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Eagles News: Most of NFL thinks Buccaneers will draft Jameis Winston

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Day 4 NFL Combine preview: Safeties to watch who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Eric Rowe, S, Utah (6'1, 205): Rowe started at CB for Utah this season after playing his first three seasons at safety. If the Eagles see Rowe as a CB at the next level, he has the long frame at 6’1, 205 and physical nature against the run that they have prioritized. If they view him as a safety in the NFL, he has versatility to cover receivers, which enables them to stay in their base defense against three WR sets. Rowe did not stand out at the Senior Bowl.

An Eagles Slant To the Last Day Of the Combine - Birds 24/7
One player who has created some buzz is Alabama's Landon Collins. At 6-0, 228, he ran a 4.53. Landon Collins has been mentioned as a possibility for the Eagles at No. 20, but based on what Mayock said, he does not appear to be a scheme fit. Mayock projected Landon Collins as a strong safety in base and a dime linebacker in sub packages. The Eagles don't play with a traditional free and strong safety. They want interchangeable guys who can play both in the box and back in center field. Given Ed Marynowitz's Alabama ties, the Eagles should be able to form an educated projection with Landon Collins, but his role in Philadelphia would be different than his role under Nick Saban.

The Big Question: True Value Of Combine -
I won't be breaking any new ground here, but the biggest takeaways from the Combine probably happened behind closed doors. Though the testing results and on-field drills provide more information on a prospect, they pale in comparison to "the tape" when it comes to evaluating a prospect's playing ability. Save for the prospects who attended the Senior Bowl though, this was the first time for coaches and decision-makers to evaluate a player's personality face-to-face in the interview process. We know how much Chip Kelly has placed an emphasis on "culture" in the locker room, so you imagine the interviews would be a large part of his evaluation. Of course, just like the testing drills are a small piece of the evaluation of a player on the field, the interviews are only a piece of a larger puzzle considering how much work teams put into researching a player's character.

Eagles Offseason Overview: Quarterback - Inquirer
Pay attention to Brett Hundley. The UCLA standout was actually a top choice of Kelly’s out of high school, but Hundley passed on Oregon. His offense had spread elements at UCLA, and he has many physical traits a team would want: 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, 10 ½-inch hands, 4.63 40-yard dash, and a good arm. Hundley is also clean off the field with many of the qualities a team seeks. The questions are about reading defenses, operating in the pocket, and moving past his first read. But he could be the third quarterback taken, and there are enough tools there that Kelly could bite.

Strong Combine showings by Jameis Winston, Brett Hundley help Eagles' chance at Marcus Mariota -
If you are among the group of fans who want the Eagles to land Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, there should be a little extra pep in your step Monday morning. Mariota was as advertised during his workouts this past Saturday at the NFL Combine, running the fastest 40-time among quarterbacks at 4.52 seconds, looking sharp during the throwing drills, and according to numerous reports, impressing teams during one-on-one interviews. What didn't Mariota do this past weekend? Take advantage of a chance to separate himself from Florida State's Jameis Winston. Which is where the Eagles could end up coming in.

Eagles free-agents targets: CB Byron Maxwell - CSN Philly
Just go get him. I don’t care that he hasn’t started very many games. I don’t care that he’ll probably be overpaid. I don’t care that he’s never had to match up against the other team’s No. 1 wideout or that he’s more of a zone corner. He’s tall, physical and comes from a winning organization. He’d be a significant upgrade over Bradley Fletcher and he’d be exactly what the secondary needs to be a real Super Bowl contender. You don’t have to worry about his price tag ruffling feathers because he’d be he best corner on the team and best player in the secondary. If the Eagles want to be Super Bowl contenders they can’t keep getting by on average talent in the defensive backfield. Whatever it takes, get him.

Eagles can’t afford to ignore offensive line again in 2015 draft - The 700 Level
If this past season proved anything, the looming issues along the offensive line are no small issue. The Eagles had a different five-man combination on a near-weekly basis for essentially the entire first half of '14, which played a huge role in the offensive inefficiency.

The Bucs Start Here - The MMQB
Jameis Winston, No. 1 overall? Tampa Bay's investigation into what will become the most scrutinized pick in draft history has only begun. Plus Los Angeles and realignment talk, Sam Bradford-to-Browns rumors and Denver's potential problem

Jameis Winston is undraftable - SB Nation
The Bucs say that they are going to be spending 30 hours with Jameis leading up to the NFL draft to make sure that hes a good person, which would be a major two-birds with one stone situation if Winston can convince a judge that hanging out with Lovie Smith should count as communty service. Now that I mention it, it would allmost be too perfect if for the Bucs to make a guy with character concerns the face of the franchise since they already literally have red flags on their helmets.

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