Draft Daily: Oregon St. WR Cooks a Perfect Fit?

NCAA Football: Washington at Oregon State

Scan a sampling of mock drafts online, and the one name you’ll see mentioned time and again as a possible replacement for DeSean Jackson is Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks.

Reasons for the comparison are obvious. Cooks is 5-10, 189 and ran a 4.33 at the combine. Jackson is listed at 5-10, 175 and ran a 4.35 coming out of Cal. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: How Foles Can Improve

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

After the Eagles beat the Bears last season, right tackle Lane Johnson was asked to recall if he’d ever seen Nick Foles frustrated on the field.

“Usually he’s pretty calm,” Johnson said. “I know when we played Detroit, Coach [Bill] Lazor was going up to him telling him he was babying the ball, and they got into kind of an altercation because you couldn’t throw the ball too hard because it was so hard to see, so hard to catch and throw [in the snow]. So that’s probably one time.”

Posed with the same question, multiple other Eagles offensive players said they simply could not provide an example. They had nothing.

It’s one of Foles’ biggest strengths and something that Chip Kelly values: the QB’s inclination to stay even-keeled regardless of the circumstances. In the first meeting against the Cowboys last season, Foles had the worst game of his career and got knocked out with a concussion. The next time he stepped onto the field, he fired seven touchdowns in Oakland and took off on one of the more improbable runs by a QB in recent memory. Read more »

Allen Could Be A Fit For Eagles

Beau Allen’s NFL.com draft profile states that the former Wisconsin defensive tackle “squats a small house.”

What does that equate to, exactly?

“The most I ever squatted was my junior year, at the end of summer I hit 705 and went double,” said Allen. “It put a lot of strain on my back obviously so I never squatted that much after that, but I’m curious to see if I can get up there again.”

That back strain (and other injuries along the way, including an ankle that required surgery) never kept the 6-2, 335-pound nose tackle out of the Badgers’ line-up. He played in 54 straight games for Wisconsin, a school record. That is likely not lost on Jerry Azzinaro, who recruited Allen out of high school while serving as Chip Kelly‘s defensive line coach at Oregon. Allen, a Minnesota native, ultimately chose Madison over Eugene.

Perhaps they’ll get a chance to work together on the professional level. Azzinaro attended  Wisconsin’s Pro Day last month, turns out, and Allen is under the impression that the Eagles are potential suitors. Read more »

Draft Daily: Buzz Building on FSU WR Benjamin

NCAA Football: ACC Championship-Florida State vs Duke

In the past week or so, a number of analysts have linked Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin to the Eagles.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com said Benjamin is a player to keep an eye on for the Birds at No. 22. And Ron Jaworski recently compared Benjamin to Harold Carmichael.

At 6-5, 240, Benjamin is the most physically imposing wide receiver in this year’s class. He has 34 7/8-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands: Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Mathis Will Be Part Of Workouts


Evan Mathis is at the NovaCare Complex and will participate in the team’s voluntary workouts, according to multiple sources.

A report said Mathis was expected to be a “no-show” at the start of the Eagles’ offseason training program, which opens today, but he’s there.

Word surfaced at the owners meetings back in March that the 32-year-old was in search of a new contract and that the Eagles, in turn, were open to dealing him. Mathis signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in the 2012 offseason. He has three years remaining on that deal, and is scheduled to make a base salary of $5 million this season.
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Odell Beckham To Visit Eagles

Add Odell Beckham to the list of receivers coming to Philly for  a visit.

The LSU wideout told Sirius XM that he is meeting with the Eagles this upcoming week. The team has already reportedly entertained Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Indiana’s Cody Latimer, Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State and Marqise Lee from USC. Latimer is projected as a Day 2 pick; the rest of the group have first-round grades. Read more »

Draft Daily: Close-Up On Clemson WR Martavis Bryant

NCAA Football: South Carolina State at Clemson

If you took the top 10 plays of Martavis Bryant’s 2013 season and showed them to scouts and GMs across the NFL, chances are most would agree he deserves to be a no-brainer first-round pick.

But there’s obviously a lot more to scouting a player than just the highlights. And that’s why Bryant isn’t expected to go until Day 2.

At 6-4, 211, Bryant ran a 4.42 at the combine. He has arguably the best size/speed combination of any receiver in this class: Read more »

Who Will Be Available At Pick No. 54?

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Auburn

We’ve spent plenty of time in this space talking about who the Eagles might take in the first round, and that conversation will continue in the coming weeks.

But what about at pick No. 54? Last year in the second round, the team picked up TE Zach Ertz, and the year before it was inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Both have proven to be talented players with upside.

Evan Silva of Rotoworld recently put out a two-round mock draft. With the 54th pick, he has the Eagles taking Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief: Read more »

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