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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/25/16.

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‘Awesome’ Carson Wentz on going No. 1 and a hatred of losing - New York Post
Q: Tell me what you know about the cities of Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
A: [I was] just training just south of L.A. a little bit. I thought it was just beautiful down there. I was wearing sunscreen in January and February, which was different for me. There’s just a lot of things to do down there. And then I was briefly in the Philly area. I can tell they have some of the passionate fans in the world. I know it’s some great atmospheres for games and everything out there. Wherever I end up, I know there’s a lot of other good markets out there too with a lot of good fan bases, and honestly I can’t wait to find out who it’s gonna be.

Signs point strongly to Jared Goff as the first pick - PFT
As time has passed, a very strong sense has emerged that Goff will indeed be the selection. The decision of the Eagles, who reportedly covet Wentz not Goff, to move to No. 2 suggests strongly that the Eagles know that Goff will be the pick in Los Angeles. Perhaps the only thing that would keep that from happening at this point would be Goff figuratively (or literally) being hit by a bus between now and Thursday night. The clearest sign that Goff will be the guy comes from Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, who reported after the trade that the Rams were "targeting" Wentz. Farmer has since done a 180. "Although I first thought the Rams’ pick was Carson Wentz, I believe I misread the signs," Farmer said Sunday on Twitter. "Mark me down for Jared Goff."

Team-By-Team Draft Preview - Rotoworld
In their trade up for Carson Wentz, the Eagles surrendered No. 8 overall, third-, and fourth-round picks in exchange for No. 2 and a 2017 fourth-rounder. Philadelphia also gave up its first-round pick in 2017, and a second-rounder in 2018. Even for as costly as it was, the Eagles' aggressiveness made sense for a team that doesn't have many glaring holes, but does have placeholder quarterbacks until FCS product Wentz is ready. Philly's biggest needs -- cornerback and offensive line -- are unlikely to be immediately addressed with just one more selection in the following 150 picks.

Why Carson Wentz is worthy of potentially NFL's No. 1 draft pick - Toronto Sun
I saw Wentz work out for three days at the Senior Bowl. He not only looked significantly better than the other seven quarterbacks, he’s easily the best quarterback I’ve seen in four years of attending Senior Bowl practices. That list includes Oakland starter Derek Carr, 2013 first-round Buffalo pick EJ Manuel and Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady’s promising understudy in New England. But shouldn’t Wentz’s playing at the lower FCS level temper all this hyperbole? Well, no, say many NFL insiders -- including long-time NFL quarterbacks guru Bruce Arians, the Arizona Cardinals head coach.

Can Wentz thrive under Philly microscope? - Inquirer
Wingenbach and several others who know Wentz say that he gets it and that he will be able to handle playing the most scrutinized position in all of American sport in perhaps the most nitpicking city. "The one thing about Carson is he understands that everybody wants to win and everybody wants to be associated with a winner," Wingenbach said. "There are going to be ups and downs, but last I remember it's a team game. And although the quarterback probably gets way too much credit when they win and not enough credit when they lose, I just think he would be able to monitor that closely."

Eagles 2016 NFL Draft preview: Defensive tackle - PhillyVoice
The Eagles may draft small school guy in North Dakota State's Carson Wentz in the first round. Another very intriguing small school prospect is Hargrave, who comes from FCS school South Carolina State. Hargrave destroyed his smaller school competition last season at his DT spot, racking up 13.5 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, 59 tackles, and two forced fumbles. That came a season after he had 16 sacks and 24 tackles for loss.

Mock Draft Time - Iggles Blitz
Aside from Elliott, I don’t love any of the prospects. The Eagles might. They’ve shown interest in Jordan Howard, who is talented. I don’t like him nearly as much as others. I think he has stiff hips. There are those that love him. There are usually 18 to 20 RBs drafted. That leaves several good RBs for the UDFA market each year. Chris Polk and Matt Tucker were good UDFA signings for the Eagles. Peyton Barber could be a UDFA and I think he would be excellent value there or even as a late pick. The Eagles will add at least one RB in the next week, whether UDFA or draft.

Tommy Lawlor's Final Eagles Mock Draft -
While there is risk with this move, there is also tremendous potential. In terms of size and arm strength, Wentz will remind you of Ben Roethlisberger. In terms of athleticism and being a dual-threat quarterback, Wentz reminds me somewhat of Cam Newton. We don't know how Wentz will turn out, but he has the potential to be a very good NFL starter. As Howie Roseman pointed out this week, this move would not be about the upcoming season. Trading up for one of the top quarterbacks is all about long-term thinking. If the Eagles do take Wentz, he's not likely to play at all in 2016. I'm sure the thought of that will frustrate more than a few people, but adding a top-flight quarterback prospect to develop is a smart move. If that player pans out, you change the fortunes of the franchise.

Whether it's Wentz or Goff, Eagles wise to bet on QB - CSN Philly
To Gruden's point, who cares how these guys compare to Winston and Mariota, or Manning and Leaf? This draft is what is in front of you. Goff and Wentz are the guys. If you believe in Wentz — or Goff — you go get him. There's a thought the Eagles should have held on to their picks and held out for a "can't-miss" prospect. That sounds nice in theory but a lot can happen between now and next year's draft. What if it's a repeat of 2013 when E.J. Manuel was the first quarterback off the board (No. 16) and Geno Smith was the second (No. 39)? What if there's a legitimate "can't miss" prospect but the Eagles finish at 7-9 again and don't have the same opportunities they had this offseason to move up?

How the 2016 NFL Draft could impact Eagles' 53-man roster -
If you noticed Darren Sproles isn't on the roster, that is because by the end of the draft he might not be. Sproles make a ton of sense for the Eagles to trade, as a true contending team could give up a fifth-round pick to land the best punt returner in the NFL. The Eagles will carry at least one, if not two, rookies on the roster.

EAGLES: A lot of Joe Flacco in Carson Wentz - Courier Post
Former University of Delaware coach K.C. Keeler is among those who believe Wentz has exactly what it takes to succeed, and that the Eagles would be an ideal spot for Wentz to develop over the next year or so instead of being forced to play right away. Keeler should know. He dealt with the same doubts and questions when Audubon High School graduate Joe Flacco, his quarterback at Delaware, another FCS program, was preparing for the 2008 draft. That season, the Baltimore Ravens traded up to No. 18 to draft Flacco, who became the starting quarterback in training camp. Flacco led the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons, including a Super Bowl championship in 2013.

Peters' health could impact Eagles' OL decision in draft - The Intell
A week after the Eagles’ three-week voluntary offseason program began, Jason Peters finally showed up. He showed his teammates and coaches that he is healthy. He showed that he is committed to the new coaching staff. The only way any of this is known is because his teammates and coaches said so. Peters did not talk to reporters. So it was left to others to answer questions about their eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle last week, when the team ended its program with a three-day voluntary minicamp.

NFC East Roundup: Reaction To the Norman Signing - Birds 24/7
Here are some headlines from around the NFC East as we head into the week of the draft.

Shon Coleman beat cancer and is finally ready to take on the NFL Draft - SB Nation
Shon Coleman has faced the litany of media, medical poking and mock draft rumors just like every other NFL prospect, but the offensive lineman's journey to the draft has been anything but ordinary. In 2010, like thousands of other incoming freshmen, Coleman was eagerly awaiting his chance to begin his college career. The Mississippi native wouldn't make it to Auburn's campus that fall, however. Earlier that spring, he was diagnosed with acute lymphocyte leukemia. An estimated 3,590 new cases of this specific leukemia will be diagnosed among males in the United States in 2016, having affected 1 in 415 males younger than 49 years of age between 2010 and 2012.

You're invited to the BGN draft party - BGN
BGN Radio and are joining together on April 28th, 7:00 PM ET at Nick's Roast Beef in Philly for a big time Eagles draft party! (Address: 2210 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA). The whole BGN Radio crew along with Sean Brace will be broadcasting LIVE the entire night and everyone that comes will be a part of the show. Along with the great beer and food that Nick's Roast Beef will serve us, we'll be giving away fun stuff all night from our sponsors.... Including 2 tickets to the Eagles home opener! *** RSVP HERE ***

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