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Eagles News: Marcus Mariota says reuniting with Chip Kelly would make for easier transition to NFL

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/20/2015.

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SB Nation featured blogs for March 2015 are just so dang good - Blog Huddle
Bleeding Green Nation - Every year during the NFL’s free agency period there is one team that goes insane and makes a lot of shocking moves. This year that team was the Philadelphia Eagles and SB Nation was lucky to have Brandon Gowton and his team at Bleeding Green Nation covering all the news. From the LeSean McCoy trade to the Sam Bradford trade, BGN did a great job covering all of the angles of the Eagles active free agency during March. Brandon’s free agency recap said it best: This is what madness looks like.

Mock draft roundup: Marcus Mariota falls to 20? - PhillyVoice
Collins is the player most commonly linked to the Eagles in mock drafts, which makes some sense because the Eagles have had a desperate need for help at safety for the last half decade. In fact, Collins was my first round pick for the Eagles in my Eagles only mock draft, version 2.0, although I've since come to disagree with that pick. The Eagles seem to be steadfast in their desire for a versatile safety who can play centerfield, while also having the ability to drop down and cover slot receivers. They seem to place a much lower value on in-the-box thumpers like Collins. While Collins is a very good player at a position of major need, he's not really the Eagles' cup of tea.

Marcus Mariota says it would be easier to succeed in NFL with Eagles, Chip Kelly -
Part of the reason the Eagles and Mariota appear to be a match made in heaven is Kelly runs a similiar offense in the NFL that he did during his time at Oregon. While there are difference, a major similarity is that Kelly likes his quarterback to operate out of the shotgun, which Mariota did the majority of the time at Oregon. "Of course," Mariota said when asked if going to the Eagles would make it easier to succeed in the NFL. "If you are able to know what is ahead of you, know what system or whatever team that you are apart of, it will make the transition easier for you, instead of kind of going into something unfamiliar and new."

Draft Tidbits - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles interest in Adrian Amos forced me to watch a lot of him. It didn’t really affect my thinking. He’s okay and has some good skills, but just isn’t my cup of tea. The Eagles interest in Jake Fisher has forced me to watch more of him. And he has grown on me. I especially enjoyed the nasty streak he showed in this 2013 game when he was playing RT. I won’t have any problems if the Eagles take him at 20. I still wonder if he can play OG or needs to be an OT.

Fan-Demonium: Tommy's Favorite Prospects -
Chris Conley did himself a world of good at the Combine. He measured in at 6-2 and 213 pounds. He ran 4.35 in the 40-yard dash and had a whopping 45-inch vertical jump. Go watch the tape and you see that explosive ability. Conley posted numbers that are very similar to Dorsett's stats. Conley caught 36 passes, had eight touchdowns and averaged 18 yards per reception. I don't think Conley is as polished or gifted a receiver as Dorsett, but he does have big-time upside.

Mosher's Mailbag: Who could Eagles trade up for at draft? - CSN Philly
Maybe a more feasible picture is Louisville wideout DeVante Parker falling into the 12-13 range. A high-ranking AFC scout told me Parker is by far the draft’s second-best receiver behind Alabama’s Amari Cooper. He’s a great route runner, extremely refined and would have been a first-round pick if he came out last year as a junior.

NFC East Roundup: Mocking the Other Teams - Birds 24/7
Here is a roundup of the picks that the other NFC East teams currently have, along with Mel Kiper’s predictions for the first three rounds, Charles Davis’ latest mock draft and mocks from the teams’ local media.

Would you rather draft Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon? - SB Nation
The 2015 NFL Draft features two very good running backs, probable first-round picks. But which one has the edge?

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