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Mock Draft Time - Iggles Blitz
After going QB early, I focused on the Eagles coming away with a pair of good DL. This is a scenario that fascinates me. We just saw the Broncos win a Super Bowl with an overwhelming pass rush. The Eagles currently have a good DL, but adding young talent could make the group even better. The Eagles haven’t had a really strong defense since 2008. Jim Schwartz is an outstanding coach. There are some good pieces in place. Adding more talent to the DL could help to solidify this as a Top 10 group.

Fan-Demonium: Lawlor's First Mock Draft -
Goff is my favorite quarterback in the 2016 draft. Goff had a terrific junior season and will likely be the first or second quarterback taken in the draft. Goff is a gifted pocket passer with a strong arm. He is an accurate thrower. While he did play in a spread offense, Goff made plenty of deep and intermediate throws. One of the things that impressed me most is that Goff was excellent at situational football. On third-and-short, Cal would run certain plays designed to get a specific receiver open quickly. Goff was very good at getting the ball out with accuracy and touch. Goff showed good pocket presence, which I think is crucial for a quarterback to succeed in the NFL. He's not afraid to get hit, but he also can side-step rushers with small movements in the pocket.

Eagles' Pederson stresses need to boost o-line - Daily News
Doug Pederson wasn't around the Eagles last season, but when the new coach was asked Wednesday about next month's NFL draft, the first position he mentioned was one many fans would target. "I think you still have to address offensive line. You can never have enough o-linemen," Pederson said at the NFC coaches' breakfast, on the final day of the NFL meetings. He went on to also mention safety and pass rush help.

Weekend Reading: Will Eagles Stay Put In Draft? - Birds 24/7’s Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah think Philadelphia is one of the four best fits for Carson Wentz. Jeremiah: I know people say, "Why would they go quarterback? They’ve got Sam Bradford back, they went out and signed Chase Daniel." I don’t know that either one of those are going to be championship-caliber quarterbacks. If you’re Philadelphia, you feel like Carson Wentz can be that guy, plus you’re going to have the opportunity to rest and sit him, let him learn early on in his career, that can be an ideal fit for him to go there under Doug Pederson and learn and play in that system.

Mike McCoy on Frank Reich: ‘I can’t say enough good things’ - CSN Philly
Pederson previously said this offseason that he liked what Reich brought to the downfield passing game. What else does Reich bring? "The command of the room and the respect of the players," McCoy said. "He did an outstanding job there of really taking advantage of what our players did best, I think in the passing game especially. The way we approached each week, the preparation, the involvement of the entire staff. I think that was another great thing that Frank did also. He was the coordinator so he had to make the final decision on everything, but get everybody’s input. And really just put a good plan together."

Panthers to Host CB Brandon Boykin - Cat Scratch Reader
The Panthers are one of four teams he is lined up to visit.

Draft Notes - Scouts Notebook
Sheldon Day is one of the most interesting players in this class. The Notre Dame star mostly played DT, but put on game tape and you’ll see him all over the place. He plays DE and DT. He sometimes will stand up as an edge rusher. Sometimes he is a DE in a 3-man DL. Day is an athletic, disruptive DL. He can use his quickness to beat interior blockers. On the edge, he does a good job of getting low and rounding the edge. He uses his hands well to beat blockers, inside and out. Day is 6-1, 293, hardly ideal size. He does have 32 5/8-inch arms. That helps him to keep blockers off his body.

Cam Newton, J.J. Watt battle to be the Face of NFL in the Elite Eight - SB Nation
Much like the real March Madness, there aren't any Cinderella stories left in our Face of the NFL competition. The league's biggest superstars have all moved on to the Elite Eight, where the ambiguity of the tournament will almost certainly come into play. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt all marched on with blowout victories, which isn't surprising. They're three of the best players in the game and are all superstars off the field: Brady is a bonafide A-lister, Rodgers is one of the most socially active athletes around and Watt has a robust social media presence. Regardless of your definition for the Face of the NFL, each player probably fits the bill.

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