Eagles Wake-Up Call: Clinton-Dix And the Six

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

We were reminded during Sunday’s NFC Championship Game of the Eagles’ pre-draft flirtations with Green Bay safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Ed Maryonwitz, the Eagles’ assistant director of player of personnel who once led Alabama’s recruiting efforts, sent Clinton-Dix an article about the team’s interest in him during the lead-up to the draft, to which the safety replied, ‘Come get me, please. Whatever it takes.’ ”

Clinton-Dix was still available when Arizona — holding the 20th pick — went on the clock. Receiver Brandin Cooks was, too. Those were the only two of the Eagles’ targeted six still remaining. (Most agree that the desirable six were Cooks, Clinton-Dix, Anthony Barr, Odell Beckham, Jr., Kyle Fuller and C.J. Mosley). To ensure they landed one of them, the Eagles would have to part with a third-round pick to move into the Cardinals’ spot. Instead, they stood pat. The Saints offered their third to get from 27 to 20 and grabbed Cooks. Green Bay followed by taking Clinton-Dix. And the Eagles went to Plan B, which included trading back and selecting Marcus Smith. Read more »

Draft Daily: Ranking the Eagles’ Top 10 WR Prospects

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona State

With the draft just 10 days away, Howie Roseman, Chip Kelly and the Eagles likely have their wide receiver wish list in order.

Personnel people and analysts have been saying for months now that this is potentially the deepest group of pass-catchers of all-time. With DeSean Jackson gone and Jeremy Maclin on a one-year deal, it seems likely that the Eagles will add a wide receiver or two come draft time.

Keeping that in mind, below is my guess at how the team has its top-10 receivers ranked. Most, if not all, of these players are expected to go in the first three rounds. I know many of you might be interested in some of the Day 3 prospects, and we’ll get to them in a later post.

But for now, here are the top-10, along with notes on each. Read more »

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 »

Weekend Reading: Draft Edition

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Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

The draft is just over a month away. We’ll be kicking our coverage into high gear beginning this week. Let’s start with a look at who the draftniks are linking to the Eagles: Read more »