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Philadelphia Eagles draft grades - JimmyK,
Huff is a 5'11, 206 pound WR who averaged 18.4 yards per catch in 2013, and is a physical blocker. While he's not a speedster like DeSean Jackson, Huff makes a lot of big plays. Typically, he does so by breaking tackles once he has the ball in his hands. Huff had at least one reception of 20+ in every single one of his 13 games in 2013. That's impressive explosiveness and consistency. Here's a more complete breakdown of Huff.

Unresolved Issues - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
There are a couple of areas where the Eagles didn’t make moves over the past several days. Let’s take a look at Brandon Graham’s status and the ILB situation. I have written quite a bit about Brandon Graham and what his future may be. I was surprised the team didn’t deal him. We don’t know why the Eagles kept him for sure, but we can examine the possibilities. First, they could have decided keeping Graham was the smart move. No one questions the fact that Graham is a talented player and he can rush the passer. The issue is finding a way to regularly use him in the 3-4.

Eagles Pick-By-Pick Draft Review - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
I've criticized the Eagles for plenty this offseason, but I have no issue with the Smith pick. The six players they targeted at No. 22 went off the board. They thought about trading up, but ultimately decided giving up later picks wasn't worth it. So instead, they moved back, added an extra pick and drafted a player they targeted. If there was an obvious pick at No. 26 that the Eagles missed out on, I'm not seeing it. Was the pick a bit of a reach? Maybe. But a team like the Redskins might have very well taken Smith soon after he went off the board.

Eagles might not have any rookie starters - Paul Domowitch, Daily News
SO, CHIP. How 'bout that draft? "Honestly, I have no idea," the Eagles coach said Saturday when asked if he was stoked about his seven new draft picks. Kelly was just being honest. Which is actually kind of a refreshing thing from a football coach.

Howie Roseman's Scouting Reports - Danta Klaus,
"Jordan Matthews, first of all, it’s one of those guys, you ever meet someone and he’s just like, 'Mr. Roseman, nice to see you. I know you’re a Florida graduate and I went to Vandy in the SEC and how are your four kids,' and it’s almost spooky. It’s like, all right, I’ve got you, you know who I am. I appreciate that. But at the Senior Bowl he’s getting tape on guys, we’re watching tape on guys at 5:30 in the morning. This guy, the level of determination he has, his work ethic, it’s going to rub off on everyone. He can do anything he wants as a person. You leave meeting him, and he’s as impressive a guy as I’ve ever met, really.

Roseman: Eagles 'weren't going to reach' for O-linemen - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
Andy Reid drafted 24 of them in 14 years. Chip Kelly drafted one in the first round last year. In all, the Eagles had drafted at least one offensive lineman in 20 of the last 24 years. This year? Nothing. It wasn’t because they didn’t want to. It was because they didn’t get to.

Malcolm Jenkins Pulled Off A Solid Mother's Day Joke - Deadspin
Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins recognized Mother's Day on Twitter by thanking his five baby mamas, though something seemed off about the announcement. See if you can figure it out.

Watch Michael Sam become the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL - Seth Rosenthal, SB Nation NFL
As the day dragged on, it seemed DE Michael Sam would likely fall out of the NFL Draft picture, but with the 249th pick, the St. Louis Rams picked Sam to bolster their pass rush. ESPN's video of the call from St. Louis saw Sam and company in an emotional moment, including Sam breaking down in tears and embracing his boyfriend Vito in celebration:

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