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Eagles News: Philadelphia needs a franchise quarterback

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/14/2015.

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Without stability at QB, the Eagles aren't going anywhere - PhillyVoice
In the NFL, you either have a franchise quarterback, or you don't. And if you don't, you have no chance unless you have some kind of historic defense like the 2000 Ravens or the 2003 Buccaneers. The Eagles don't have a historic defense. Well, it's not historic in a good way, anyway. And obviously, they certainly don't have a "franchise QB." "Mortgaging the future" for a QB is bad, or so I've heard. Then again, starting the season with a new QB every year isn't so awesome either.

Draft Daily: Ten Offensive Linemen Who Could Fit - Birds 24/7
If the Eagles take an offensive lineman in the first round, ideally the prospect will compete for the starting right guard spot immediately before eventually transitioning to right tackle down the road. Collins is a guy who could fit that description. He was a three-year starter and a team captain, playing left guard as a sophomore and then moving over to left tackle as a junior and senior. The Eagles have already shown interest and hosted him for a visit, according to Aaron Wilson. Lance Zierlein of thinks Collins is best-suited for a power run game, but he has athleticism, versatility and experience. The question for the Eagles is whether they see him being able to eventually play tackle.

Mike Mayock's take on quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers - Daily News
What I really see when I look at [Marcus Mariota] is somebody similar to Colin Kaepernick. I don’t think he has the arm strength that Kaepernick has. But I think he’s a better natural thrower with that kind of athletic ability. Whoever drafts him, I think it behooves them to try and make the kid comfortable early on. Give him some of the concepts that he’s comfortable with.

Before Polamalu, There Was Dawkins -
Troy Polamalu announced his retirement this week from the NFL after a sterling 12-year career, one that should result in the safety being placed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But Polamalu's farewell should serve as a reminder that there is another safety who deserves a call to the Hall first. Brian Dawkins.

Mosher's Mailbag: Should Eagles draft Landon Collins? - CSN Philly
I’m torn on this issue, and it’s become pertinent as more and more analysts believe the former Alabama star Collins will be around at No. 20 when the Eagles are slated to pick. I think the answer depends on whether you’re a new-school metrics guy or an old-school football guy. Collins has shown scouts enough on tape to be considered the consensus top safety in this year’s class, which is considered a weak class, but there are also questions whether he can excel in a scheme like the Eagles employ. The Eagles ask safeties to play the box and post interchangeably and to cover man-to-man in certain schemes.

All-Decade Eagles: 2005-2015 - Bleeds Green
If recent history is any indication, the Philadelphia Eagles are better off when they aren’t labeled a "dream team." But what better way to both reminisce on Eagles of the (relative) past and appreciate the Eagles of today than by giving Vince Young and the 2011 Birds a run for their money? If you were to assemble an all-decade squad, a 53-man roster of the Eagles’ best players from 2005-2015, it might look something like this.

DIII school's first NFL Draft prospect is too busy to be surprised by his success - SB Nation
Ali Marpet is on the verge of becoming the first player ever drafted out of Division III Hobart. The only person who isn't shocked is him.

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