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Cosell: Wentz Is More Talented Than '15 QBs - PE.com
"If I had to compare this year's group, I think Wentz is more talented than either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota just in terms of traits. I think Carson Wentz is a high-level traits prospect," Cosell said. If the Eagles were to entertain the notion of acquiring Wentz or Jared Goff, Cosell said that they will both be gone by the time Philadelphia is on the clock with the No. 8 pick. In fact, Cosell said that in talks with Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, there is some in league circles who believe that Wentz and Goff will be selected one and two, respectively. "Goff, I've wavered on, gone back and forth on. The more I've watched him ... I like Jared Goff, but I don't know if I would view him as a top two or three pick in the draft," Cosell said. "Now, that's in an ideal world. Every draft, we know how quarterbacks are viewed."

Statistical Analysis of QBs by Round Drafted - Eagles Rewind
To be clear: this is not to say that a team should never draft a quarterback after the first round or two. That’s nonsensical. But this is to say that a team should not plan on finding its franchise quarterback in the middle or tail end of the draft. Drafting a quarterback is a lot like buying a suit. Sure, you can get a quarterback at a discount in the 5th round, just like you can go to Joseph A Bank and get a buy one suit get 18 free deal. But odds are the quarterback sucks as much as those cheap ass suits. So buy the good suit, and draft the good quarterback. Otherwise, you are wasting your time.

Eagles investigating character-issue draft prospects - PhillyVoice
With a new regime in place, the game of detective begins anew as we try to figure out what Doug Pederson, Howie Roseman, and Co. prefer in their players. So far this offseason, for example, based on the players the Eagles have brought in for pre-draft visits, it seems fairly clear that they are targeting receivers with speed. Looking at the list of Eagles pre-draft visits so far, another commonality is players with character issues. Of the Eagles' 16 reported pre-draft visits, three have serious, well-known character concerns.

QB Kevin Hogan's NFL Draft Diary: Browns, Eagles, Bucs show interest - CBS Sports
The next day, the Philadelphia Eagles came to town. The schedule entailed meeting with the coaches for two hours, followed by a workout on the field. Of those that chose to come out were owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman, head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and quarterbacks coach John Defilippo. In the meeting room, we watched my tape from the Oregon and Arizona games, discussing my decision-making process on certain plays. Coach DeFilippo then installed a few of the Eagles plays on the white board, taught them to me, erased them and had me go up and teach them to the coaches in the room. I felt I performed very well in the meeting room and in showing what kind of student of the game I am.

I Know That You Know That I Know - Iggles Blitz
Let’s move past the thinking behind the piece for now. It would be interesting for the Eagles to move back and add a 2nd rounder. It is possible the team could move back and Paxton Lynch could still be on the board. If the Eagles are in “win now” mode as JLC seems to think, the team could go for a position of more immediate need. Maybe they go for CB Eli Apple or Mackensie Alexander. They could add OL Jack Conklin or Cody Whitehair, with the hope they could win the LG job as rookies.

Eagles improve secondary with scheme-fit additions - PFF
Each of the Eagles’ additions in the secondary have experience in the scheme they plan to run next season. McLeod played under Fisher, while McKelvin and Ron Brooks played in Buffalo under Schwartz. The new defensive coordinator can facilitate a full competition between his former players and the Eagles’ incumbent personnel. The lack of certainty in the secondary, however, also reflects a lack of talent somewhat. One of their options might experience a breakout season, but it’s unlikely the Eagles’ corners will be much more than average in 2016. They are, though, unlikely to be worse for the loss of Maxwell. The outlook at safety is much more assuring, with McLeod and Jenkins likely to form one of the better duos in the league.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Trade Competition - Birds 24/7
Two teams, outside of the Eagles, appear to be most interested in trading up for a quarterback: Los Angeles and San Francisco. The MMQB’s Robert Klemko wrote a couple of weeks ago that there are “four teams in play to trade up to the No. 1 spot,” namely the Browns, Eagles, 49ers and Rams. Earlier this week, Peter King added that “there are teams like San Francisco or Los Angeles or Philadelphia that might want a quarterback, and might be desperate enough to overpay for the top pick.” From the outside looking in, Chip Kelly’s new quarterback situation is murky at best. It’s dubious whether Colin Kaepernick will be his starter next season, although the Broncos may be the only serious suitor.

A look at deal Stefen Wisniewski hoped he had outplayed - CSN Philly
The contract has a base salary of $760,000. It includes $1.25 million in (Likely To Be Earned) incentives, and an extra $250,000 in per-game roster bonuses ($15,625 per game).  This one-year deal is pretty similar to the one he signed last year with the Jaguars, but will be worth about $250,000 more than last year's deal if he hits all the incentives. The difference is from where the money is coming.  Last year, his base salary was $1.25 million with just $500,000 in incentives. This year, his base salary is $760,000 with $1.25 million in incentives.

Joshua Perry is ready to make a name for himself in the NFL - SB Nation
After a four-year career at Ohio State, the linebacker is looking to make an impact in the pros -- and find a new barber.

The BGN NFL Draft Party T-Shirts Are Here! - BGN
Our good friends at ATLS. Apparel (@ATLSapparel) have done such a great job with these. This isn’t just some low quality t-shirt that will be useless after one wash, these are 100% ring-spun cotton. Not only durable but super soft and comfortable. It’s a great buy for $20. These will only be around for a very limited time, so make sure to grab as many as you can before Monday, April 18th at 12:00 noon ET. If you are attending the draft party at Nick’s Roast Beef on Cottman, you can pick up your t-shirts the night of the party. Make sure you bring your ID and your receipt, you can not pick up you t-shirt without these two things.

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