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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/8/16.

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The Eagles' five biggest needs, post free agency - PhillyVoice
Assuming he stays healthy, Bradford's presence will keep the Eagles competitive in an awful NFC East in 2016 and will allow them to develop a young quarterback in the background. For the right to sort of "have their cake and eat it too," the Eagles are paying a high rental fee, but the money they're shelling out for short-term competence (Bradford) and long-term backup stability (Daniel) should in no way prohibit them from finding their long-term starting solution at the most important position in sports. The Eagles are going to draft a quarterback. It's only a matter of who and in what round. There's even a realistic chance they get aggressive and trade up for "their guy," whether that be North Dakota State's Carson Wentz or Cal's Jared Goff.

Former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah has the Birds trading up for Carson Wentz

Lynch in the Mix? - Iggles Blitz
I had no problem with the Eagles taking Lynch at pick 13. The Eagles now have pick no. 8. That changes things a bit, but Lynch is a QB and that also has to be taken into account. I definitely prefer Jared Goff, but Lynch has the potential to be an outstanding starter in the NFL. He would need time to develop. Sam Bradford will be starting and Chase Daniel will be the backup. Lynch could sit and learn. We know the Eagles are checking Lynch out carefully, but we don’t know what they think of him. It is possible they don’t like him as a Top 10 pick. We might just find out in a few weeks.

Cosell: "If You Want To Run, Take Elliott" -
NFL Films Senior Producer Greg Cosell joins the Journey To The Draft Podcast presented by AAA to talk about running back Ezekiel Elliott and why he makes sense in the Top 10 ...

Howie Roseman's Eagles drafts tough to evaluate - ESPN
It has always been difficult to assess Howie Roseman’s work as a personnel evaluator for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2010, when Roseman was named general manager of the team, head coach Andy Reid still had final say on personnel decisions. The dynamic shifted during the next several years, but it was never completely clear whether Roseman or Reid made decisions.

Draft Daily: DeForest Buckner, the Uncertain Fit - Birds 24/7
One of the knocks about Buckner’s pass-rushing ability is he doesn’t have a great burst to finish plays and convert pressure into sacks. I agree that it will hurt him in the NFL, but one thing I enjoyed watching was how he started plays. He’s not going to kill you with speed or quickness, but he uses leverage very well. He also seems to do a good job with his hands. One of my favorite snaps was a swim move he used against TCU’s left guard to immediately pressure the quarterback. He helped force a loss of three yards on the play.

2016 NFL draft positional breakdown: Running back - CSN Philly
Dixon really shined at this year’s Senior Bowl and has a chance to be the third running back off the board. He’s a little undersized at 5-10, but is strong for his stature and is a balanced player who has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. That pass-catching ability is what makes him a very good prospect.

Lafayette grad Ross Scheuerman getting ready to rock with Eagles - Morning Call
"They can certainly put him out in the slot and he can do some things," Lafayette coach Frank Tavani said. "He trained enough to be able to do both. So you can split him out or motion him out of the backfield. He has excellent hands and he's so athletic and fast. You get him locked up with a linebacker, I don't think many of those guys can run with him. "We've got high hopes for him there, and I think it's just a matter of him staying healthy. If he had stayed healthy with the Steelers, especially with what happened at the running back spot for them last year, I think you would have seen him."

Workhorse backs abound in 2016 NFL draft class - Sports on Earth
The three-down running back is becoming less and less common in the NFL. But the 2016 NFL draft class has prospects capable of taking on this full-time workload, if teams want them to, and it could alter the league.

NFL Teams Try to Figure Out Christian Hackenberg - The MMQB
On track to become a top-five pick after his dazzling freshman year, the Penn State QB filled NFL evaluators with doubts over the last two seasons. With the draft just three weeks away, NFL teams are still grappling with the question: Who is the real Christian Hackenberg?

How Braxton Miller went from superstar QB to intriguing NFL WR prospect - SB Nation
Players switch positions regularly without fans so much as batting an eye. What's unusual is the series of events that led to Ohio State's Braxton Miller going from All-Big Ten quarterback to a highlight-making wide receiver. With less than a month until the NFL Draft, Miller has found his spot among the best wide receiver prospects in the country.

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