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Eagles News: Former Oregon coach thinks Chip Kelly will get Marcus Mariota

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Building the Eagles' big board: 65 players of interest, ranked by round - PhillyVoice
Jones checks the boxes in terms of what the Eagles are looking for in a defensive back. He's big (6'1, 199, 32" arms, 10" hands), he's versatile, he's physical, and he's a stellar character guy, via Lance Zierlein of He is the player I believe the Eagles are most likely to draft at 20 if they do not move up for Mariota.

Former Chip Kelly assistant: I think he’s still trying to get Marcus Mariota - PFT
“I know Chip and I have a lot of respect for Chip. He has a plan,” he said. “I’ve had no conversations with Chip so I’m not putting words in his mouth, but I really think that if he can get Marcus Mariota he’s able to do exactly what he wants to do with his offense there in Philly.”

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Draft Predictions (Part 3) - Birds 24/7
Adrian Amos, S, Penn State - I expect the Eagles to add at least two defensive backs in the next three days. It's not a particularly deep or talented group of safeties, but Amos (6-0, 218) seems like a fit. He has good size and adequate athleticism. Most importantly, he's a scheme fit. Amos has experience playing corner, nickel and safety. The Eagles had him in for an official visit at the NovaCare Complex and also worked him out separately at Amos' high school in Baltimore. Look for the Eagles to target Amos in the third or fourth round.

Kendricks on the Block - Iggles Blitz
For whatever reason, the Eagles aren’t as high on Mychal Kendricks as fans and the media. That is frustrating because Kendricks is clearly a good LB and the Eagles have struggled to draft and develop LBs in recent years (since the Magna Carta was signed, give or take). While I don’t want to see Kendricks go, this is the right move if the current coaches aren’t committed to him. The worst thing would be to have him play this year and then walk in free agency, getting no compensation in return.

Eagle Eye: Scouting The Defensive Backs -
One of the darlings of the pre-draft process, Connecticut’s Byron Jones has seen his “stock” in the media soar thanks to a world-record performance in the broad jump in Indianapolis. Anyone who has watched Jones on tape can tell you that his ability between the lines is deserving of high praise as well. Jones has legitimate NFL size at 6-1, 199 pounds, long arms (32 inches - good for the top five at his position), high character and his ability to get his mitts on players at the line and erase them from the play is unique. Jones played a ton of press coverage at UConn, showed ability in both man and zone and the former safety was more than willing to be a part of the run defense. Jones can be a bit more consistent, but when you see what he can do when he is able to engage at the line, you can see his true potential moving forward as he transitions to the NFL.

Will Kelly trade up for Mariota? Don't count him out - Inquirer
When Chip Kelly lays his head down at night and counts seconds between snaps, what quarterback does he dream of? Of all the reasons given for why the Eagles could trade up and draft Marcus Mariota in Thursday's NFL draft, Kelly's seemingly unwavering belief that his former Oregon quarterback will be a transformative player is at the crux of any plausible argument.

Eagles Draft Preview: Still need help at cornerback - The 700 Level
Rollins was only a one-year starter as well, only the circumstances were far different—he wasn’t even on the football team for four years. Rollins played basketball for Miami, OH, but at the end of his tenure, traded the hardwood for the gridiron. It might’ve been the best decision of his life, as Rollins turned out to be a dangerous ballhawk, recording seven interceptions and nine pass breakups and winning MAC Defensive Player of the Year in his lone season. The knocks on Rollins are he’s only 5’11” and may not possess the speed to keep up with receivers at the next level, but his playmaker potential is through the roof. Gil Brandt for reported the Eagles sent a coach out to Rollins’ pro day. He could go as early as Round 1, but more likely will be there on Day 2.

The NFL Mock Trade Draft, Part 2 | Grantland
The Eagles trade Sam Bradford for... RG3?

The Class of ’90: Where Are They Now? -
The 25 players selected in the first round of the 1990 N.F.L. draft paint a complex picture of life after football. Some have millions of dollars in the bank, while others have declared bankruptcy. Cortez Kennedy, Junior Seau and Emmitt Smith have been elected to the Hall of Fame; Tony Bennett avoids the game. Rodney Hampton, Mark Carrier and others are coaches. Keith McCants is a recovering addict. A quarter-century after the draft, they shared their stories.

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