The Linc - Why the Eagles Should Draft Cody Latimer

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/5/2014.

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Plentiful talent at wide receiver in draft for Eagles - Zach Berman, Inquirer
When the Eagles are on the clock near 11 p.m. Thursday during the first round of the NFL draft, the team's brain trust will look at a board that categorizes prospects by position and how they are projected to develop. Under wide receiver, they'll likely see an abundance of talent available for the No. 22 overall pick.

The Case for Cody Latimer - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Let’s imagine Chip Kelly could create his ideal receiver. The player would have size. He would be strong. He would be athletic. The player would be tough, which showed up in his blocking and STs play. He would have impressive receiving skills, the two most important being good hands and body control. The player would be equally effective on short routes and downfield passes. Cody Latimer is 6-3, 215. His arms are 32 5/8 and his hands 9 5/8. That is the kind of size Kelly would love in a WR. Latimer ran 4.44 at his Pro Day, which is good speed. He did 23 reps on the bench, showing unusual strength for a WR. Latimer had a 39-inch vertical jump, which shows good lower body explosion.

Three Eagles Numbers That Matter - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
8.26 – That’s Foles’ true sack rate, according to Football Outsiders. The Eagles’ QB ranked 30th in the league in that category. So, what is true sack rate? It is the percentage of plays where a QB is sacked, taking into account pass attempts, scrambles, intentional groundings, etc. In other words, it measures all plays initially designed for the quarterback to throw the football.

Inside Connor Barwin's Exciting Offseason - Danta Klaus, PE.com
It was quite the eventful offseason for Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin. When he was not working out with a handful of teammates at the NovaCare Complex – he lives in Philadelphia year round – Barwin was out pursuing more leisurely, intellectual and altruistic activities. To wit, he visited to Colombier Beach on the Caribbean island of St. Barts, met Mike Tyson in Atlantic City, frequented the vibrant music scenes of Philadelphia and New York City, worked the control center at SEPTA, talked to politicians on Capitol Hill about Youth Fitness initiatives, went to Haiti on a goodwill mission with NRG, attended the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, took Spanish classes at Temple University, launched his Make The World Better (MTWB) Foundation in Philadelphia, participated in the annual Philly Spring cleanup day and went hunting and fishing in Tennessee.

Eagles' all-time best & worst draft picks by round - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
BEST PICK: Chuck Bednarik, LB, 1949, Penn. One of four Hall of Famers the Eagles have taken in the first round, the first pick in the 1949 draft starred for the Eagles for 14 years and was part of both the 1949 and 1960 NFL Championship teams.

What it's like for players who *aren't* picked at the NFL Draft - SB Nation NFL
Phil Lutzenkirchen set an Auburn touchdowns record, but had to wait for the St. Louis Rams to sign him as an undrafted free agent in order to make one football dream come true.

Featured User Mocks: NFC East - FanSpeak
-The Eagles trade back in this mock and take care of any questions about having enough weapons for Nick Foles this year. Eric Ebron is a luxury pick, but one that could pay off quite nicely for Philly going forward. Adding receivers Benjamin, Latimer and Abbrederis build up a thin depth chart behind current starters. DeAnthony Thomas is someone that Chip Kelly is very familiar with and another guy who can help create mismatches for opposing defenses. Defensively not much is added in this draft, though Kony Ealy could be an intriguing guy if he bulks up some for a 5 tech position.

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