The Linc - Eagles Showing Major Interest in Cody Latimer

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Cody Latimer - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
So what do we make of this? Could Latimer really be a target at pick 22? We can’t rule out that possibility, but I would think Latimer would be more of a target if you traded back in the 1st round or up in the 2nd round. I think Latimer is a heck of a prospect, but I don’t see him as the 22nd best player in this draft class. I do think he could end up being the #6 WR. The big 5 are Watkins, Evans, Lee, Beckham and Cooks. Things are wide open after that. Some will prefer Allen Robinson. Others will like Davante Adams. Maybe even Martavis Bryant. But Latimer could be the guy as well. And I guess that means he could sneak into the bottom of the 1st round.

Florida State LB Telvin Smith reportedly visited the Eagles; thoughts on his fit in the Birds' defense - JimmyK, Philly.com
For a guy his size, you would think he would struggle with shedding blocks once linemen get their hands on him, but he does a better job disengaging than a 218 pound LB should. However, he's not a thumper by any stretch. Even if he were a safety, Smith would not be considered a guy who can lay the wood the same way other safeties like Louisville's Calvin Pryor, Washington State's Deone Bucannon and FSU's Lamarcus Joyner can. If you watch a highlight reel of Smith, you'll see him get a few nice hits, but more often than not, when he gets a good shot on a ball carrier, they typically fall forward anyway. He'll also occasionally over-run and whiff on plays on the perimeter, Mychal Kendricks style.

Draft Daily: Close-Up On Alabama LB C.J. Mosley - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
The Eagles face some decisions at linebacker in the next couple years. Ryans turns 30 in July, and the sense here is that they'd like to spell him in obvious passing situations going forward. Mychal Kendricks took a nice leap in 2013 and is signed through 2015. But there's not a lot of depth at this spot, and at some point the Eagles will have to find Ryans' replacement. He's signed through 2015 and is due $6.9 million in his final season, but none of that is guaranteed. Mosley's college performance suggests strongly that he has the skill set to be an effective three-down player at the next level. In 2012, he played a lot in sub packages. And in 2013, he saw his role expand.

Troy Vincent reiterates he played with openly gay players - USA Today
Vincent said he played with six players who were openly gay within the locker room, but chose not to publicly announce their sexual orientation at the time. Vincent also spoke about those teammates with a handful of reporters at the NFL's annual meetings in March.

NFL teams can find value well below the first round. | SportsonEarth.com : Russ Lande
Every year, a number of outstanding college players are selected later than players with superior measurables. And every year, the teams that win Super Bowls are loaded with those later-round picks who show more skill on the field than they did at the combine. Brandon Flowers, Keenan Allen, Geno Atkins, Ahtyba Rubin and James Laurinaitis were all exceptionally productive in college, were not first-round picks, and have still developed into quality NFL starters. Today we'll identify five players in the same boat as those players as they enter the NFL.

NFL Quarterback Disparagement Schedule Released | The Tailgater
The Quarterback Disparagement Schedule, compiled just hours after the NFL's official schedule, assigns predetermined weeks for criticizing and denigrating quarterbacks for their real or perceived failings as athletes and/or a human beings.

NFL agents must balance delicate nature of promises vs. realities | The MMQB with Peter King
It’s managing the delicate balance of keeping clients upbeat and aware of actual realities, and being persistent with teams without becoming a pest. The pressure only intensifies as the draft spotlight grows hotter

Giants president John Mara talks NFL Rules
One of the changes that won’t be introduced this year but is possible for the future concerns instant replay. Since replay was revived in 1999 with coach’s challenges, referees have retreated to a covered monitor on the sideline, studied the play in question and made a final decision. Mara believes that routine will soon be history. "I think we’re moving toward a system where replays are going to be conducted by the command center in New York," he said. "I don’t think we’re there yet, but I see us moving in that direction."

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