Draft Debate: Chances Of a First-Round Trade?

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As we count down to Thursday, Tim and Sheil give their takes on how the Eagles will approach the 2014 draft.

In case you missed our previous installments, on Monday, they each gave their three most likely targets for the Birds at No. 22. And yesterday, they debated whether the team will draft a QB.

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Today’s question: What are the odds the Eagles will trade up, stay put or trade back in the first round?
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Wake-Up Call: Kiper Talks Pass Rushers

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Mel Kiper —  like many of his colleagues — has the Eagles using their first-round pick on a wide receiver. The longtime draft analyst predicts that 6-5 Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin will be the selection at 22.

While the receiver class is loaded in the opinion of most experts, the consensus seems to be that quality pass rushers will be in short supply in this draft. Even so, there will still be some quality options at outside linebacker on Day 2, according to Kiper.

“There are a lot of second rounders that can get after the quarterback that are going to be nice picks for teams like the Eagles [if they take a receiver in the first round],” he said.

Kiper mentioned four edge rushers in particular that could be of interest to the Eagles in the second round. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: On Draft Strategies

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For the purposes of this exercise, let’s assume the early portion of the draft goes exactly the way Don Banks of Sports Illustrated sees it.  Mike Evans, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Calvin Pryor, Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby, Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosley are all off the table. However, Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham, Jr., Marqise Lee, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier,Virginia Tech corner Kyle Fuller and Missouri pass rusher Kony Ealy are among the names still available.  What do you do? 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 »

Draft Profile: Missouri DE Kony Ealy

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Moments before the media made a mad rush towards the podium to listen to Michael Sam speak, Missouri teammate Kony Ealy took to the same mic and addressed a much more modest gathering of reporters.

“I mean, I’m fine,” said Ealy of the spotlight shining elsewhere. “The whole decision with Mike Sam, he’s got his own thing going, I got my own thing going.”

Sam has garnered most of the media attention for obvious reasons, but it’s Ealy — who played right defensive end opposite Sam at Mizzou — that is largely considered the better pro prospect. Read more »