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The Linc - Who Will the Eagles Take in the First Round?

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Whom could the Eagles pick in first round? - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
With less than two weeks until the NFL draft, the Eagles have a significantly wider range of players they could select with the No. 22 overall pick than they did a year ago, when Chip Kelly and company held the No. 4 overall selection. Assuming the Eagles don't trade up or down, here's an attempt to narrow the number to 11 (with some cheating), taking into account the team's interest and the likelihood the player will be available.

Another ILB Target - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Kirksey is a solid prospect, but he’s not dynamic in any way (size, athleticism, production, etc.). I think he goes in the 4th or 5th round. Kirksey could develop into a solid starter. At the least, he should be a good backup and STs player. There is a lot of projection when you watch tape of Kirksey. He played OLB for Iowa and they have that player line up over the slot receiver most of the time. Since the spread is so common in college football, that meant most of Kirksey’s snaps for the last 2 years came out in space.

Chip Kelly Update: Radio Silence - Mark Saltveit, Fishduck
Chip’s not talking.  And even though I would love to hear his thoughts, just like every other writer, I kind of sympathize with him.  Beyond the trick of making people more curious to hear what he has to say, I look at it this way: would talking with the press help the Eagles win, or not? The answer, I think clearly, is no.  Fans are eager, yet bored during the long off-season – made even longer by delaying the draft all the way into May.  But fan anxiousness — and the difficulty of writers in finding topics to explore — do not hurt Philadelphia’s competitiveness in any way.

NFL confident DeSean release was football decision - Zach Berman, Inquirer
The NFL believes the Eagles released DeSean Jackson based on football reasons and not due to alleged gang connections, according to NFL senior vice president of law and labor policy Adolpho Birch. "I think we are comfortable that the decisions that were made on both ends were football decisions," Birch said Thursday during a wide-ranging roundtable interview between top NFL officials and members of the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Checking In On Conditioning Program - Dave Spadaro,
With great gusto, it begins. The offseason conditioning program is in full swing at the NovaCare Complex as the players reported with an eye on what's ahead ...

UDFA Target? - Tommy Lawlor, EaglesBlog
WR Wilson Van Hooser did not have much of a career at Troy. Going 68-993-11 would be a good season, but those aren’t career totals that will get much attention from NFL scouts. Van Hooser found another way to get their attention.

2014 NFL Draft scouting reports - Stephen White, SB Nation NFL
All of Stephen White's scouting reports in one place.

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