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 »

Odell Beckham To Visit Eagles

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Add Odell Beckham to the list of receivers coming to Philly for  a visit.

The LSU wideout told Sirius XM that he is meeting with the Eagles this upcoming week. The team has already reportedly entertained Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Indiana’s Cody Latimer, Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State and Marqise Lee from USC. Latimer is projected as a Day 2 pick; the rest of the group have first-round grades. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: On Robinson, Dion And CBs

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I can see Robinson as a fit. He’s a big (6-3, 220), physical receiver who got it done in multiple ways on the college level. As Sheil points out, 28 percent of his catches last season came on screens, and he averaged over 14 yards after the catch on those plays.(The quick receiver screens were a pretty big part of Chip Kelly‘s offense last year.) The Penn State product is a reliable pass-catcher who will fight for the ball downfield and provide a nice option in the red zone. Plenty to like even if he’s not a burner. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: How Early Is Too Early?

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The Eagles weren’t planning on taking a quarterback in the fourth round last year, exactly. There wasn’t really a plan at all in that sense. They had Matt Barkley rated significantly higher than any of the remaining prospects, and decided the best value play was to move up to grab him. Pretty straightforward.

Funny thing about this time of year: We know that the Eagles have been disciplined about choosing the best available player in recent drafts and that most teams try to stay true to that approach, yet we often predict and project based on need. It’s our answer to the blindfold  as we try to make our darts fly a little straighter. We’d be better served looking back at the Zach Ertz pick in the second round and the Barkley selection in the fourth and realize it’s about the player and not the position.

If it was about the position, it would be about quarterback. It’s no secret that this league is largely about having quality signal-callers, and Howie Roseman has made it known that the Eagles won’t stop hunting even though Nick Foles laid claim to the starting gig with a spectacular 2013 season. Read more »

Draft Daily: One-On-One With Pryor

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was on the road en route to Cincinnati when Birds 24/7 caught up with him.

Considered the top safety in this draft class alongside Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Louisville slugger has been a man in demand during the pre-draft process. His travels have taken him to Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Chicago and New Orleans, he says. Up next, the Bengals. And next week he’s scheduled to meet with the Falcons and Jets.

Philadelphia is not on the itinerary, however, and the Eagles have not held a private workout for Pryor. Does that mean he is off the team’s radar? Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Coleman Backs DeSean

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defended former teammate DeSean Jackson on his way out the door.

Coleman, who has agreed to terms with the Vikings, joined NFL Radio on Sirius XM Monday and talked about Jackson’s release and the notion that he was a problem in the locker room.

“I think Philadelphia is going to miss him big time,” said Coleman. “I find it troubling to hear some of the stories — and I don’t know who is really putting them out there. I thought DeSean was a good guy in the locker room. He was someone I could talk to and could relate to. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: More Eagles On the Move?

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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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Twitter Mailbag: Undue Pressure On Chip?

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Possible if there is a player they feel they just gotta  have. (Adam Caplan says that wide receiver Mike Evans is on the team’s radar.)But given that they only have six draft picks to begin with, I think there’s a greater chance we see the Eagles trade back in a round or two in the name of gathering more firepower. Read more »

Eagles To Host DB Jaylen Watkins

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The Eagles are bringing in University of Florida cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins for a visit, according to an NFL source. He is expected to arrive in Philly on April 2.

Watkins (6-0, 194) is the brother of Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who is projected to be a top-10 pick. Jaylen started nine games for the Gators this season — three at cornerback and six at safety. He finished the year with 52 tackles and seven passes defensed. The Cape Coral, Florida native had three interceptions while with the Gators — all of them coming in 2012. Read more »

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