The Linc - Remembering Pat Tillman

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/23/2014.

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Kempski's Corner: Pass rushers Eagles could target in NFL Draft - Philly.com
In today's Kempski's Corner, Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski and Pat Gallen discuss potential players the Eagles can draft as they look for pass rushing help and who fits best into their 3-4 defense.

Is the Size Issue an Issue? - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
We’ve talked quite a bit about how Chip Kelly prefers big players. This has led a few of you to wonder if he focuses too much on size and it that could hurt the Eagles in their search for players. I do think it is fair to wonder if Kelly is too pro-size. I don’t think it has been a problem to this point, but it is a question worth considering.

Mayock: Eagles need to focus on defense in first round  - Paul Domowitch, Daily News
"Why is everybody so gung-ho on the Eagles taking a wideout [in the first round]?" the respected NFL Network draft analyst said. "From my perspective, they almost have to look at the best-rated defensive player on their board at [No. 22]. I think they [need to take] their highest-rated player between an edge rusher, a corner and a safety. And then, if the entire defensive board is wiped out by the time they're on the clock, then you look at the offensive side."

Draft Daily: Oregon St. WR Cooks a Perfect Fit? - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
After having watched Cooks' performance from 2013, I came away thinking he's a player Chip Kelly will target. But I also don't think he's a DeSean Jackson clone. There are similarities, but Cooks is not yet the vertical threat Jackson is. On the other hand, he showed a more well-rounded skill set than I anticipated.

Did Lane Johnson Start A Trend? - Alex Smith, PE.com
To Johnson, the term "raw" doesn’t hold much water. He believes the word is used simply to describe a player without much experience, but then again, what draft prospect has NFL experience? According to the Eagles' right tackle, teams may look more seriously at these inexperienced prospects because of his successful rookie year. "Hopefully (I set the tone)," said Johnson, who joined his teammates on Monday at the start of the Offseason Conditioning Program. "I think ‘raw’ is just a lack of experience. Some of the guys are good in college, but it’s a different level here in the NFL, especially as far as pass-blocking. It just takes time and experience I think. You just have to learn as you go."

The Redskins spent the entire 1970s without a first-round pick. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier
Fans today get upset when their team goes even a single year without a first-round pick. Now imagine what would happen if a team did that for 11 consecutive drafts? The Washington Redskins of the 1970s did just that, and it didn't stop them from finding great success.

A life and legacy of service - Matt Verderame, SB Nation NFL
Pat Tillman continues to change the world, 10 years after his death

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