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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/9/16.

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Follow the money in Philly: Eagles are likely trading down for more picks - CBS
The more I hear about the Eagles and quarterbacks -- Carson Wentz is the flavor du jour today -- the more I continue to believe they will be looking to trade down, pick up draft picks, and address other positions in the draft. I'm not buying any of this, and I continue to hear from shrewd execs on other teams that they believe this is all for show from Philly as well ... Owners don't do that to then go out, in a year in which they are clearly in win-now mode in a watered-down NFC East, and then go spend another $25 million on a quarterback in the draft when they still have many other needs.

Debating which quarterback the Eagles should draft - BGN Radio
Great discussion here.

Eagles draft targets at 8: Is Carson Wentz the real deal? - CSN Philly
There may not be a better physical specimen in the draft as far as quarterbacks go. Wentz possesses prototypical size for the position in addition to above average speed. He's a pocket passer who can also roll out comfortably or run for the first down. From an athleticism standpoint, he's everything teams want in a passer in today's NFL. Perhaps most important of all, Wentz has the arm strength to succeed at the next level. He was already playing in a pro-style offense in college and proved there he is able to make all of the throws, and accurately at that. Level of competition arguments aside, on paper there's very little not to like about the kid.

Draft Daily: Laquon Treadwell, the Top Receiver - Birds 24/7
Treadwell broke a myriad of single-season school records in 2015, including receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. He was also named a Walter Camp Second-Team All-American and was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award that goes to the nation’s top receiver. However, Treadwell didn’t run the 40 at the NFL Combine, and when he did at Mississippi’s Pro Day, he ran a 4.63. In Indianapolis, he said he hoped to run in the "low 4.5s," but Treadwell missed his mark, and hurt his draft stock in the process.

A Pet Peeve - Iggles Blitz
Cosell does make the point that coaches have to make adjustments to deal with the limitations of their players. He understands that teams can make it work with players who have holes in their game. That’s why I don’t get his immediate focus on the issues with prospects. Karl Joseph looks like one heckuva prospect to me, but Cosell goes right to the question of whether he can cover man-to-man. I guarantee you Sean McDermott would kill to have a Safety with Joseph’s overall ability and skill set. You do have to point out the weaknesses of prospects, but I guess I just don’t get the lack of enthusiasm for all the things some of these kids do very well.

Where Are They Now? T J.D. Smith -
The Philadelphia Eagles may not have had a selection in the opening round of the 1959 NFL Draft, but they were still able to choose a player with first-round talent in Rice offensive tackle J.D. Smith. "I was excited about it," said Smith, who was selected in the second round at No. 15 overall. "I was hoping of course you’d get more money for playing football, but the only other place you could go at that time when I was drafted was to Canada. And it just so happened that Canada offered me the same thing that (Eagles general manager) Vince McNally offered, so I chose to go to the Eagles, of course." While Buck Shaw may have been the head coach when Smith arrived in Philadelphia, 11-year veteran quarterback Norm Van Brocklin was, for all intents and purposes, calling all the shots and in charge of the offense.

One of the NFL Draft's best athletes is a German who just learned about football on YouTube - SB Nation
Wide receiver Moritz Boehringer would've been one of the NFL Combine's biggest stars, and now he's one of the draft's most fascinating prospects.

NFL committed to 2018 regular-season game in China despite obstacles, objections - ESPN
The NFL called off a game in China in 2007, but it's back on for 2018. Ashley Fox explains why the league is determined, regardless of pushback, to plant its flag in the world's largest market.

Terrell Owens: Hall of Fame "should be purely based on stats" - PFT
"He played a number of years with Peyton Manning, he’s an incredible receiver," Owens said. "But again, when it comes to what the Hall of Fame is all about in terms of the criteria to get in, it should be purely based on stats and obviously my stats are better than his. . . . "Of all the gold jackets that were there leading up to the actual day of the induction, everybody for sure was like I was a shoe-in. And at some point, yeah, I feel like I will get in, but I think with the body of work and what I did for the game, I should have been in first ballot."

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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