Twitter Mailbag: On QBs And Marcus Peters

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Scott Olmos / USA TODAY Sports

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

I’d imagine the hope is that the 27-year-old Sam Bradford plays at a high level and solidifies the quarterback spot moving forward. But given his injury history and contract situation (his current deal is up at the end of the year), it would be smart of Kelly to have a contingency plan.

The question is whether this draft will allow him that luxury. Read more »

Draft Daily: CB Kevin Johnson an Intriguing Option

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Kevin Johnson. Mark Konezny / USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Johnson. Mark Konezny / 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.

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When the offseason first started, buzz from draft analysts was that this was not a strong group of cornerbacks.

But in recent weeks, that perception has changed. There are now a handful of corner prospects who could possibly go off the board in the first round. Among them is Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson.

Johnson was only 96 pounds as a freshman in high school and finished at 155 pounds as a senior. He started five games as a freshman with the Demon Deacons, but was ruled academically ineligible as a sophomore. Johnson rebounded as a full-time starter his final three seasons and was a first-team All-ACC selection as a senior.

He’s got the size and athleticism to be a starting corner in the NFL, and Johnson has impressed many evaluators on film. ESPN’s Louis Riddick has him rated as the best cornerback in the draft. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What About Trading Back?

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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 »

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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Wake-Up Call: Making Sense Of the Mariota Noise

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Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Today’s question is from reader Ed, but his email was rather lengthy, so I’m going to simply include his hypothetical trade proposal and paraphrase a bit:

Per NFL.com, the Titans’ top three needs are QB, pass-rusher and CB. Chip Kelly can satisfy all three. The trade… 

Tennessee gets:
QB Sam Bradford
DE Vinny Curry (pass rusher)
CB Brandon Boykin
Eagles 2015 first-round pick (No. 20)
Eagles 2015 second-round pick (No. 52)
(If necessary to change to, or add: ILB Mychal Kendricks – or – Eagles 2016 first-round pick)

Eagles get:
2015 first-round pick (No. 2) and draft Marcus Mariota.

There have been quite a few Mariota-related reports in recent days, so let’s sort through them and then address the hypothetical trade proposal. Read more »

Draft Daily: Utah DB Rowe Will Intrigue Eagles

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Utah DB Eric Rowe. Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY

Utah DB Eric Rowe. Glenn Andrews / 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

When the Eagles finalize their draft board in the coming weeks, they will have certain players ranked higher than many other teams around the league.

And one of those guys very well could be Utah defensive back Eric Rowe.

Rowe was a four-year starter, appearing in 45 games for the Utes. He was a safety his first three years before transitioning to cornerback as a senior.

Rowe has very good size, athleticism and versatility. He was a Pac-12 All-Academic second-team selection last season and graduated with a degree in business.

In other words, he checks off a lot of the boxes that Chip Kelly seems to find valuable. Read more »

Draft Daily: Why Jake Fisher Makes Sense

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Scott Olmos / USA Today

Scott Olmos / 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

Going into last year’s draft, the Eagles felt like they had a good opportunity to address the offensive line.

But in the third round, names started flying off the board. The Birds selected Josh Huff with the 86th overall pick, knowing they’d be on the clock again at pick No. 101. But in between the two spots, five offensive linemen were taken, and the Eagles ended up selecting DB Jaylen Watkins.

The Eagles ended up with seven players overall, but zero offensive linemen.

Fast-forward to this year, and it’s highly unlikely that the same thing happens again. They’re going to address the offensive line. It’s just a matter of when.

And one name to keep an eye on in the first round is Oregon’s Jake Fisher. Fisher obviously played for Chip Kelly in 2011 and 2012. Overall, he started 35 games and appeared in 50. Last year, Fisher was a third-team All-American at left tackle. He played right tackle the previous two seasons and was a guard as a freshman. Read more »

What They’re Saying: Following Belichick’s Lead?

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

Here is what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

Sharon Katz of ESPN.com looked at the teams who fared the best in the NFL draft from 2002 to 2012. She concluded that the Eagles were third, just behind the Seahawks and the Packers:

The Eagles’ run of four straight NFC Championship appearances in the early 2000s was built off early-round draft success, but as the Eagles progressed through the decade, their greatest draft achievements came in later rounds.

In Rounds 5 through 7, no team had found more value than the Eagles since league expansion. The best of these late-round gems was Trent Cole, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. Cole played 10 seasons for the Eagles — he was released this offseason — and ranks second in team history with 85.5 career sacks. That’s the definition of a value pick. Read more »

Eagles Wake Up Call: McCoy And the Star Theory

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy believes he burns a little too bright for Chip Kelly‘s liking.

Speaking with the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane at the start of the Bills’ offseason training program, McCoy offered his take on why he is starting anew in Buffalo rather than returning to Philadelphia for a seventh season.

“I don’t think he likes or respects the stars. I’m being honest,” he said. “I think he likes the fact that it’s ‘Chip Kelly and the Eagles.’

“It was ‘DeSean Jackson – a high-flying, take-off-the-top-of-the-defense receiver.’ Or ‘the quick, elusive LeSean McCoy.’ I don’t think [Kelly] likes that.” Read more »

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