL news and rumors…yay!!!

    • cliff henny

      been some rough couple weeks. hopefully hinkie can unload ET and Hawes, too

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah I was just thinking that. NFL news and Hinkie unveiling his awesomeness to the world in the same week? Finally some good sports news!!! Instead of watching Ruin Tomorrow Junior at his AJ Burnett press conference..

        Sixers will announce ATleast two aquired 2014 first round picks (I keep telling myself this. Positive reinforcement)…

        Btw, McDermott abused nova

        • cliff henny

          16m doesnt matter much to Phils. they just need to stay below 189m mark, think at 181m now. got a solid 3rd in rotation, he’ll eat innings, moves couple guys back into bullpen…i actually like the signing. with the new tv contract, money means nothing to phils, they’ll hover right below luxury tax. Howard and J-Roll have to off books soon enough.
          .
          shoot, i’ll take 2015 picks. get wiggins with 2nd, package 11th and young to move up to 7th for Vonleh. Sixers are probably making playoffs in ’15 since East stinks and losing ’15s pick (rot in hell collins…that moultrie trade gets worse and worse)

          • GEAGLE

            I actually don’t hate the AJ deal..I hate that Rueben was able to kind of save face by pulling it off,,,without it he was looking like a serious joke, which gives me great pleasure…dude, I’ll take ANYTHING for Hawes and ET..they could be 2016 picks for all I care. As long as we don’t take back players that help us win games now then I’ll be happy. Neither will be re signed, trading them gets us more ping pong balls…so I’d trade them for 2nd round picks if it came down to it…I just get the impression that Hinkie is awesome and he will surprise us with the compensation. There are plenty of sucker Billy King GMs out there for our silent assassin to pray on..,.and as a back up, we can always take advantage of Jordan’s compulsive impatience and fleece the bobcats… Can’t wait to see what Hinkie is able to pull off..ET and Hawes are gone..Thad is the question. Hope the Spurs or Thunder come rescue Thad, he deserves better then this..he played the good soldier long enough..but we won’t give him away. The value has to be right

          • cliff henny

            hinkie isnt taking anything back but bad contracts he can buyout asap and picks. how many 2nds do they have, 3? hopefully Thad can get tossed into a 3-way, cause you’re right, he needs to get out.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah I doubt he even wants young players back..3 or 4 second round picks..we have ATleast 3 I know that

          • cliff henny

            too bad it’s not like nfl where 2 2nds gets them back into mid 1st. bet hinkie takes 18 yr old foreign players and stashes them again

          • GEAGLE

            He definitely will,,,.but we pick top 5 of round 2, and with that pick I’m expecting a quality American who fell out of round 1 like Mitch McGary, Caleb Tercewski! possibly Dekker, maybe glen Robinson falls. But the other second rounders should def be foreigners
            ..
            Cool story about the sixers signing the high school senior with Down Syndrom from Bensalem who they let play at the end of a game on senior night and hit like four 3s…classy move

          • cliff henny

            reading libertyballers, has trade deadline article. some interesting rumors. suns might want thad, of course everyone wants to fleese jordan, miami and turner-almost have to be 3-way, hawes is okc of course. you know hinkie isnt doing any of these, excpt turner to bobcats, that’s a lock.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol…yes sir Hinkie is a silent assassin,.real trades won’t ever be leaked..but Charlotte is dysfunctional so they could def be the exception lol…if we traded with them, I would want them to include Jeff Taylor. I’m pretty sure he is injured for the entire year but if he isn’t. Hold him out lol…I really want that kid on our wing off the bench for MCW to kick it out to

          • cliff henny

            i want mkg, w/ wiggins vonleh mcw and noel. starting 5 would be 32 feet tall, maybe weight 1150 lbs with 40+ feet worth of wingspan. bunch of pterodactyls out there.

          • cliff henny

            SA Spurs sniffing around Young. diaw contracts plus some combo of green leonard and late 1st.

            .

            http://www.nj.com/sixers/index.ssf/2014/02/nba_trade_rumors_san_antonio_g.html

          • GEAGLE

            I saw that, but Elliot SHar Parker is a blowhard..I don’t believe a word that idiot says??he is probably still reporting on the eagles practice play list….and I damn sure don’t believe that they would give us Kawhi. Why would they ever trade him?

            maybe I can see them trading Green for Thad, but not Kawhi…I’d gladly take either player as long as a first round pick in any year is attached to it

          • cliff henny

            i’d almost take anything that included a 1st. sixers will have early 2nd, could combo those and move up some. know the wisdom of holding onto thad is combo’g it with peli’s pick and moving up, but how far is that really going to get them. NO looks locked in that 10-12 range, cant see thad getting them much higher 7-8, and still havent adressed if team would be willing to do that trade.
            .
            kawhi doesnt make much sense, cause he’d require sixers sending pick. diaw green and 1st makes some sense. someone will pony up for Hawes…7ftr how can shoot get snatched up. then turner can be moved to take back expiring or bad contracts, that’s worth 1st. almost need to keep young or sixers will lose by 80 every game

        • Tom W

          Ruin tomorrow may be the greatest nickname of all time.

          • GEAGLE

            It’s really is amazing…wonder who actually came up with it. Dude deserves credit

          • cliff henny

            my all-time favorite is andrew ‘the Boston Strangler’ Toney, close 2nd is izell ‘toast’ jenkins. the guy answered to Toast in the streets, only in Philly would fans call a guy toast to his face. ruin tomorrow is like self-tacklin, needs to have legs for 10-15 yrs, but high up on originality

    • Tom W

      U see that young olb jimmy bama was talking about from the cards who is a ufa. Nother possible hole filler if we moving on from graham come June 1st

      • GEAGLE

        No..dunno who you talking about,

  • cliff henny

    when discussing wonderlic scores and Eagles, always reminds me that Dawkins scored a 12. like idea of big athletic players with teachable brains, but sometimes tremendous athletes arent in nice neat packages. ray lewis scored a 13.

    • GEAGLE

      I don’t even understand why they still have that dumb test..I find it completely worthless..Intelligence, FBI. Charecter MATTERS, that test doesn’t!

      • cliff henny

        Ha, then you cant work for me and drink beer, cause i give it out. think it works for sales, alot of reasoning questions, moving on not obsessing over one topic (be surprised how many 4.0 finance majors get under 20 cause they wont skip over or except they cant figure something out and 2.0 marketing major get 30’s just by skipping over to layups). it does show some, not all of a personality.

        • GEAGLE

          Cliff…I’d walk to petey pabloville Carolina, to your house at 6969 Kenny Powers Lane to spend the next 30years working for a company that let’s me drink, watch football and talk shit about the cowboys on the job….there may be merits to your test in your field…I don’t see how it’s relevant to our OLB foaming at the mouth to rip Romos head off?

          • cliff henny

            and indoor putting course. gotta have something to gamble on during slow periods. used to have wii hooked up, but after i mastered mario cart got bored and annoyed with guys playing while i was on phone in my office. tight ship here.

          • NickS1

            Please tell me you have a name plate that says, “Cliff Henny – MFCEO”

          • GEAGLE

            Lol…can you talk to my boss and share some of your philoshies with him?

        • NickS1

          I got a 26 or a 28 the one time I took it about 5 years ago and I only got through 33 questions. Had never heard of one when I took it so I’d love to retake it knowing what it’s geared for.

  • Kev_H

    Publicizing that approach sure would improve the lives and outlooks of many college players. Kelly is absolutely right. I’ve worked academically in colleges and with college athletes for years and the ones that come through and win championships are usually great students. The ones who are one disappointment after another on the field, are bad students. With some exceptions, the people who are the best of the best at anything, generally have it together in all areas of their lives. Yet I see college hopefuls sometimes going through the motions academically. People who claim they are all about their sport. But to stay in the sport (move to the next level as an athletes or work at any level as a coach) they need to be on top of their academic life as well.