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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/19/2015.

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Random thoughts on the Titans, everyone's favorite 'trade back' team - PhillyVoice
That feels very unlikely. Would any team out there put together a huge package of picks/players to move up and draft, say, defensive lineman Leonard Williams? Williams is a great player, but no. By the same logic, if the Titans don't love Mariota, they would be similarly foolish to turn down a huge package of picks/players to stay at #2 and draft a guy like Williams. Therefore, it feels more and more like the mostly likely scenario to play out at pick #2 in the draft will be that the Titans will trade out. But with who?

Daryl Williams An O-Line Option For Eagles - Birds 24/7
OK, it’s not quite on par with the Oregon bias, but the Oklahoma Sooners have established a nice little presence on the Eagles roster. Former teammates Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray came aboard this offseason, joining 2013 first-round pick Lane Johnson. Oklahoma has pulled even with Cincinnati, Florida and USC  (3) as the most well-represented school outside of Oregon (8). Might another Sooner be added in the upcoming draft? Could be.

DBs of Interest - Iggles Blitz
Marshall CB Darryl Roberts visited the NovaCare recently. This is an interesting player. He doesn’t have the ideal size the Eagles love, going "only" 5-11, 187. The Eagles seem to prefer CBs that are 6-0, 200. But as Chip Kelly points out, sometimes you have to compromise. I think it is smart that they’re showing interest in him. This guy can play.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles trade with Tennessee Titans to draft Marcus Mariota - NJ.com
Everybody has an idea on how the Eagles will eventually end up with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota on draft night. Some think head coach Chip Kelly will do it by offering up a package of players. Others think it will be draft picks. A very few think Mariota might actually drop to them. Will Brinson of CBS Sports has another idea in his latest mock draft. How will the Eagles get Mariota? Brinson predicts that the team will make two trades.

News, Notes And A Draft Peek - PE.com
Eight draft picks. A roster that is fair game for any team willing to pay a price the Eagles can’t refuse. How do the Eagles make the most of their 2015 draft weekend? How do they use their assets to best improve a roster that, when all is said and done, will be significantly different than the version from December, 2014?

Mosher's Mailbag: WR, DB or OL in 1st round of NFL draft? - CSN Philly
Before we isolate which position and players the Eagles are likeliest to address in the first round (assuming, of course, it’s not Marcus Mariota), let’s first discuss their biggest area of need, for now and the future. Some would say wide receiver. Some would say safety or corner. I’d say offensive line.

2015 NFL draft positional rankings: Safety - SI.com
On the plus side, the 6-foot, 228-pound Collins has 4.4 speed and the ability to close to the ballcarrier with speed and purpose. On the downside, he's not a natural center-field cover man—he tends to be stiff in his backpedal and he's more comfortable as a chase player from linebacker depth to the line. Any team looking for a true thumper with range at the strong safety position will be happy with Collins; it's just important to understand what he is and isn't.

Football helmets - The Washington Post
Football players are taught to block with "hat and hands" technique. You make contact with your head and your hands simultaneously, then shed your opponent to the left or right. As an NFL linebacker, I hit my head roughly 100 times per game, often facing up with guards, then a fullback and then a tailbackall on a single play. I thrive on that intensity and physicality. But as studies have shown, it's because of the high-impact nature of the sport that concussions have done so much damage to so many players.

Is Devin Funchess the next great NFL tight end? - SB Nation
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White says the Michigan's Devin Funchess has a much brighter future at tight end than he does wide receiver.

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