Eagles Check Out Two Small-School Prospects

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In this space, we’ve written plenty about some of the better-known names that could be on the Eagles’ radar come draft time.

But in a league where teams go to extraordinary lengths to find talent, it’s worth noting that the Birds are doing their due diligence on some small school prospects as well. Read more »

Would Eagles Trade Up For Evans?

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There’s one Chip Kelly quote about wide receivers that we’re probably going to keep coming back to in the next month or so.

“There’s certain guys in our league that have both and that’s why they’re elite,” Kelly said at the owners meetings. “They have the size element of it, they also have the speed element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to do it.”

Kelly was talking about wide receivers’ ability to beat man coverage. His point was there are different ways to accomplish that task – size and speed. Possessing both traits makes for an ideal prospect.

Which brings us to some interesting buzz courtesy of Tony Pauline of Draft Insider. Pauline writes that Texas A&M’s Mike Evans is considered a consensus top-10 pick. That means the Eagles have no chance of landing him, right?

Well, not exactly. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Jordan And the OLB Spot

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When you look at the roster, outside linebacker is the position that screams at you.

The Eagles have needs in several areas. They are thin at wide receiver after releasing DeSean Jackson. The hunt for an effective safety duo is ongoing. It’s essential that they build depth at cornerback, inside linebacker and along the offensive front. But outside linebacker is the spot that requires the most immediate attention. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: More Eagles On the Move?

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For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

I believe Brandon Graham is the most likely candidate to get dealt. The Eagles recognize that he is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end and are open to moving him if the right offer comes along. 

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly Honors Fallen Navy Player

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Chip Kelly has had a busy offseason.

From the Senior Bowl in January to the combine in February to the owners meetings in March, the Eagles’ head coach is racking up the frequent flyer miles. And we haven’t even mentioned all of the Pro Days:

On Saturday, though, Kelly took a break from draft prep and came through with a nice gesture to the members of Navy’s football squad. Read more »

Draft Daily: Eagles Continue To Look At Lee

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The Eagles are set to bring in USC wide receiver Marqise Lee for a visit, according to Ross Jones of Fox Sports. This will be the third meeting between the Eagles and Lee, per the report.

As we discussed this morning, Kelly leaned towards players he faced — and was beaten by — on the collegiate level in his first-ever NFL draft last year. Lee (6-0, 192) had 12 catches for 157 yards and two touchdown against Oregon in 2012 (The Ducks beat USC 62-51 that day). In 2011, he helped the Trojans topple Oregon with an eight-catch, 187-yard performance.

According to the Orange County Register, Kelly once said Lee “may be the best receiver I’ve had the opportunity to coach against.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Mauro On Eagles’ Radar

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gravitated towards the familiar in his first NFL draft.

Four of the Eagles’ eight picks (Zach Ertz, Matt Barkley, Joe Kruger and Jordan Poyer) were from Oregon’s conference,  the Pac 12.  LSU, USC and Stanford were the three teams that beat Kelly over his final two years as head coach of the Ducks. The Eagles’ second, third and fourth-round picks in 2013 (Ertz, Bennie Logan and Barkley) were used on players from those three programs.

“I did notice that a little bit,” said Stanford defensive lineman Josh Mauro with a smile. Read more »

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