Wake-Up Call: Mocking the Eagles’ Six Picks

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona State

Now that draft day is here, below is one man’s guess at how things could play out for the Eagles.

1 (22) – Marqise Lee, WR, USC


If you're a regular reader, you know I'm a big fan of Lee. The 6-foot, 192-pounder has the tools to be a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver in the NFL. I don't believe the Eagles go into this draft thinking they have to get a pass-catcher in the first round. But the guess here is that defensive standouts like OLB Anthony Barr, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and CB Kyle Fuller will be off the board. When the Eagles look at who's left at No. 22, Lee will be the top value, and they'll pull the trigger.

2 (54) - Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea if he'll make it this far. But ESPN.com's mock with Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay did not have Smith among the top-100 players. And Bucky Brooks of NFL.com had him lasting until the third round. I think he goes higher than they project, but there's certainly a chance Smith lasts until 54. The 6-foot-3, 251-pounder had 14.5 sacks last year and has shown on tape that he can set the edge and drop in coverage. Smith could get into the rotation right away and eventually develop into a starter.

3 (86) - Trai Turner, OL, LSU

In a Rotoworld article, Lance Zierlein named Turner one of four offensive line prospects with elite feet. The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder will be a 21-year-old rookie and showed off great athleticism at the combine. The Eagles could very well wait on offensive line depth, and you can always question the decision to invest valuable resources at guard, but Turner is a nice developmental piece with high upside.

4 (122) - Taylor Hart, DL, Oregon

I'm interested to see how long the Eagles can wait to grab Hart. Not a lot of teams play two-gap 3-4s anymore, which is why I think Hart re-uniting with Chip Kelly and defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro makes a lot of sense. The 6-foot-6, 281-pounder could step into the rotation right away and add some much-needed depth on the defensive line. Hart suffered a foot injury in January, which could affect his stock. The Eagles could wait on him until the fifth round, but the guess here is Hart's a player they'll target.

5 (162) - Dontae Johnson, S, N.C. State

This is a measurables pick. Johnson (6-2, 200) ran a 4.45 at the combine. A former teammate of Earl Wolff, he has experience playing both corner and safety. In his four-round mock for NFL.com, Brooks didn't have Johnson going off the board. But Mike Mayock has Johnson as his No. 94 overall player. I know Howie Roseman said he doesn't like the third-day talent at safety, but if Johnson falls to the fifth, he could be a nice upside pick.

7 (237) - Josh Mauro, DL, Stanford

The Eagles went for a "big person" in the seventh round last year with Joe Kruger, and they do so again here. Mauro (6-6, 280) played in the Pac-12, and his measurables fit what the Eagles want on the defensive line. He's considered a third-day pick, although Mauro might not make it this far.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Dan Baker will no longer serve as the Eagles' PA announcer, the team announced.

What are the chances of a first-round trade? T-Mac and I discuss.

Running down some inside LB targets for the Eagles.

T-Mac makes sense of the latest draft rumors.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com provides some dream draft trades. One includes the Eagles moving up to Oakland's spot for Clemson WR Sammy Watkins:

We've read about the Eagles potentially looking to move up for Odell Beckham. But perhaps Philadelphia will aim higher to round out Chip Kelly's offense. If Watkins slips to No. 5, Oakland becomes a logical team to move down. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie needs to rebuild his roster with a ton of picks, and he could acquire a franchise-altering collection by going all the way down to No. 22.

It's rare to see a team move up this far, but the Falcons pulled off a bigger move for Julio Jones. That's paid off, and Watkins is the best receiver to enter the league since Jones. If Watkins was in last year's draft, he would have easily gone No. 1.

Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz lays out his ideal scenario for the Eagles, which includes Indiana WR Cody Latimer at No. 22:

I’ve written about how Cody Latimer could be Chip Kelly’s ideal WR. While he isn’t great value at pick 22, if you move back 10 to 12 picks, Latimer would make a lot more sense. It is possible he could get taken by someone before falling that far, but I don’t think it is out of the question for him to get to the mid-30′s.

COMING UP

Hmm... if only we had something to do today. We'll have plenty of coverage leading up to tonight and then will use an open thread for discussion during the first round. Tim and I don't expect to sleep much in the next three days, so make sure Birds 24/7 is your headquarters for Eagles draft coverage.

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  • DetmerWonAHeisman

    “Mocking the Eagles Six Picks”—is what we used to do AFTER an Andy Reid/Joe Banner draft….seriously though can’t wait to finally get this thing rolling tonight. Two 6’6″ 280 lb linemen would be a nice haul, but I get the feeling they will end up with two WRs by the time they are done

    • myeaglescantwin

      thank you for that opening line.

      • Jeff Asay

        Ha. Exactly my thought upon seeing the header.

    • JAMIN67

      What are the odds KC and Big Red go OL with their first pick? LOL

      • knighn

        I was wondering if KC is going to go QB since they haven’t been able to lock up Alex Smith.

        • myeaglescantwin

          was i right or what???

          • knighn

            You called it!

      • myeaglescantwin

        na na .. never happen..

        There are about five DT’s that are all 5’11 to 6’1, and weigh in at 295 lbs.. They all have good motors so he might trade future picks to come out with at least 3 of these prototype DT’s..

        games won in the trenches yo.

      • myeaglescantwin

        guess what ANdy selected.

        a smalled DE with a great motor… dude will never learn.
        so happy that Chip is the total opposite as far as personnel values.

    • Johnny Domino

      Speaking of “mocking”, it could always be worse. You could be a Jet fan.

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rZxNeFLuY98

      • myeaglescantwin

        did they really draft a QB ahead of Marino??

        a FB in the first round?

      • Richard Colton

        “We want Sapp, We want Sapp”

        Jets select – Kyle Brady. Awesome.

        • BleedGreenJames

          One of the greatest moments in draft history

  • Tom W

    Best day of the year. Better than Christmas! Barr or trade back!

    • Richard Colton

      Tom. I noticed you left Aaron Donald off your draft board completely. You think there’s any chance that A) he falls to #22 and/or B) the Eagles think he could play 3-4 DE?

      • Tom W

        I don’t think think he gets to close 22 … won’t get past bears or cowboys if not gone in top 10. Dont think he is long enough to play 5tech or big enough for nt. guess you could force him into a cox type role and push him inside in passing nickel downs … but not his ideal position. made for 4-3 dtackle.

        • Richard Colton

          Agree. I think he’s such a gifted athlete that he’d almost have to be in the conversation should he fall. If you haven’t seen Tom’s draft chart, it’s a thing of beauty. He only has 18 first round names though – and no DE or DTs.

  • Kevin

    Guess what day it is! Sheil… Sheil… Sheil… Guess what day it is…T-Mac… T-Mac… T-Mac…. Guess what day it is… “It’s Draft Day!” Woo woo! Happier than a sports writer on draft day! Go Birds!

  • Scott J

    I would take Lee over trading down.

  • Eagles1018

    I kid you not I had a dream that we traded up to 10 with Detroit giving them 1 & 3, then we snagged Mike Evans. If it happens I need 5000 up votes for getting it right.

    • Andy124

      You’ll get 3 and you’ll like it.

      • Eagles1018

        Thank you sir, may I please have another? (Oliver Twist voice)

        • Andy124

          Based upon my latest screen refresh, apparently you can have another.

      • Hanibal Luis

        5 to 4 baby, 4 to 5. If we draft Lee baby, I might cry.

      • Chris

        Was going to upvote his post but now I can’t. Thanks andy

        • Andy124

          It’s ok, I keep editing mine to keep up with the guest votes. Damn guests.

          • knighn

            I resisted initially, but now I just upvoted him to mess with your count.

    • Amar

      After getting rid of Desean (yup, i’m not letting it go) if we trade up to get a WR, I am losing it. No more Birds24x7 for me till August.

  • NickS1

    At least we get one round out of the way tonight. What will really piss me off is if I go to my buddy’s to watch the draft and the Eagles trade out of the first round entirely.

    • knighn

      Normally, that would piss me off. This draft, I would be like, “Solid move, Howie.”
      Usually, I watch it not just for the Eagles but to watch the whole thing unfold. Who gets picked way before they should? And there is always that inevitable player (or two) who drops out of the first round… some of those guys can prove to be hilarious!

      • WorldPh_ingChamps

        Yeah…remember Brady Quinn??? or Geno Smith?? Those were GREAT TV moments!

        • knighn

          Is it so wrong that I enjoy that embarassed, fuming look that these guys get? They’re about to be millionaires. They can suffer a little bit.

          • Andy124

            Yup. You’re gonna burn. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

          • aub32

            Remember when Reuben Randle almost fell into the 3rd round? I almost felt bad for the guy. He looked so sad and lonely.

          • knighn

            Honestly: that one doesn’t stick out to me. I clearly remember Geno Smith, Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers. The only one of those that actually bothered me was Rodgers. Thought the other guys were over-rated to begin with.

    • Andy124

      I’m terrified of that since I’ll only get to watch round 1 this year. On the plus side…

      BREW FEST!!!

      • NickS1

        ah very nice. not a bad reason at all to be missing it

  • Scott J

    Look for the Niners and Jets to be spoilers. They have similar needs as us. The Jets are 4 spots ahead of us and could draft the players we covet. The Niners have the ammo to jump in front of us.

    • JAMIN67

      I can see SF moving up into the Top 15; question is…with who?

      • Hanibal Luis

        And for who?

        • myeaglescantwin

          i could see them moving to the 20′s for DT Haegman or whatever that monsters name is

        • Richard Colton

          ODB, Cooks? If Evans somehow falls to #13 – you know STL loves to trade down. Imagine Kap to Evans all year.

          • Hanibal Luis

            If the are supposedly staying with Bradford, why not go OL and receiver. I say they stay put and get Watkins and whichever OL is left. Maybe Martin for flexibility.

    • Hanibal Luis

      That hit me today listening to three mock drafts. Funny enough, most think Jets go with OL instead of WR. This whole “great WR” draft thing might work for them in the first if teams go with defense first and think they can grab Was later. ODB and Cooks could drop.

      Of course, OL to me means “office lady” so good for the Jets. They need one.

  • Hanibal Luis

    Fantasy world: Watkins, Day dream: Barr, Caffeine Buzz (draft will be in the morning here): Cooks, Mid-day pick me up: A trade back that nets at least two more additional picks.

  • Andy124

    knock-knock-knock Draftday
    knock-knock-knock Draftday
    knock-knock-knock Draftday

    • G_WallyHunter

      ER MA GHERD!!!! I’m expecting a very long day at the desk

  • JAMIN67

    I like the mock, and could see the majority of those picks. I think we’ll make a slight trade down (something tells me Cleveland at 26), and Latimer is our WR. We’ll use the extra pick on an ILB. That would make me verrrrrry happy.

  • Mike J

    Merry Draft Festivus!
    If Barr, Clinton-Dix & Fuller are all gone I’d not be disappointed with Lee. But I’d really like to see a (true) CB in there somewhere after that.

  • Richard Colton

    Solid, if not spectacular, #1 and #2 from Sheil. Hart and Turner may have been slight overdrafts, something the Eagles did NOT do last year. I also would have liked to have seen the ILB position addressed, considering the mid-round talent there. Another WR would have been nice too.

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

      agreed.

      my 3-7 would be: Jordan Tripp, Jarvis Landry, Aaron Colvin, and Zach Kerr.

      or, alternatively: Dakota Dozier, Lamin Barrow, Ed Reynolds, Josh Huff

      • Richard Colton

        If you can get Aaron Colvin in the 5th? Do it.

  • Glenn

    I think this mock draft would be mocked if it was for real. I would be really happy with Lee as the first round pick. Smith, Turner, and Hart are all reaches at where there are picked in this mock draft. And I wouldn’t be surprised if any of these guys end up being good NFL players. Johnson is a solid pick in the fifth round, as he has a ceiling to be a starter. But I hope this is not what ends up happening with the Eagles. I hope that they stick with the best player available mantra. And that means not reaching for guys.

  • JAMIN67

    My draft day prediction: I will not be getting a lot of work done in the next 12 hours.

  • Token

    So its gonna be Latimer. The Eagles already have Lawlor buttering up the fanbase. Thats a bad first round pick if thats how it goes down. Especially considering the type of WR draft it is.

    • Jarrod

      If you read Tommy’s article (and the excerpt) you see he is describing a trade back scenario where they move back to the late first or early second. In that range I think Latimer is a great target.

      • Joe from Easton

        I’d be very happy with trading back to around 30 for Latimer and getting a mid third rounder in return.

        • JAMIN67

          Absolutely…same here.

      • Token

        Much rather have Robinson in that scenario.

        Im always leery of the late draft board risers like Latimer. Id rather have Jordan Matthews too in the 2nd. Just dont see how Latimer has jumped up to being considered in the 1st round.

        • JAMIN67

          When you’re 6’2″ and 225 pounds, and you run a 4.38 and bench press 23 reps (the most of any WR) at your Pro Day – after missing the Combine – that’s gonna push you up draft boards. Normally I’d worry and say “OMG, workout warrior”…but the kid produced during games.

      • shady25

        Yeah but San Fran, KC and Carolina are looking for WR’s too so if we trade back too far he might be gone. There are still others guys available though so it wouldn’t be too bad plus we would be picking up extra picks.

      • knighn

        Call me crazy: I like Latimer better than some of the other WR choices at 22.

    • Richard Colton

      I really hope you’re wrong.

      • Andy124

        I like Maclin, but not so much that I want to draft him again with #22 (Lee). I’d prefer pretty much any of those 6’2″+ guys a little later.

        • Joe from Easton

          I’ve been making the same connection in my head (and a few times on here) for weeks. Lee is a Maclin clone in my opinion and if we draft him number 22 then I’m not sure what the hell to think. .

          • Andy124

            Refresh for edit. Basically, I’ll sell myself on Lee (or whoever we draft) because that’s just how I do.

          • Joe from Easton

            Oh I’m sure I will too. I would sell myself on Manziel if they did something crazy and got him, but I certainly don’t want to. Lee’s measureables out of the combine are almost Maclin’s to a tee. I’d actually contend Maclin’s were a bit better.

          • cliff henny

            if Lee’s the guy Kelly targets, i’m sold. about 5 guys had career seasons last year under him, guy seems to know what he needs. Allen Robinson in 2nd makes a ton of sense if they can trade back and pick up couple day 2 picks.

          • Joe from Easton

            Yea, I wouldn’t argue that I know better than Kelly. Just my two cents is all.

            Personally I’d prefer trading back for Robinson or Latimer over taking Lee at 22. If push came to shove, although they’d be slight reaches, I’d take either of them at 22 over Lee.

          • cliff henny

            my preferece is pretty much
            1. barr or evans
            2. trade back
            3. Lee/odb/latimore or smith atta-guy if they really like one of these guys (obviously talking lbrs here) and dont think he’ll make it to #54.
            and it’s wide gap b/t 2nd and 3rd.

          • Joe from Easton

            I’d love Evans and would really like Barr, but I just can’t see it without moving up. Who knows though…

            I like Latimore the most out of the three other guys that you mentioned. Maybe that makes me a minority here, but it’s just a feeling.

            I like atta-guy a lot as well for a second round pick.

          • aub32

            Well Kely does seem to love him some Maclin based on the 5 year offer and the release of Jackson. Maybe he wants to double down.

          • Joe from Easton

            You could be right. Maybe he thinks he has his “red-zone” guys in Coop and Ertz and wants two medium bodied possession receivers instead of a top tier big boy out wide.

          • aub32

            I think Kelly still values speed. With DJax gone and Mac coming off of an ACL tear, there is plenty of speed left to be desired. I’d much rather have a Lee, ODB, or Cooks. That being said, I would not at all be opposed to some huge trade that landed us Evans.

          • Joe from Easton

            If we’re not getting a 6’2″ guy or better then I want Cooks over the others.

            I’m not big on a trade for Evans because I covet the picks, but given Kelly and Roseman’s apparent philosophy of “a good draft is 3 good players” then it depends what we deal for him. If he drops to say 13th and we deal our first and second to get him and land someone like Demarcus Lawrence in the third and hit on one of the last three then I guess I’d take it.

            Personally I’d most prefer to trade back for Latimore, but if we stay put at 22 and go for speed then I want Cooks above the others. If he’s not there then I’d take ODB, and then Lee (least speed of all three).

          • aub32

            My idea of a good draft is any that makes your team significantly better. Whether that bringing in 4 above average starters or trading away the entire draft for a player that will be the best player on the field. I get why so many people want to trade back, but I also think of how much we did that in the past only to get a bunch of JAGs. Granted we have made better selections the last two years but I wonder if going for it all with one of these WRs is why they had no qualms about releasing Jackson prior to the draft.

          • Joe from Easton

            If they decide to trade the farm then so be it, but Evans had better be a can’t miss prospect. I don’t think he’s the next Megatron by any stretch. It just makes me weary because it’s such a high stakes gamble. Guess they don’t call him Big Balls Chip for nothing.

          • aub32

            Haha right. I don’t think Evans is megatron either. However, would you be willing to trade the farm for Evans if he turns out to be Brandon Marshall?

          • Joe from Easton

            That’s who I’ve been comparing him to. If he can get to his ceiling in less than three years instead of going through Marshall’s head case BS and his ceiling is equal to Marshall’s then I’d likely do it. That’s just a lot of speculation for our first and third this year or maybe even our first and second / first third ’15 first depending on how high we gotta go up for him.

          • aub32

            If I’m not mistaken Marshall suffers from some mental illness. So I don’t see Evans having those issues. From what I have seen, I think he could definitely be Marshall in 2 years. Plus he makes Mac the #2. I like Mac at #2 a lot more than #1.

          • Joe from Easton

            Yea, I remember seeing a special on it last season. If I recall it was BPD (borderline personality disorder). So you’re right, I doubt Evans will have that baggage. It was more a rhetorical comment, haha.

            I like Mac better at #2 also, but I think Chip can get solid #1 numbers out of him given the elevated play of almost everyone else in his offense. Mac can be a slot guy or an outside in Chip’s scheme and being on a prove it type deal (basically a contract year) I don’t think we’ll see as much of the “self-tacklin’ maclin” as we’ve seen in the past. He’s got a fantastic skill set IMO and he should shine this year.

            I really just want a big guy. It seems to me that that the WR’s are getting bigger faster than DB’s are and teams like Chicago, Cinci, Detroit, etc.. are taking full advantage of it especially given how many more penalties are being called on DB’s these days. I also think that in Chip’s offense having a guy who can run the quick box-out slant, high point fade, or back shoulder route will be tough to stop. He’s all about match ups and given our other personnel that will be a 1 on 1 a lot of the time. When it’s not, prepare for Ertz, Shady, or Sproles to dominate the middle of the field.

            I like Coop as a solid #3 and even a fringe #2, but like you said I’d prefer to slide Mac down and and keep Coop as the true #3. He’s got great ball skills and is an improving player for sure so I’m taking nothing away from him. I just want a true top tier game breaker from any point on the field.

          • aub32

            I get the desire for a big guy, which is why I’d be ecstatic for Evans. However, I am very weary of H/W/S guys that are borderline first rounders i.e. Stephon Hill. Granted these guys have more production, but I don’t believe size to be everything. We have some height on this team. So I just want the best WR, regardless of how tall he is.

            I do think Mac, if healthy, will see his best year as a pro under Chip. However, I don’t think it will be as good as Jackson’s. That’s why I think we should get a guy better than Mac. What could that player do in this system? Also, having a Watkins or Evans does indeed give us the ability to move Mac all over the field. Coop would then get plenty of chances outside when Mac is lined up inside. Best part of all will be that when Mac wants big money, we can afford to pay him because the rookie wouldn’t break the bank for another 4 year. At which time, Mac will be gone.

          • Andy124

            In regards to a good draft = 3 good players, don’t forget to count Sproles for a 5th as 1 of the 3.

          • bill

            While I understand your logic, not sure I agree with the conclusion. The draft is about the future, and Sproles is not a long-term piece. I think they need 3 besides Sproles to make it a good draft.

          • Andy124

            Fair, but how do you think the Eagles feel about that internally? Count Sproles for .5 good players?

          • Joe from Easton

            Yea, I forgot about Sproles. I’d tend to be in a marginal amount of agreement with Bill below. We’re not getting more than 2 years out of Sproles. Then again, two years of solid starter level production out of a fifth rounder is rare so through that lens you could consider it a good pick / good pillar to support a strong draft.

          • willissez

            Plus if we end up with DAT or Dri Archer then Sproles value goes up as a mentor for them.

        • Token

          Latimer is a 2nd round talent that is getting mocked in the 1st because people have a extra 2 weeks of time on their hands.

          • shady25

            I don’t know. I think he is legit. Has the size, speed and production. The more I check him out, the more I like him. I think Chip prefers the bigger WR’s anyway. With the CB’s in today’s game and good DC’s it’s much easier to take the smaller receivers out of the game. Especially if they play on the outside. Steve Smith is the exception of course.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I get your reference. I really do as I’ve found myself making the comparison. I just think that Lee is a much more explosive RAC guy than Mac. I prefer a bigger guy as well and think that ARob is an even better fit once he fully commits to blocking than Latimer.

          ARob will block, but with pretty much being the PSU offense all by himself, you can see he needs some work there. But he’s much better after the catch I feel than Latimer.

          • Richard Colton

            I’m warming up to Lee, especially when you consider he had a brand new QB and knee issues – which partly explains his drop in production. I’d be more excited about a defensive playmaker.

            Not enough time left before the draft to sell me on Latimer.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            One thing about Lee, he is always moving & motoring forward. He also runs with the ball much like a running back, leaning forward, both hands on the ball and fighting for yards. He’s a good kid too that’s got some fire in him.

          • shady25

            I like him well but I don’t think Robinson makes it to 54 though. I think a lot of these WR’s are going to fly off the boards.

      • Token

        This could be a pretty depressing night lol

        • shady25

          God I hope not…. Especially if the Giants and Cowboys get good players ahead of us. I have faith in Howie and Chip

    • shady25

      My thing with these WR’s is what were they like in 2012? I hear all the talk about Cooks, Beckham, Lattimer but where was the production in 2011 & 2012? Maybe it’s there, I haven’t really checked their stats but I don’t like the one year wonder guys. It’s a little scary. I think we take a junior or senior who has some production in college. Lee is a perfect example of what I am talking about. I think this is the kind of receiver we are looking for.

      • JAMIN67

        Latimer had a decent 2012 too. 51 rec, 805 yds, 15.8 yds/rec, 6 TDs vs 72 rec, 1096 yds, 15.2 yds/rec and 9 TDs last year. Don’t know about the others.

        • shady25

          Okay, that’s cool. That’s what I’m talking about. Note that’s steady improvement pls he fits the size requirements. I don’t think it’s a reach at 22 for him. I would be leary of Cooks though. Think I would stay away from him. Another big WR to go with Cooper, Benn (if he stays healthy) and Ertz/Celek would almost guarantee a TD every time in the red zone.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        While I get your point, I’d be much more concerned with a guy that had more success in ’12, then fell off significantly in ’13 (not referencing Lee at all) or a guy that completely came out of nowhere. Guys that showed steady improvement, I wouldn’t be overly concerned with as many are underclassmen anyways. There is certainly more projecting with this WR class being younger & less seasoned.

        • shady25

          That is true. Lee had the injuries but you know what your are getting because the production was there the previous 2 years. Some of these guys probably didn’t get a chance to really play until 2013 and took advantage when they got the opportunity. Steady improvement vs a 1 year wonder is what you try to figure out. Lattimer made improvements, but what about Cooks, Beckham? Me personally, I would prefer a senior who has more experience and a little more polished with his game and able recognize coverages since our WR’s run option routes. Seeing how it takes WR’s a couple of years to adjust to the pro game, I would like a guy that could make the transition faster because he is going to have to play likely from Day one since we are thin at WR. Would also prefer he is over 6′ 1″

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I like Lee, don’t get me wrong there. I would not be angry over that pick. I just “prefer” 6’2″+.

            *Silver lining- Lee in cleats may reach 6’1″, 6’2″…

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

        Maybe it’s there, I haven’t really checked their stats

        that’s your first problem. It is there. Latimer has produced 2 years, Cooks started as a true freshman, produced as a sophomore (with Wheaton across from him) and produced immensely last year. Beckham hindered by the LSU offense and scheme, but also productive.

        • shady25

          Ok, then that’s cool. But still don’t like the smaller receivers. Don’t care how “thick” their build is. You are still a liability in the red zone. That’s just my personal opinion. Dez Bryant, AJ Green, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, Megatron, Fitzgerald. Like I said, that’s just my personal opinion.

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

            I get the big WR thing, personal preference is totally OK. Beckham and Lee aren’t small, good size, but compared to the freaks in this draft? There must be double the usual number of 6’2 guys, and it seems most can run!

            And honestly, there’s almost no WR I want more than Cooks at this point. He’s like a (good) steve smith and kevin durant mash-up. The profile on him yesterday (grantland.com) was incredible. That kid will succeed, height/size be damned.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Could you elaborate on the Kevin Durant comparison?? Just curious…

          • aub32

            Don’t we have plenty of RZ threats though? Coop, Mac, Ertz, Shady, and Celeck. Give me someone who can move the chains and score from anywhere on the field.

          • shady25

            Good point, but that actually should be the least of our concerns. I think we have all witnessed that this offense is going to move the ball up and down the field all day no matter who is on the field. Things get a little tighter once you get inside the 20.

          • aub32

            Unlike many, I am not looking at the WRs to be our biggest asset in the RZ. I am looking at the O line. I think the O line will be even better than last year. So I expect us to have the ability to run in the RZ, which will eventually open up the play action pass. Also, remember how big a threat Jackson was for an end around in the RZ. His motion in the backfield left wide open running lanes for McCoy. I think that is enough in between the 20s. However, I do not know, outside of Shady, who is going to turn a 10 yards play into a TD in this offense.

  • Will

    Draft Day at last….

    Your Team: Philadelphia Eagles
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    Your score is: 4686 (GRADE: B+)

    Your Picks:

    Round 2 Pick 6 (T.B.): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (B)
    Round 2 Pick 23 (CINN): Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 1 (HOU): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (A)
    Round 3 Pick 28 (CAR): Keith McGill, CB, Utah (A-)
    Round 4 Pick 1 (HOU): Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee (A-)
    Round 4 Pick 23 (CINN): Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State (A)
    Round 4 Pick 28 (CAR): Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 23 (K.C.): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (A)
    Round 5 Pick 24 (CINN): Chris Boswell, K, Rice (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 23 (CINN): Deandre Coleman, DT, California (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 28 (CAR): Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 32 (SEA): Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon (B)
    Round 7 Pick 6 (T.B.): John Urschel, OG, Penn State (C)
    Round 7 Pick 22: L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri (C)

  • Reasonableeaglefan

    I knew I should have called out today. Maybe I should start having coughing fits now to lay the groundwork for tomorrow…

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Again, my reasoning for why the draft should NOT start on Thursday primetime. Moving it back a day to Friday just make so much more sense for the masses.

      • mtn_green

        Smart! Go to work today. Eagles are gonna trade out of first round.

        • Reasonableeaglefan

          Cough cough. I hope I’m not coming down with something. Maybe I should just take off after lunch…

  • JosephR2225

    “It’s rare to see a team move up this far, but the Falcons pulled off a bigger move for Julio Jones. That’s paid off…”

    Has it really? I think Julio is one of the best, but the Falcons gave up 1, 1, 2, 4, 4 to get him. That’s almost like giving up an entire draft for one player.

    • aub32

      They were one game away from the SB in 2012 due in large part to what Jones brought to that offense. Remember, at the time ATL saw Turner and Gonzalez reaching the end of their careers. Roddy White is slowing down as well. Jones got hurt this past year, but I highly doubt they would have been so bad if he were healthy. Also, what did the Browns get? I am sure they would trade all those players to pair up Jones with Josh Gordon.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      While that pick has worked out for them early on, how’s it faired for the team’s continued success? I’d say that not having those picks has hurt them and made that trade somewhat debatable.

      • aub32

        Those picks turned into nobodies. There’s no guarantee that ATL would have used them any better. Jones has become one of the best WRs in the league and probably their best offensive player. I don’t agree with looking at an injury and saying that the team made a bad move because a guy got hurt. Any player can get hurt.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I’m not even referencing JJ’s injury, or what those picks turned into. You could argue that last point of who was picked all day long. I’m just saying that looking at the Falcons, they could really have used those picks. I also said it’s “somewhat debatable”. But it’s you so I understand that means debate, debate, debate… lol. Just busting your chops Aub.

          • aub32

            I hear you. I just don’t get how so many Eagles fans are proponents for trading down after some of our past drafts. I get it’s more exciting because there’s more to talk about and see if we have 9 picks vs 4. However, get me a super stud and I will be plenty excited while fans of the browns look up highlights of the 4th round pick they never heard of.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’m ok with moving up but not with giving up the farm for one player, unless that one player was a can’t miss franchise QB. We just have more roster building to do in my eyes before we can afford to make that bold a statement/luxury pick. If they’re highly successful with this draft and can get 3 really good players, then I think next year could be that year to be that bold with a watered down draft.

          • aub32

            I don’t know. I look at what the Hawks and Broncos did and I think that’s the way to go. Become so dominant on one side of the football and have the other side just not be horrible. I don’t know if we are really going to find 3 defensive starters in the later rounds with 1 or 2 more picks. We have decent starters in place already. I personally would love if we pulled off some massive trade for Evans or Watkins. Then we could bolster the defense next year, sort of how the broncos did this off season.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’d be completely ok if we went WR, OLB & RB with our first 3 picks. I’m ok with being lopsided, but I think adding that OLB that can get more pressure and get the Offense more opportunities is a must.

            My reasoning for moving back isn’t just to get an extra pick in a high value rd, but to enable us to get value picks at the spots where we have needs. I think the OLBs could be gone by pick 54, but there will be a good WR there. So I’d like them to move back into early 2nd, take Marcus Smith there, then use 54 on ARob or Mathews, then pick up Tre Mason in 3rd. I’d then look to add another WR & ILB in 4th (assuming moving back nets us another 4th).

          • aub32

            I get that, and if I can’t get a super star I would have no problem with the batting average approach. My thinking is how much of an impact will Smith have. If he turns out to be an above average OLB, then that’s a good pick. However, I’d rather have a potential top 5 receiver and live with Cole for one more year, as I don’t see Smith being gang busters in year 1, and there will be another group of OLB prospects next year, or we can grab someone in FA once Cole comes off the books.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I see Smith as the safest of the OLB prospects not named Mack.

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

            agree with you here, Jerry.

            And to your last point above, aub, I really think OLB is the position Davis (and Kelly) most want to groom on defense. CB and S seem more FA plug-and-play to Howie (not that they don’t want to groom a S, just that they can get by with Jenkins types).
            With good, athletic and big DL doing their 2gap thing, it all comes down to LB in this scheme IMO (the anti-reid). ILB seems ok for a year, I know Kelly highly values Demeco (and will want that leadership at ILB for whoever the new guy is), and Kendricks has a boom/bust year ahead of him (I think he improves just due to stable position and d-coach for the 1st time). Barwin was a good 2-3 year stopgap.
            With all that said, I think we’re getting a top-4 rd OLB this year to “groom”. Very hard aside from sub packages to start and succeed there 1st year in this scheme. If they wait til next year, puts more pressure on the new guy.

          • aub32

            I agree with your point about grooming an OLB. That would explain why they seemingly had no interest in any of the FA pass rushers but reportedly had talks to get Jordan. I am not opposed to bringing in an OLB in the 3rd or 4th and think it will definitely happen. However, I see nothing wrong with using the 1st and 2nd this year and a pick or 2 next year to move up for one of the top 2 WRs. We could still use our 3rd or 4th to get a developmental OLB this year.

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

            I have some issue with the WR trade-up, for 2 reasons:

            1) the only guy in the draft I see head-and-shoulders better than the rest is Watkins. and no way we’re getting him, aside from a crazy trade involving Foles and multiple 1st rd picks. Hell, small-school Janis in the 4th or 5th is just as likely to be a star, and there are a dozen other WRs slated to go between he and Evans.

            2) As much as I like Evans, [a] he won’t make it out of the top-10; [b] he seems to be strictly an outside WR, vs. a Lee/Cooks/ODB who can line up anywhere, along with Maclin (which I believe is important to CK); [c] with Riley here at least 2 more years and the organization trying to sign J-Mac long-term, I think it ties too much money/value int WR (part of the reason #10 is gone); [4] that much draft sacrifice from an organization already short on picks and keen on building depth/young core seems irrational and unlikely.

          • aub32

            My argument for Evans would be that he would allow us to move Mac all over the field. I know Chip views versatility, but I don’t take that as every single player needs to be able to move all over the field. Otherwise, why is Cooper here and not DJax? Also, I don’t see money being a problem. If we were to get Evans in the top 10, he’d be making anywhere from 15M – 20M through the length of his contract. We were paying Avant damn near that much. Even with a great year, I don’t think Mac gets DeSeasn money. So the finances won’t be too heavily invested into the WR position.

            I would not trade Foles, but if Watkins is on the same level as AJ Green, then I would have no qualms against trading this and next year’s first round picks.

          • Ian Farley

            i would trade next years first and 2 picks this year for mack or watkins…. absolutely worth it. it would give us a MAJOR upgrade at a need spot, we can build depth at other positions later (DB, OL, LB/WR) with our other picks. a guy like mack could single handedly make the entire unit more effective. and watkins makes this offense twice as dangerous as jackson ever could….

          • Richard Colton

            first_pick.com has ruined you

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Hahaha, as tempted as I have been I haven’t even touched that site. I prefer the real thing rather than a simulator.

          • aub32

            That’s what she said. Sorry I had to.

          • Ian Farley

            very well could be true haha. but i don’t see the issue trading up for an all-pro talent. especially one at a clear need position.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            But does that get you up into top 5 to even have a chance at Watkins? To move that high it’s gonna take more than two (we’ll assume next yrs 1st is late) late 1st round picks. You’re looking at the very least needing to add a 2nd & probably a 3rd. That is just too rich for a second yr coach looking to build a team in his image. Next year?…Maybe. But I don’t see a deal that rich being made this year.

          • aub32

            You’re right. I didn’t mean to imply that only this and next years first could move us up that much. I would be willing to trade #22, #54, and next year’s 1st and 3rd/4th.

            Your team image is based on if your team can win games. Sammy Watkins in this offense will help us do just that. Prior to the SB the Broncos team image wasn’t that they lacked talent in the secondary and were below average upfront. Many had them as the favorites because they won games.

          • Andy124

            wow

          • aub32

            ???

          • Andy124

            Just wow. That’s a lot.

          • aub32

            That’s realistically what it would take to move from 22 into the top 5. Also I am saying 3rd or 4th next year, not both picks.

          • Andy124

            I don’t disagree that that’s what it would take. But 2 firsts, a 2nd and a 3rd is definitely wow-worthy.

          • aub32

            No argument there when you put it that way. If it did happen, I don’t expect it to, I would probably say wow as well.

  • Andy

    I don’t love the new three-day format where they do only the first round on Night One. It’s just so anti-climactic if your team trades out of the first round. Like getting nothing for Christmas.

    • cliff henny

      depends on the haul. if they end up with extra 2nd and3rd, Friday might be a fresh case of Guinness night

  • borntosuffer

    I got a new game for all you guys who spend way too much time analyzing players: “I know Chip’s Board”. You play by ordering players in the order you think Chip would pick them assuming Chip makes every pick in the draft. Not sure the total number of picks in the 7 rounds (256?). But, you need to have a player at every spot. Yea, it’s only for the serious. When the time comes for Chip to make a pick, if he picks the player at the top of your board, you win points based on that round. To keep things interesting, if the player at the top of your board is picked soon after Chip picks, you can also get points depending on the round. I know, I know, that’s not really Chip’s pick. But, scoring will be harder than Flappy Bird if this step isn’t added. The scoring matrix follows. The first number represents the round that Chip is selecting. The number after the dash is the score if the player at the top of your board is picked. the next numbers are the score you get if the player you had at the top of the board was picked soon after Chip picked someone other than your pick. For instance, if the player at the top of your board is picked 3 players after Chip’s pick, you would get 0 points in round 1, 1 point in round 2, and 5 points in round 6.

    1 – 6, 2, 1
    2 – 8, 3, 2, 1
    3 – 10, 4, 3, 2, 1
    4 – 12, 5, 4, 3, 3, 2
    5 – 14, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
    6 – 16, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
    7 – 18, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

    I give more points in later rounds as they are harder to pick.

    I like this game better than just trying to guess Chip’s pick in a certain round because you will be in it on every pick that Chip makes no matter who was selected before Chip picked. But, damn. You better be serious if you are going to write down 256 players in the order you think Chip will pick them.

    • cliff henny

      you aint kidding about that game being for the serious…heck, serious might be couple miles back in rearview mirror

      • borntosuffer

        lol. Yea, but there are probably 10 guys posting mock drafts that already have that list. I know I couldn’t get past the first round. I suppose you could make it a three stage game – resetting after each day. That last day would still be a hell of a lot of work.

  • Sean

    Hope-FULLER-ly they have something COOKS-ing up in the war room… HA-HA see what I did there?

    • aub32

      I’m buying what your selling.

  • myeaglescantwin

    This Marcus Smith is the only OLB that I will upset if we miss on.

    6’3
    250
    34” arms.
    4.7 x 40
    played 3-4 olb for the past 4 years.
    his frame has tons of room to add weight.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up weighing 270 in a few years.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      He actually played 9 games back in ’11 exclusively at OLB before moving to DE. But you could definitely argue that he was much more than a DE as he’s lined up at DE, OLB, DT and has even blitzed standing up from inside. He is absolutely the most versatile OLB prospect in the draft and compares favorably to Dion Jordan’s range of skill sets but Smith is a much better pass rusher, while Dion was a better guy in coverage. Now the size and speed is different, but both are jacks of all trades.

      • myeaglescantwin

        you know what strikes me as odd???

        all these “professional draftologist” have hundreds of mocks.. I haven’t seen a single one that puts any type of run stuffing NT to the eagles in the later rounds..

        I guess they missed the Saints game.

        I don’t want to replace Logan, but merely spell him with a tank of a human being.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I’m sure they’ll look to add someone to spell Logan, but I think they like versatility for their starting NT to be easily able to move over to pass rushing DT. I’m also curious to see if Logan has in fact added the weight that has been discussed previously.

          • myeaglescantwin

            i heard that
            Logan is 320 solid.
            Kruger is 295 and all veined up.
            Curry is 295 solid

            all from a reliable pro trainer in cherry hill.

          • Richard Colton

            still could use a nose tackle. not saying it has to be Nix – but we could use another guy in that rotation.

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

          • Richard Colton

            yeah – you’re not sold on Nix. I watch a lot of ND games. He’s higher on my list than he is on the Eagles. One of the CBS guys mocked him to the Eagles. Ike Reese has him as his surprise #22 pick. Personally, I like him a lot. Do I think he’s the pick? No.

          • myeaglescantwin

            after our first round selection, i have no doubt they will add both a monster DT and some good depth at DE in the later rounds..

            and even at least one of those 6’3 CBs.
            and maybe that 6’3 FS from NCU

      • myeaglescantwin

        absolutely nothing for me to complain about today.
        though i thought we’d take him later, shows Chipper knows who he wants and doesn’t care who thinks differently.

        key that we stayed ahead of ARZ.

  • Breakerdog

    I will be very happy if the Eagles don’t use their first round pick.

  • Ivan__Drago

    I usually wait until the draft is over to start mocking the Eagles draft picks.

    • Ivan__Drago

      I guess I should of read detmerwonheisman’s quote from three hours ago where he made the same joke. “Tips cap”

  • jkidd49

    please god no Kelvin Benjamin in Rd 1…

  • Explorer51

    If it’s true that both Chip and Howie believe a successful draft nets you three good players, I’m guessing the Eagles are seriously trying to trade up, using this year’s #1, perhaps the #4, and next year’s #2 or #3 for ODB. If the draft is as deep as most think it is, logic then says that the pool of UDFAs will also be so…and that’s where Howie and the FO will be looking for volume using that $ we have stashed as a little extra sugar.

    • willissez

      I think we might be misinterpreting Howie’s quote. If you give up picks to move up and then miss, there is basically no chance of getting 3 quality players. Even if you hit, it’s really hard to nail the late round picks you have left.

  • willissez

    Just curious…people planning to watch on espn or nfl network? I’ve always chosen espn but really only because old habits die hard.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I much prefer Eisen over Berman. But I will switch it up here and there if I tire over someone’s commentary, but my preference for the majority will be NFLN.

    • JosephR2225

      I just can’t get through Berman and Wingo.

    • knighn

      I prefer NFLN, but didn’t pay the Cable premium, so I’m stuck with ESPN.

    • Ian Farley

      Mike Mayock.

      trust him over anyone else.

      • Richard Colton

        Twitter is ruining the excitement of it. I’m staying off social media until after the Eagles pick.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I’ve been staying away much more than usual the past week or two from Twitter.

    • aub32

      I’m hoping they have the sound for NFLN over at hooters. Eisen & Co. are so much more bearable than the guys at ESPN.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        We agree on this. I’ll flip here and there, especially last year when they kept edging on Mayock over Geno Smith & you could see and hear that he was getting pissed. No room for that crap this year. Keep it professional, keep it informative.

  • Richard Colton

    6 Pick Mock Draft w/ 24/7 reaction

    #1 (22) Marqise Lee, WR – a safe choice, but a nice mix of
    BPA and need. Fuller and Su’a Filo still on the board, giving plenty of Earl
    Thomas fodder for the next three years.

    #2 (54) Deone Buchanan, S – finally a playmaker at Safety!
    24/7 Civil War buffs debate the wisdom of sacrificing a “Jackson” for a “Lee
    and Buchanan”

    #3 (86) Christian Jones, ILB – with both Smiths (Marcus and
    Telvin) still on the board, this pick seemed like a no brainer, but the Eagles
    surprise and take ILB Jones. 24/7 erupts, wondering who will rush the passer.

    #4 (122) Aaron Colvin, CB – another DB. Maybe the mock draft
    community was right after all. 24/7 starts to get fidgety about local sleeper
    picks – DAT and Colt Lyerla

    #5 (162) Jeff Janis, WR – It’s supposedly a great draft for
    WRs, Howie takes two. After the first preseason game, the two drafted rookies
    look like locks to become the next Arkansas Fred and Calvin Williams. They soon
    come down to Earth, but nobody in the Delaware Valley ever mentions the name
    “Mohmah” again.

    #7 (237) Prince Shembo, OLB – OLB? Check. Cool name? check.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      You snubbed my cerebral OLB draft crush (M Smith) for your own (C Jones)! Damn you Colt!…lol.

      • myeaglescantwin

        yeah man. ! nice call. i was right there with you OLB pride.

    • igglesfaninportland

      Best Mock Ive seen. Hope it happens. How bout adding 3 to 4 UDFA just to top it off.

      • Richard Colton

        thanks man. wouldn’t know where to start with UDFA. How about if Colt L falls out of the draft? unlikely, but I’m sure Chip would take a shot then.

    • Amar

      All aboard the Colton train…

  • cliff henny

    oh,please be so, Mayock and now Mcshay have ‘Allas taking johnny foosball

    • Jerry Pomroy

      But then his “boy toy” Romo would be upset that JJ took someone else to games of other sports…

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Also, all the more reason we’d need a good young pass rusher off the edge. $hit, I’d be inclined to make that shady June 1st trade scenario with MIA for Dion if DAL ends up with Manziel & NYG end up with Ebron. If not Dion, Marcus Daaaarling (my Geagle reference for the day) to chase down Johnny Football/RG3 & can hang with Ebron in coverage.

  • Rick H

    Okay this is my wish! The Eagles trade back and get a very top of the 2nd round pick plus a 3rd & 6th. However here is the surprise by the Eagles. THEY TRADE THE HIGH 2ND ROUND PICK PLUS A PLAYER… for DION JORDAN! Now they get Jordan, their 2nd, two 3rds, 4th,5th,6th& 7th!!! I can hope and dream as a fan!!!

    • aub32

      Talk about a shocker to start day 2. This site would blow up after having traded out of round 1 after waiting so long.

      • Richard Colton

        true. I like the idea & strategy, but I’m having a draft party tonight and I want to finish the evening with at least one new Eagle.

        • aub32

          I hear you. It does kind of ruin the night when your team doesn’t get a single player on the first night of the draft.

          • Andy124

            which is why the current format is crap.

            EDIT: one of the many reasons why

        • Jerry Pomroy

          That would definitely suck after waiting two additional weeks & also forking up to get cable back after downsizing to Netflix & Hulu Plus for TV watching. But it would make tomorrow night better and I’m actually having friends over tomorrow.

          • Richard Colton

            I like the new format b/c I work a ton of weekends. So I’d spend 3 months obsessing over the draft, then have to find out 2nd hand or via mobile who they picked.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Unfortunately you are in the minority my friend, when compared to the massive population that’ll be watching.

      • Rick H

        It definitely would be a bummer for tonight BUT the incredible amount of talent the Eagles would have the possibility of drafting would be awesome. They easily could trade right back up in the 2nd round for the BPA or a slipping wide receiver…

  • mtn_green

    Just heard the ADHD ad with Shane victorino.
    That explains his own category at sbnation oracle gif.
    http://www.sbnation.com/2013/7/30/4571434/shane-victorino-gif-oracle

  • Justin

    The Eagles don’t take a safety until round 5? Bleh.

  • Hanibal Luis

    Too many Cooks in the kitchen. What you cooksing tonight? Anyone want a cooksie? Rancho Cooks-amonga. I’m proud of that one.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    For those that want us to load up on offense, I get it. But I don’t want to be ’13 Broncos 2.0. A quality defense that can cut down on the extended drives by opposing offenses gives your high powered offense a few more opportunities to score. That’s why I really want that pass rushing OLB this year. We have a few guys that can make some plays in the secondary (not a great secondary, but I think we’re better & younger there than up at LB), but we’re severely lacking up front mainly due to scheme fit & age.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Replying to my post.. To add, when I say lacking up front, I mean at LB & primarily at ROLB & depth at the other 3 spots, especially behind Barwin.

      • Andy124

        I think the idea is, at least in my head, load up on offense, but also field an above averageopportunistic defense. Doesn’t have to be great, but can’t suck. Average probably isn’t good enough. In order to reach that, adding a stud ROLB is the most obvious move.

        So, load up on offense while addressing the D as well. I want it all.

    • aub32

      What’s wrong with being the Broncos of 2013? They were the best offense in the history of the league. They finished with the #1 record in their conference, and thy breezed past the competition and into the SB. One bad game should diminish all they accomplished. Also, keep this in mind. They did not lose because their defense was too weak. They lost because they couldn’t hold off the pass rush of Seattle. Seattle literally would have won that game if their offense did nothing but take a knee. We already have a better O line than Denver. We have a much better RB, and a better coach (offensively). I am sure many of us can agree that there really isn’t a scenario that makes this defense one of the best in the league. However, we could potentially make moves that would make this offense unstoppable. I vote for making the O unstoppable and trusting our coach, O line, RB, QB, and the best weapons we can assemble to figure out a way to outscore Wilson and the oft injured Percy Harvin & Sydney Rice combo.

      • Andy124

        You also have to wonder how much momentum played a role. That first snap over Peyton’s head doesn’t happen, maybe the whole game is different… or maybe not.

        But it still argues in against dismissing the Bronco’s model based on a sample size of 1, when there are so many other samples of the Broncos model working.

        • aub32

          That’s a good point. I know there were plenty of people saying “This is gonna be bad” after that first snap.

          • Andy124

            That was my reaction. I was excited for a great game. After that play, I got very worried that I was about to be disappointed. Then I became very disappointed.

  • Jim

    OLB-Ronald Powell-UF in the 5th round:

    http://www.alligatorarmy.com/2014/5/7/5691074/ronald-powell-2014-nfl-draft-scouting-report

    Check out the last 2 paragraphs:

    “So far, Powell has had a Pro Day workout with the Raiders, and a private workout with the Patriots. But one team seems to be head-over-heels for Powell, and that is the Philadelphia Eagles.

    During Florida’s Pro Day, I saw Powell talking with the Eagles’ scout for the majority of his time out on the field. Florida’s defensive coaches were, at times, catering to the scout’s requests, knowing how interested they were in Powell. I think the interest is real, and if Powell isn’t selected by the Eagles in the fourth or fifth round, I’ll be surprised.”
    He’ll be a steal. Better pro player than college player.