Going into the combine, some mock drafts had the Eagles taking a cornerback with the No. 22 pick in the first round.
The two most popular names attached to the Birds were Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. But after the defensive backs went through on-field testing Tuesday, it’s possible neither guy will be around when the Eagles pick.
Gilbert, specifically, put forth an impressive performance. The 6-foot, 202-pound corner ran a 4.37, the fastest time for any defensive player at the combine. Gilbert is the favorite to be the first cornerback off the board and will more than likely be gone by the time the Eagles pick.
Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock thought the 40 was big for Dennard (5-11, 199). The Michigan State standout ended up running a 4.51. Read more »
Opinions on Johnny Manziel’s pro prospects are all over the map. And one analyst who apparently is not a big fan is Ron Jaworski. Read more »
The one word that comes to mind with free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins is versatility.
And that was one of Chip Kelly’s main talking points during Year 1 with the Eagles. Last offseason, Kelly raved about Connor Barwin’s ability to perform a variety of tasks on defense. On the flip side, he stressed how tight ends like Zach Ertz could line up all over the formation and create mismatches.
So with the team in dire need of safety help, Jenkins is one of the mid-tier options to keep an eye on. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
At this time last year, there weren’t many positive things to say about Mike Mitchell’s NFL career.
Drafted earlier than many projected (second round, 47th overall) by the Raiders back in 2009, the Ohio product managed to start just nine games in four seasons. He signed with the Panthers on a one-year, $1 million deal, and after a solid 2013 campaign, Mitchell could be an attractive option for teams needing safety help this offseason. Read more »
Howie Roseman said last week that there will probably be a wide receiver the Eagles like every time they’re on the clock in May’s draft.
On Sunday, the deep class of pass-catchers took the field for workouts. Here are three items worth noting, with an Eagles slant. Read more »
Here is a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
In the past week or so, we’ve profiled a couple of the bigger-name free agents at safety: Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward.
But if Howie Roseman is telling the truth when he says the Eagles will target more mid-tier guys, it’s worth exploring who those options might be.
And one name Birds 24/7 readers have asked about is Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons. So we’ll start with him and cycle through some more names in the days ahead. Read more »
The NFL scouting combine officially gets under way today in Indianapolis. Here are three things we’ll be watching, with an Eagles slant. Read more »
Yesterday, we noted that Jason Avant was one of the players who recently spoke with commissioner Roger Goodell about locker room guidelines in the wake of what happened in Miami.
Today, he penned a piece for The MMQB and expanded on what he told Goodell.
Two parts in the column pertained specifically to the Eagles. Avant described the Dolphins’ locker room as “atypical” and said he was “shocked” by some of what he read: Read more »