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Eagles News: Trading up in the NFL Draft might not be as costly as you think

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/29/16.

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A review of the 10 teams who traded up for quarterbacks the last 10 years - PhillyVoice
The perception about trading up for quarterbacks has become that the cost has to be extraordinarily high. That's because in 2012, the Redskins traded the sixth-overall pick, the 39th-overall pick, their 2013 first-round pick, and their 2014 first-round pick for Robert Griffin III. The Redskins altered expectations of what draft compensation should be when trading up for a quarterback, because they're the Redskins and they're stupid. However, it doesn't have to be that bad.

Eagles Working Out Goff - Iggles Blitz
QB is a unique position. If you find the right guy, you can change the fortunes of your organization for years to come. Just think about the impact Donovan McNabb had on the Eagles. No titles, but consistently good teams. You can have a great DE like J.J. Watt or an elite WR like Calvin Johnson or a stud LT like Joe Thomas. Those guys have been through plenty of losing seasons. If the Eagles think Goff is a franchise QB, then taking him at 8 is a no-brainer. The Packers took Aaron Rodgers in the 1st round when Brett Favre was still very good. That pick kept them one of the best teams in the league even after losing a Hall of Fame QB in Favre. QB is the most important position in pro spots. Just because you have Sam Bradford doesn’t mean you should pass on a young player you believe in. If Bradford somehow becomes one of the best QBs in the league and Goff is stuck on the bench…that’s kind of a good problem to have, right?

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Potential Cap Casualties - Birds 24/7
I also don’t expect Jason Kelce to be cut next season, but he has a savings number worth noting — $3.8 million — and that may come up if he doesn’t bounce back in 2016. I think Ryan Mathews is the most likely of these three to be cut — or traded — in 2017 because of his injury history, and it’s fair to expect him to take a step back after averaging more than five yards per carry last season. However, if he stays healthy and can handle a larger workload this year, he’ll be worth keeping around.

Eric Rowe ready to start for Eagles after the trade of Byron Maxwell -
"If I do win the starting job," Rowe said to NJ Advance Media, "I am very confident about the season." Rowe, like the rest of the NFL, was stunned the Eagles moved on from Maxwell after just one season.  "I was shocked," Rowe said of the trade. "I wasn't expecting him to be traded after they just signed him. He was one of the guys who took me under his wing. It hurt to see him go."

Early Birds: Doug Pederson on the cornerbacks; Pederson's first league meetings - Inquirer
The Eagles have added depth to the cornerback spot, but they don’t have elite talent at that position. They traded top cornerback Byron Maxwell, re-signed Nolan Carroll, and added Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks. The Eagles could further address the position in the draft – an instant starting-caliber cornerback could be on the board at No. 8 – but if they add only a developmental cornerback in the draft, then the top options would be Eric Rowe, Carroll, and McKelvin. That position remains a question mark – although Pederson seemed pleased with what’s on the roster.

How New NFL Rules Could Impact Eagles -
It's a slow news days around the NovaCare Complex so instead of the micro picture of the Philadelphia Eagles, let's expand the vision and discuss how the NFL's nine new rule alterations for 2016 could impact this football team ...

Eagles draft targets at 8: Could Joey Bosa fall? - CSN Philly
At one time, Joey Bosa was being forecasted to go as high as first overall in the 2016 NFL draft. But as the big weekend draws nearer, Bosa's stock is slipping to the point where several mocks are projecting the Ohio State defensive end could be available when the Eagles are on the clock at number eight. Can the club afford to pass on a potential talent that ESPN's Scouts Inc. has ranked as the top prospect in this year's class?

On RG3, Rules and the NFL’s Reaction to the Latest Concussion Story - The MMQB
Now that Turner is gone, I find myself wondering: How much better off would he have been had his career come 20 years later? I ask that because Turner told me the day we spoke about a game on Sept. 7, 1997, against Green Bay, when he was an Eagle. He suffered a concussion that day, and the difference in the attention paid to concussions then compared to now seems particularly stark.

If you're going to draft a QB, don't let him sit - Sports on Earth
For years, the NFL and the media that covers it have invariably proposed that franchises with aging quarterbacks use a premium draft pick to acquire potential successors. The problem is, it may not work.

Ronnie Stanley could be the best tackle in the 2016 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Mississippi's Laremy Tunsil is definitely the better athlete and may have as much upside as any offensive tackle in the draft this year. However, when push comes to shove, retired NFL defensive end says he'd take Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley before Tunsil.

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