Wake-Up Call: Different Priorities Under Chip

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

Earlier this week, a reporter asked Chip Kelly if he thought anyone could be plugged into his system and catch 50 balls.

“No,” Kelly joked. “You couldn’t.”


It was a light moment during an otherwise tension-filled session about DeSean Jackson's release. But it also leads to another discussion about the way the Eagles plan on allocating their resources under Kelly.

Howie Roseman has said the organization projects specific amounts of money it would like to spend at each position. These are guidelines only, as there are always exceptions. But the guidelines are different under Kelly than they were under the previous regime.

"You’re talking about different systems so your priorities are gonna change with that," Roseman said. "And I think that over time, that also changes based on what you have, based on the young players on your team, based on the players that you project that you want to have around for a long time.

"I think one of the things that has stuck with me is that the names on the back of the jerseys should mean as much as the names on the front. And to do that, you have to build a core. You have to have some continuity. And at the same time, because of the way the salary cap is you can’t keep everyone. So you have to make decisions, and some of those are tough ones."

This is only the second offseason under Kelly's direction, but the draft could provide some insight into how the resource allocation is different. Offensively, I would argue that the head coach believes in investing in the offensive line and running back. According to OverTheCap.com, the Eagles are second in the league on spending at RB and third on offensive line. That makes sense, given that Kelly's preference is to spread it out and run the football.

But what are the ares where the Eagles might try to do more with less? Given the decision to release Jackson and the success Riley Cooper had last year, you'd have to argue that wide receiver is one of them. The other intriguing one is quarterback. The offense moved the football with Michael Vick last year, but went to another level with Nick Foles. After next season, we'll find out if the Eagles are willing to pay up for Foles (assuming reasonable success in 2014) or whether they decide they can make do with someone less expensive.

Defensively, priorities are even more difficult to sort out. The sense I get is that the Eagles feel the scheme works without investing serious dollars at cornerback.

The outside linebackers are always going to be important in a 3-4. But the spot I'm most fascinated by is inside linebacker. The coaching staff seems to really value the intangibles associated with this spot. They love the way DeMeco Ryans leads and gets everyone set up before the snap. Ryans has his strengths - primarily defending the run - but had some issues last year on passing downs.

One of the first-round names to keep an eye on is Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley. By all accounts, he has the intangibles the Eagles value, and he projects as a valuable three-down player. If Mosley somehow slips to No. 22, will the Birds pounce?

Come draft time, one way or another, we'll learn more about the way they plan to allocate resources under Kelly.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Tuesday's close-up was on Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard.

One analyst thinks replacing Jackson could be pretty simple with the Eagles' first-round pick. Here's what they're saying.

The Eagles say they were doing Jackson a favor with the timing of their release - 35 minutes after the NJ.com gang-affiliation story. I'm finding that hard to believe.

Mychal Kendricks, a cast and meditating on an old Indian reservation. T-Mac explains like only he can.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Mike Mayock talks to Paul Domowitch about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a Canadian offensive lineman the Eagles have shown interest in:

"This guy is intriguing. When he first got to college, he was a 250-pound three-technique [defensive tackle]. He's naturally grown into a longer, bigger body. He has athletic ability. He's intelligent. He went to the East-West game. Once he got himself acclimated there, his last couple of days of practice were pretty good. I think he's a right tackle, or somebody might kick him inside. But the athletic ability is what's intriguing to me. I think somebody will take him in the fifth round. He's a raw developmental guy that I think has starting traits."

Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz offers his take on the Johnny Manziel rumor/non-rumor:

Chip Kelly recruited Johnny Manziel to come to Oregon. Chip absolutely loved him and thought Manziel would be perfect for the Oregon offense. Someone asked Chip about Manziel on Monday and he joked that Johnny broke his heart by not coming to Oregon. There is now a very distinct possibility that Manziel will be on the board at pick 22. Would the Eagles take him? Is Manziel still a player that Kelly covets?

My take…no. The Eagles don’t want him. I think they are spreading the rumor that they like him so teams in the late 1st round and early 2nd round will have to consider trading up if they want Manziel.

COMING UP

Eight days away from the draft. Take a deep breath. We're almost there.

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  • NickS1

    Please, no Canadian linemen. It’s just too soon.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Why not eh
      Are there any in the draft this year? Possibly one that used to be a lumberjack or something

      • Joe from Easton

        I’d take a lumberjack over Clowney all day. Fear the beard!

        • paul from nc

          Yeah, I don’t think Clowney is going to be worth a top5 pick. Too many issues.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            Somebody said the same thing about Warren Sapp back in the day. How’d that turn out for the Birds?

      • borntosuffer

        As long as there are no “Volunteer Lumberjack” stations within commuting distance.

        • Johnny Domino

          But if somebody needs a tree downed on-field during training camp, you’d have your guy.

          • borntosuffer

            Good point. And we all know Chip values versatility.

      • Max Lightfoot
        • G_WallyHunter

          HAHA that was a good laugh

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Lol… At least we’re not talking about a 25yr old fireman with the first pick. 4th-5th rd for a RT/G that has traits similar to Jon Runyan though?? I’d be inclined to take a look.

    • morganc

      Oh ya, I almost forgot about Watkins. As a Canadian, I can tell you, this guy is a different animal. 6’5″ and 321 pounds. He’s not 26 years old either. Also, we wouldn’t be spending a first or second round pick on him. I am very confident, in 5 years time, this guy will be a pro bowl caliber player. He’s the type of player that would wind up in NE and become a stalwart. We should nab him.

      • JosephR2225

        But the whole premise of this article is that Chip values intangibles. I don’t think they should draft anybody who can’t tell the difference between ham and bacon. That’s a pretty important intangible in my book.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          All depends on how you slice it I guess. ;-)

          • Joe from Easton

            I see what you did there..

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Was fresh in my mind. We do breakfast for dinner a few times a month and happened to be last night.

  • Malcolm Jones

    If we are talking money allocation, wide receiver will not be the pick. I expect the trenches to be the pick whether oline or dline …..take OG/DT/NT/DE.

  • greensoul

    Good points, Sheil. It seems Chip puts a premium on the intangibles. His comments about Bennie Logan interviewing well and their signing of the safety from NO all point to guys who are smart and leaders. I like it. He’s building a team, not a group of stars.

    • Ark87

      The general consensus is that he put heavy emphasis on that early in his tenure to get a core of leaders. That could end up being an ongoing theme, but I still think he emphasizes the measurables (especially the non-kinetic measurables) more than most coaches for the average foot soldier. If an average coach valued say- Measurables:Tape:Intangibles-30:60:10, I would say chip is 40:45:15. I don’t think he cares about what you looked like in other people’s systems against college opponents as much as others.

      • Joe from Easton

        There is some other coach in the NFL that seems to draft guys that didn’t “look” great in college and yet they perform in his system year in and year out… what the heck is his name… uhhh starts with a “B” I think… damn it, just not coming to me..

        • G_WallyHunter

          Brad Childress?

          • Joe from Easton

            You got it Wally!

        • Ark87

          No criticism here, just speculation on the few observations I can make. I could be totally off-base, lol.

          • Joe from Easton

            I hope your not off base. Chip believes in his system and believes he knows the type of athletes he needs to perform in it. He’s knows that what players do against other college players doesn’t translate to the NFL just as a dominant high-school athlete rarely dominates the collegiate ranks. He sees what he likes and thinks he can coach them up.

        • Amar

          If you mean Belichik, I disagree. He values “Tape” a lot…only if it has the opponents defensive signals and without his knowledge ;)

  • G_WallyHunter

    “But what are the ares” 5th paragraph from the bottom

    • Johnny Domino

      “But what arrghh the arrghhs”
      No more Captain Morgan in my morning coffee.

      • G_WallyHunter

        I caught myself reading it like 4 times trying to make sense of it, was too early

    • Joe from Easton

      Caught that as well.

    • MJFlint

      I believe he meant “areas,” but not positive

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ya I know what he meant, was just pointing out

  • Scott J

    I thinks it’s too early to know exactly which positions Kelly favors. We’ll find out over the next few years. Reid inherited some great defensive players, but as they left, we came to learn he never valued safeties and linebackers. And of course we know how much Reid likes those high-motor pass rushers and O-linemen. Kelly inherited a lousy defense, so some of our players are stop-gap guys that probably won’t be on the team next year, like Fletcher. Fletcher’s contract is up next year, so the Eagles will most likely be drafting his replacement, so we’ll see how much Kelly values corners. Same can be said for Ryans and Cole.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Don’t forget about Carroll. They went and signed him even though they had those two guys in place and he’s supposed to be a Fletcher type CB. He’s also relatively young. I think that was a good insurance policy or a possible starting replacement in the making.

      I think we’ll start to really get a better picture after this draft. We’d then have 2 FA periods & 2 drafts with which to assimilate our information against.

      • Ian Farley

        I think they feel corner and to an extent safety are filled positions. 4 corners with starter ability and 3 safeties who have started games is a full boat. obviously they are not the most talented guys at their spots but they all have their strengths. I cannot see them spending high on secondary in the draft unless it is a Clinton Dix, Pryor or Gilbert type player. They would be outstanding value at 22.

        • paul from nc

          You may be right, but I hope you’re not.
          If we don’t upgrade the Safety’s and CB’s we are in for a long year.

          • Ian Farley

            could be. but a pass rush can make corners look very good. do you really think ike taylor and bradley fletcher are all that different?

  • bill

    I think they’re definitely allocating a “low” amount for QB year-in/year-out in their plan. Of course, “low” for a starting QB on a scoring offense probably means somewhere around 10M, but I doubt that they’re going to pay Foles more than that no matter how effective he is; I think Chip definitely feels he can find good enough to get by at the position. It’s even possible Foles will be happy to be “underpaid” for his performance, if he’s as level headed as he seems and understands that a fair amount of his success is system based.
    One thing for sure, I think the off seasons are going to exciting going forward – DJax won’t be the last high-performing player who gets cut or signed away for apparently reasonable numbers.

  • Glenn

    It is still too early to determine where they value positions. I think the Eagles relatively high expenditure at RB is more to do with McCoy being one of the best RB in football, with recent renegotiation, rather than the Eagles viewing RB as a premium position. I believe that DeMeco Ryans days of being overpaid are numbered. I also believe they didn’t believe DeSean Jackson’s skill set, attitude, and work habits warranted his scheduled salary.

    • JofreyRice

      ah, I dunno. I agree with Sheil. They selected a tackle #4 overall. They prioritized extending Kelce to a nice deal for a center, and locked Peters up for another 2 years. They traded for Sproles and apparently inquired about Spiller.

      Whether or not it ends up being precisely accurate, I think saying they value OL and RB is a fair and logical assumption. I think Kelly wants a fast paced “spread to run” attack, with a ton of packaged plays to exploit gassed and confused defenses. If you don’t want to be gassed yourself, you need pretty special athletes at OL. Finding huge, athletic guys is tough, outside of paying a premium for them in the draft or FA.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        This is why Tre Mason makes absolute sense. In 2-3yrs when Shady starts showing signs of regressing, you then promote Mason who’s been waiting in the wings. I just don’t have faith in Bryce to be consistent enough to be a feature back.

        • paul from nc

          I think Polk has a better chance of taking over than Brown does.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Yeah but with his shoulders, I don’t think he could carry the main load.

            I just don’t want a RB that’s a pass catcher first and marginal/avg runner. That won’t work in NFL, especially if you want the run to be effective.

          • peteike

            Bryce is still fine for this team, Im not giving up on the guy that easy. I do think Polk surpassed him but now were talking about the #2 and 3 backs, you wont dress more than 3 anyway with the TEs probably carrying 4 right?

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Thinking ahead brother. If we’re a run first team, we need to be conscious of what we have and for how long. Mason just fits perfectly and If rather be well prepared if Shady goes down or drops off in production.

          • peteike

            No, too soon and too many other holes imo

          • Jerry Pomroy

            BPA landed us Ertz, even though we really didn’t “need” him. Mason will most likely be a 3rd rounder and my hope is that we’d either addressed some holes or acquired more picks so that we’ve got leeway to not be hard pressed on filling positions rather than finding talented players.

          • peteike

            cant disagree with that and this is all fun anyway trying to guess how CK and FO will think going into draft.

      • Glenn

        I agree they value OL. And they should!

      • Richard Colton

        OK – just to play devil’s advocate here. We were one Dolphins trade away from not taking a lineman at #4. Then Chip went the rest of the draft without taking a single O-lineman. You could also argue that Peters represents such a + at his position that they had to lock him up.

        Overall though, I’m hoping that they view O-line as a priority, and that it’s addressed early on May 8th or 9th.

        • JofreyRice

          Could be. I’m also folding in some of the Oregon experience, and what Kelly has said about OL, in the past.

        • Maggie

          Not first round, though. Pass rush.

      • paul from nc

        Agree about the OL. It appears Kelly, rightly, views it as the key to his offense.

    • borntosuffer

      I think you are spot on with McCoy and DeSean and it being too early to determine how they Eagles value positions. I have heard a lot of chatter that Cooper is overpaid for what he is. If Megatron became available, I think they’d be interested at a high salary even though he is a receiver. The Eagles stated that they would pay for special talent that fits the scheme and described why they didn’t go after the top tier Safeties in free agency. If a Brian Dawkins2 became available, I think they’d be interested in that as well. McCoy is special. What would be interesting is how much the Eagles are spending based on positions relative to other teams and how the allocation has changed since Chip started.

  • JofreyRice

    Imagine they come out of the first two rounds with Bitonio or S’ua Filo and a really good spread-to-run running back, like Tre Mason, along with acquiring a bunch of extra middle round picks? I could live with that.

    • NCBiRDMann22

      That’s an absolute waste and addresses not one of our current needs.

      • JofreyRice

        The needs that you’ve defined–Sammy Watkins, right?

        The guards are really old and Herremans was awful in pass pro. For me, that translates to a need. Now, Mason, we’d all have to try and think creatively, but the exercise here is trying to project yourself into Kelly’s mindset. Maybe he feels like he needs a “1A” back for Shady, or has a million things he could do with another really good running back in the fold. I’ve been critical of some of the decisions this offseason, but as far as the offense, if I’m watching him go grocery shopping, I’m assuming the meal’s going to be good.

        • NCBiRDMann22

          Hmmm…interesting that you forgot Mathis was selected to the pro bowl and Herremans was coming off a bummed ankle I believe. Also you have some amnesia when it comes to our RB’s…Polk, Brown, Sproles,…how many “groceries” of the same family do you need? What is wrong with getting some real needs like a WR and a Frigging FS or maybe an actual rushing outside linebacker… instead of having us watch Nate Allen and Trent Cole struggle in certain situations. Maybe we can plug some of your extra picks of OLmen into our D that needs crazy help.

          • JofreyRice

            Mathis was great, but he’s old. There’s really no way around that. Maybe Herremans comes back into form, but I don’t know. Isn’t he like 31 or 32, as well?

            I’d be great if they could get an OLB or a really good safety (although, I think they missed a huge opportunity in free agency to add a top safety).

            I really don’t think Sproles is going to be a typical running back in this system. I think he’s going to make his mark catching passes. Bryce Brown disappointed last year. Ran sideways way too often, and seemed to have a tough time keeping his balance. Polk is nice, but he’s nothing like Tre Mason as a “1A” back, the way I described above. We’re spitballing here, trying to think outside the box about the way Chip could view things.

          • anon

            sort of surprised they didn’t try to move BB or CP during the offseason — maybe draft-day trades will happen.

          • Ian Farley

            i have to agree with rice here. value is the name of the game in the draft. what you see as need doesn’t mean squat in terms of what they will draft. obvious hole at WR might not be so obvious to kelly, who may see maclin as a drop in at WR.

            keep in mind kelly ran the ball ALOT at oregon, its a zone running scheme he uses. adding a agile run blocker at RG and another game breaking RB would give philly a great ground attack.

            The draft could very well shake out that the eagles get great value at each round 1,2,3 at positions of need (S,OLB,WR) but it could very well be that they are in spots where the player available is better suited to go 15-20 picks later. and higher rated players at positions like DE, NT, ILB, G, or TE could be sitting there. it would be a disservice to the team not to take one.

            for a team that everyone said was starved of talent this time last year, i doubt they suddenly only need to worry about a few positions come 1 season later……. right?

          • NCBiRDMann22

            1LeSean McCoy, RBPHI3141,6075.15799100.41792Matt Forte, RBCHI2891,3394.6559983.72743Jamaal Charles, RBKC2591,2875.04661285.84724Alfred Morris, RBWSH2761,2754.64510779.75575Adrian Peterson, RBMIN2791,2664.57881090.43596Marshawn Lynch, RBSEA3011,2574.24361278.63687Ryan Mathews, RBSD2851,2554.4517678.42548Eddie Lacy, RBGB2841,1784.16031178.51619Frank Gore, RBSF2761,1284.1519970.535510DeMarco Murray, RBDAL2171,1215.2438980.1259

          • Richard Colton

            how did you manage to get their IP addresses?

          • NCBiRDMann22

            haha i tried to copy and paste off of ESPN site and it was fine until it posted. tried to delete the post but was unable to.

          • Richard Colton

            I think we’re very lucky to be watching McCoy in the prime of his career.

          • Ian Farley

            i have no idea what this is?

          • paul from nc

            What the hell is that?

          • paul from nc

            If the highest rated players at our pick are some of the ones you mentioned, DE NT,G, I’m elated. I see them as need positions.

          • peteike

            Im with Birdman here but mostly about the RB, seriously just no need to even touch a RB, even late in the draft. You can never have enough good linemen and if one is at the top of the board, that I would understand. RB not so much.

          • myeaglescantwin

            i still wouldn’t put WR as a top round need in this draft. Chip’s ideal size of WR can be found up and down this draft.

            defense is undoubtedly a priority. Top to bottom.

        • Maggie

          Running backs don’t run without linemen. Tre Mason is tiny. First round should be a pass rusher. Then maybe a tackle/guard in 2nd or 3rd. Along with a WR.

      • JosephR2225

        OL is definitely a need for the Eagles. You don’t want to count on three starters over 30 staying completely healthy or sticking around long term.

        • myeaglescantwin

          smoothies bro!

          stem cell smoothies!

          • Maggie

            Ah. An O-line created from the belly buttons of teeny little babies. Lol.

      • Richard Colton

        you’re setting yourself up for disappointment on draft weekend if you think they’re locked into S/OLB/WR in round 1,2,3.

        • myeaglescantwin

          fan needs don’t necessitate team needs. Even if we feel it’s glaring..

          i wouldn’t be surprised if they did trade back, maybe even a few times and come out of this draft with 10-12 players.
          I trust Chip’s files on all the players he recruited for the past 10 years. I’m actually pumped to see what UDFA’s we pick up too.

          #whatanerd

          • Maggie

            Just curious. Trade back with whom?

          • myeaglescantwin

            how am i supposed to make a call on that?
            There are always players that slip or teams that make jumps for dumb reasons, like the broncos & Tebow and browns both did for weeden.

          • myeaglescantwin

            How am i supposed to make a good call on that?
            there are always players that slip, or teams that make dumb jumps like the broncos for Tebow or the browns for Weeden.

        • anon

          I actually think OLB will happen one way or another — there’s just not much to get excited about in this draft frankly (as far as 3-4 OLBs go).

          • Richard Colton

            I agree, but only because I think there will be guys they like. I’m confident they won’t reach. Last year they needed an OLB and drafted zero.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I effing love Tre Mason! Cut & run!

      • JofreyRice

        yep, and experience in that type of offense. I realize we have other more pressing “needs”, but at this point, I’m so fed up with hoping they fix safety and OLB, I’m willing to just hope they can completely dominate on one side of the ball. Create unsolvable puzzles for opposing defenses. Shady and Mason would be easily the best duo in the league, and could put the rushing O in another stratosphere. Add a speedy WR to take the top off, later, like Paul Richardson or Robert Herron, a big WR or a TE (or both), and how the hell does anyone match up?

        • cliff henny

          Hang 50, you can play safety, i’ll play OLB…for free, solves cap issues too

          • Richard Colton

            post your spider chart Cliff – let’s see it.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            He’ll be riding his bike to keep up in coverage…lol.

          • cliff henny

            way these old bats drive down here, better chance staying healthy on a football field with friendly fire chung gunning for me, than riding around south Myrtle.

          • cliff henny
          • Richard Colton

            you scumbag…

          • paul from nc

            Can I be the beneficiary on your life insurance? LOL

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Cliff and I were discussing how long Shady may have before the decline about a month ago and at this pace I think we agreed that Shady’s got maybe two good years left. By then you’ll still have Mason on rookie deal and it’s not like he’s gonna cost you more than Brown or Polk for the next 4yrs, but be a substantial upgrade and most likely a 3rd rd pick.

          • anon

            Think more ime — he’s only 25 right? Plus he wasn’t used that much under Andy — maybe Andy was trying to save him up. Plus no real injury history. AP is 29 or so still running strong.

            I do agree i’d hate to putz around with personnel and waste shady’s prime. Need more highlights of him dancing through the secondary. You should have seen me during that Carolina pre-season game, and the snow-bowl. I hope he tangos when we play the Giants, i’ll miss that about Djax, he was all about taunting people.

          • cliff henny

            if I remember correctly, we meant shady as 2k elite guy, without help vs how long shady can stay elite with some help. some point, hit’s, no matter how great shady is at avoiding, will add up. then you have 2 more yrs of really good shady, but he’ll need help. chances of tre mason being as good as shady are slim, but if they bring in a solid well above average, maybe shady can stay nearer 2k guy till 29.

      • Maggie

        Remember CK’s “big people” thing? Mason looks smaller than me and I’m 5’7″.

    • cliff henny

      check out that McKinnon qb/rb out of Georgia state (I think). like tre, but 2nd rd is too rich for me.

    • borntosuffer

      Interesting take. But, it makes sense when you think about it. The guards are old and another breakaway threat at RB makes sense. If Shady gets hurt, there’s nothing close to a “plug-in” now. Try to trade Brown for a 6th/7th, keep Polk. If that’s the best value scenario for Chip, I am for it. It will certainly go a long way toward proving Sheil’s thesis if it plays out this way.

    • Richard Colton

      I’d love a scenario where they traded down in round one and still managed to land Su’a Filo. I like Joel Bitonio too – but I think #54 might be too high for him. Now, lets say the Eagles doctors have 100% cleared his knee…and Cyrus Kouandjio is sitting there at #54? That’s a scene I can see playing out.

      So it could look

      #1 – Su’a Filo, Guard
      #2 – Cyrus Kouandjio, OT
      #3 – Tre Mason, RB
      #3 – Moncreif, WR

      All offense with two lineman as the top picks? This place would erupt!

      • JofreyRice

        wow, 2 OL, with Sua F’ilo to battle Herremans for a starting spot, immediately, and Kouandjio as depth and long term OT replacement? It’s possible. I wouldn’t go crazy if they went that way. Passing on Byrd and Ware and everyone else pretty much adjusted my expectations for a focus on the D.

        They do something similar to what you suggest, and add big, versatile athletes to the defense from the back half of the draft; Dontae Johnson, Antone Exum, Howard Jones, Jordan Zumwalt, Jordan Tripp, Taylor Hart, Brent Urban. Kinda seems like the M/O.

        The depth of the draft means there will be a bunch of UDFAs that end up making rosters. I’d love for them to go after that Wisconsin NT, The Delaware NT, Kerr, UAB’s Jimmy Jean (6’3″ former B-Ball player cornerback), Tyler Starr, Lyerla (depending), Joe Don Duncan.

        • anon

          It’s funny we keep thinking the team is giving us smoke screens, but in actuality they’ve done exactly what they said in terms of who they are taking. Think fans have to adjust mindset…

      • Maggie

        The game announcers would go crazy. Especially if they somehow acquired Attaochou(?) on the D.

    • NCBiRDMann22


      Take a look at the 1:20 mark on. Just saying!

  • Jerry Pomroy
    • JofreyRice

      never studied the guy, but he’s huge. 6’6, 260 with almost 35″ arms. Guess he’d be more a long term replacement for Celek, in-line.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I never looked at him either. I just don’t have the time to study every prospect. I’ll look at a few more between now and D-day, but will focus in more once done picks have been made of guys i haven’t looked at. Was just passing it on. Looks like Tim already caught on in the most recent article posted a few hours ago. He’s stating that Ted Williams worked the kid out and spent a few hours with him afterwards.

    • anon

      Interesting it’s met and not “worked out for”. I’m fine with that — if he can catch the ball…

  • NCBiRDMann22

    http://youtu.be/qZQFoR363mw

    Would love to see the Birds take this guy late and mold him for after Meco leaves.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Um, President Jackson’s been dead and buried for quite a few years now… lol.

  • imnotsorryisaidthat

    Lets out score em..it worked at oregon

  • paul from nc

    The allocation seems to be 60% offense, 25% defense and 15% Special teams. PLus what’s left over for Lurie.
    45-40-15 might be better.

  • peteike

    anyone catch Marquise Lee on Draft Prospect show or whatever its called on ESPN. Love that guy, he plays strong, hes now on the top of my list for WR if they go that way at 22. Seems like quality character guy as well. Still want them to trade back but man, this draft cant get here fast enough. One more wkend.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I always make it a point to watch interviews and award honors for prospects to get a better feel for them. Lee is a humble kid. I watched an awards ceremony where he thanked his foster parents and you could see the genuineness in the kid’s eyes and words. I like him, I just wish he was about 2″ taller.

    • anon

      He looked small though. Maybe he’s strong but i think i could take him in a fight.

      • peteike

        I dunno I like the Boldin type fight for the ball WRs. They feel like safer picks at the next level because they arent afraid to go get it. I think hes that kind of WR.

        • jmkrav

          If you want a bolden type who can fight for contested balls, I think Allen Robinson is your guy… If the eagles traded back a few picks and got Robinson I’d be pretty happy. Maybe add another 2nd or 3rd rounder

  • paul from nc

    I’m still hoping we have something going with Miami for Jordan.
    We take whomever they want at 22, throw in Graham and make the trade after 6/1 to save them a $5mm cap hit.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I’m sure it’s still out there. Kelly said himself that the way they look at it is if they get to 22 & Dion is the BPA they’ll definitely consider it.

      • paul from nc

        I’m just hoping Miami is receptive. That would be a tremendous move for us. And you’re right, it’s looking at it as Jordan would be our 1st round pick, all we lose is a player we didn’t use much anyway

    • PJ

      why would the dolphins want a stiff like graham?

      • paul from nc

        He’s not horrible and projects better in a 4-3 than a 3-4.
        The same issue with Jordan in their defense. Plus they’d get who they wanted at our 22.

  • paul from nc

    This site has a lot more intelligent posters, and friendlier, than philly.com.
    There are some real freaks over there

    • cliff henny

      yup, good combo, some guys who really know stuff and fun/funny that get us thru day at work.

  • Kev_H

    I’m not sure you can draw conclusions regarding RB yet. The only guy they added or signed is Sproles for a 5th round pick. What exists clearly reflects Reid’s priorities but it remains to be seen if and how much that changes.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Mason, Mason, Mason! I’m leading the parade…lol.

  • PJ

    #1 priority for the birds…being 20mm under the cap for the 4th straight season

  • hokieduck

    Nick Foles is not Chip’s QB. Nor do i think Chip will take a QB with this draft. For now, he will ride Nick, who is a smart, good QB. Just not the one that Chip needs to really run his offense.

    • hokieduck

      My pick, he will take the best, most explosive WR on the board at 22. I am thinking a bigger WR but if Cooks is there, Chip might go with him.