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Eagles notes: Birds reportedly tried to trade for Dion Jordan; Eli Manning and Tony Romo are aging - JimmyK,
Manning isn't the only NFC East QB who would not be ready to play if the season began today. Tony Romo is still recovering from the back surgery that caused him to miss the "NFC East Championship Game" against the Eagles. Romo and Manning are the 6th and 7th oldest projected starting QBs in the NFL. Here's where every projected NFL starter ranks in terms of age, which the disclaimer that the draft will change this some.

A Couple of Big CBs - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The Eagles prefer big CBs. Bill Davis wants his corners to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and throw off the timing of their routes. That half-second can give other cover guys time to get in position and more importantly, it gives the pass rushers extra time to get to the QB. Two big CBs that will be available outside the 1st round are Keith McGill and Stanley Jean-Baptiste. I much prefer McGill. I see a corner with size and some quickness. SJB is huge and has some impressive moments, but he looks to stiff to me.

Draft Daily: Spotlight on Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
If draft boards were formulated solely off measurables, Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief would be a no-brainer first-round pick. At 6-2, 221, the early entry ran a 4.40 at the combine, third-fastest among wide receivers. His leaping ability is off-the-charts too. So why isn't Moncrief projected as a first-round pick? Largely because the measurables haven't always transferred to the field.

Has Nick Foles Surpassed Andrew Luck? - Jon Moore, RotoViz
Maybe this is blasphemous, but has Nick Foles surpassed Andrew Luck? A year ago I compared the two through their first seven games and concluded that "Nick Foles might not be Andrew Luck, but he might still be pretty good after all.  Personally, I think he’s much closer than anyone wants to admit."   At the time I think everyone kinda shrugged that off, which was understandable since Luck  supposedly is/was the best prospect since John Elway. That said, we now have another season to consider and after running the numbers, I am excited to share these shocking results with you.

Player Profile: Nick Foles - Alex Smith,
The future for Foles has never looked brighter. He's coming off of an all-time great season and is quickly ascending the ranks of the top quarterbacks in the league. He has already accomplished a great amount in a very brief span as an NFL player. In fact, he's only started 16 games as a pro, the equivalent of one full NFL season. He will enter 2014 with the same head coach as the year before, a luxury that he didn't have between his first and second seasons. Foles and Chip Kelly have potential to become a dynamic quarterback-coach combo for years to come in Philadelphia. After all, Kelly did name Foles the Eagles' starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years during 2013. Foles certainly made year one count, and as for the next 999, only time will tell.

NFL regional combines give fringe hopefuls last chance at pro football | The MMQB with Peter King
More than 3,000 NFL hopefuls paid $245 to attend tryouts across the country this offseason. Some are delusional, while others are destined to make it. The best of the fringe prospects—and the scouts mining for hidden gems—will get a last look at the super regional combine in Detroit this weekend

Ultimate Guard Showdown: XSF vs. Yankey | The Tailgater
There is room in the annual NFL draft conversation for only two guards. Traditionally, one is the experienced, quick-footed technician and the other is the raw-but-talented project. So between David Yankey and Xavier Su'a-Filo, who's this year's best?

NFL Draft 2014: What do you watch when evaluating offensive linemen? - Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL
What kind of things will teams be looking for among the prospects in this year's draft? Danny Kelly walks us through the traits scouts look for when evaluating the offensive line.

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