Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/15

Eagles Draft 2015
Philip Rivers. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Philip Rivers. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Three Fits For the Eagles

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Adrian Amos. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Adrian Amos. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Chip Kelly, we’re learning, has pretty specific taste when it comes to football players. He wants them built a certain way, wired a certain way, and to function in a certain way within his scheme. Which prospects fit the bill?

For answers, we’ll call on some draft experts between now and April 30, and ask them to name three players that are matches for Kelly and the Eagles. First up is Josh Norris, who does a fine job as a writer and analyst for Rotoworld and NBC Sports. Read more »

Draft Daily: ASU Safety Damarious Randall

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Arizona State safety Damarious Randall. Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Arizona State safety Damarious Randall. Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

THE BACK STORY

One move that could have completely shed a different light on the Eagles’ offseason would have been signing Patriots safety Devin McCourty.

By all accounts, Chip Kelly targeted McCourty, and the team pursued him aggressively. A McCourty/Malcolm Jenkins combination would have been one of the better ones in the league. But ultimately, McCourty decided to stay in New England.

It seems the Eagles didn’t think much of the second-level safety market because the only addition they made was CB/S E.J. Biggers, who has a less than stellar track record. That means once again the Birds will go into the draft looking for a starting safety.

Which brings us to today’s prospect, Damarious Randall. The Arizona State product played two years for the Sun Devils after transferring from junior college, where he also played baseball. The Eagles reportedly brought him in for a visit recently. Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/14

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John David Mercer / USA Today

John David Mercer / USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates.

1:58 p.m.: Thought this was interesting.

I really like Eric Rowe and think he will intrigue the Eagles.

12:29 p.m.: Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune seems to think the Philip Rivers-Titans rumors has legs, and he thinks the Chargers should pull the trigger on a deal.

The only real control the Chargers have with their quarterback is now, this offseason. So – and this is difficult to think, let alone write – they need to trade Rivers. If Monday night’s dinner and Tuesday’s workout in Eugene, Ore., are everything the Chargers expect, and they see in former Oregon star Marcus Mariota a possible franchise quarterback, they should do what they can to trade up and draft him.

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Eagles 2015 Pre-Draft Prospect Tracker

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Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

It’s information-gathering season in the NFL.

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

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

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What About Trading Back?

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Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports

Today’s question comes via email from Paul:

I think we’ve covered every possible trade-up scenario for Marcus Mariota, but a lot of the prospects you’ve written about seem to have late first or early second-round projections. How likely is it that the Eagles trade back?

My initial thought is that we’re going to learn a lot about Chip Kelly’s drafting philosophy based on his willingness (or unwillingness) to trade back. Read more »

Cedric Thornton Signs Tender

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Restricted free agent Cedric Thornton signed his tender on Monday, the team announced, putting him under contract for the 2015 season. He is scheduled to make a shade under $2.4 million, a healthy bump from his 2014 base salary of $645,000.

The Eagles protected themselves by giving Thornton a second-round tender, which comes at a higher price but serves as a deterrent for any team looking to scoop him up because they would have to part ways with a second-round pick if the Eagles did not match their offer. The deadline for teams to make a bid on restricted free agents is April 24. By signing, Thornton is now officially off the market. Read more »

Draft Daily: Ten Offensive Linemen Who Could Fit

Eagles Draft 2015
La'el Collins, LSU. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

La’el Collins, LSU. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

In 2012, the year before Chip Kelly landed in Philadelphia, the Eagles’ offensive line was a mess.

But that was mostly due to injuries. There was still plenty of talent with guys like Jason PetersJason KelceEvan Mathis and Todd Herremans on the roster.

Kelly is now in his third offseason as the Eagles’ head coach, and he’s really only made one major addition up front: drafting Lane Johnson fourth overall.

With Herremans gone and Peters and Mathis getting older, offensive line is an area the team is expected to address in this year’s draft. Rather than go player-by-player in separate posts, we decided to take a look at the class as a whole.

Below are 10 offensive linemen who could be Eagles targets. Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/13

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Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY Sports

Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY Sports

Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Visits Matter Under Chip

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Courtesy of USA Today.

Courtesy of USA Today.

Today’s question comes from reader Yul via email:

With Chip’s emphasis on culture, is it possible that from now on, the Eagles will NOT draft any player that wasn’t either interviewed at the Combine, had a pre-draft visit, or went to Oregon?  Can’t say for sure last year or before if this was true (since Howie had his hand in the draft), but from now on, will be interesting to see if combine interview/pre-draft visit/Oregon player is a good predictor of who’s on the Eagles’ board…
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