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Random Eagles notes: Fun with draft history, and LaMarr Woodley in Philly? - JimmyK,
If you exclude free agents Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles only have 3 former 1st round picks on their roster. Not drafting a player in the first round in 2007 and 2008 helps explain that, and it's also noteworthy that the Eagles traded a first round pick for Jason Peters, which has turned out to be a great move. Here's a breakdown of what rounds the Eagles were drafted.

Offseason outlook: Defensive line - Zach Berman, Inquirer
The Eagles need Cox to be an elite player. The 2012 first-round pick has all the tools to be a top lineman, although he was slow transitioning from a 4-3 defensive tackle to a 3-4 defensive end early in the season. Cox showed flashes of outstanding play, and he needs to have a strong third season. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Cox has rare athleticism for someone has size. He finished the season with only three sacks after recording 5.5 as a rookie. The scheme change was a big part of it, although Cox has the skills to be a disruptive player on the line.

Three Free Agents That Fit - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
[T.J. Ward] is an exceptional tackler. I think he has really good instincts. He has good speed — maybe not great speed — but he has good speed. If you want to get an eighth guy in the box, he’s as crafty and talented as any player in the league at doing it. And he’s been durable. Chip [Kelly] knows him. I think you still have to draft a guy and draft a guy high, but I’d feel a lot better [with him on the roster]. If you look at the teams that improved their defenses this year, if you look at Tennessee, they fixed their safety position first. I believe he can cover well enough. If teams are playing the slot position against you he can drop down and cover slot receivers well enough. I think he can play free safety if you want to interchange and I think he’s an exceptional tackler, a very physical player. He’s not Earl Thomas because I don’t know that anyone has that speed, but he’s Earl Thomas’ size and I think he likes the game as much as Earl.

Mike Mayock's position rankings for 2014 NFL Draft -
With the NFL Scouting Combine beginning on Feb. 22, Mike Mayock unveils the first of his position-by-position rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Alumni Alley: Claude Humphrey -
Playing in Philadelphia from 1979-81 was a fitting way to end my NFL career, and I’m eternally thankful to the Eagles and to the fans of Philadelphia for making my time there so special. I’m reminded of that a lot when I hear from my former teammates and coaches, and since my election I’ve heard from so many of them. I don’t want to name names for fear of leaving someone out, but having someone like Coach Dick Vermeil, a great friend of mine, reach out as he has done makes it so special for me. What a great, great man.

Former C Ken Farragut Passes Away At 85 -
The Eagles are saddened to learn of the death of former center Ken Farragut, who passed away of complications of diabetes on Sunday morning in Lafayette Hill, Pa. Mr. Farragut was 85 years old. Selected in the sixth round of the 1951 NFL Draft after starring collegiately at the University of Mississippi, Mr. Farragut played for the Eagles from 1951-54 and earned Pro Bowl recognition in 1953. He was selected to the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1992. Mr. Farragut was the recipient of the NFL Alumni Career Achievement Award in 1992.

2014 NFL Draft: Anonymous strikes again - Spencer Hall, SBN NFL
This year, writing for the official website of the NFL Network, Nawrocki delved into the non-quantifiable realm of character with the usual results. Every first grade has a teacher fond of writing the dark fates of children in their heads, and of hinting that the dropping of a juicebox onto the class computer's keyboard means a dark future of certain jailtime for the youngster. Nolan Nawrocki is this teacher, and these are his progress report warnings composed after a long, bitter research session in the teacher's lounge.

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