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The Linc - Revisiting Marcus Smith's Draft Value

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Eagles notes: NFL teams had a higher value on Marcus Smith than the media, and more - JimmyK,
While the Eagles may have taken Smith slightly earlier than would be ideal, the NFL valued Smith much higher than media folk. For example, the Redskins reportedly would have likely taken him with the 34th overall pick if Smith were still available. Instead, when Smith wasn't available, the Redskins traded out of their pick.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love The Eagles Draft - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Let’s forget for a minute about value and about draft grades and take a really simplistic look at things. Did the Eagles get better over the weekend? Yes. Did they draft good players? Yes. There are no Jon Harris’s or Jaiqawn Jarretts or Bryan Smiths.

The Theory Behind Picking Oregon Players - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
The philosophy extends to other areas as well. For example, you may have noticed that the Eagles have stayed away from small-school prospects the last two years. The reason? They require more of a projection because they're competing against lesser competition. The same can be said for guys with character red flags. You won't find any of those among the Eagles' picks the last two seasons.

Chip Kelly doesn't care what you think - John Gonzalez, CSN Philly
Some of the picks were applauded, and some were met with the healthy provincial skepticism that has long defined this city. The reactions didn’t matter. Not to Chip Kelly. After each of the Eagles’ selections, Kelly walked through the NovaCare Complex and into the auditorium and down to the podium where he’d answer questions about why he did this or that. Each time it was the same confident stride, as though he would conquer the room just as he believed he conquered the draft. It did not bother Kelly, not at all, when he was informed – particularly after the Eagles took Marcus Smith with their first selection – that some factions in town were less bullish on certain decisions than he appeared to be.

The 'draft experience' in Philly? - Mike Sielski, Inquirer
McCarthy said in an e-mail Monday that the NFL had been in discussions with the Eagles and representatives from several Philadelphia-area venues about hosting the draft, and among the potential sites was the Susquehanna Bank Center - although at the time that wasn't the official name of the concert complex on Camden's waterfront. In retrospect, one can only shudder at the number of strained Traveling Wilburys puns Chris Berman would have inflicted upon viewers had the Tweeter (and the Monkey Man) Center been selected.

Next Step: How Do Rookies Fit? - Dave Spadaro,
NFL reality greeted the Eagles' 2014 Rookie Class early on Monday morning: The draft is over. It's time to get to work ...

The NFL should stop testing for marijuana - Eric Sollenberger, SB Nation NFL
Why does the NFL continue to punish itself, its teams, and its fans over players who smoke weed?

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